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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.

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.

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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.