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  • Stress During COVID-19 Pandemic That Feels Like a Heart Attack? Yes, Says New Study

    July 09, 2020

    Cases of a stress-related medical condition commonly known as broken heart syndrome that produces the same symptoms as a heart attack have doubled since the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Cleveland Clinic study published July 9 in the medical journal JAMA Network Open. The patients in the study at two…

  • What’s in the Fish You Eat? What About Local Fish?

    July 01, 2020

    Fish is a nutritional Hall of Fame protein loaded with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins D and B2, calcium, phosphorous and minerals. Eating low-fat fish at least twice a week, says the American Heart Association, can lower your blood pressure and your risk of a heart attack of stroke. Unless,…

  • Virtual Health Visits Nearing 200,000 Since COVID-19. Here’s How it Works.

    June 18, 2020

    Telemedicine was not a new concept when the COVID-19 pandemic locked society down in March, it was simply underutilized. “I’ve been using virtual visits for several years now with my pacemaker patients,” said Dr. Steven Zweibel, system director of cardiac electrophysiology for the Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Heart & Vascular Institute….

  • The 30-Second Consult: What is ‘Normal’ Blood Pressure?

    June 08, 2020

    By Amanda Zaleski Exercise Physiologist Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular InstituteDepartment of Preventive Cardiology Q: What is normal blood pressure? A: High blood pressure, or hypertension, is defined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines as having a resting systolic blood pressure of 130…

  • New Visitor Guidelines: Hospital Restrictions Eased

    June 04, 2020

    With safety measures in place, Hartford HealthCare (HHC) announced a phased-in relaxation of the visitor restrictions put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It was the right thing to do, the safe thing to do to try to limit the potential spread of this virus,” said HHC President and CEO…

  • HealthCenter, New in Mystic, Adapts to Covid-19 World

    May 31, 2020

    By Elissa Bass Hartford HealthCare quietly opened its state-of-the-art primary care and multispecialty HealthCenter in Mystic at the end of January. Doctors and staff moved into offices, the physical therapy center was furnished with equipment, the imaging machines went online, and patients began to flow into the three-story, glass-front building….

  • 7 Ways to Make Hospitals, Doctors’ Offices Safe From COVID-19 as State Reopens

    May 15, 2020

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Hartford HealthCare has never closed. But to help contain the spread of the virus, it suspended nonessential services, procedures and testing. Gradually, those services are phasing in at Hartford HealthCare hospitals, surgery centers, primary care offices, health centers and other facilities (above, the Bone & Joint…

  • Virtual Health: Now You Can Get Medical Care From Your Home

    April 16, 2020

    As Connecticut enters the surge stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, with state officials urging residents to “Stay Safe, Stay Home,” Hartford HealthCare will now offer access to most of its primary care, specialty and behavioral health providers through virtual health technology. More than 1,300 medical providers — including 550-plus primary…

  • How Heart Patients Can Maintain Vascular Health During the COVID-19 Crisis

    April 08, 2020

    By Dr. Mouhanad Ayach and Dr. Ali Irshad Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Due to the COVID-19 crisis, most non-emergency doctor visits are on standby. If you can’t go to the doctor, that doesn’t mean you need to put off your health needs. Patients with vascular conditions, which affect the veins…

  • What COVID-19 Can Do to Your Heart, Even if You Don’t Have Cardiovascular Disease

    April 06, 2020

    A heart attack or COVID-19? New data from China, published recently in JAMA Cardiology, now indicates up to 20 percent of COVID-19 patients experience cardiovascular complications caused by the coronavirus. Even in patients with no history of heart disease, the signs can appear immediately life-threatening: an abnormal heart rhythm and…

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