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  • Why Taking Statins for High Cholesterol Shouldn’t Affect Athletic Performance

    July 30, 2020

    If you’re an athlete who takes statins to lower your cholesterol and are concerned they may be affecting your performance, relax. Dr. Paul Thompson, chief of cardiology emeritus at Hartford Hospital and national expert on the athlete’s heart, says it’s safe to continue treatment without sacrificing your performance. But it’s…

  • Hartford Hospital Joins Global COVID-19 Data-Sharing Study

    July 30, 2020

    Hartford Hospital has joined a global alliance of clinicians and scientists dedicated to sharing clinical insights and using cutting-edge technology to find more effective treatments for the most critically ill COVID-19 patients. The study is hosted by the COVID-19 Critical Care Consortium (COVID Critical), an international group that has quickly…

  • Stress-Related Broken Heart Syndrome on the Rise During COVID-19

    July 29, 2020

    Photos of isolated family members separated from each other to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are wrenching, but new evidence shows the actions spurred an increase in the cases of Broken Heart Syndrome in the pandemic’s first wave. Also known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy, Broken Heart Syndrome (BHS) can occur after…

  • What is Myocarditis, COVID-Related Heart Condition That Has Sidelined Red Sox Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez?

    July 27, 2020

    Eduardo Rodriguez, the Red Sox’ No. 1 starting pitcher, is out indefinitely with myocarditis, a heart condition now associated with COVID-19 even in patients with no history of heart disease. The Red Sox said this weekend that Rodriquez, 27, would remain inactive temporarily, but medical experts typically recommend people should…

  • Study Links Long-Term Heart Damage to COVID-19

    July 20, 2020

    We know that COVID-19 impacts the lungs and our ability to breathe, but a recent study shows that more than half of people who contracted the virus also suffered some type of long-term heart damage as a result. The study, published in the European Heart Journal, examined more than 1,200…

  • 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…


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