Cardiology

Jake’s story: A senior project from the heart

The Knight Cardiovascular Institute recently hosted a patient forum for over 60 patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a genetic heart condition. At the event attendees heard from experts about the latest treatments, lifestyle recommendations and research for HCM. They also heard from Jake Hansel, a senior at Camas High School recently diagnosed with apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Jake’s senior project focuses on raising awareness of the disease and support for HCM research. Below, Jake shares his story. My … Read More

Food as medicine

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 … Read More

Healthy summer barbecues and potlucks

Is your summer filling up with social engagements that threaten to derail your healthy diet efforts? Backyard barbecues and potlucks are wonderful, but the typical fare – creamy mayonnaise-based salads, high-fat meats like ribs, and baked goods – isn’t exactly optimal for good health and weight management. Here are my go-to tips for staying on track all summer long. Plan ahead If you bring a dish that is healthy and delicious, you know there will be … Read More

Summer road trips: Making the most of fast food

This is a continuation of our best tips for eating well on the road. Read the first article here. As much as I’d love to have only freshly prepared meals on road trips, being on the road (and on a budget) can at times make fast food inevitable. Use these tips to make the most of a potentially unhealthy situation. Make it a true “happy” meal Wherever you end up, always remember the formula for … Read More

Eating well on the road

Planning on getting out of town this summer? Road trips are a great way to unwind, spend time with family, and see the gorgeous sights of the Pacific Northwest. Unless you’re careful, though, they’re also a great way to pack on a few extra pounds and derail your usual healthy diet choices. But it doesn’t have to be a losing battle! Before you hit the road, use the following tips to help make your next … Read More

Safer Summer Grilling

Summer has arrived in Portland, and for many of us, that means firing up the grill. Grilling is a great way to prepare meals — no added fat (such as with sautéing or frying), the kitchen stays nice and cool, plus the smoky flavor of grilled foods can’t be beat. However, cooking meats at high temperatures (mainly grilling, broiling and pan-frying) can form carcinogens called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). HCAs form … Read More

Your health questions answered: Heart care for a father with diabetes

You ask. OHSU health experts answer. This National Men’s Health Week, one of our cardiovascular experts is on the hot seat. We know that facing a heart condition can be difficult for patient and families, and that getting the right information can provide peace of mind. With Father’s Day on the horizon, a recent question to our providers about care for a father with diabetes is especially timely. Q: My father has diabetes but is in good … Read More

Pregnancy and the heart

Heart disease is not always a disease of the elderly. According to the American Heart Association, there are over 15,000 deaths due to heart disease annually in the U.S. in young women under the age of 55. While most young patients have at least one risk factor for a cardiac event, many women underestimate their cardiovascular risk. These risk factors may come from family history, lifestyle, and unique to female patients: conditions that developed during pregnancy. … Read More

At OHSU, a mother’s passion inspires

OHSU seems to run in the family for four of the six Mansoor siblings, and it all started with their mother, Salma. Steven Mansoor, M.D., Ph.D., David Mansoor, M.D., Lori Mansoor, L.C.S.W. and André Mansoor, M.D. all work in different capacities at OHSU and three are graduates of the OHSU School of Medicine. Their mother is no longer with them, but her passion for helping people, for science and for family is reflected in her … Read More

Ask the expert: Should I take aspirin to prevent a heart attack?

This week you may have seen news headlines touting aspirin as a way to prevent heart attacks. But does that apply to you? OHSU experts are cautioning against a run to the pharmacy until you know whether you meet the specific criteria required to benefit from the regimen. Many people with existing heart disease are advised to take a low-dose aspirin every day to prevent blood clots, the cause of heart attacks and most strokes. … 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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