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  • Cardiologist Dr. Howard Weitz, Journey to a Half Marathon Part Two
    Cardiologist Dr. Howard Weitz, Journey to a Half Marathon Part Two
    Dr. Weitz interviews Jefferson ED Tech Mike Rowe about 11th Hour Racing, a nonprofit that uses running as a vehicle to raise funds to support families of cancer patients who are financially burdened by their diagnosis.

  • Five Heart-Healthy Red Foods
    Five Heart-Healthy Red Foods
    Emily Rubin, RD, Clinical Dietitian in the Jefferson Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology shares five heart-healthy red foods to eat this Valentine’s Day.

  • Cardiologist Dr. Howard Weitz, Journey to a Half Marathon
    Cardiologist Dr. Howard Weitz, Journey to a Half Marathon
    Follow Dr. Weitz's journey as he learns the ins and outs of training for a half marathon.

  • Nuclear Stress Test Finds Breast Cancer
    Nuclear Stress Test Finds Breast Cancer
    Susan Maier developed pain in her neck and shoulder in the summer of 2013. She mentioned her pain to her cardiologist, Lori Frank, M.D., who ordered an echocardiogram and nuclear stress test, which ended up saving her life.

  • Well-Timed Advice
    Well-Timed Advice
    Victor was one weekend away from a triple bypass surgery, when he received well-timed advice from Dr. Savage.

  • 5 Healthy Foods to Eat in the New Year
    5 Healthy Foods to Eat in the New Year
    Jefferson Dietitian Emily Rubin, RD, tells us five healthy foods we should all be eating in the new year. Bonus: they taste good, too!

  • Team Tess Battles Heart Disease
    Team Tess Battles Heart Disease
    Tess was just five months old when she was taken to the hospital with heart failure. Now, the heart failure survivor is a happy and healthy toddler and wants to do her part to fight heart disease. The post Team Tess Battles Heart Disease appeared first on @Jeff.

  • Jefferson Cardiologist Named Philadelphia Go Red for Women Campaign's 2015 Woman of Heart
    Jefferson Cardiologist Named Philadelphia Go Red for Women Campaign's 2015 Woman of Heart
    Dr. Danielle Duffy was recently named the 2015 Woman of Heart by the Philadelphia Go Red for Women Campaign and the Philadelphia American Heart Association.

  • Test Your Cholesterol Knowledge
    Test Your Cholesterol Knowledge
    Learn more about cholesterol with this five-question quiz.

  • Teaming Up with the Eagles
    Teaming Up with the Eagles
    Stop by our tent at Training Camp on Sunday to get free blood pressure and BMI screenings, information about cancer care at Jefferson and much more.

  • Hospitals Turn to Our Adult ECMO Program
    Hospitals Turn to Our Adult ECMO Program
    In 2010, Jefferson introduced new capabilities for portable extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), which provides both cardiac and respiratory support to individuals with severely diseased or damaged heart and lungs.

  • Food, Fun and More at Jefferson’s Heart Health Day
    Food, Fun and More at Jefferson’s Heart Health Day
    Join Jefferson and the Philadelphia Eagles this Saturday, February 22, at the King of Prussia Mall from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for heart-healthy festivities!

  • Get the ‘Skinny’ on Fats: Nutrition for Heart Health
    Get the ‘Skinny’ on Fats: Nutrition for Heart Health
    Jefferson cardiologist Danielle Duffy, MD, offers practical tips for heart healthy eating at this free Women’s Health Source event on Feb. 20 at noon.

  • Go Red for Women’s Heart Health
    Go Red for Women’s Heart Health
    On Friday, February 7, 2014, join the entire Jefferson community as we support the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of heart disease among women. more »

  • Answers to Your Cholesterol Questions
    Answers to Your Cholesterol Questions
    Cardiologist Danielle Duffy, MD, discusses new cholesterol guidelines.

  • Heart Unit Earns Beacon Award for Excellence
    Heart Unit Earns Beacon Award for Excellence
    Jefferson’s Medical Cardiac Care Unit earns an award for distinguishing itself by improving every facet of patient care.

  • Coffee and Cardiovascular Health
    Coffee and Cardiovascular Health
    A small study reports that the caffeine in a cup of coffee could help small blood vessels in your body work better, suggesting coffee could benefit your cardiovascular health.

