September is National AFib Awareness Month

Each September we recognize National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib or AF, is the most common heart rhythm disorder in the country, with millions of Americans living with AFib.

How to Sign Up for the Patient Portal in 7 Easy Steps

Today’s healthcare systems are constantly evolving to better meet the technological standards of today’s patients. With nearly everyone having access to a computer, smartphone, and the internet these days, HVI has adopted its own patient portal system to help give patients better access to their personal health information.

The Important Role of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Caring for patients with cardiovascular disease takes a team effort. In today’s ever-changing healthcare landscape, with an increasing number of patients in need of cardiovascular care, the role of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) has never been more important.

Varicose Veins: Are They Just a Cosmetic Problem?

Now that the weather is starting to warm up and become “shorts & t-shirt” weather, it’s around this time of year where I start to get a lot of questions about varicose veins. For a long time, these had mostly been considered just a cosmetic problem, however, new research over the past decade has shown […]

Spring Into Better Heart Health

Spring is finally here! The snow is all but melted, the grass is turning green, and the cold temperatures are starting to become a thing of the past. It also means more opportunities to get outside, get active, and spring into healthier habits. If you’ve spent a little too much time as a couch potato […]

Know Your Rights and Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills

When you get emergency care or get treated by an out-of-network provider at an in-network hospital or ambulatory surgical center, you are protected from surprise billing or balance billing.

Hunters: Make Sure Your Heart is Healthy Before Heading into the Woods this Season

Deer hunting season in Wisconsin is a Fall tradition that ranks right up there with football and pumpkin pie. Head to any Packer game at Lambeau Field in November and you’ll see as many people decked out in blaze orange and camouflage as you will in green and gold. This year alone, the Wisconsin DNR […]

Getting Started with Chronic Care Management: Learn More and Sign Up Today

If you have Medicare or Medicare supplemental insurance and are a patient at the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin, you may eligible for our new chronic care management program with ChronicCareIQ.

Intermittent Fasting Isn’t Just for Weight Loss, It Also Helps Your Heart

Have you heard your doctor mention the words “intermittent fasting” before? Maybe you’ve read about it online. Today, more and more people are turning to intermittent fasting — not eating, or limiting their food intake, for a period of time — as a way to lose weight. However, in addition to its weight loss benefits, […]

Happy Earth Day! Here’s Why it Matters for Heart Disease

Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22nd to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries.

What You Should Know About Coronavirus in Wisconsin

Updated March 28th – Updated the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wisconsin and changed risk level. As of March 28th, COVID is a serious threat in the state if Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Governor Tony Evers have declared a public health emergency in the state of Wisconsin. So far, […]

How Much Exercise is Too Much Exercise for Your Heart?

While there’s no denying that the benefits of aerobic exercise far outweigh the risks for cardiac patients, a new report from the American Heart Association shows that some types of exercise might actually be detrimental to your long-term health. One example cited by researchers is when people participate in extreme endurance events like marathon and […]