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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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.


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

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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.


Inflammation Education to Help Your Heart

Inflammation Education to Help Your Heart (Video)

Tags: CAD, CHD, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart video, inflammation, statins, video

Inflammation doesn’t just occur with injury or infection, but can also affect your heart. It’s a driver for coronary heart disease, and is measured with a simple blood test. Statins may even reduce inflammation. Learn more.


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Understanding Highs and Lows of Your Blood Pressure (Video)

Tags: blood pressure, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart healthy diet, heart video, heart videos, video

When it comes to blood pressure, cardiologists say no number is considered too low, unless a patient has symptoms. Steven Nissen, M.D. explains how the DASH diet can help lower numbers.


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Do You Trust Your Doctor’s Prescriptions?

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When it comes to doctors’ relationships with pharmaceutical companies, Americans are skeptical. Here’s why transparency and safeguards matter.


Let's Talk About Sex After a Heart Attack

Let’s Talk About Sex After a Heart Attack (Video)

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart health, Sex and Heart, sexual health

After a heart attack, sex is still an important component of your quality of life, as well as your partner’s. It stresses the heart only as much as climbing a few flights of stairs. Learn more.


Coffee vs. Energy Drinks

Coffee vs. Energy Drinks: A Caffeine Wake-Up Call (Video)

Tags: caffeine, coffee, coffee and heart health, energy drinks, expert, healthy diet, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart video, risk factors, video

When it comes to your heart health, studies show that the amount of caffeine in a few cups of coffee a day typically isn’t harmful. However, the risk of energy drinks isn’t one worth taking. Here’s why.


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5 Common Questions About Sex and Your Heart

Tags: exercise and heart health, heart health, sex, sex and heart health

Is sex good for your heart? Get answers to this — and other questions heart patients are afraid to ask — from one of the nation's top cardiologists.