Heart Health

Can you really experience a broken heart?

Can you really experience a broken heart?

With Valentine’s Day celebrations of love about to begin for many couples and families, UConn Today sat down with Dr. Sara Tabtabai, a cardiologist...
When a heart stops working properly, time is of the essence

When a heart stops working properly, time is of the essence

Diane Jones, a businesswoman in her 40s, lived a healthy lifestyle. She exercised regularly and ate a balanced diet. Yet, one day, she noticed...
7 surprising things that can hurt your heart

7 surprising things that can hurt your heart

Heart disease can be related to many sources. Here are several you might not expect. Most people know that smoking isn’t a heart-healthy habit. Nor is...
Treating atrial fibrillation

Treating atrial fibrillation: AV node ablation a ‘last resort’

If you have a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (frequently abbreviated as Afib), you’ve likely discussed with your doctor and possibly tried a variety of...
How chronic snoring can cause heart disease

How chronic snoring can cause heart disease

Heavy snoring can sound funny to your sleep partner, but the condition is no joke. Snoring is often the sign of a condition called obstructive...
How to rebuild heart’s layers with stem cells

How to rebuild heart’s layers with stem cells

A process using human stem cells can generate the epicardium cells that cover the outer surface of a human heart. “In 2012, we discovered that if...
Implant predicts heart failure a month before it happens

Implant predicts heart failure a month before it happens

A system of sensors added to defibrillator implants might make it possible to predict heart failure events—sometimes more than a month before they happen. Researchers...
To fix heartbeat, replace shocks with red light?

To fix heartbeat, replace shocks with red light?

Beams of light can replace painful electric shocks to restore normal heartbeat in people suffering from potentially fatal arrhythmias, scientists now believe. The findings, based...
Severe obesity on its own may raise risk of heart failure

Severe obesity on its own may raise risk of heart failure

Severe obesity by itself leaves a person at significantly higher risk for heart failure, whether or not that person also suffers from high blood...
New drug for heart disease shows promise for cats and humans

New drug for heart disease shows promise for cats and humans

A new drug shows promise for treating heart disease in cats and humans, report researchers. The drug, MYK-461, proved effective in a study of five...