We have very good treatments for some conditions — but unfortunately, not for all. We need to develop new therapies to help patients who do not achieve the maximum benefit from available drugs. That’s one reason to consider volunteering for a clinical trial.
Could PCSK9 inhibitors, a new class of cholesterol-busting drugs, be right for you? Here are 4 things you need to know about these powerful drugs, which can help lower your bad (LDL) cholesterol by up to 50 to 70 percent.
Does it seem like everything is going digital? When it comes to your medical records, a move to an electronic format has been ongoing. As of 2013, 78 percent of office-based doctors were using some form of Electronic Medical Records (EMR), and paper files are on their way out. As the EMR becomes more commonplace, … Read More
We’ve suspected for some time that high cholesterol is one of the risk factors for developing aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve). 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 … Read More
Recently, a small study showed that drugs commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction are safe to take for heart patients, including Viagra® (sildenafil citrate), Levitra® (vardenafil) and Cialis® (tadalafil). These drugs were found to be safe and effective, and most people with heart disease can take them without much worry. But there is an exception. If … Read More
Aspirin. It’s one of the oldest drugs in medicine. As it continues to be valuable, we also keep learning new things about aspirin. Recently, a lot of evidence suggests that if you don’t have heart disease, you probably should not take aspirin. If you do have heart disease, you probably should take aspirin. What’s murkier … Read More
Has your doctor told you have minor blockages in your coronary arteries? If you’ve had a heart catheterization for blockages your doctor determined are too minor to require a stent or bypass surgery, it’s still important not to ignore chest pain. In a recent study, researchers at the Veterans Administration’s Eastern Colorado Health Care System … Read More
If you have diabetes and need treatment for chronic static angina — the kind that causes chest pain from exertion — you should know about new national guidelines for treatment. The new guidelines advise doctors on the best ways to open coronary blockages in people with diabetes and were released by the American College of … Read More
Every year, Cleveland Clinic presents the top 10 medical innovations — the most influential and potentially beneficial breakthroughs in medicine for the year. This year, three of the 10 innovations related to the human heart. They are: 1. The development of a small leadless pacemaker — We’ve found a way to create a tiny pacemaker, so … Read More
Sellers of vitamin D claim the nutrient can lower your blood pressure. But don’t believe the hype. Despite claims from the nutrition industry and non-medical personnel about vitamin D’s ability to lower blood pressure, no quality scientific study can confirm these benefits. There are many other claims about the benefits of Vitamin D for heart … Read More