Heart & Vascular Institute

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The Link Between Erectile Dysfunction and Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States and worldwide. For the man who regularly consults with his doctor, however, heart disease and its potentially fatal consequences are usually avoidable. Dr. Waseem Chaudhry is a preventive cardiologist at the Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Men’s Health Center....

Exercise and Your Heart

February Walk to Wellness: The Best Exercises for Your Heart

The heart is a muscle and needs exercise just as much as other muscles in the body, but just how much exercise is enough to maintain good health? Similar to a prescription for any medication, exercise can be prescribed for the prevention, treatment and/or control of almost any chronic condition,...

Marathon runners

Heart Study: This Type of Exercise Cuts Years Off Your Cardiovascular Age

How far do you have to go to slow cardiovascular aging? How about 26.2 miles, not coincidentally the precise marathon distance? A new study suggests a basic six-month marathon-training program followed by 138 newbie runners, ages 21 to 69, reduced the equivalent of four years from their vascular age. The...

Best Diets

Ranked: The Best (and Worst) Diets of 2020

The Mediterranean diet, for the third straight year, is the best overall diet in annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The diet is top-heavy in vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fruits, beans an olive oil. No-nos on this diet include red meat, refined grains and added sugars. The U.S. News...

Coronary calcium score.

This 5-Minute Test Reveals Your Heart Disease Risk

Do you know your coronary calcium score? Screening helps you understand your risk of heart disease Coronary artery disease, also known as heart disease, is the No. 1 cause of death for men and women. Knowing your risk before you experience symptoms could save your life. Thanks to coronary calcium...


When Aches in Legs, Thighs or Hips Signal Hardened Blood Vessels

As we age, our body tends to wear down. We feel aches and pains that we’ve never felt before and with no obvious reason. For almost 12 million people in America, the pain, aching and fatigue they feel in their thighs, hips and leg muscles may be from poor blood...

Men and Heart Disease

A Simple Way Most Men Can Avoid Being a ‘Heart Attack Waiting to Happen’

You’ve obviously heard the reference to a man as a “heart attack waiting to happen.” Well, there’s some truth in that gallows humor: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States and worldwide. For the man who regularly consults with his doctor, however, heart...