High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): Exercise Bursts with Surprising Benefits

**By Drew Baldwin, MD, FACC** Whether or not you’re a runner, it’s hard not to be impressed by Glen Cook’s accomplishment. The Midwest native has run the Chicago Marathon every 10 years since 1982, and he has finished faster each time. Yet … [Read more...]

Don’t Let the Numbers Fool You: A User’s Guide to Nutrition Labels

woman comparing food labels in store

by Marianne Beirne *** Ever stood in the grocery aisle, staring at the nutrition label of a can of soup or box of cereal and tried to figure out if it was “healthy” or not? It can feel like you need an advanced degree in mathematics or chemistry to … [Read more...]

Heart Failure: Proper Management Improves Quality of Life

**By Sara Weiss, MD** According to the American Heart Association, heart failure affects 6.5 million Americans and is projected to increase 46 percent by 2030, impacting more than 8 million people. Unfortunately, this common condition was given one … [Read more...]

Heartburn or Heart Attack? Pay Attention to Symptoms

**By Gordon L. Kritzer, MD, FACC** Since large meals are often part of celebrating, it's easy to overdo it on special occasions. If you've just eaten a big meal and you feel a burning sensation in your chest, you might think it is heartburn, and it … [Read more...]

Lifelong Heart Health Requires Awareness and Action

**By J. Susie Woo, MD** As a cardiologist, I diagnose and treat heart disease – our country’s leading cause of death – across a broad spectrum of patients. Although the goal is to always individualize treatment based on a person’s unique condition, … [Read more...]

A Heart Back in Rhythm: Dominik’s Story

Prior to his recent experience at Virginia Mason, Dominik Musafia, 47, was "a skeptic of modern medicine." That's why it took him a while to see a doctor when he was having health problems. A divorce attorney, Dominik is used to stress and fatigue … [Read more...]

Advanced Procedure Makes Heart Valve Replacement Possible for More Patients

When Bob Partridge’s cardiologist told him it was time to treat his faulty heart valve, Bob was very aware of the problem. He couldn’t walk the 14 steps from his basement to the kitchen without stopping to catch his breath or even make it across his … [Read more...]

Heart Healthy Recipe: Curried Cauliflower and Couscous Pilaf

Even though American Heart Month ends this week, you can still eat with your heart in mind all year round. Virginia Mason’s new executive chef, Brian Brooks, shared his food philosophy and this delicious cauliflower recipe to keep us in a heart … [Read more...]

New Procedure Helps Some Patients Avoid Coronary Bypass Surgery

Virginia Mason's cardiovascular intervention team treats hundreds of blocked coronary arteries every year, all by way of small incisions and specially equipped catheters in a procedure known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Recently, … [Read more...]

Get Heart Healthy with a Mediterranean-Inspired Pacific Northwest Diet

by Tina Marsh Begg, MS, RD, CD *** The health benefits associated with the traditional Mediterranean diet are no secret:  lower risk of heart attack, lower cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure. But have you ever wondered how to adopt a more … [Read more...]