Heart Health

From cutting-edge research to the finest patient care, UConn is making a difference in the lives of people with heart disease and those at risk.

Fixing a Stroke Causing Heart Hole

Twenty-five percent of us have a small opening in our heart between the left and right atrium called a PFO. While most of us will never know we have a PFO, some find out after a stroke. See how doctors at UConn Health are helping a young stroke survivor born with a PFO prevent a future stroke.

Older Adults: Beware of Aortic Stenosis

As we age our heart’s aortic valve can narrow leading to aortic stenosis. Find out more about the warning signs of this condition that is common in those over the age of 65.

Prevent Heart Disease One Step and Spoonful at a Time

February is American Heart Month. Learn from UConn Health's Calhoun Cardiology Center how best to take action to prevent heart disease this month and beyond.

UConn Health Cardiologist: ‘Everyone’ Needs to Know Their Cholesterol

Lipid panels, calcium scores, and more tools to stay on top of your health

40-Year-Old Father’s Life and Livelihood Saved by UConn Health Cath Lab

Fred Veilleux, 40, of East Hartford is a father of three children and the picture of strength. Learn how UConn Health's Calhoun Cardiology Center got him quickly back to his family and also back to work lifting 3,000 lbs. a day.

Heart Health Remains Paramount Concern for Women, Even During Pandemic

Delaying health care over fears of the COVID-19 virus can have potentially deadly consequences

Veteran Saves Fellow Veteran from Deadly Heart Attack

A heartwarming Memorial Day story of an Army Veteran turned paramedic saving another Army Veteran's life from the most dangerous type of heart attack.

An illustration depicting the coronavirus microbe.

Avoid the ‘Double Jeopardy’ of COVID-19 if You Have a Preexisting Condition Like Heart Disease

Find out why Dr. Bruce T. Liang, director of UConn Health’s Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, is advising older adults and those with preexisting conditions like heart disease to take strict precautions against COVID-19 and get vaccinated once eligible.

Clipboard with written prescription statins and stethoscope.

Statistically, Not Enough People Take Statins

Too many people are taking aspirin for heart health when it may not be effective for them.

Safely Striking Out Stroke by Innovatively Unclogging Carotid Arteries

February is American Heart Month but managing your overall cardiovascular health includes stroke prevention too. Learn about how one stroke survivor beat the odds and is now preventing a future stroke with UConn Health's innovative help.

Stopping Stroke Damage

An innovative treatment nearing human clinical trial at UConn Health could put an end to long-term stroke damage.

How to Maintain your Cardiovascular Health to Prevent Both Heart Attack and Stroke

February is Heart Month. But did you know that maintaining your overall cardiovascular health prevents both heart attack and stroke? UConn Today sat down with Neurologist Dr. Gracia Mui, co-director of the Stroke Program at UConn Health, to learn just what we can do daily to lower both our overall heart disease and stroke risk factors.

S.O.S. to Women: Make Time to Care for Your Heart

February is Heart Month. Dr. Supriya Tigadi of Calhoun Cardiology Center is heightening awareness to all women that cardiovascular disease is their number one cause of death. She is sending the strong message that prevention of heart disease is critical and to start focusing on it at a young age. Read her top 8 women’s heart health tips.

An apple with a heart-shape carved out of it. (Getty Images)

Top 10 Heart Health Myths Busted

'I'm not very overweight, so I don't need to watch what I eat.' Experts from UConn Health’s Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center debunk this and other common myths about cardiovascular health.

'It's important to read the nutrition labels of the food you buy at the grocery store,' says UConn Health cardiologist Dr. Aseem Vashist. 'You can’t go wrong by substituting saturated fats and sugar products with more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fewer calories.' (Getty Images)

Three Things to Avoid to Keep Heart Disease at Bay

'You can’t go wrong by substituting saturated fats and sugar products with more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fewer calories.' – UConn Health cardiologist Dr. Aseem Vashist.

Dr. Bruce Liang, center, reviews a patient's case with physicians from the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center. (Lanny Nagler for UConn Health Center)

Small Molecule, Big Hope for Healing Advanced Heart Failure

A new medication for advanced heart failure that is based on a small molecule is under development at UConn Health. It has the advantage that it doesn't lower blood pressure.