  • Do You Know the Signs of a Heart Attack?
    Do You Know the Signs of a Heart Attack?
    When a heart attack strikes, quick action could save a life and help limit damage. Learn the signs of a heart attack.

  • Jefferson Expertise in Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Care Recognized
    Jefferson Expertise in Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Care Recognized
    Jefferson was recently named one of only five Complex Hypertension Centers in the U.S. by the American Society of Hypertension.

  • Quality Care Close to Home
    Quality Care Close to Home
    Jefferson at Voorhees gives South Jersey residents the experience and care they expect from Jefferson University Hospitals.

  • Symplicity Trial for Hypertension in the News
    Symplicity Trial for Hypertension in the News
    Jefferson cardiologist, Nicholas Ruggiero, MD, is interviewed by KYW Newsradio about clinical trial for uncontrolled or treatment-resistant hypertension.

  • Pass (On) The Red Meat
    Pass (On) The Red Meat
    I rarely eat red meat anymore, so I was taken aback a few weeks ago when my wife suggested I grill some steaks for dinner. Needless to say, I ran out and found a couple of beautiful Porterhouse steaks and lit the charcoal. (If I’m grilling steak I’m going do it right, so no gas more »

  • Dr. Fischman Quoted in ABCNews.com Story About Use of Medications to Treat Coronary Artery Disease
    Dr. Fischman Quoted in ABCNews.com Story About Use of Medications to Treat Coronary Artery Disease
    Dr. David Fischman, co-director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Jefferson, comments on new research showing that medications are just as good as stents in the treatment of coronary artery disease.

  • Caring for Your Heart All Year
    Caring for Your Heart All Year
    February is American Heart Month, but watching out for your heart health doesn’t become less important after you flip the calendar. Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S. and across the globe. Jefferson has long been at the forefront of treatments for coronary artery disease. From the invention of the heart lung machine more »

  • What Happens When You Have a Heart Attack
    What Happens When You Have a Heart Attack
    Every second counts when you're treating a heart attack. What happens in the ER during those first few minutes can be crucial. Read about treatment protocols that can save your life.

  • Philadelphia Magazine Interviews Jefferson Cardiologists About Advanced Cardiac Care
    Philadelphia Magazine Interviews Jefferson Cardiologists About Advanced Cardiac Care
    Drs. Nicholas Ruggiero and Burjyot Bajwa discuss treatment advances in cardiac care.

  • Jefferson Cardiologists Answer Questions Online
    Jefferson Cardiologists Answer Questions Online
    My mother’s nervous about a cardiac catheterization she has scheduled. What can she expect? I had a coronary stent placed three months ago, and need minor surgery. Should I stop taking the blood thinner my cardiologist prescribed after my stent procedure? I had balloon angioplasty with three stents placed five years ago. How long will the stents last? more »

  • Heeding Your Heart’s Health Wake-Up Call
    Heeding Your Heart’s Health Wake-Up Call
    Living a healthy lifestyle is not easy. Just ask John Magri of South Jersey. At the age of 46, Magri had a heart attack. He was treated with a stent and his doctors told him he needed to make some significant changes to avoid a second potentially deadly heart attack. Magri needed to eat a more »

  • Dr. Fischman Talks with KYW Newsradio About Jefferson’s Mobile Heart and Vascular Screening Bus
    Dr. Fischman Talks with KYW Newsradio About Jefferson’s Mobile Heart and Vascular Screening Bus
    Jefferson has teamed up with HealthFair to offer affordable and accessible mobile health screenings including preventative screenings for heart attack and stroke.

  • Heart Disease Prevention Should Start Early, Experts Say
    Heart Disease Prevention Should Start Early, Experts Say
    Recommendations from the NIH to test and address cardiovascular disease risk factors in children and adolescents including testing 9-11 year olds for high cholesterol.

  • An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repaired From the Inside
    An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repaired From the Inside
    After days of abdominal pain a visit to his Jefferson doctor showed Joe McDermott had a life-threatening abdominal aortic aneurysm which was repaired at Jefferson University Hospitals using a stent delivered through his arteries.

