Technique Beefs Up Your Heart’s Pumping Power

Our hearts rely on perfectly timed contractions to squeeze and refill an average of 100,000 times a day. When the electrical impulses driving this process are not uniform, certain areas of the main pumping chamber of the heart (left ventricle) may contract earlier than others. This reduces the heart’s ability to pump effectively, causing fatigue, … Read More

Pilot Heart Health: Keeping You Safe in the Sky

Just as a pilot’s plane needs maintenance for safety, the pilot himself needs regular checkups for his own health—especially when it comes to heart health. With the help of their cardiologists, many pilots can keep their hearts strong and continue to fly. Checking pilots’ health Federal Aviation Administration-authorized aviation medical examiners evaluate pilots and issue … Read More

Your Heart: 3 Amazing Medical Innovations (Video)

Every year, Cleveland Clinic presents the top 10 medical innovations — the most influential and potentially beneficial breakthroughs in medicine for the year. This year, three of the 10 innovations related to the human heart. They are: 1. The development of a small leadless pacemaker — We’ve found a way to create a tiny pacemaker, so … Read More

Wireless Pacemakers: Rhythm Without Blues

Traditional pacemakers are implanted under the skin and attached to a wire that is inserted directly into the heart muscle. The device generates a current that travels down the wire to control the heart’s contractions. Complications related to pacemakers are generally related to these wires, known as leads, which can fracture or become infected. Removing … Read More

Unique Pacemaker Therapy Benefits Women Heart Patients

A unique pacemaker coupled with an implanted defibrillator benefits women with a specific kind of heart failure particularly well, according to new studies. However, it’s important to get the word out that women often don’t fit inside traditional treatment envelopes. Even though women do especially well with cardiac resynchronization therapy devices combined with an implanted defibrillator (CRT-D), … Read More

Helping Your Heart Keep Pace (Video)

Sometimes the pathway in the heart’s electrical system is interrupted, which causes changes in heart rate and rhythm. A slow heartbeat can occur because the sinus node, the natural “battery” of the heart, is slow. Other times electrical conduction between the upper and lower chambers of the heart is disrupted. When this happens, the heart … Read More

Patient Receives New, Leadless Pacemaker

Cleveland Clinic physicians recently became among the first in the U.S. to implant a new miniature leadless cardiac pacemaker that stimulates the heart to a regular rhythm without the connecting leads or wires of a conventional device. If approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the device could improve patient comfort by: Replacing a surgical … Read More

In Memory of Dr. Roy Greenberg

A memorial service to honor Dr. Roy Greenberg will be held on January 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the InterContinental Hotel (9801 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH) Cleveland Clinic is sad today. We lost a great friend and valued member of our staff. Roy Greenberg, MD, was a vascular surgeon, teacher and innovator. He had … Read More

Taking Warfarin Before Cardiac Device Surgery

Managing blood thinner medication before pacemaker or defibrillator surgery is a common challenge, but a new study confirms long-standing observations that uninterrupted warfarin treatment before device surgery is the best option. “Between 15 to 30 percent of patients undergoing pacemaker or defibrillator surgeries are on long-term oral anticoagulation (blood thinners),” says electrophysiologist Khaldoun Tarakji, MD, … Read More