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Innovating heart health by connecting research and clinical care

Meet Drs. Gray and Mack — two physicians who have dedicated their lives to taking care of people’s hearts. They’re part of a cardiovascular research team that’s woven across Baylor Scott & White and has for years spearheaded changes and improvements in how heart and lung conditions are treated. We sat down with this duo …

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Women and heart disease: The surprising links you may not know

If you asked the average person to describe what a heart attack looks like, chances are they would picture a middle-aged man grabbing his chest. This is the quintessential image of a person experiencing a heart attack, and while this often does occur, it doesn’t tell the whole story.  For starters, almost as many women …

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How to exercise for heart health at home

In the era of COVID-19, many people face new challenges in remaining active. It is well known that exercise and an active lifestyle greatly reduces risk factors for and risk of developing cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 cause of death in the US. However, many traditional methods of exercise are now inaccessible (gyms, sporting groups, cardiac rehabilitations, etc.).  …

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How COVID-19 increases your risk of stroke

You’re likely well aware of the common symptoms and complications of the COVID-19 virus like difficulty breathing and pneumonia. But you may be surprised to learn that the novel coronavirus can also increase your risk of heart and vascular problems, including strokes. The connection between COVID-19 and clotting As we learn more about the COVID-19 …

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Dancing as therapy: After stroke, husband and wife rediscover love for dance

For Hsujeng and Amy Liu, dancing has always been their love language. They met while dancing at a birthday party in 1976 and have been dancing through life together ever since. “He was a gentleman, which was extremely rare on the dance floor,” Amy said. “It also helped that he was a good dancer.” When …

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5 common myths about heart failure

About 6.2 million adults in the U.S. are living with heart failure. Considering how common it is, you may think you know heart failure, but let’s put your knowledge to the test. It’s time to bust the five most common myths and misconceptions I hear about heart failure. 1. Heart failure is when your heart has stopped beating. …

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Family history: 6 questions to ask your family during the holidays

Thanksgiving and Christmas will be very different this year. The familiar sights of holiday traffic, crowded airports and families gathered around the table will be replaced with smaller household gatherings and virtual dinners. Last week, more than 1 million cases of COVID-19 were reported throughout the U.S., prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

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Retired state trooper grateful for life after two emergency surgeries

As a retired state trooper, public safety officer and police officer — and a self-described “fitness buff” — Shannon Cloe is no stranger to tests of physical endurance. So, when exercises that were once easy become strangely difficult, it was a clue that something was amiss. “I have a tendency to push myself more than …

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After major stroke, cyclist grateful to be back on the bike

As an avid cyclist of more than 50 years, Jim Crawford enjoys several long bike rides every week, totaling about 150 miles. But after a near-fatal stroke, he is grateful to be alive, much less back on the bicycle. One day in January, Jim went for his usual ride. After he finished, he entered the …

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