Hand holding strand of DNA. (Getty Images)

Cardiovascular Genetic Testing Empowers Patient, Family

Patients who know they have a genetic predisposition to heart disease can take extra precautions and alert their health care providers to try to prevent symptoms before they occur.

Conceptual image of a broken heart. (elusivemuse via Getty Images)

Can You Really Experience a Broken Heart?

A UConn Health cardiologist discusses whether someone can experience physical symptoms of a broken heart after the death of a loved one.

Ronald Smith with Dr Kai Chen and Resident Dr Kushani Gajjar. (UConn Health Photo)

UConn Health Patient Survives Seven Heart Attacks

'A very bad thing happened to me in the very best place for it to ever happen,' says Ron Smith of his experience at the Calhoun Cardiology Center.

Dr. Juyong Lee, director of endovascular interventional medicine at UConn Health, left, with heart patient Barbara Graham. (Janine Gelineau/UConn Health Photo)

New Solution for Closing a Hole in the Heart

A 75-year-old patient 'has her life back' after receiving a new treatment at UConn Health to close a hole in her heart without open-heart surgery.

Young Mother Survives Heart-Stopping Experience

After successful treatment for arrhythmia at UConn Health, Vanessa Lloyd has nicknamed her heart monitor 'Jonathan' as a sign of gratitude.

Frank Cammarata, left, and Dr. Aseem Vashist, interventional cardiologist and associate professor of medicine at the Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn Health. (UConn Health Photo)

Heart Patient Finds Answers at UConn Health

After Frank Cammarata was given a clean bill of health despite his ongoing symptoms, he turned to UConn Health, where he was successfully treated for a heart blockage.

Wear a piece of red clothing on Friday, Feb. 3, National Wear Red Day, to help raise awareness of the importance of preventing heart disease and stroke in women. (Janine Gelineau/UConn Health Photo)

UConn to Go Red for Women’s Health During Heart Health Month

Wear a piece of red clothing on Friday, Feb. 3, National Wear Red Day, to help raise awareness of the importance of preventing heart disease and stroke in women.

A still life photo of a petri dish on top of an illustration of the human body. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

‘Heart-In-A-Dish’ Sheds Light on Genetics of Heart Disease

Advances in research on the human heart put UConn Health on the cutting edge.

A heart monitoring device that detects irregular heart beat algorithms, using sensors attached to an armband and a phone app. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

New Monitor Can Detect Early Signs of Heart Disease

UConn biomedical engineering researchers are developing new heart monitors to improve early detection of an irregular heartbeat.

Chemistry Ph.D. student Islam Mosa holds an ultrathin implantable bioelectronic device he developed that is powered by a novel supercapacitor capable of generating enough power to sustain a cardiac pacemaker. It is more biocompatible and lasts much longer than existing pacemaker batteries. (Photo courtesy Islam Mosa)

Innovative Device Could Offer New Hope for Heart Patients

A UConn graduate student is developing a new micro-scale power source that is significantly smaller and more efficient than the batteries used in most cardiac pacemakers today.

A syringe with sugar set on a heart, depicting diabetes and heart disease. (iStock Image)

Diabetes and Heart Disease Can Be Deadly Combination

Research led by a UConn Health physician found that patients with Type 2 diabetes hospitalized for heart failure face 1 in 4 chance of dying over the next 18 months.

Radiation oncologist Dr. Dowsett with CT Scan technology in the Radiation Planning (simulation) Room at the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at UConn Health. (Lauren Woods/UConn Health Photo)

Close to the Heart

Radiation treatment for breast cancer can inadvertently graze the heart, leading to damage and disease years later. UConn doctors are working to change that.

Reading echocardiography images is one way Dr. Agnes Kim monitors cancer survivors' risk for heart disease as part of UConn Health's Cardio-Oncology Program. (Tina Encarnacion/UConn Health Photo)

Protecting Your Heart During Cancer Care

A UConn Health specialist discusses possible risks to the heart from cancer treatment, and ways patients can protect their heart.

Cardiologist Dr. Joyce Meng, left, with heart attack survivor Cris Muscara. (Lauren Woods/UConn Health Photo)

Woman Survives Heart Attack – Through Wrist

UConn Health patient Cris Muscara was successfully diagnosed and treated for a blocked artery with a heart procedure through her wrist.