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Heart of the Matter: Colchester Woman, 47, Gets Transplant

Colchester resident Cindy Sypher had already survived one heart attack. So when she started to feel strange in a similar manner while traveling to work one morning, she took it seriously. She remembers getting herself to a local urgent care center — and nothing else until she awoke on a...


A Mother’s (Second) Heart Transplant

Carey Taylor and her son, Noah, were planning the trip of a lifetime to Greece. It almost didn’t happen. “There wasn’t a lot of hope surrounding her situation,” Noah recalled, referring to his mother’s heart condition: hypertropic cardiomyopathy. This condition causes the walls of the heart to thicken. For Carey,...

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Exercise Program, Now Covered by Insurance, That Beats Heart Surgery

People living with Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD, a condition where blood flow to legs is poor because arteries are narrow or blocked, now have another option for reducing pain and improving quality of life: a supervised exercise program. The program — now covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans...

Dr. Howard Haronian

Lower Your Blood Pressure With These Lifestyle Changes

Olympics fans know him as the Flying Tomato, a snowboarder who defies gravity on the halfpipe and looks rather dapper draped in gold medals, but as a child Shaun White was a medical challenge. Born with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, which comprises four congenital heart defects, White...

Amanda Zaleski

New Blood Pressure Guidelines: Q&A With Exercise Physiologist

Editor’s note: Amanda Zaleski, an exercise physiologist with the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute’s Department of Preventive Cardiology,  led an early morning “Walk and Talk” at Westfarms mall Feb. 2 to celebrate National Heart Month. Walkers learned about the new blood pressure guidelines, watched a CPR demonstration and received...