EKG Reveals If You Are Having a STEMI

There are different types of heart attacks. A STEMI heart attack is the most critical. The name comes from the electrocardiogram (EKG) reading. An EKG is one of the first things the EMS or Emergency Department will do when caring for a person who is presenting with heart attack-like symptoms. When the ST segment of … Read More

Can Anxiety Age You?

Even the question, “Can anxiety age you?” strikes a chord of terror in one’s heart, mind, or more specifically one’s telomeres. Yes, it is true; the mental effects of anxiety translate to physical effects which include changes at the molecular and genetic level. Telomere shortening Telomeres are DNA-protein complexes that cap chromosomes and promote chromosome … Read More

“Door-To-Balloon” Time May be Critical

While the world’s best runners compete for gold medals at the Olympics this month, cardiologists are focused on the race for the best “door-to-balloon” time. When you experience the symptoms of heart attack, you need to get to a well-equipped hospital emergency room fast, so that treatment protocols can be implemented to save precious heart … Read More

Reusable Grocery Bags and Bacteria (Video)

The trend to use reusable bags helps the environment by preventing waste. But you may be packing more than food in your reusable grocery bags. If you’re not careful, these convenient carrying cases can become contaminated with germs. Luckily, a few simple steps can help prevent this. What causes contamination? Susan Rehm, MD, who treats … Read More

Insect Repellent: Down With the Mosquitoes!

No one expects you to let bugs eat you alive while you’re enjoying the outdoors this summer. But if you’re going to use insect repellent, here are a few things to remember before choosing and using that bug spray or lotion. Pick the most effective ingredients When you’re choosing insect repellent look for either the … Read More

18 Innovations: National Diet Heart Study

Bacon. Steak. Ice cream. As recently as 50 years ago, people shoveled mountains of fatty animal products down their throats without a thought for cardiovascular disease. Cleveland Clinic researcher Irvine Page, MD, was heckled when speaking publicly on the dangers of dietary fat. That changed when the National Diet Heart Study was launched in the … Read More

A Personal Story of Personalized Cancer Care

We hear it all the time: “What does personalized healthcare mean for patients?” It’s a fair question, and a hard one to answer sometimes because our field is so new. But patient Dana Kachurchak of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is living proof that this isn’t just about the future. Personalized healthcare is happening now. After Ms. … Read More

Twitter Chat: Teens, Obesity and Diabetes

Nobody likes to lose a battle. But this one looks bad. Childhood diabetes has been on the rise in recent years. Now a large study based on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey has shown that the rate of diabetes and prediabetes in American teenagers has risen drastically in only single year. Look at … Read More

18 Innovations: Record Numbers of Heart and Lung Transplants

Nothing epitomizes medical teamwork like organ transplant. It calls for close collaboration among surgeons, medical doctors, pathologists, anesthesiologists, rehabilitation specialists, highly trained nurses, allied health professionals and many others. The teamwork begins before the transplant and never ends, as long as the patient lives. Cleveland Clinic performs an extraordinarily high number of all organ transplants, … Read More