  • Dads Appear Less Likely to Die of Cardiovascular Disease
    Dads Appear Less Likely to Die of Cardiovascular Disease
    I’m a dad of two active daughters. This is one of the great joys and blessings of my life, which is not to say it’s easy or that being a father hasn’t caused me anxiety or angina-inducing moments. But according to a Stanford University-led study, fathers are less likely to die of heart attacks, strokes and more »

  • Can Spicing Up Your Dinner Benefit Your Health?
    Can Spicing Up Your Dinner Benefit Your Health?
    Meals with lots of spices like turmeric, paprika, ginger, oregano, and garlic powder, may have significant health benefits, according to a small study by researchers at Penn State University. Six overweight men were given a meal of curry chicken, Italian herb bread, and a cinnamon biscuit created using a 14 gram spice blend. Their blood more »

  • Married Men Faster to Seek Care for Heart Attacks
    Married Men Faster to Seek Care for Heart Attacks
    Canadian researchers found that married men sought medical treatment for heart attacks more quickly than single or divorced men.

  • FDA Warns About High-Dose Cholesterol Medication
    FDA Warns About High-Dose Cholesterol Medication
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned about the dangers of a popular high-dose cholesterol-lowering drug - simvastatin - which can cause muscle injury.

  • An Ancient Heart Disease Discovery
    An Ancient Heart Disease Discovery
    It’s easy to think of heart disease as a modern affliction. It is after all the leading cause of death in the United States and, according to the World Health Organization, the second leading cause worldwide with 2.5 million deaths in 2004. And it’s pretty easy to point to the reasons why. Start with the more »

  • Are Headphones Bad for Heart Devices?
    Are Headphones Bad for Heart Devices?
    If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time with earbuds in your ears or hanging around your neck. I wear mine to listen to music on the way to and from work and they double as the speaker and microphone of my cell phone. Needless to say, they are on me a lot. more »

  • Wine, Sea Salt and Your Heart
    Wine, Sea Salt and Your Heart
    Wine is good for your heart, right? Using “natural” sea salt is better for you than regular table salt, right? Unfortunately, far too many Americans don’t know the correct answers to those questions. Moderate alcohol consumption is not bad for your heart, but regular heavy alcohol use – whether it’s wine, beer or any other more »

  • Kids’ TV Time and Cardiovascular Disease
    Kids’ TV Time and Cardiovascular Disease
    Ok, I admit it. I use the TV too much as a crutch to smooth the evening logistics with my kids. Yes, I love spending time with my daughters and would rather play or have family dance nights, but sometimes I’m just exhausted and want to sit quietly with a child snuggled on either side more »

  • Do Cholesterol Medications Hurt Your Memory?
    Do Cholesterol Medications Hurt Your Memory?
    Cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins are among the top sellers and money makers for pharmaceutical companies with an estimated 25 million people using them across the globe. But recently more and more concerns have been raised about the drugs’ side effects and on Friday, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the FDA is examining the issue. more »

  • Helping to Heal Hurt Hearts
    Helping to Heal Hurt Hearts
    A heart attack is obviously a traumatic event as are other cardiac “events,” whether its surgery or the progressive decline of congestive heart failure. But for many heart patients the aftermath of the incident can be even more challenging. Surviving heart disease requires an ongoing effort to make many substantial lifestyle changes: dieting, increasing physical more »

  • Angioplasty: A Promising Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis?
    Angioplasty: A Promising Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis?
    Multiple sclerosis can be a devastating condition that causes some patients to lose their ability to speak, write or walk, while others are affected in relatively minor ways. And because there is no cure, many MS patients and their families are eager to try promising new treatments, even before those approaches have been fully tested more »

  • Jefferson Study Shows Allergy to Plavix Can Be Overcome
    Jefferson Study Shows Allergy to Plavix Can Be Overcome
    Thousands of people with heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions are prescribed the blood thinner Plavix® by their physicians to prevent potential deadly blood clots. Normally that’s not a problem, but in about 6 percent of patients given the drug, also know by its chemical name clopidogrel, it causes allergic reactions that necessitate stopping the more »

  • Seven Simple Steps to Better Heart Health
    Seven Simple Steps to Better Heart Health
    In the rush of a busy life I often find that I forget the most basic things. Sometimes I’m out the door and heading to the train before I realize that in my rush to get the kids off to school and myself off to work I didn’t eat any breakfast. So I find reminders, more »

  • Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes
    Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes
    Ever since my son was 6 years old, he has played sports. Now he’s 21 and plays soccer and lacrosse at the collegiate level. He is in better shape than anyone has a right to be in; eats well and exercises religiously. Still, as a parent on the sidelines, I always hold my breath when more »

  • Jefferson Tackles Blood Clots Before They Occur
    Jefferson Tackles Blood Clots Before They Occur
    Every patient admitted to Jefferson is assessed to determine their risk of developing a blood clot deep in the veins of their body, most commonly in their legs.

