Heart Transplant Patients Enjoying Longer Lives

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

Do You Snore? How Sleep Apnea Can Hurt Your Heart

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

How Cancer Treatments Can Damage Your Heart

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

Cleveland Clinic Receives Heart Failure GOLD Recognition

Since 2011, Cleveland Clinic has received the GOLD Certification from the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Recognition Program. The GOLD recognition is awarded to hospitals for the greatest success in using AHA’s achievement measures for treatment interventions. “Our team of caregivers is proud to meet the benchmark set to deliver the best care to our hospitalized heart … Read More

Is Heart Disease In Your Genes?

Do you wonder why some smokers develop heart disease, but others don’t? Or how someone who thrives on burgers and fries can live to be 90, when a vegetarian has a heart attack at 40? The answer may be in the genes. And the fact is, we are only beginning to understand how they affect … Read More