heart & cardiovascular Articles

Is Chest Pain the Same Thing As A Heart Attack?

07/08/2014 | Treatments & ServicesCardiovascular

When we think of chest pain, we most often associated it with having a heart attack. Although chest pain is one of the main warning signs of heart attack, it can also indicate other health problems. Sometimes chest pain is the sign of a life-threatening condition, but not always. Conditions such as hiatal hernia, indigestion and pneumonia may also cause chest pain.  Signs of a heart attack vary from person to person. However, if you know the early warning signs, you can be…

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Man sees another Father’s Day thanks to an artificial heart and a timely transplant

06/13/2014 | CardiovascularPatient Stories

Pat O’Hara didn’t expect to see another Father’s Day. This time last year, the 59-year-old Silver Lake, Indiana resident was knocking on death’s door with blue fingertips caused by a lack of sufficient blood flow from his failing heart. Unhealthy hearts run through Pat’s family and he had already seen two of his siblings die from heart failure. And, last spring, he began to fear he would be next. He had a few months left to live unless he received a heart transplant,…

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Rev Up Your Cardio Engine

05/21/2014 | Treatments & ServicesCardiovascular

Sometimes life can feel like one big race. But if you expect to make it to the finish line, you need to take care of your body. As the Indy 500 approaches, we’re asking you to think of your heart as an engine─the engine that keeps your body running. Just as you do routine maintenance on your car engine, there is “maintenance” you can do on your heart. So, how do you keep your heart engine running? First and foremost, exercise. Getting active is the best way to keep your heart…

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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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