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Heart Problem? Find Out if You Can Still Have a Baby

Tags: blood pressure, blood thinners, Cardiomyopathy, heart disease, high-risk pregnancy, pregnancy, pulmonary hypertension

Having heart disease doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t get pregnant. Two Cleveland Clinic physicians discuss the risks.


Aortic Aneurysm

Repairing Your Aortic Root Aneurysms

Tags: aneurysms, aortic aneurysm repair, aortic root aneurysm, david reimplantation procedure, Dr. Lars Svensson, endocarditis, heart, heart disease, heart health, heart surgery, marfan syndrome, strokes

Experienced surgeons using modern techniques make repairing a bulge, or aneurysm, right above the aortic valve a safe, durable procedure. Learn how they do it.


Pulmonary Embolism

What You Need to Know About Pulmonary Embolisms

Tags: Anticoagulant, blood clot, blood clots, Cleveland Clinic’s Pulmonary Embolism Response Team, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, PERT, pulmonary embolism, vascular disease, vena cava filter

Anybody can have a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lung), but not everyone has symptoms. Not treated quickly, they can cause heart or lung damage and even death. Are you at risk?


coconut products

Coconut: Health Fad or Heart Glad?

Tags: cholesterol, coconut oil, coconut water, health fad, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart healthy diet, hydration, sports drink

Is the trend in coconut products really heart healthy? Learn when and how coconut water and coconut oil are helpful, and when they are too much of a good thing.


New Treatments Emerging for Heart Failure

New Drugs Show Promise for Treating Your Heart Failure

Tags: atrial fibrillation, Corlanor, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart failure, heart failure treatments, heart health, ivabradine, LCZ696, medications

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.


fries and ketchup on plate

FDA Decision Aims to Eliminate Trans Fat From Your Food

Tags: cholesterol, diabetes, FDA, food labels, healthy diet, heart attack, heart-healthy oils, Trans fats

Everyone agrees: trans fat is unhealthy. Now federal regulators are taking steps to eliminate it from our diet completely. In three years, food manufacturers will have to phase out artificial trans fats from their products, under guidelines announced by the FDA.


Diet and Your Heart: What's Safe to Eat? (Infographic)

Diet and Your Heart: What’s Safe to Eat? (Infographic)

Tags: cholesterol, dark chocolate, dark chocolate and heart health, diet, eggs, heart, infographic, Mediterranean diet, red meat, red wine, salt, saturated fat, trans fat

Having trouble keeping up with whether certain foods are good for your heart or not? This checklist sorts through the confusion and boils down the latest evidence.


PCI vs. CABG

Having Heart Surgery? Understand These 2 Techniques to Open Arterial Blockages

Tags: blocked arteries, CABG, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), coronary disease, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart surgery, PCI, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)

If you have arterial blockages, here's what you need to know about Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) versus full-blown surgery – or Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG).


Wiping Out Heart Arrhythmias

Finally: An Alternative to Your Blood Thinners (Video)

Tags: anticoagulants, atrial fibrillation, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart rhythm, minimally invasive, stroke, Warfarin, watchman device

Patients with atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm, are at a higher risk of stroke. Prevention has focused almost exclusively on long-term drug therapy that thins the blood. That is, until now.


Mediterranean Diet, walnuts, berries, oatmeal

How the Mediterranean Diet May Preserve Your Brain Power

Tags: dementia, healthy diet, heart health, Mediterranean diet, olive oil, study

It’s well-established that the Mediterranean diet is the best choice for heart health. But a recent study finds that adding nuts or olive oil to this diet could help protect your brain, too.