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Understanding the Major Heart Arteries (Video)

The coronary artery is the superhighway to the heart, giving it the blood supply it needs to pump nutrients and blood to the rest of the body. In this white board session, Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Umesh N. Khot, MD, shows important heart arteries, how they work and why blocked arteries are a cause for serious concern. … Read More

Don’t Give Up the Milk! (Video)

Holly L. Thacker, MD, talks about how young women should give more thought to their bone health, and much earlier in life, than many actually do. If you’re in this camp, maybe you’re not aware that you can grow bone density all the way up to ages 25 to 30! To maximize bone growth, get … Read More

Matters of the Heart

Lee Hoaglan, from Seneca County in New York, was told that he was at the end of his life. After suffering from progressive heart failure, doctors advised him to check in to hospice as his fourth open-heart surgery was failing. He was told that he probably wouldn’t make it to Christmas. However, cardiothoracic surgeon Gosta Pettersson, MD, … Read More

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Robot Gives Surgeon Four Arms (Video)

Most of my surgeries are done laparoscopically. That means that instead of making a long painful incision, I can take out a colon using tiny incisions that are hard to see and cause less pain after surgery. I get to try the newest innovations in the field of laparoscopy. This includes a robot that transforms … Read More

Advice on Talking With Your Doctor

When patients are actively involved in their own health, there is a much stronger likelihood their health outcomes will be better. That is why it is so important to feel comfortable with your doctors and be prepared with questions when you meet with them. Here are two helpful resources for you. “Questions are the Answers” … Read More

Cheat Foods: Eat Like the Experts

For the final part of our “Eat Like the Expert” series, we asked our doctors and registered dietitians: What are your favorite “cheat” foods? Their answers — including the idea that maybe “cheat” isn’t the best choice of words — may surprise you. As with all things related to food, moderation is the key. No … Read More

Breast Cancer: Younger Women Diagnosed More Often

A new study finds a small but significant increase in the number of younger women with advance stage breast cancer. Researchers at Seattle Children’s Hospital and University of Washington found the number of women between ages 25 and 39 being diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer increased from 1.53 per 100,000 in 1976 to 2.90 … Read More

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Gastric Bypass Surgery Puts Diabetes in Remission

A Cleveland Clinic study found that gastric bypass surgery can restore function of the pancreas and put diabetes in remission almost immediately. Endocrinologist Sangeeta Kashyap, MD, led the study. She says the results are “stunning” and offer hope to people struggling with both diabetes and weight gain. The pancreas provides the body with insulin. If … Read More

‘Sleeper’ Cholesterol With Big Risks

It’s not a popular type of cholesterol like the “good” and “bad” kinds we test for.  But it may be linked to the third leading cause of heart disease in the country. Lp(a) is a protein that sits on the LDL particle, the one that carries so-called “bad” cholesterol. It appears that Lp(a) is causally … Read More