Women receive fewer implantable cardiac devices than do men, yet when they do receive them, their survival is the same or — in some cases — better, a recent study shows.
There’s few instances where being overweight can improve your health. But a new study shows that having a little pudge may benefit women with heart failure.
Leadless pacemakers inserted via catheter instead of surgery cut complications including bleeding, infection and wire breakage.
Beta-blockers are some of the most effective medications for treating heart failure. While side effects and determining dosage can make their use difficult, abruptly stopping them is dangerous.
Smartphones and power lines can interfere with pacemakers and implanted defibrillators. However, while possible, problems are unlikely, say two studies.
In 2014, the Cleveland Clinic’s Cardiac Transplant Program marked its 30th anniversary, having performed more than 1,600 heart transplants in that time. About 4,000 heart transplantation procedures are performed annually worldwide. Cleveland Clinic’s program is the fifth largest heart transplant program in the country and the largest in Ohio. The program boasts survival rates of … Read More
Physicians have long espoused the wisdom of preventive medicine — and sometimes, that means having surgery before you think you need it. This is the case with mitral valve regurgitation, a condition that results when the valve leaflets fail to close tightly, letting blood flow backwards in the heart. In most cases, doctors detect early … Read More
Nearly 6 million people in the U.S. are living with their heart not pumping properly, but there are several new medications emerging that provide better treatment options.
If you suffer from untreated sleep apnea, a momentary stop of breathing occurring repeatedly while you sleep, you could be causing serious damage to your heart. “It’s likely that sleep apnea can cause arrhythmias and heart failure because if you have sleep apnea, you tend to have higher blood pressure,” explains molecular cardiologist David Van … Read More
Some people beat cancer, only to learn that the powerful chemotherapy drugs or radiation treatments that saved their life caused lasting damage to their heart. Why you need a cardio-oncologist if you have cancer The anthracyclines—doxorubicin in particular—are among the most common cardiotoxic chemotherapy agents. Cumulative doses can cause heart failure or cardiomyopathy any time … Read More