Heart & Vascular Institute

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  • 10 Things You’ll Need to Get Through a Second Wave of COVID-19

    September 23, 2020

    Haven’t we been through this before? If a second wave of COVID-19 arrives this fall, as expected, we’ll be ready….

  • Big Ten Reverses Football Season Delay, Despite This Study Showing Athletes’ COVID-Related Heart Damage

    September 16, 2020

    For some athletes, COVID-19 isn’t over even when it’s over. A study of Ohio State University athletes has found that 30 percent showed signs of heart inflammation even after recovering from the virus. It’s the latest example of this heart condition, myocarditis, associated with COVID-19 in patients with no history…

  • What’s Your Risk of Heart Disease? This 5-Minute Test Can Tell You

    September 03, 2020

    Two-thirds of adults are at risk of heart disease. Are you? Calcium scoring, a simple, affordable test, is one of the most effective tests in determining your risk of heart disease. And your calcium score might just surprise you. “People who we think are at high risk often have a…

  • Hartford Hospital Study: Pepcid, a Heartburn Medication, Helped Some COVID-19 Patients

    September 02, 2020

    The over-the-counter heartburn medication Pepcid might be one of the oddest answers to the COVID-19 question, with a preliminary Hartford Hospital research study showing benefit for patients with the virus. Dr. Raymond McKay, a cardiologist at the Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Heart & Vascular Institute, is the primary investigator of the…

  • Researcher: Statins for Cholesterol Do Not Hurt Athletic Performance

    August 28, 2020

    Research by a Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute specialist shows no evidence that statins, a medication used to lower dangerous level of lipids in the bloodstream and prevent heart attacks, hinder athletic performance. Dr. Paul Thompson, chief emeritus of cardiology at Hartford Hospital, recently presented the findings to the…

  • 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…


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