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CardioVascular Institute at BIDMC launches e-newsletter

Bimonthly Heart Mail offers information on cardiac and vascular health

BOSTON - The CardioVascular Institute (CVI) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) launched the first edition of Heart Mail, a bimonthly electronic newsletter packed with useful information about heart and vascular health.

Heart Mail will be distributed every two months, alternating with BIDMC's existing Your Health @ BIDMC e-newsletter covering a wide range of health topics.

In contrast, Heart Mail will maintain a tight focus on cardiovascular health. Each issue will include general interest stories along with articles on cardiovascular wellness and disease, the latest therapies and research, and heart-healthy recipes. The free newsletter is written in collaboration with physicians and cardiologists at the CVI's three divisions: Cardiovascular Medicine, Cardiac Surgery and Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.

The first issue of Heart Mail includes:

· The Truth about Chocolate and Your Heart. It's good for you, really!

· Risky Relationship. Learn about the link between atrial fibrillation and stroke.

· Take a Spider to Lunch. Get rid of pesky spider veins with the CVI's speedy new "lunch-time" procedure.

· Step up to Heart Health. Walking can keep your heart healthy.

"This e-newsletter reflects our belief that well-informed people, collaborating with their physicians, can be excellent managers of their own cardiovascular health," says Stanley M. Lewis, MD, interim president of the CVI. " Heart Mail is a fun and effortless way for people to stay in touch with the latest information on heart and vascular health issues and topics. We welcome input from readers on topics for future issues."

To opt in as a new subscriber, visit www.bidmc.org/eletter The current issue will be available at  www.bidmc.org/heartmail later this week.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and consistently ranks among the top four in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. The CardioVascular Institute delivers outstanding outcomes in the medical, interventional and surgical treatment of heart and vascular diseases. For more information, visit www.bidmc.org/cvi