May 2009 references and further reading

Serruys PW, Morice MC, Kappetein AP, et al. Percutaneous coronary intervention versus coronary-artery bypass grafting for severe coronary artery disease. New England Journal of Medicine 2009; 360:961-72. Lange RA, Hillis LD. Coronary revascularization in context. New England Journal of Medicine 2009; 360:1024-6. Chase NL, Sui X, Blair SN. Comparison of the health aspects of swimming with other types of physical activity and sedentary lifestyle habits. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education 2008; 2:151-161. (Locked) More »

Mindfulness in a hectic world

Focusing on the moment can help calm, and maybe even heal, body and mind. Make the moment vital and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused. — Martha Graham In this era of multitasking, it's easy to let the moment slip away, lost in the efforts to juggle work, helping a partner who may be ill, overextended children, aging parents, keeping up a house, paying the bills, and worrying about the economy and the world situation. Paying attention to the moment won't deflate those pressures. But it can help you cope with them in a calmer, less stressful way that can be good for your heart, your head, and your body. (Locked) More »

Trial renews surgery vs. stent debate

People with artery disease may have a choice between bypass surgery and angioplasty, depending on the circumstances of one's condition and other factors such as whether or not a person can take the medication clopidogrel. (Locked) More »

On the alert for deep-vein blood clots

Deep-vein thrombosis is a clot that forms in a leg or arm vein. Sometimes a piece of the clot can break away and travel through the bloodstream. If the clot lodges in a lung, it can be fatal. More »

Heart Beat: Mindfulness helps ease heart failure

Mindfulness is a form of meditation that encourages greater awareness of one's surroundings and experiences. Volunteers with heart failure who participated in a mindfulness study reported lower levels of anxiety and feelings of better overall health. (Locked) More »

Heart Beat: Say "nuts" to chips

Nuts are considered a healthy food when eaten in moderate amounts, but chewing them thoroughly seems to release more of the nut's nutritional value. (Locked) More »

Is donating blood good for the heart?

Are there any cardiovascular benefits to donating blood? Is it like getting an oil change for your car, with the donation getting rid of old blood cells and the body making new ones? (Locked) More »