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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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.

Happy couple

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.

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Heart Guidelines Urge Increased Statin Use (Video)

Tags: blood pressure, cholesterol, healthy diet, heart attack, LDL, obesity, statins, stroke, Trans fats, Type 2 diabetes

New heart guidelines take a dramatic turn, recommending greatly increased use of cholesterol-lowering statin medications.

White coat syndrome

‘White Coat’ Syndrome Is Not Benign (Video)

Tags: heart attack, heart videos, Steven Nissen MD, stroke, video, white coat hypertension

Many people who have normal blood pressure at home may see an increase at the doctor’s office, a phenomenon known as “white coat syndrome.” Now, research is showing that this condition may not be as harmless as once believed.

Heart Healthy Living

How to Live Better — Not Just Longer (Video)

Tags: blood pressure, cholesterol, chronic conditions, diabetes, exercise, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, heart video, heart videos, prevention, smoking, Steven Nissen MD, video

While the average life expectancy is increasing, not everyone is enjoying a good quality of life. Here’s how you can decrease your risk of chronic disease and increase your odds of living not just longer — but better.

Different alcoholic drinks

Raise A Glass – Any Glass – to Your Heart Health (Video)

Tags: alcoholic beverages, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, heart video, heart videos, prevention, Steven Nissen MD, video, wine

We often hear how wine — especially red wine — in moderation may be healthy for our hearts. However, if you’re partial to a pilsner or longing for a bit of liquor, here’s some encouraging news.