Heart Patients: 3 Common Medications You May Need to Avoid

If you’re being treated for a heart condition, medicine cabinet staples such as aspirin and ibuprofen may not be good for you. The same goes for certain antibiotics. Studies have found that these common medications can increase risk of bleeding, clotting, arrhythmia and even death for some heart patients. Know the risks before you take: … Read More

Wiping Out Your Heart Arrhythmias With Ablation (Video)

Your heart’s electrical system is the power source that keeps your heart beating regularly. When something goes wrong with the heart’s “wiring,” you can develop an arrhythmia, which is an irregular or abnormal heartbeat. In this white board session, Walid Saliba, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Electrophysiology Lab and Co-Director of the Ventricular Arrhythmia Center, … Read More

Do You Have a Slow or Racing Heartbeat?

During our lives, we have a one in three chance of developing a heart rhythm abnormality. In cardiology, the field of electrophysiology focuses on heart rhythm disturbances—or heart arrhythmias as they are called. While the heart muscle may not be damaged, a heart arrhythmia can cause serious functional problems. With a normal range of 60 … Read More

Underactive Thyroid: Is Yours Being Overtreated?

Is your underactive thyroid being overtreated? If your thyroid gland is underactive — a condition called hypothyroidism — your body produces too little thyroid hormone. Endocrinologists can make sure that you have enough of this important hormone by prescribing synthetic thyroid hormone T4 (Synthroid®, Levoxyl®, Levothroid® or another brand). Or they may prescribe a medication … Read More

Can You Cough Away a Heart Attack?

The real danger about the misinformation regarding so-called “cough CPR” is that it could prevent heart attack victims from getting the life-saving help they need. Social media posts on the Internet claim that by coughing vigorously when you have a heart attack, you can keep yourself from passing out, theoretically saving yourself until your heart … Read More

Skiing Marathons Soon After Surgery

Athlete Jay Wiener gives this firsthand account on recovering from mitral valve repair and his journey to getting back into the race. Two months after having mitral valve repair at Cleveland Clinic, I found myself back in the race. My first test was the American Cross-Country Ski Marathon in Northwest Wisconsin. I felt better at … Read More

Buzz Kill: Energy Drinks

The instant buzz you get after downing an energy drink gives your body a lift in other ways—increased blood pressure and a prolonged QT interval, which could spell heart problems. Results from a meta analysis of how energy drinks affect heart health weren’t all that surprising, but they do raise enough concern to warrant a … Read More