'It's a Miracle ... They Saved My Life'

Posted by Jill Porter on Dec 17, 2015 1:05:42 PM

Peter Giordano is a lifelong ice hockey player who believes you never quit in the middle of a game, no matter what. So when his chest felt tight and he struggled for breath in the third period of a game one Saturday in October, the 47-year-old Giordano kept on playing. Even when both arms went numb, he kept on playing.

When the game ended, he dropped to his knees and collapsed in the middle of the rink. Within moments, while his teammates scrambled to get him off the ice and remove his gear, his heart stopped; his teammates saw his eyes roll behind his head and his lips turn blue.

Giordano was revived with a defibrillator kept at the Chestnut Hill rink, but he was still near death. His heart stopped once more before he was rushed to the OR at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, where Dr. Khalid Chaudhry and his interventional cardiology team performed an emergency heart catheterization to open a blocked coronary artery and implant a stent.

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Topics: Cardiology

One Patient’s Story: How an Operation for Atrial Fibrillation Changed His Life

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Oct 22, 2015 12:05:52 PM

Frank Ryan is a 67-year-old retired truck driver, grandfather of 18 and great-grandfather of 9. He had been experiencing atrial fibrillation—an irregular, often rapid heart rhythm that robbed him of his energy, leaving him weak, lightheaded and short of breath. He came to Einstein for help. His doctor was Sumeet Mainigi, MD, associate director of electrophysiology at Einstein Medical Center. Here is Frank’s story in his own words:

"Dr. Mainigi told me about a revolutionary procedure—ablation—as a way to treat my atrial fibrillation. He explained the procedure and made me feel confident that I was the perfect candidate. I said “no.” But one night watching TV, I couldn't focus on the show or relax at all. My heart was pumping out of my chest. So I decided to do it.

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Topics: Cardiology

Want to Fight Heart Disease? Walk the Walk

Posted by Jeff Meade on Sep 22, 2015 10:46:12 AM

More than a lot of people, Einstein Healthcare Network vice president and chief nurse executive Ric Cuming, EdD, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, knows fully well the impact heart disease has on human life.

“As a nurse, I worked many years in the coronary care unit/medical ICU,” he says, “and then I moved into the operating room and joined the open heart surgery team.”

But one day last December, heart disease really hit home.

“My best friend Gary passed away from a massive heart attack. He died at 56, about four months short of his 57th birthday. To make matters worse, his partner of 32 years, Mike, came home to find him in the bathroom.”

So when the Philadelphia Heart Walk 2015 steps off Saturday, November 7, at Citizens Bank Park, Cuming—part of a team of Einstein executives—will have a bit of extra motivation: “I’m walking for Gary.”

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Topics: Cardiology, Heart Walk

Meet an Einstein Health Care Provider: Sumeet K. Mainigi, M.D.

Posted by Jeff Meade on Jul 16, 2015 12:56:00 PM

Sumeet Mainigi, MD, FACC, FHRS. He holds the Laptop pressure monitoring device. It was part of a clinical trial Einstein was involved in that measured left atrial pressure in patients with heart failure. Einstein was the only hospital in Philadelphia involved in the clinical trial.
Photo by Wesley Hilton

Perspectives: What’s new in cardiac electrophysiology (diagnosing and treating heart rhythm disorders)? What can be done now that couldn’t be done earlier in the field?

Dr. Mainigi: The field has exploded and advanced dramatically in the last few years. We can now very precisely target and destroy arrhythmias, and offer patients effective control or cure of these potentially life-threatening problems. We can really change peoples’ lives. And the best thing about it is that these procedures are faster and more effective than ever before.

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Topics: Cardiology

Make a Heart-Healthy Strawberry Shortcake

Posted by Peter Crowell on Mar 16, 2015 11:54:00 AM

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Strawberry shortcake just got better with a touch of chocolate. Creamy vanilla yogurt replaces high fat whipped cream in this delicious chocolate strawberry shortcake to make a heart-healthy dessert.



  • 2 lb fresh strawberries, sliced (5 1/2 to 6 cups)
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup cold trans fat free margarine, cut into bits
  • 2/3 cup skim milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 16 oz container nonfat vanilla yogurt
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Topics: Recipes, Cardiology, Nutrition

Change Your Life in 7 Minutes a Day

Posted by Peter Crowell on Mar 13, 2015 10:48:00 AM

Give Your Heart a Workout in 7 Minutes or Less

Do you have five minutes to spare? That may be all it takes to live a longer, heart-healthy life.

According to a recent study published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology, it may take as little as five minutes a day of strenuous exercise to improve your heart health and overall longevity.

Ready to get started? Grab a pair of running shoes and hit the road. Running, or even just fast walking, may be the easiest way to give your heart a quick workout.

The study looked at data from 55,000 adults over a 15-year period to determine if running has an impact on life expectancy. Here’s what researchers found:

Runners versus Non-Runners:

  • Compared with non-runners, runners had a 30 percent lower risk of death from all causes and a 45 percent lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke.
  • Runners lived, on average, three years longer than non-runners.

The Fast Track to Heart Health

“If you aren’t a runner now, remember that fast walking is a precursor to jogging and running, and offers heart benefits as well,” says Andrew P. Overman, PT, DPT, MS, COMT, CSCS.

Overman suggests that non-runners start with fast-paced walking, interspersed with periods/intervals of light jogging (for 30 seconds, for example). 

“This will still help to strengthen your heart as you progress and elevate your heart rate, which will lead to heart benefits overall.”

Intensity Can Pave the Way to Longevity

More may not be better when it comes to the healthy heart benefits of running or strenuous activity in general. Timothy Church, MD, PhD, one of the study’s co-authors, noted that there is nothing “magical about running per se” and instead said that it is likely that exercise intensity is the key to improving longevity.

Church’s bottom line advice: If you are healthy enough, do at least five minutes of high-intensity exercise each day. “The benefits in terms of mortality are remarkable,” he said.

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Topics: Wellness, Cardiology

Here's A Heart-and-Diabetes Friendly Recipe for Chicken Fajitas

Posted by Peter Crowell on Mar 4, 2015 10:08:00 AM

A Delicious Dinner in Just Minutes

Have some friends over for this fun and easy chicken fajitas recipe. Marinate the chicken earlier in the day and you’ll have a delicious chicken fajitas dinner in minutes.


1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts2 Tbsp canola oil
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp hot sauce, or to taste
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 large onion, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
8 whole wheat flour tortillas (8-inch diameter), warm
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped, optional
1/4 cup chopped tomato, optional


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Topics: Recipes, Cardiology

Simple Diet Changes that can Help Prevent Heart Attacks

Posted by Peter Crowell on Feb 23, 2015 10:43:00 AM

Changing Your Diet May Prevent a Heart Attack

Powerful results from long-term studies indicate that people who change their diets for the better after suffering a heart attack are much less likely to die of heart disease or suffer another cardiac event.

In fact, adopting a heart-healthy diet proved to have similar success in risk reduction as taking statin drugs.

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Topics: Wellness, Cardiology

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