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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Choose Painkillers Carefully If You Take Coumadin

Tags: anticoagulants, blood thinners, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health

When you are on anti-clotting therapy, taking anti-inflammatory painkillers can cause serious bleeding, a recent study confirms. Acetaminophen is your best bet for pain relief.

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Study: Sleep Apnea Can Make Your Hypertension Harder to Treat

Tags: blood pressure, hypertension, news, sleep, sleep apnea

Some patients with severe untreated obstructive sleep apnea are unable to control their hypertension despite use of multiple meds, a study finds.

Artificial Heart Gets Real

Artificial Hearts Get Real

Tags: heart failure, heart surgery, heart transplant, research, Star Trek, ventricular assist devices

“Star Trek: The Next Generation’s” Jean Luc Picard had an artificial heart. But the 21st century version is even better than its imaginary counterpart.

Asian Chicken Wrap

Recipe: Asian Chicken Wraps With Shiitake Mushrooms

Tags: chicken, healthy diet, lunch, Recipes

What can you do with leftover roast chicken? Make a fantastic second meal like these Asian chicken wraps! They can be put together in less than 30 minutes.

Here Comes Human Heart 2.1

Here Comes Human Heart, 2.1

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, heart surgery, heart transplant

Transplanting human hearts is becoming less necessary as a new generation of implantable mechanical heart assist devices comes online. Led by Cleveland Clinic researchers, this movement will the biggest transformation for human hearts since transplantation made them modular in 1967.

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Your Mind Is Your Ally in the Fight Against Afib

Tags: afib, atrial fibrillation, heart and vascular institute, heart health, yoga

The pounding and fluttering sensation in your chest caused by atrial fibrillation can be overwhelming, but you can help control symptoms by using yoga and other mind-over-body techniques.

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Artery-clearing Devices Can Help Treat Your Blocked Arteries

Tags: atherectomy, heart and vascular institute, heart health, peripheral arterial disease (PAD)

Your arteries are like flexible pipes and tiny devices similar to a plumber's drain-clearing tools can help clear clogged arteries. Each patient is different, so device selection is key.

Fruit Popsicle

Recipe: DIY Fruit Popsicles

Tags: fruits and vegetables, Recipes, summer

Need something sweet, cool and refreshing? This popsicle recipe focuses on fruit purees so it's healthy and delicious. It's also easy -- make them at home and put them in your freezer.

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5 Fast Fruity Breakfasts That Are Kind to Your Heart

Tags: breakfast, fat, fiber, healthy diet, protein, smoothie, vitamins, yogurt

We know that you're too busy during the week to prepare complicated, time-consuming breakfasts for you and your family. Here are five delicious, heart-healthy breakfast ideas that take no more than 10 minutes to prepare.

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A Rare Disease That’s More Common Than You Think

Tags: blood clots, genetics, heart and vascular institute, heart health, thrombophilia, vascular disease

Factor V Leiden is a little known disease, and it might be more common than you think. Having European ancestors increases your risk of having the defective gene for this blood disorder.