heart & cardiovascular Articles

Pulmonary Rehab Week: A reason to celebrate

03/12/2015 | CardiovascularPulmonology & Respiratory Care

Pulmonary rehabilitation strategically tackles poor lung health by combining medical knowledge and exercise. Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, being held March 8-14, celebrates the betterment of lives of those who suffer from chronic obstruction pulmonary disease (COPD). Who leads Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week? The COPD Foundation created this week to continue to acknowledge the medical contributions that continues to increase victim quality of life. To continue to help COPD patients, the COPD Foundation…

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How Much Activity Do You Need Each Day to Keep Your Heart Healthy?

03/04/2015 | WellnessExerciseCardiovascular

When you hear health professionals talk about keeping your heart healthy, they tend give two general pieces of advice over and over again: eat right and exercise. There are a lot of great guides out there on what to eat for a healthy heart. What they often exclude is just how much exercise you actually need to keep your heart as healthy as possible. How Much Exercise Do You Really Need? If you do not already maintain a regular exercise schedule, making time for exercise can seem daunting. Fortunately,…

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Your Heart: A Day in the Life

03/02/2015 | ExerciseCardiovascular

Everyday, your heart does a lot of work. We take a look at all of the work your heart does, and what  you need to do to keep your heart healthy and happy with good nutrition and exercise.   Did you know Indiana University Health is offering same-day primary care appointments from Indiana’s most highly skilled doctors? Schedule an appointment today at 844.8.IUHEALTH or visit iuhealth.org/primarycare.

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Heart Valve Replacements and Repairs

02/27/2015 | Cardiovascular

What is the function of our heart valves? Our heart valves are what transfers our blood from chamber to chamber in the heart along with delivering blood to the larger arteries. The valves open and close in order to allow blood out but not to allow blood in. Over time the valves sometimes need repaired, or if severe enough, replaced. What is heart valve repair and replacement surgery? Heart valve repair is to repair dysfunctional valves. Heart valve replacement includes taking out the old valve and…

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Heart Month to celebrate healthy hearts

02/12/2015 | ExerciseCardiovascularSenior Services

Every February, America celebrates American Heart Month by kicking off National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week. This week reflects on the importance of cardiac rehabilitation and its role in helping prevent or reverse current or future heart conditions. Every year, this week coincides with Valentine’s Day as it begins on Feb. 8 and wraps up on Feb. 14. Healthcare providers nationwide hold events to help celebrate the improvement of the lives of those who suffer from cardiac vascular disease. Who…

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Heart Healthy: What You Need to Do to Take Care of Your Heart

01/30/2015 | Cardiovascular

Many people are aware that heart disease is a serious issue, but you might not realize just how serious it is. Heart disease kills 600,000 people in the United States each year, more than any other cause of death. Fortunately, heart disease is preventable. Here’s what you can do to become a heart healthy Hoosier.   Quit Smoking. Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your lungs. It’s also bad for your heart. To have a healthy heart, you absolutely need to quit smoking as soon as…

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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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