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Coronary Artery Disease

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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Can you prevent narrowing of your aortic valve?

Can You Prevent Narrowing of Your Aortic Valve? (Video)

Tags: aortic stenosis, aortic valve, cholesterol, coronary blockage, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health

It's been clear that high cholesterol is a risk factor for developing coronary blockages, but only recently has evidence emerged showing that it also causes a risk of narrowing of the aortic valve.


Choose the Best Diet for Your Peripheral Arterial Disease

Choose the Best Diet for Your Peripheral Arterial Disease

Tags: American Heart Association AHA, DASH diet, diet, healthy diet, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, low-carbohydrate, low-fat, Mediterranean diet, peripheral arterial disease (PAD)

If you have Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), find out what different diets can offer, including the DASH, Mediterranean, low-fat and low-carb diets; Ornish Spectrum diet; Weil anti-inflammatory diet and Esselstyn diet.


Bergamot May Lower Cholesterol

Bergamot Extract May Lower Your Cholesterol

Tags: antioxidant, bergamot, cholesterol, dr frid, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, statin, supplements

Preliminary studies show the citrus fruit bergamot may effectively lower cholesterol without the undesirable side effects of statins.


Too Young to have a Heart Attack

Are You Too Young to Have a Heart Attack?

Tags: fibromuscular dysplasia, FMD, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart disease, heart health, marfan syndrome, SCAD, sudden coronary artery dissection

When a young woman survives a heart attack, the cause may be sudden coronary artery dissection (SCAD), a little-known condition linked to several underlying diseases.


Noninvasive Test Helps Avoid Unexpected Heart Attack

Noninvasive Test Can Help You Avoid Heart Attack

Tags: Coronary Angiography, coronary artery disease, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart disease, heart health

A noninvasive test called coronary CT angiography can help doctors determine which intermediate-risk patients are likely to have a heart attack.


Controlling Anger is Good for Your Heart

Why Controlling Anger Is Good for Your Heart

Tags: anger, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart disease, heart health

A new study confirms that getting very angry can be a trigger for heart attacks. A Cleveland Clinic cardiologist says the study highlights the importance of paying attention to patients’ well-being.


PLAC blood test

Predict Your Risk of Heart Attack or Stroke

Tags: blood test, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart disease, heart health, PLAC, stroke

The PLAC® Test is a simple blood test that can help predict risk of heart attack or stroke by measuring artery inflammation. Results help doctors determine when to increase preventive care.


3 Common Medications You May Need to Avoid with Heart Problems

Heart Patients: 3 Common Medications You May Need to Avoid

Tags: antibiotics, arrhythmia, aspirin, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, heart patients, heart risks, medications, NSAIDs

Heart patients should know risks of taking aspirin, NSAID pain relievers and some antibiotics. Studies show these common medications can increase risk of bleeding, arrhythmia and more.


3 Types of Chest Pain That Won't Kill You

3 Types of Chest Pain That Won’t Kill You

Tags: chest pain, Dr. Rimmerman, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart disease, heart health, symptoms, The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Heart Attacks

Not all chest pains are symptoms of a heart attack. Learn which symptoms could be signaling trouble and which are probably ok.


Why Kidney Disease May Contribute to Your Heart Attack

One Reason Why Kidney Disease May Contribute to Your Heart Attack

Tags: chronic kidney disease, coronary artery disease, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, kidney health, research, tmao levels

TMAO, a byproduct of gut bacteria digestion of meat and eggs, may be a big reason for the high rate of heart attack and death in people with chronic kidney disease.