Cardiology

Heart attack symptoms, response differ in women vs. men

A woman’s heart attack can have different underlying causes, symptoms and outcomes compared to men, according to a new scientific statement released last week by the American Heart Association. The new statement from the American Heart Association is its first to address heart attacks in women, and the organization is concerned women are being undertreated. It notes that there have been dramatic declines in cardiovascular deaths among women due to improved treatment and prevention of … Read More

Eating well in the new year

Have you resolved to eat better in 2016, but you aren’t quite sure where to start? Last week, U.S. News & World Report released their annual review of 38 popular diets and chose the best based on ease, nutrition, safety, and effectiveness. The top ten best diets on the list are all safe, smart, and healthy eating plans. This report can be used as a guide for choosing a plan that will work best with your … Read More

OHSU celebrates 30th anniversary of first heart transplant in Oregon

OHSU has long been known for bringing cutting-edge care and medical firsts to Oregonians. Even as we chase after the medical breakthroughs of tomorrow we understand the importance of celebrating and learning from our past. This December, our Heart Failure and Transplant Program at the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute celebrates the 30th anniversary of the first heart transplant in Oregon, done at OHSU by renowned cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Albert Starr. Since the program’s first in … Read More

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul first in Oregon to receive prestigious national cardiology award

Congratulations to Sanjiv Kaul, M.D., Director of the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute, who received the American Heart Association’s highest clinical honor, the James B. Herrick Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Cardiology. Dr. Kaul is the only cardiologist in Oregon to receive this distinction. He was recognized “in grateful recognition of his highly significant discoveries expanding the field of cardiovascular diagnostic imaging and greatly enhancing the care of patients with heart and blood vessel disease,” according to the … Read More

A healing duo: Meet Hunter and Belinda

When Belinda and Sean McCully went to adopt a dog, they knew Hunter was the one. “We instinctively knew he was going to be a good dog,” Belinda said. Hunter, a 6-year-old Labrador/hound mix, has proven to be much more than a gentle, loyal pet. He and Belinda, a Research Assistant Professor with the Division of Trauma in the Surgery Department at OHSU, team up to provide animal-assisted therapy to Cardiovascular ICU patients, families, faculty … Read More

Simple steps to maximize heart health

By now, we’ve all heard the recommendations for a heart-healthy diet – reduce your saturated fat intake, avoid trans fats, cut back on salt. But did you know there are specific foods you can eat that can help lower your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol even further? Researchers have created a “portfolio” of cholesterol-lowering foods, that, when eaten together along with a heart-healthy diet, are even more effective at reducing LDL cholesterol than a low-saturated fat diet alone. Follow … Read More

A glimpse of Heartopia at the Heart & Stroke Walk

In a perfect world, what would you do for your heart? Would you exercise more? Manage your stress better? We asked our experts at the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute what they think a perfect cardiovascular world would look like. They said things like “diets would be based on science, not fads” and “meetings would take place on treadmills, instead of sitting at tables.” Me? In a perfect world I would see more money spent on … Read More

Your health questions answered: What can I do about high cholesterol?

You ask. OHSU health experts answer. This month, one of our cardiovascular experts is on the hot seat. Q. I eat healthy, exercise and am not overweight – but I have high cholesterol. What can I do? A. Average low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol is below 125; when it is above 160, you may have been born with high cholesterol. Talk to your primary care provider. You may have a genetic condition called familial … Read More

The magic bullet for heart health?

If you knew there was a “magic bullet” that would reduce your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) by 92% and lower your risk of other cardiovascular risk factors, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, by 66%, would you take it? A recent large, prospective study showed what appears to be the key to drastically reducing the risk for heart disease in women aged 27-44, potentially preventing more than 70% of CHD and … Read More

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

It’s safe to say Kimmie Harding knows her way around OHSU. She’s been treated here for the last 34 years and counting for her Congenital Heart Defect (CHD). Her passion for advocacy made her the perfect person to enlist to help raise awareness about CHD – and OHSU’s incredible care team – this CHD Awareness Week. Take it away, Kimmie! What are Congenital Heart Defects? Congenital Heart Defects are problems with the heart’s structure that are … Read More

Why 96,000 Square Miles?

OHSU Health Fair at Pioneer Square.

President Robertson is fond of saying that OHSU has a 96,000 square mile campus, serving Oregonians “from Enterprise to Coos Bay, from Portland to Klamath Falls.”

This blog aims to highlight that breadth. 96,000 Square Miles (96K for short) will focus on the people of OHSU, the Oregonians we serve and the ripple effect of our work in Oregon and beyond.

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