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Well-Read: Health and Medical News From Around the Web

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We know you’re busy and probably didn't catch every piece of health and medical news that hit the Web this week. Here are a few stories featuring Cleveland Clinic experts we know you won’t want to miss.

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Treat Your Medicines like Chocolate

Tags: heart and vascular institute, medications, news

Many people think nothing of leaving their fragile medications on the car seat on a blazing summer afternoon – with the result that the medications lose some of their potency and become worthless against whatever they were prescribed for.

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Self-prescribed Aspirin Comes with Risks

Tags: aspirin, Aspirin and heart attack, heart attack, medications, news, stroke

Many heart patients do aspirin therapy as prescribed by their doctors as a preventive measure. But as more people self prescribe aspirin in an effort to be heart healthy, it is important for a doctor to review your case and determine that aspirin is appropriate for you.

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Surgery Over Stents for Patients With Complex Disease

Tags: coronary artery bypass grafting, coronary artery disease, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, heart surgery, news, research, stents, vascular disease

A recent study found lower overall composite risk for heart attack, stroke and death for patients with coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery as compared to balloon angioplasty and/or stenting.

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Non-Invasive Therapy Relieves Chest Pain

Tags: angina, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart failure, innovation, news, vascular disease

The heart muscle weakens with heart disease. For those with unrelieved chest pain from angina and heart failure, Enhanced External Counterpulsation therapy could help.

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Don’t Let Heart Disease Derail Travel Plans

Tags: heart, heart disease, heart health, news, prevention, travel, travel tips

For many people, summer means travel season. For people with heart disease, it means planning ahead to avoid health issues while you’re away. Read these important tips for a heart-healthy vacation.

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Surgery Patients Do Better Without Transfusions (Video)

Tags: blood transfusion, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery, news, research

Performing surgery without the use of donated blood is resulting in better patient outcomes and savings for medical institutions like Cleveland Clinic.

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Gut Bacteria Byproduct Predicts Heart Attack and Stroke (Video)

Tags: diet, healthy diet, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, news, nutrition, prevention, research

TMAO, a byproduct of intestinal bacteria—aka “gut flora”— is found to contribute to heart disease. A Cleveland Clinic study shows this could lead to an accurate screening tool for predicting future heart problems in people not traditionally considered at risk.

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FDA Issues Warning for Popular Antibiotic

Tags: abnormal heart beat, heart, heart disease, heart health, medications, news, prevention

The popular antibiotic azithromycin prescribed for respiratory, ear and skin infections could stop a normally beating heart in patients with a prolonged QT interval.

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Heart Valve Innovation is Treating the Inoperable (Video)

Tags: aortic valve surgery, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery, news, percutaneous heart valve, research, TAVR, valve, Valve Disease

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive technique for replacing a diseased aortic heart valve that is bringing hope to high risk patients.