• Heart and Vascular Disease

    Lifestyle Changes for People with Carotid Artery Disease

    Once blood flow has been restored, your work-and that of your care team-is not over. Procedures such as carotid angioplasty and stenting or endarterectomy can address serious blockages in the arteries, but they do not control other risk factors or remove plaque build-up throughout all arteries in the body. That's when the focus of treatment turns from procedures to medication and lifestyle changes.

    Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Coronary Artery Disease

    The following questions can help you talk to your physician about your individual risk of having coronary artery disease (CAD). Print out or write down these questions and take them with you to your appointment. Taking notes can help you remember your physician’s response when you get home.
  • Eugene Davis – Treating Total Blockage Brings Back Joy of Retirement

    Living with heart disease didn’t seem to limit 67-year-old Eugene Davis’ opportunities to enjoy retirement. He had undergone bypass surgery in 1995 and had successfully treated the high blood pressure, shortness of breath and fatigue that sent him to surgery 20 years ago. But in 2008, things changed and he found himself struggling with even simple household chores. When medications failed to help, he and his doctor’s tried another option. Read Eugene’s story to learn how heart disease can progress and how it can be successfully managed.

    Jack Blatherwick - Sudden Angina Signals Serious Heart Condition

    All of a sudden, Jack Blatherwick couldn’t take 50 steps into his four-mile daily walk without extreme chest pain. With a Ph.D. in physiology and a career overseeing the conditioning of professional and Olympic ice hockey players, Jack, 65, recognized his symptoms as angina – the chest pain that occurs when arteries to the heart are blocked and the heart is starved for oxygen. Read more about how Jack got treated and got back to his active lifestyle.

    Peter Millard – Workaholic Learns to Put His Health First

    Health was never much of a concern for 68-year-old Peter Millard. An avid skier, he had been thin for the majority of his youth, and had few health concerns aside from taking his daily cholesterol-lowering medication. It would take several years and several warning signs for him to take his condition seriously and seek treatment for heart disease. Read Peter’s story to learn more about heart disease and how it can be successfully managed.