If You Really Want To Win Someone’s Heart, Give Dark Chocolate This Valentine’s Day

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Milk chocolate, with its velvety mouth-feel and intense sweetness, may be irresistible, but dark chocolate can provide far more health benefits for your sweetheart’s heart health. Look for dark chocolate that contains at least 65 percent cacao, the pure form of raw chocolate packed with flavonoids and antioxidants. These compounds can repair damaged cells, lower […]

Family Medical History: Building Your Family Tree

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Genealogy, or the study of family history, is a hobby that has fascinated millions of people for countless generations. Knowing where we come from and understanding those that preceded us help us to shape our understanding of who we are today. And while many genealogists spend their time researching life elements like the profession, military […]

How Your Smoking Can Affect Your Child’s Heart Health

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You already know that smoking is bad for you, but did you know your habit could also negatively affect your child’s heart health? Not only that, but the harmful effects on the heart and blood vessels are almost immediate. Secondhand smoke can do the same amount of damage to their health as if they were […]

What is a “Widowmaker?”

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In general, heart attacks are scary, and although they come in varying degrees of severity, no one ever wants to hear that they or a loved one have suffered one. One of the most sinister types of heart attacks, by name and by nature, is the famed “widowmaker.” But what is a widowmaker? And why […]

Atrial Flutter vs. Atrial Fibrillation: What You Should Know

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There are more than a dozen types of abnormal heart rhythms, but it seems like the only one that gets any real attention is atrial fibrillation, or “A-Fib.” While atrial fibrillation is common and should be treated with care, there are other abnormalities you should have on your radar, including atrial flutter. Atrial flutter has […]

About Dr. Kenneth Civello

Kenneth C. Civello, MD, MPH, FACC is an Our Lady of the Lake Heart & Vascular Institute electrophysiologist. He earned his medical degree from the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his residency at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. Dr. Civello then completed a Fellowship in cardiology and electrophysiology at The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. He is Board Certified in clinical cardiac electrophysiology and cardiovascular disease. Click here to learn more about Dr. Civello.