TAVR Procedure Safe for Elderly with Aortic Stenosis

High-risk patients with severe narrowing of the aorta are no longer out of options – even if they’re in their 90s. A recent Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute study confirms that Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is now safe and effective for patients well into their 80s and 90s. The key to successful results … Read More

You’ve Been Told You Need Heart Surgery (Video)

Maybe you were taken by surprise when your physician said you’d need heart surgery like more than a half million Americans do each year. Like most of my patients, you probably have lots of questions, beginning with “Where?” and “Who?” You owe it to yourself to invest time into planning for your procedure and to … Read More

For Heart Surgery, Nothing Trumps Experience

There’s safety in numbers, according to a new study that says heart valve surgery patients do better at high-volume medical centers. We are on the “surgical court” 365 days a year A recent study performed at the University of Michigan and published in the September issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery found that patients … Read More

Heart Valve Innovation is Treating the Inoperable (Video)

The award-winning Edwards SAPIEN Transcatheter Heart Valve is giving new hope to high risk patients with valve disease.   Cleveland Clinic cardiologists were among the first clinicians in the country to use the device in an innovative procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)—a minimally invasive technique for replacing a diseased aortic heart valve. New … Read More

Former cancer patient conquers serious heart condition

A year ago, Barbara Hagan, an East Lansing, Mich. substitute teacher and then 47-year-old mother of three, sat in a hospital patient room while her doctor reviewed the results of her MRI. A breast cancer survivor, Hagan was having a follow-up breast exam and an MRI. It was a routine screening following the mastectomy she … Read More