  • Your Size and Shape Aren’t Great Predictors of Heart Risk
    Your Size and Shape Aren’t Great Predictors of Heart Risk
    Body mass index (BMI), waist-to-hip ratio and waist size can help predict your risk of heart and other cardiovascular diseases, right? At least, that’s what you’ve heard from your doctor, who takes one look at your weight or your pear shape and lectures you about heart attacks and strokes. While being overweight, obese or having more »

  • Keeping Heart Failure Patients Out of the Hospital
    Keeping Heart Failure Patients Out of the Hospital
    When heart failure patients at Jefferson are discharged from the hospital, we want to make sure they are given the tools and assistance they need to avoid a readmission. Heart disease – particularly congestive heart failure – is one of the largest components of the more than $2 trillion spent on health care. Reducing readmissions more »

  • Sleep and Heart Disease: Everything You Wanted to Know But …
    Sleep and Heart Disease: Everything You Wanted to Know But …
    As much as I denied it to my wife, I always knew I snored. But it wasn’t until she couldn’t take my snoring anymore and insisted I get a sleep study that I learned I had sleep apnea. That’s also when I learned that untreated sleep apnea – and other sleep disorders – can contribute more »

  • Canadian Volunteer Effort Reduced Heart Attacks
    Canadian Volunteer Effort Reduced Heart Attacks
    Heart attacks, heart failure and other cardiovascular conditions are a major reason people get admitted to hospitals in the U.S. and other western nations. In addition to the human toll in illness and deaths, heart and other cardiovascular diseases are major drivers of healthcare costs. Despite efforts to reduce the damage of these illnesses, heart more »

  • How Your Sleep Impacts Your Heart Health
    How Your Sleep Impacts Your Heart Health
    If you’ve ever had a tough night sleeping – and who hasn’t whether it’s a sick child or work-related stress – you know there’s a connection between how you sleep and how you feel. For people with chronic disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea the impact on their health, particularly their heart health, can be more »

  • Staying Heart Healthy at Any Age
    Staying Heart Healthy at Any Age
    What should you be doing right now to protect your heart? Follow these tips from Jefferson cardiologist Matthew DeCaro, MD, and Jefferson dietician and nutritionist Susan Emery, MS, RD, LDN, CNSD.

  • Can You Really Die from a Broken Heart?
    Can You Really Die from a Broken Heart?
    Howard Weitz, MD, helps you understand the condition known as broken heart syndrome and why it's important to get the proper care.

  • How to Lower Your Cholesterol Levels Without Medication
    How to Lower Your Cholesterol Levels Without Medication
    David H. Wiener, MD, offers tips to lower your cholesterol before reaching for the cholesterol-lowering drugs. Also, a handy guide that explains what your cholesterol numbers mean.

  • Wear Red on February 4 to Raise Awareness of Heart Disease in Women
    Wear Red on February 4 to Raise Awareness of Heart Disease in Women
    Take a minute and think of three women you care about. Then think about these startling statistics – one in three women die each year from heart disease. Nearly two-thirds of American women who die suddenly of a heart attack had no prior symptoms. It’s not just older women, although if you are over 55, more »

  • Cost of Heart Disease in U.S. Expected to Double by 2030
    Cost of Heart Disease in U.S. Expected to Double by 2030
    Happy February everyone! It is heart month and that gives us all a new opportunity to turn around some pretty grim numbers on heart disease in this country. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, and the costs associated with these conditions are staggering – and continue to grow. more »

  • A Link Between Cardiovascular Disease and Osteoporosis
    A Link Between Cardiovascular Disease and Osteoporosis
    A new analysis of 70 studies examines the link between cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis - the loss of bone mass and density.

  • Got Heartburn? Have Some Gum!
    Got Heartburn? Have Some Gum!
    If heartburn has you reaching for an antacid or even a stronger prescription medicine, it might be worth reaching for a pack of gum rather than the medicine cabinet.

  • Kick Heart Disease at King of Prussia Mall
    Kick Heart Disease at King of Prussia Mall
    Join us for this special day of fun and education.