SAVR Heart Surgery Outcomes Improve Even as Population Ages

If you need surgery for aortic valve disease – you may be worried – wondering what this surgery involves. What are the risks?  Will I survive?  These questions are even more worrisome when you have other medical conditions or need other heart surgery.  But – never fear – your chances for a successful surgery have … Read More

5 Food Additives You Should Avoid

Processed food has become more American than apple pie. But chemical additives in the food, if consumed in large quantities, may be a health concern. Here are five additives you should avoid.

From Fiber to Fish Oil: Natural Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol

Lots of controversy and confusion surround cholesterol. In patients who have coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease or carotid artery disease, there is no question about the benefit of cholesterol-lowering medications. However, for the rest of us who don’t have these diseases and don’t want to get them, how can we lower our cholesterol naturally? There are … Read More

Heart Transplant Patients Enjoying Longer Lives

In 2014, the Cleveland Clinic’s Cardiac Transplant Program marked its 30th anniversary, having performed more than 1,600 heart transplants in that time. About 4,000 heart transplantation procedures are performed annually worldwide. Cleveland Clinic’s program is the fifth largest heart transplant program in the country and the largest in Ohio. The program boasts survival rates of … Read More

Endocarditis: How One Patient Beat This Deadly Disease

“My 27-year-old patient was on a ventilator in intensive care. No one expected her to survive,” says Gösta Pettersson, MD, PhD, Vice Chairman of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. “She had endocarditis — caused by years of drug abuse.” Endocarditis is an infection that “devours” the heart muscle. It comes from common bacteria, … Read More

5 Heart-Healthy Grilling Options for Your Next Cookout

Most meat lovers already know the ugly truth: Eating red meat can increase your risk of heart disease. Study after study shows the link. But what’s a cookout without burgers and brats? Turns out it can still be a blazing success.  Dietitian Kate Patton and intern Sara Saliba within Cleveland Clinic’s Section of Preventive Cardiology … Read More

21 Amazing Facts About Your Heart (Infographic)

Your heart. You probably don’t think about it often, yet it continues to pump with its faithful, steady beat — carrying blood to all your organs. At Cleveland Clinic, we think about hearts a lot. This year, we’ve been honored as No. 1 in heart care for the 21st consecutive year by U.S. News & World … Read More

Talk to Your Doctor – Understand Your Risks of Angioplasty, Stenting

When individuals are seeking relief from the symptoms of chronic stable angina, in which exercise or stress can cause chest pain, they are faced with three options for treatment: medications, angioplasty and stent, or heart surgery. A new JAMA Internal Medicine study suggests that patients may not always get enough information from their doctors to … Read More