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Fish oil for heart health? A tale of two studies

Many people take fish oil supplements daily to reduce the risk of heart attack. But do omega-3 fatty acid pills really work? In this week’s blog, Joseph A. Hill, M.D., Ph.D., discusses the ongoing debate, as well as scientifically proven strategies to reduce heart attack risk.


MitraClip therapy: Which patients are ‘sick enough’?

MitraClip has emerged as a treatment option for patients with mitral valve disease who are not healthy enough for valve replacement surgery. However, the device is approved for only a small patient pool – and it might be unnecessary with optimized medical therapy.


Why daily aspirin therapy for heart disease might not be safe for everyone

A September 2018 study suggests that taking aspirin to lower the risk of heart disease might not be worth the risk of bleeding the drug carries for many people. Sharon Reimold, M.D., discusses what the study results mean for patients.


2018 cholesterol guidelines: 4 updates patients need to know

In November 2018, the national cholesterol treatment guidelines were updated for the first time in five years. Two esteemed physicians from UT Southwestern coauthored the guidelines, and in this week’s blog they discuss what the updates mean for patients.

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Taking On America's Biggest Killer


Blood pressure monitoring: Home is where your true BP numbers live

Hypertension is a leading risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular death. While hypertension is generally not curable, it is treatable if you are aware of it, and one of the best ways to stay on top of this disease is through home blood pressure monitoring. Read more.


New AFib trials show an effective way to improve patients’ outcomes

Atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart arrhythmia, might lead to heart failure, stroke, and other serious conditions. But new trials show reduced mortality and hospitalization rates are possible for patients who undergo catheter ablation treatment.


Dr. Link’s perspective: Why family matters for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy care

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM, is a genetic heart condition that affects about one in 500 people nationwide. Learn how accurate diagnoses of this dangerous disease and a Plano mother’s determination saved her life and that of her son.


‘Before my heart transplant, I was dying’: Gabriela’s story

When Gabriela received her heart transplant, she knew right away she wanted to meet her donor’s family. So she took a six-hour road trip from Fort Worth to Corpus Christi, and she wound up with a new best friend for life. Read her remarkable story now.


How PCI stenting can reduce chest pain and heart attack damage – without surgery

Heart disease, and more specifically coronary artery disease, is common in the U.S. Learn how PCI can relieve chronic chest pain.