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A Post ER Follow-Up Could Save Your Life

Even if Emergency Room doctors say you didn’t actually have a heart attack, that doesn’t mean you have a clean bill of health. You should still follow up with your doctor. As originally reported by Reuters, recent studies confirm that chest pain patients who followed up with a doctor visit after their ER-release fared better … Read More

Individual Care Best for Young Cardiac Patients

A new study affirms that the long-standing practice of focusing on the individual and employing a multidisciplinary approach in treating children with pediatric hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) results in the best possible outcomes. Thick heart walls Children who have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle, have abnormally thick walls of the heart. Pediatric HCM … Read More

Beating-Heart Surgery Makes Sense – For Some

Coronary artery bypass graft surgery has been successfully performed for more than 55 years and on thousands of patients. As a standard part of the procedure, a heart and lung bypass machine re-oxygenates your blood and keeps your circulation going while surgeons work on your silent, still heart.  An alternative to this surgery is so-called … Read More

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Catching Cancer Survivors’ Heart Damage Earlier

Cancer patients benefit from radiation therapy, but because of the effect of chest radiation on the heart, they can develop cardiovascular disease later in life. The medical community first identified cases of radiation-induced heart disease (RIHD) in the 1970s.  New guidelines published in the September Journal of American Society of Echocardiography (JASE) discuss the risk … Read More

Diabetes Drug Deemed Safe For Heart

For years, doctors worried about whether drugs to lower blood sugar would affect how people’s hearts function. Now, results of a recent study show that DPP-4 inhibitors (a class of diabetes drugs) are safe for the heart. The results were presented at a meeting of the European Society of Cardiology and published in the New … Read More

Researchers Study New Stent’s Pros, Cons

The introduction of stents helped restore blood flow to patients who had clogged arteries (atherosclerosis) – without surgery. Stephen G. Ellis, MD, Section Head of Invasive/Interventional Cardiology in Cleveland Clinic’s Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, is studying a new innovation in stenting called bioabsorbable scaffolds (stents). What are stents? Stents or scaffolds are … Read More

After Heart Attack: Eat Better, Live Longer

Many people know that a healthy diet can help prevent heart disease. But results of a new study published in the September online edition of JAMA Internal Medicine claim that even after experiencing a heart attack, you can improve your odds for a healthy life by following well-established guidelines for a healthy diet. Study’s importance … Read More

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For Mitral Valve Surgery, Timing Is Key

Your heart valves regulate blood flow and prevent blood from backing up in the heart or flowing in the wrong direction. Mitral valve disease is a disorder of the valve that separates the upper chamber of the heart (left atrium) from the lower chamber of the heart (left ventricle). Over the years, mitral valve disease … Read More

Chat With a Doctor: Coronary Artery Disease

Register for Online Chat Do you have a question about coronary artery disease? Stephen Ellis, MD, Section Head of Invasive/Interventional Cardiology, and Joseph Sabik, MD, Chairman of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, will answer your questions about this medical condition during a live webchat Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at noon (ET). Coronary Artery Disease Live Web … Read More