heart & cardiovascular Articles

IU Health’s Long History in Heart & Lung Health

03/11/2013 | Treatments & ServicesCardiovascular

First in Heart Health At IU Health, our heart and vascular care is backed by years of experience and a long list of firsts, including: 1982  First heart transplant in Indiana 1985  First VAD implantation in Indiana 1987  First Total Artificial Heart in Indiana (TAH) 1989  First lung transplant in Indiana 1989  First heart-lung transplant in Indiana 2003 First patient in Indiana to be discharged home with a VAD 2006 First lung-pancreas transplant in the world Such cutting…

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Healthy Recipe Contest Winner!

03/08/2013 | Healthy EatingCardiovascular

The "Healthy Recipe Contest" was promoted by cardiovascular services at IU Health North Hospital through the month of February in support of "Go Red for Women" month and women's heart health awareness. The recipes had to be original recipes (not from a cookbook) and most importantly, healthy. All recipes were reviewed by dietitians at IU Health North Hospital, and the following recipe was chosen as the winner! Recipe by: Lindsey Carter Breakfast Bars "I call these 'breakfast bars' and…

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Heart Attack Symptoms: Men vs. Women

02/25/2013 | Cardiovascular

Heart disease is often thought about as a man’s disease, but recent studies show that heart disease is actually the number one killer of women in America. February is American Heart Association Month and the perfect time to show your sweetheart how much you care by learning to recognize the symptoms of heart attack in yourself and your significant other. According to the National Institute for Health, major symptoms prior to their heart attack include: For Women Unusual fatigue Sleep disturbance…

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A Delicious Way to Be Healthy

02/14/2013 | Treatments & ServicesCardiovascularIU Health Physicians

The Surprising Health Benefits of Chocolate Need an excuse to eat more chocolate? How about the fact that chocolate is a natural antioxidant? But before you finish off those leftover Valentine’s treats, it’s important to know that not all chocolate is created equal. “The chocolate that contains the most level of antioxidants is dark chocolate,” explains Dr. Nicole Phillips, Primary Care Physician at IU Health Physicians. “Dark chocolate contains cocoa, which contains…

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Joel’s Story – Surviving a Heart Attack at 44

02/12/2013 | Treatments & ServicesCardiovascular

Joel Robbins, center, playing with his family.

On a hot day in August, Joel Robbins and his family were outside working in the yard when he suddenly fell to the ground. He picked himself up, blamed the fall on being overheated and headed inside to cool down. At the top of the stairs, he broke out in a cold sweat. His arms went numb and an excruciating pain tore through his chest. He yelled for his wife, Wendy, struggling to make it down the stairs without falling, clinging to the banister like a lifeline. He spotted the Lord’s prayer hanging…

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Recognizing the Signs of a Heart Attack

01/25/2013 | Treatments & ServicesCardiovascularGarden on the Go

We are all aware that knowing the signs of a heart attack can save lives. Information about heart attack is everywhere--on television, in magazines and at the doctor’s office. But despite all the information out there, many people fail to recognize the signs of a heart attack. In fact, there is so much information about warning signs and prevention of heart attack, it can become overwhelming and confusing. Further complicating the issue is the fact that heart attack symptoms can differ from…

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Understanding Cholesterol

10/03/2012 | Treatments & ServicesCardiovascular

Cholesterol: Your Heart’s Best Friend and Worst Enemy Cholesterol, the fatty-like substance that circulates in your blood, is one of the major controllable risk factors for heart disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Believe it or not, some cholesterol is actually good and necessary for a healthy cardiovascular system. About one-third to one-fourth of your blood cholesterol is HDL (high-density lipoprotein) or “good” cholesterol. A higher…

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Heart Health & the American Heart Association Heart Walk!

09/14/2012 | Treatments & ServicesCardiovascular

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women. However, there is a gender gap when it comes to diagnosing and treating it. Did you know that women are more likely to die than men after experiencing their first heart attack? The reason for this finding is due to a multitude of factors, including, but not limited to the actual symptoms women develop and also how heart disease is diagnosed in women. It is not uncommon for men and women to exhibit different signs and symptoms of heart…

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Quintuple Bypass Survivor Walks With IU Health

09/13/2012 | Treatments & ServicesCardiovascular

Jeff Hagen and Dr. Kenneth Stone

All About Heart We all know the stereotypical image of a heart attack victim: Older, poorer diet, sedentary. But a long-time runner? Jeff Hagen was out for a regular jog near his Lafayette home when he noticed his left arm start tingling. Concerned, Jeff drove himself to the hospital, where doctors told him he would need quintuple bypass surgery. His physicians prepared him for the possibility he might not make it through the surgery and that he should say his goodbyes to family members. Thanks to…

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Walk Your Way to a Healthy Heart

08/31/2012 | Treatments & ServicesCardiovascular

You know regular exercise is important to a healthy heart, but not everyone has the time or stamina to run or play competitive sports. Did you know that walking briskly for just 30 minutes each day can lower your risk of heart disease by as much as forty percent? Walking is good for so many reasons, but probably the best reason is that almost anyone can do it. Major benefits include: strengthened heart muscle improved circulation lower cholesterol lower blood pressure weight loss improved blood sugar…

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