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Heart Failure: A New Level of Concern with Preserved Ejection Fraction

Heart failure is an extremely serious condition – but there are treatments. Plus, there’s a not-well-known condition called heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Dr. Abhishek Jaiswal is a cardiologist with the Center for Advanced Heart Failure with the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute. Q: What is heart failure...


Babies in Red Hats: Raising Awareness of Congenital Heart Defects

Pictured above: Angelica Otero of Willimantic holds her new baby boy Joeziah Cummings Otero who was born Jan. 26 at the Windham Hospital Birthing Center. They may not be aware of it quite yet, but babies born at Hartford HealthCare hospitals in February are taking part in their own effort to...

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

How Pain in Her Shoulder Became Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Veronica Debkiewicz was just a few months shy of earning her nursing degree when she lost feeling and function in her right arm. “I woke up with a lot of pain in my shoulder,” said Debkiewicz, who now works as a perioperative nurse at Hartford Hospital. “It felt like my...


Detection and Treatment for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Abdominal aortic aneurysm – commonly known as “triple A” – is often referred to as the silent killer. But a simple, 10-minute screening for this condition along with early intervention have proven to be lifesaving. Vascular surgeon Dr. Akhilesh Kumar Jain from the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute explains....

Apple Watch

Why Heart Patients Shouldn’t Use Apple Watch to Detect AFib

Seems that the Apple smartwatch can do it all – check email, send an SOS, connect to your car, get directions, open your garage door and order a pizza — but checking your heartbeat for atrial fibrillation might not make sense. Dr. Steven Zweibel, director of electrophysiology at the Hartford...