Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence
May 2016
An Alternative to Anticoagulation for Reducing Stroke Risk from Atrial Fibrillation
Nearly one out of three atrial fibrillation (AF) patients can have a stroke due to blood clots that form in the part of the heart called the left atrial appendage (LAA). The clot can travel to the brain and cause a stroke. A breakthrough option, the Watchman LAA closure device, is now available for AF patients who are on warfarin, a type of anticoagulation therapy, or who want a non-drug alternative. The device is implanted in the LAA keeping clots from entering the blood stream, and can free patients from the challenges of long-term warfarin therapy. Watch this animation to learn more.

Eight Mistakes Heart Patients Make
If you've already been through one heart attack, you're at increased risk for another, but with a few smart moves you can reduce that risk. Unfortunately, many heart patients have mistaken ideas about what's good for them. Take action today and avoid these eight mistakes.

5 Things to Know About Stroke
In the United States, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. We don't want to stand idly by as this menacing disease claims our independence and the lives of our loved ones. Join the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and Stroke Heroes around the nation in the effort to put an end to stroke. Activate your Stroke Hero super powers by learning and sharing the 5 Things Every Stroke Hero Should Know infographic. Sharing could possibly save a life, even yours!

Learn more about our Stroke Prevention Clinic.

Recipe for Heart Health
Stuffed Peppers, also gluten-free, are generally lightly seasoned, which allows each diner to add condiments to individual taste.
Try serving it with Fiery Mango Salsa.

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