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Too Little and Too Much Vitamin D

Vitamin D.  You don’t want to be without it.  Vitamin D helps the body build bones.  A vitamin D deficiency can lead to rickets, a once common skeletal disease.  It may even be associated with some other medical conditions — like heart disease. But right now, that’s a big “maybe”. In fact, too much vitamin … Read More

What is a heart CT scan?

Your doctor may send you to a heart CT scan.  A traditional CT scan is an x-ray procedure that combines many x-ray images with the aid of a computer to generate cross-sectional views of the body. Cardiac CT uses the advanced CT technology with intravenous (IV) contrast (dye) to visualize your heart muscle and structures, … Read More

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Heart Patients: Pay attention to signs of depression

Research indicates there is a greater risk of heart disease when a history of depression is involved. Why? Because chronic depression and anxiety raise the level of stress hormones circulating in the body, placing it into a chronic state of emergency readiness – what we call the ‘fight or flight’ response. These hormones cause blood … Read More

Heart Health Twitter Quiz: Depression

True or False: Depression is normal in the heart patient. True False Answer:  False In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say: Depression and heart disease often travel together. Twenty to thirty percent of all patients with heart disease develop depression, and depressed individuals tend to develop more coronary heart disease than do … Read More

A Heart-Stopping Feat

The date was February 17, 1956.  Surgeons at Cleveland Clinic were attempting something radical.  They planned to stop the heart of a living, 17-month-old boy. They planned to shunt his blood through a machine they’d invented with the help of some industrial engineers. They planned to operate on the stilled heart and start it up … Read More

Heart Health Twitter Quiz: Snow Shoveling

True or False: If you have coronary heart disease, you should not shovel the driveway. True False Answer: True In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say: Each year, shoveling snow sends more than 11,000 people to the hospital. While most have orthopedic injuries, 7 percent have cardiac problems, and many of these … Read More

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Give a Heart this Donor Day

To many, February 14 is all about chocolate, flowers, romance, and special loves. But here at Cleveland Clinic, today is more than just Valentine’s Day – it’s also National Donor Day, when we as a country celebrate those who give the gift of hope by being organ donors. If you’re a registered donor, we want … Read More

Electronic Medical Records

You’ve probably noticed your doctor interacting with another face in the examination room during your visit: a computer screen. Rather than jotting down notes in a paper file, the doc is building an electronic patient record of your health. Electronic Medical Records (EMR) put patients’ records at the fingertips of medical professionals who need them … Read More