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February 19, 2021
Getting Better All the Time
A year ago, COVID-19 necessitated rapid innovation at the Cardiology Clinic. Today, that means improved care for patients.
February 19, 2021
How I Avoided Open-Heart Surgery: Dottie’s Story
An innovative heart procedure reduces risk and improves recovery from a common valve disease problem called aortic stenosis. Learn more about this procedure and one patient's experience at UVM Medical Center.
July 29, 2020
Smoking Took Her Husband and Her Son. Now She’s Ready to Quit.
Marilyn Powell knows all too well about the impacts of smoking. She has no doubt that smoking contributed to the death of her father, her husband, even her oldest son who passed away in his sleep at 39 years old. But as any ex-smoker knows, that is easier said than done. Learn more about the smoking cessation care she received during COVID-19.
July 10, 2020
Waiting for This Life-saving Procedure Wasn’t an Option
Daniel Novembrino, 83, could barely make it across the kitchen of his home without fighting for breath. Although COVID-19 ceased non-elective surgeries and procedures, without surgery, Novembrino was risking his life. Learn about the life-saving cardiac procedure that allowed him to be back home the next day.
July 10, 2020
He Was Concerned About a Heart Attack, a Bigger Concern Than COVID-19
In early June, Dan Clark, 65, woke up in the middle of the night with “major” heart burn and a tingling feeling in his left shoulder, hand and arm. Learn how his care team quickly responded, safely getting him the care he needed.
February 28, 2020
Heart Health: What is a Heart Rhythm Disorder?
The heart is basically a pump, designed to circulate blood throughout the body. It pumps because it squeezes and it squeezes in response to an electrical impulse. So, electricity is important in the heart. Heart rhythm disorders occur when abnormal electrical activity causes your heart to beat too fast, too slow, or irregularly. Heart rhythm disorders
February 27, 2020
Breaking a ‘harmful loop’: Experts advise heart patients to watch for signs of depression
It’s no surprise that a health problem – especially a condition as serious as heart disease – can make you feel discouraged, sad or unmotivated. But when those feelings coalesce into depression, the risks to mental and physical health multiply quickly. In fact, experts say the multiple, complex associations between depression and heart disease can
February 26, 2020
Building a foundation for less stress and good health
In our society when we think about stress we think of the big stuff—the large, life-altering incidents that turn our lives upside down. But stress can come at us from every angle during even the most routine parts of our daily lives. Of course, a house fire, a car accident or a devastating medical diagnosis
February 24, 2020
How to Prevent Heart Disease at Any Age
Preventing heart disease means making smart choices now that will pay off for the rest of your life. Lack of exercise, poor diet and smoking habits take a toll on your body over the years. Anyone, no matter your age, can take simple steps to keep their heart healthy during each decade of life. It
February 21, 2020
Am I at risk for heart valve disease?
According to the American Heart Association, about five million Americans are diagnosed with heart valve disease each year. Harold Dauerman, MD, cardiologist at UVM Medical Center, talks about what heart valve disease is and new treatments for it. Dauerman is a professor at the Larner College of Medicine at UVM. What are heart valves and
February 20, 2020
Caring for a loved one with a heart condition?
Tips for you and those in your care As a caregiver, the prospect of helping someone with a heart condition may feel overwhelming. Here are some tips to make this important role easier for you and the cardiac patient in your care. Learn about the disease Caring for someone with cardiac issues and understanding their
February 18, 2020
Heart innovation reduces risk, improves recovery
Less invasive cardiac care available at the University of Vermont Health Network An estimated 250 people from Vermont and New York will come through the doors of UVM Health Network hospitals this year with a structural heart abnormality called aortic valve stenosis. This condition narrows the aortic valve and weakens proper heart function. Had any
February 14, 2020
UVM Medical Center nurse witness to cardiology advancements over four decades
The first time Kathy Getty showed up at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont she was, well, a newborn. She debuted in what was then called the Mary Fletcher Hospital in 1954. 14 years later, she was back here as a candy striper. What she saw inspired her to pursue a career in nursing. “I
February 11, 2020
Mediterranean Diet: A Heart-Healthy Eating Plan
The Mediterranean diet. named the Best Diet Overall for 2019 by U.S. News, has been around since the 1960s and is best known for its health benefits: longevity, weight loss, and disease prevention. Here’s everything you need know.
February 4, 2020
‘Make all the difference’; UVM Medical Center volunteers change lives in Rwanda
Last year, Frankie was a 14-year-old Rwandan with a million-dollar smile and a death sentence due to rheumatic heart disease. But the teen’s life changed when he crossed paths with volunteers from the medical nonprofit Team Heart, including Bruce Leavitt, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon at University of Vermont Medical Center. Dr. Leavitt put two donated