How Daily Bike Rides Protect Your Heart

Exercise is important for heart health, but it can be difficult to squeeze exercise time into our daily routine. One simple way to make sure you get your heart rate up is to ride your bike instead of using a car or public transportation. In fact, biking from place to place as part of your […]

Similarities Between Peripheral Artery Disease, Stroke and Coronary Artery Disease

Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood away from the heart to the rest of the body. Blood carries oxygen, carbon dioxide, and other nutrients that are needed for all of your organs to function properly. When blood flow through an artery is decreased or blocked, the amount of blood, oxygen and nutrients that reach […]

How to Avoid Potential Complications from PCI

Percutaneous coronary intervention—or PCI—and Protected PCI™ are nonsurgical procedures for people with blocked coronary arteries. The purpose of both procedures is to open up narrowed arteries and improve blood flow to the heart. PCI is recommended for people who otherwise have a healthy heart. Protected PCI is recommended for patients with stable blood flow and […]

How Your Dental Health May Affect Your Heart

What’s the connection between your teeth and heart disease? Inflammation. Let’s explain. Dental health is often thought of as separate from the rest of the body: you see a dentist for your mouth and a doctor for everything else. However, a consensus report concludes that what goes on in our mouths can have a profound […]

What’s A Top Contributor to Heart Attack or Stroke but has No Symptoms?

Cholesterol. Cholesterol levels do not cause symptoms for many years. Yet, if you know your cholesterol levels, you can help prevent heart disease. Only about 70% of adults in the US have their cholesterol levels tested. September is National Cholesterol Education Month—and time to learn about cholesterol and its role in heart disease. What is […]

How Your Heart Benefits from Fish Oil

The American Heart Association recommends eating two servings of fish each week. Will eating fish protect your heart? Scientists agree the answer is yes. Now let us understand why. Fish contain fish oils, specifically omega-3 fatty acids, which are important in our diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are most abundant in oily or fatty fish such […]

Inflammation Connects Psoriatic Arthritis and Coronary Artery Disease

Inflammation may be the reason people with psoriatic arthritis have an increased risk of coronary artery disease, according to a recent article in Cardiology News. This study compared the amount of coronary artery plaque in 50 patients with psoriatic arthritis and 25 healthy controls. Both groups of people were similar in age, smoking status, gender […]

Signs of Coronary Artery Disease and Tips for Protecting Your Heart

Mr. Stone was recently diagnosed with coronary artery disease. He wants to know more. Let’s explain: Coronary arteries are the arteries that supply the heart with oxygen and nutrients. They can accumulate plaque and become narrow, just like other arteries in your body. However, if blood flow through the coronary arteries is limited, the heart […]

Welcome to the Protected PCI “Living with Advanced Heart Disease” Blog

Welcome to the Protected PCI “Living with Advanced Heart Disease” blog, a place where patients can learn about their heart disease in simple, easy-to-understand language. Brought to you by Abiomed—a world leader in medical technologies designed to assist or replace the failing heart—this Protected PCI blog is for everyone: patients, caretakers, family, friends, and anyone […]