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Steven Nissen, MD

Steven Nissen, MD

Steven Nissen, MD, is Chairman of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. As a result of his pioneering research about ultrasound imaging of coronary atherosclerosis and studies of drug safety, Dr. Nissen was named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 most influential people in the world” in 2007. He is co-author of Heart 411: The Only Guide to Heart Health You’ll Ever Need.

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Can you prevent narrowing of your aortic valve?

Can You Prevent Narrowing of Your Aortic Valve? (Video)

Tags: aortic stenosis, aortic valve, cholesterol, coronary blockage, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health

It's been clear that high cholesterol is a risk factor for developing coronary blockages, but only recently has evidence emerged showing that it also causes a risk of narrowing of the aortic valve.


Watch This if You Have Heart Disease and Take ED Drugs (Video)

Watch This if You Have Heart Disease and Take ED Drugs (Video)

Tags: blood pressure, ED, erectile dysfunction, heart disease, study

A new study finds that drugs commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction could have heart benefits, including Viagra® (sildenafil citrate), Levitra® (vardenafil) and Cialis® (tadalafil).


Should You Take Aspirin If You Are on Blood Thinners

Should You Take Aspirin If You Are on Blood Thinners? (Video)

Tags: aspirin, atrial fibrilation, blood thinners, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health

If you take blood thinners because of atrial fibrillation, evidence is mixed about whether you should take aspirin. Watch this video for expert advice.


woman with chest pain

Don’t Ignore Chest Pain – Even If You Don’t Have Blockages (Video)

Tags: CAD, chest pain, Dr. Nissen, heart health, heart video, videos

Have you had a heart catheterization for blockages your doctor determined are too minor to require a stent or bypass surgery? Here's why it’s still important not to ignore chest pain.


surgeon holding plastic heart

If You Have Diabetes and Coronary Blockages, Watch This (Video)

Tags: bypass surgery, chronic static angina, coronary blockages, diabetes, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart video, stenting, video

If you have diabetes and need treatment for chronic static angina -- the kind that causes chest pain from exertion -- you should know about new treatment guidelines that recommend surgery over stenting.


Top Innovations

Your Heart: 3 Amazing Medical Innovations (Video)

Tags: cholesterol, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart video, innovations, medical innovations, pacemaker, video

Learn about three medical innovations that relate to the human heart, including the development of a small leadless pacemaker, new cholesterol-lowering injections and a new congestive heart failure drug.


vitamin d

High Blood Pressure? Don’t Take Vitamin D for It (Video)

Tags: blood pressure, Dr. Nissen, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, prevention, research, vitamin D

Some claim that vitamin D can lower blood pressure, but these claims are unproven. Vitamin D is essential for your health but too much is dangerous.


medicine doping

Why Your Low-T Medications May Not Be Safe (Video)

Tags: enlarged prostate, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, Low T, prostate cancer, study, testosterone, testosterone deficiency syndrome, testosterone therapy

Scant evidence of low-T therapy safety or efficacy prompts medical concerns about long-term effects. FDA panel recommends limiting access to disease-related use.


Surprising Scoop on Salt

The Surprising Scoop on Salt in Your Diet (Video)

Tags: Dr. Nissen, heart disease, heart healthy diet, heart videos, high blood pressure, salt, videos

Anyone with high blood pressure should aim for a low-salt diet, but a heart doctor says healthy people don't have to worry as much about salt.


Blood Pressure Guidelines

Blood Pressure Guidelines Call for Knowledge, Judgment (Video)

Tags: blood pressure, heart and vascular institute, heart guidelines, heart videos, hypertension, video

New recommendations to guide how doctors in the United States treat tens of millions of patients with high blood pressure have created some controversy. But they could offer more tailored treatment of hypertension.