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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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?

Tags: prescription drug, prescriptions, Sunshine Act

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.

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Concerns Raised About Testosterone Therapy

Tags: heart attack, heart disease, heart risks, replacement therapy, stroke, testosterone

A major new study links testosterone replacement therapy to increased risks of heart attack, stroke or death. Why this should be a warning to both patients and doctors.

Aerobic Activity

How Aerobic Activity Lowers Cardiac Risk (Video)

Tags: exercise, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart videos, prevention, video

When it comes to heart health, exercise is good medicine. Even in patients with fairly advanced heart disease, regular aerobic activity can provide significant benefits — including a longer life expectancy.

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Controversy Over Cholesterol-lowering Statin Use

Tags: cholesterol, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, statin

There’s a controversy in the world of heart disease prevention that may affect millions of people: the one-third of all American adults who have increased risk of heart attack and stroke.