Adult Congenital Heart Disease Web Chat Tomorrow

It is estimated that approximately one million adults and are living with congenital heart defects in the United States. A heart defect is the most common birth defect, but at least 10% of all congenital heart defects are not found until adulthood. While there are risks for developing additional heart problems, with proper medical care, … Read More

From Pericarditis to Completing a Half Marathon

We asked Justin Mohler if he would allow us to post this letter of thanks to Dr. Klein. During our web chat in July, so many people asked about pericarditis, I am sure people would be happy to know Mr. Mohler completed a 1/2 marathon one year after beginning treatment. Thanks for sharing your story. … Read More

Music as a Soothing and Healing Instrument

Our last entry by Austin Petsche, a junior from Western Reserve Academy, and our student volunteer this summer at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus. He was a guest blogger over the summer and covered places to see in the Heart and Vascular Institute. For all those music lovers out there, the Gus P. Karos Grand Lobby … Read More

Just Say No

“Too much information!” has become a common conversational refrain.  We say it when speaker threatens to reveal more than we need to know about a personal subject.  The same utterance could be applied to medicine, where unnecessary diagnostic tests can burden caregivers with more information than they need.  Too much information can be dangerous when … Read More

Robin Williams in A Heart to Heart

To benefit the Sydell & Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute Robin Williams on the heels of his hit Broadway show “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” gets real in a live interview with special guest David Steinberg at 8 p.m. Saturday, September 24, at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square State Theatre. In gratitude to his … Read More

What is the Difference Between a Pacemaker and a Defibrillator?

Last week we hosted a web chat on arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms) and devices.  During the chat, Dr. Wilkoff answered a question he often gets from patients:  What is the difference between a pacemaker and a defibrillator? See more questions and answers by cardiologists Dr. Wilkoff and Dr. Kanj at the Arrhythmias and Device Therapy web chat transcript.

Stents of Steel

The development of stents for coronary artery diseases was the big news in cardiology in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  A stent is a little mesh cylinder that is slipped into a coronary artery to hold it open the same way structural steel holds a building erect.  Stents are deployed as the final phase … Read More

Imaging the Heart: LVAD

From ” What Are We Looking At?“ These computed tomography (CT) images provided by Cardiovascular Imaging at Cleveland Clinic, show four views of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implanted in a patient with heart failure awaiting transplant. An LVAD is a battery-powered heart assist device that helps the left ventricle (the main pumping chamber of … Read More

What Are We Looking At?

Here are four views of a patient’s heart. They were taken with CT imaging and conventional x-ray. The patient has severe heart failure and is awaiting transplant. If you look closely, however, you’ll see something strange. There are curious, un-heartlike structures in there. What could they be? Drop your guesses in the comments box. We’ll … Read More