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Snow Shoveling—A Real Risk for Heart Attack

Each year, shoveling snow sends more than 11,000 people to the hospital. While most have orthopedic injuries, 7 percent have cardiac problems, and many of these are heart attacks. Doctors advise against shoveling if you are older, have heart disease or think you might. “Shoveling snow is hard work,” says Cleveland Clinic cardiovascular surgeon A. … Read More

National Wear Red Day

Celebrate National Wear Red Day by learning about the special signs and gender-specific symptoms of heart attacks in women from a top Cleveland Clinic expert, A. Marc Gillinov, MD, as featured on NBC nightly news.

Atrial Fibrillation and Your Brain

Atrial fibrillation (AF or aFib), a condition that affects your heart rhythm, does not get the same attention as other common health problems—but it should, says A. Marc Gillinov, MD, Surgical Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Atrial Fibrillation and author of the book Heart 411. “Atrial fibrillation does not have the same drama of a … Read More

Clinical Trials: Advancing Medicine, Improving Lives

On any given day, hundreds of clinical research trials are under way at Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI) and throughout Cleveland Clinic. These carefully monitored trials are what make medical advancements possible. It is thanks to participants in clinical trials that we can save more lives every day and continue to improve national … Read More

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Winter Means More Cardiac Deaths—in all Climates

Whether you’re braving the snow drifts in Pennsylvania or the sand traps in Arizona, a new study has found that regardless of the climate you live in, you’re more likely to die of heart-related conditions in the winter. Total deaths and deaths from circulatory causes were 26 percent to 36 percent higher in the winter … Read More

The Holidays and Healthy Alcohol Consumption

Studies continue to show that moderate alcohol consumption can provide heart health benefits for some. With the holiday season fast approaching, it is important to pay attention to your alcohol consumption and remember that moderation is key. On closer inspection, the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption vary based on a person’s age and medical history. … Read More

Post-Op Reflection: Grateful and Going Places

By following her gut instinct and placing her trust in the hands of Cleveland Clinic cardiovascular surgeon Marc Gillinov, MD, Susan Elliot lives a healthy, active life today. And, she’s grateful for it. One year after surgery, Susan reflects on her decision. Dr. Gillinov, Exactly one year ago, I flew to Cleveland from Nashville and … Read More

Heart Disease: 3 Facts That Will Make You Happy

Gloomy facts get most of the attention in the media. But the truth is, prospects for heart disease have never been better. Doctors know more about what works and what doesn’t and what is safe and what is not than ever before. Here are three facts about heart disease that should cheer you up. The … Read More

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