ancient grains

Understanding whole grains: Beyond just wheat

Posted on October 25, 2017

Dietary guidelines call for us to eat whole grains. But when you think of whole grains, do you struggle to come up with anything but wheat? There are many other options to explore! Whole grains play a key role in promoting good health. They provide the body with a number of nutrients, including protein, iron, … »


A mystery: Understanding cryptogenic stroke

Posted on May 26, 2017

When a person experiences a stroke, the type of treatment he or she receives is largely dependent on what caused the stroke. So what happens when the cause is unknown? Treatment following a stroke has dual purposes — it’s intended to limit the damage caused by the stroke and help prevent another stroke. Because of … »


Erlanger East Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology Lab

Posted on May 15, 2017

Erlanger East continues to grow up. The $50 million expansion of Erlanger East Hospital included four new operating rooms, a new 58-bed patient tower including a 6-bed ICU, and expanded physician office space. Additionally, in August 2016, Erlanger East got its own Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology lab. CVIR stands for “Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology” and refers to … »


erlanger heart and lung institute

America’s Next Great Heart Hospital is Here

Posted on February 14, 2017

As Southeast Tennessee’s only academic heart center, The Erlanger Heart and Lung Institute is known throughout the region for providing the latest cardiac care advancements. Last year, Erlanger Health Systems decided to build on the heart center’s success to help it compete on a national scale. With its recent $10 million investment, the new Heart … »


heart disease aging

Stop heart disease as you age

Posted on February 8, 2017

Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death for people in Tennessee? According to the American Heart Association, 1 out of 4 deaths is attributed to heart disease in our state. We all know good habits, like regular exercise and a low-fat diet, can make a big difference to our heart health … »


valve replacement Dr. Wiisanen

An exciting new alternative to valve replacement surgery

Posted on February 1, 2017

The Erlanger Heart and Lung Institute has made it its mission to bring new medical breakthroughs to our community and the medical community as a whole. As a part of its ongoing investment in the latest technologies, the Institute now offers Mitra Clip — a groundbreaking alternative to mitral valve replacement surgery. Why it’s important … »


Dr. Wiisanen, TAVR

Introducing TAVR, a new way to replace heart valves

Posted on December 23, 2016

If you could choose between traditional heart valve replacement surgery, or one that could be done faster with a faster recovery, which would it be? You now have both options right here at home. TAVR – or Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement – is a groundbreaking procedure that allows doctors to replace heart valves through one … »


Dr Shears cardiac bypass surgery

Announcing a new alternative to open-heart surgery

Posted on November 28, 2016

Due to its ongoing investment in new technologies and specialties, the Erlanger Heart and Lung Institute is now among the very best heart centers in the country with new cardiac bypass surgery. Recently, the Institute announced the arrival of Dr. Larry Shears – one of the world’s most experienced robotic heart surgeons and a specialist … »


heart health

Got 5 minutes? Try these heart-healthy habits.

Posted on October 27, 2016

You know the basics of keeping your heart healthy — exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet and don’t smoke. But beyond those big lifestyle habits, there are some smaller steps you can take to promote heart health that only take a few minutes. We know life’s busy. But taking some steps to protect your heart … »


eye health

What the eyes reveal about your health

Posted on October 22, 2016

It’s often said that the eyes are the window to the soul. It turns out, they’re also a window to your health. Many diseases that affect the body show up first in the eyes. In fact, certain diseases are often first detected during an eye exam. A study conducted by a vision care company in … »


types of fat

Making sense of fats

Posted on September 8, 2016

Not all fats are created equal. When you’re scanning nutrition labels, you may try to limit your intake of fat. But avoiding fat may leave your diet lacking in the types of fat that are actually good for you. How are you supposed to know what foods contain good-for-you fats? Here’s what you should know: … »


bad cholesterol

A user’s guide to cholesterol

Posted on July 28, 2016

Maybe your doctor has told you that your cholesterol’s too high. Or you’ve seen commercials on TV for high cholesterol medications. But how much do you actually know about cholesterol? Well, first things first: Cholesterol isn’t a bad thing. Cholesterol, a type of fat, is a waxy substance produced by and used by the body … »


When your heart beats to a different drum

Posted on July 18, 2016

Usually a heart beats at just the right tempo. But sometimes it can beat too fast, too slow or simply out of rhythm — a condition called arrhythmia. How much do you know about arrhythmia? Read on as Harish Manyam, M.D., director of cardiovascular research and director of the Atrial Fibrillation Center at UT Erlanger … »


Diabetes & cardiovascular health: What’s the connection?

Posted on June 24, 2016

Whether you’ve been managing diabetes all your life or were recently diagnosed, you know that you face a unique set of challenges. Do you also know that you’re at a higher risk of heart disease and stroke? Let’s take a look at the numbers. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), nearly 70 percent of … »


blood pressure

Under pressure

Posted on June 18, 2016

You’ve had your blood pressure (BP) checked at your annual checkup. You may even check your BP occasionally using the machine at the drugstore. But do you know what the numbers actually mean? First, let’s define blood pressure. The term refers to how forcefully your blood pushes against the sides of the blood vessels. Without … »


Red light, green light: Your guide to heart-healthy eating

Posted on May 2, 2016

On TV, in the news, in your monthly magazine … It seems like everywhere you turn, healthy eating is a topic of conversation. But how can you know what to eat for a healthy heart? Healthy eating can seem complicated. But in reality, making a few smart choices can help you reduce your risk of … »


Cardiac rehab: more than just a gym

Posted on February 16, 2016

Most people hope to never need a cardiologist. The reality is that most of us will require a cardiologist in our lifetime, as cardiovascular disease (CVD) will affect one in two men and one in three women. Cardiovascular disease includes: High blood pressure Heart attack Stroke Heart failure Coronary artery disease Diseases of the aorta … »


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