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A softball player with heart: Kaitlynn's aortic valve replacement at age 19

Division I softball player Kaitlynn Dawson faced open heart surgery for a leaky bicuspid aortic valve. See how the less-invasive SAVR procedure by UT Southwestern's Dr. Neelan Doolabh got Kaitlynn back on the field in just three months – with a brand new heart valve.

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Test your heart smarts: Diet and exercise quiz

Diet and exercise are two key components of a healthy heart and lifestyle. But how well do you know which foods or activities are best for you. Dr. Ann Navar, a UT Southwestern preventional cardiologist, puts your knowledge to the test in our heart smart quiz.

Heart; Your Pregnancy Matters

Postpartum hypertension: When a new mom's blood pressure is too high

High blood pressure risks in pregnancy don't end with delivery – up to six weeks after having a baby, postpartum hypertension can cause strokes. Jamie Morgan, M.D., discusses how women can protect their health between Ob/Gyn visits.

COVID; Heart

Video visits offer high-quality heart failure care from the comfort of home

Video visits are an effective, high-quality alternative to in-clinic visits for patients with advanced heart failure. Find out what to expect and how remote care can benefit patients.

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Follow the clues to find hope for advanced heart failure

A diagnosis of advanced heart failure sounds ominous, but the key to managing the condition is detecting it early. Dr. Mark Drazner, Chief of Cardiology at UT Southwestern, shares six simple clues that can help patients recognize advanced heart failure so they get the specialized treatment they need.

Heart; Nutrition

5 foods rich in heart-healthy polyphenols

Research has indicated that foods such as chocolate, red wine, and olive oil, which are rich in natural chemical compounds called polyphenols, may offer protection from heart disease.

Heart; Prevention

4 studies that defy conventional thinking about race, weight loss, and heart health

African-Americans are not genetically predisposed to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Recent UT Southwestern studies dispel conventional thinking around race, weight loss, and heart health and push for personalized, equitable patient care.

Heart; Women's Health; Your Pregnancy Matters

Pregnancy, statins, and high cholesterol: What women need to know

Though statins are proven to save lives, these cholesterol-lowering drugs are not considered safe for pregnant or breastfeeding patients. Get the facts about statins, hypercholesterolemia, and pregnancy in this week's Your Pregnancy Matters blog.

Discovery; Heart

'One of the luckiest guys': Charlie's abdominal aortic aneurysm repair – without open surgery

UT Southwestern is one of few U.S. medical centers that can treat abdominal aortic aneurysms with custom stent devices through FEVAR, a minimally invasive procedure. See how the procedure – and technology designed by our surgeons – spared a UT Dallas professor from open surgery.

Heart; Nutrition

Why belly fat is dangerous and how to control it

Obesity is a major issue in the United States, but the latest research suggests we may need to change the way we look at fat, specifically belly fat.