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  • Study: Stress-Related Disorder Heightens Heart Risk

    April 15, 2019

    People have a 60 percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease within the first year of being diagnosed with any stress-related disorder, according to a new study in Sweden. The results, published April 10 in the British Medical Journal, used data from the Swedish National Patient Register to compare people diagnosed…

  • Hartford Hospital Celebrates 1,000th ‘TAVR’ Procedure

    April 11, 2019

    Method Helps Patients with Aortic Valve Disease On April 5, Hartford Hospital’s structural heart team celebrated its 1,000th Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), an achievement reached in January of this year. “It is an honor to celebrate this achievement with our teams and the entire Heart & Vascular Institute,” said…

  • A TAVR Surgeon Explains Mick Jagger’s Heart Procedure

    April 05, 2019

    TAVR, otherwise known as the heart procedure that gave Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger a new aortic valve, has become an attractive option for patients with severe aortic stenosis because it does not require conventional open-heart surgery. Dr. Robert Hagberg, chief of cardiac surgery at Hartford Hospital, explains: Q: First,…

  • Heart Surgery for Mick Jagger? Here’s What It Might Mean.

    April 02, 2019

    Update: Mick Jagger underwent TAVR heart surgery this week to replace his aortic valve in a New York hospital. The Rolling Stones frontman is expected to join the band for the resumption of its No Filter tour this summer. Only days after the Rolling Stones announced the postponement of the…

  • Hartford Hospital Heart Study Helps Push FDA’s MitraClip Approval

    April 01, 2019

    The good news for people with leaky mitral valves is that the Food and Drug Administration recently approved a device called MitraClip as an effective remedy that does not require open-heart surgery. The better news for Connecticut residents is that some of the ground-breaking research that prompted the FDA decision…

  • More Advanced Heart Procedures Now Available at Backus Hospital

    March 20, 2019

    The Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute continues to add more advanced procedures for cardiac patients in eastern Connecticut. Dr. Paras Bhatt, Medical Director of Electrophysiology in the East Region, inserted an implantable biventricular defibrillator in an 80-year-old patient who had ischemic cardiomyopathy (weakened heart muscle) at Backus Hospital on…

  • Men: ED Treatment Sound Too Good To Be True? It Probably is.

    March 17, 2019

    If you were among the 50 percent of adult males between the ages of 40 and 70 with erectile dysfunction, would you pay thousands of dollars for shock-wave treatment, which has uncertainties about long-term effectiveness and safety? Would you be concerned that it is not FDA-approved? You should be. More…

  • What’s Your Heart Disease Risk? Your Coronary Calcium Score Can Tell You

    March 14, 2019

    Do you know your coronary calcium score? Screening helps you understand your risk of heart disease Coronary artery disease, also known as heart disease, is the No. 1 cause of death for men and women. Knowing your risk before you experience symptoms could save your life. Thanks to coronary calcium…

  • HealthCare Matters: Join the CT Mirror Conversation

    March 06, 2019

    Early in the morning, while most of us are grabbing a cup of coffee before work, a nurse is on the road. She helped get her own family ready for the day, and she is on her way to take care of your family. One of our billing specialists is…

  • New CardioMEMS Implant Monitors Heart Failure Patients Remotely

    March 01, 2019

    Jim Mason was getting used to the same old routine experienced by many heart failure patients: Feel good for a while, have shortness of breath, swelling in his legs and abdomen and then back to the hospital. It’s a cycle that makes managing the disease particularly difficult. Now thanks to…

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