Heart & Vascular Health:
The Beating Edge

Stay informed about heart, vascular and thoracic topics in this continuation of The Beating Edge blog from our Heart & Vascular Institute, which is ranked No. 1 in heart care in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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How You Can Outsmart the Widow Maker Artery

How You Can Outsmart the Widow Maker Artery (Video)

Tags: arteries, CAD, cardiac catheterization, coronary artery disease, family history, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, widowmaker

When you have a blockage in your left anterior descending artery (LAD), or “widow maker,” you may have a lower rate of survival from a heart attack than when the other two coronary arteries are blocked. Learn how you can take steps for better heart health now.

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How Losing Weight Lowers Your Blood Pressure (Video)

Tags: blood pressure, hypertension, kidney, kidney health, video

Watch Michael Roizen, MD, demonstrate how a small drop in weight can have a big impact on high blood pressure.

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Study: Implantable Defibrillator Can Save Your Life

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart damage, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, ICD, implantable heart devices

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) prevent sudden death when damaged hearts develop dangerous arrhythmias. They improve survival even if your heart has little damage, a new study confirms.

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Radiation That Cures Your Cancer Can Cause Collateral Damage (Video)

Tags: cancer, Dr. Clair, heart and vascular institute, radiation therapy, risk factors, vascular disease

Radiation therapy for head and neck cancers improves outcomes and even saves lives. However, the treatment also can have an unwanted side effect: Damage to blood vessels in the neck. Watch as one of our vascular surgeons explains.

Carrott Zucchini Muffins

Recipe: Morning Glory Chia Seed Muffins

Tags: breakfast, fruits and vegetables, morning, omega-3, Recipes, seeds

These muffins are mildly sweet, nutty and full of veggies and fiber. The cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, raisins and dates all make these muffins so delicious, you'll forget they're so good for you!

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Control Your Weight for a Healthy Heartbeat

Tags: afib, atrial fibrillation, heart and vascular institute, heart health, weight loss

Atrial fibrillation is alarming, and experts say it's more dangerous than previously thought, but you can help control afib by watching what you eat.

When you have restenosis you also have options

When You Have Restenosis You Also Have Options (Video)

Tags: coronary artery disease, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, restenosis

When a too-large or too-small stent becomes clogged with plaque and you have restenosis, cardiologists can re-open the artery for better blood flow.

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20 Everyday Miracles of the Heart

Tags: Heart Healthy Living, U.S. News rankings, us news rankings

What makes a hospital great often consists of many small yet life-changing moments in patients’ lives, all strung together. Watch these amazing moments at the nation’s No.1 heart center.

20 Amazing Facts About Your Heart

20 Amazing Facts About Your Heart (Infographic)

Tags: cleveland clinic in the news, heart disease, infographic, Pacemakers and heart rhythm, us news rankings

Your heart. You probably don’t think about it often, yet it continues to pump with its faithful, steady beat — carrying blood to all your organs. Find fun, amazing facts about your own ticker.

US News Top Four Hospital - Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic Ranked No. 1 in the Nation: Heart Care, Urology

Tags: cardiology, cleveland clinic in the news, heart surgery, news, U.S. News rankings, urology, us news rankings

Cleveland Clinic is ranked the No.1 hospital in the country for cardiology and heart surgery as well as urology, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2013-2014.”