Heart Failure

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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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.


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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Increase Your BBQ IQ: Best Meats to Eat for Heart Health

Tags: heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, heart healthy diet

For your heart’s sake, steer clear of processed red meat when you barbecue. You don't have to sacrifice delicious flavor, though. Try these healthy options.


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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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An Aspirin a Day? Only If You Have Had a Heart Attack

Tags: aspirin, blood clots, heart attack

In a recommendation issued this week, the FDA says scientists have not proven aspirin therapy has any benefit for people without cardiovascular problems. This group includes those with risk factors such as a family history of heart disease.


Heart Docs 101

Heart Docs 101: Understanding the Specialties

Tags: cardiologist, heart specialists, heart surgeon, heart surgery, preventive cardiology, super specialists

As the field of cardiac medicine has exploded with new and better technologies over the last 60 years, heart doctors are specialized to provide the most advanced care. Today’s heart specialists often collaborate to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients. Here's a breakdown of the specialists.


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Study: Vigorous Exercise May Help Heart Failure

Tags: exercise and heart health, heart failure

Heart failure shouldn't keep you from exercising. In a boundary-expanding study, researchers found that vigorous exercise benefits some patients with heart failure more than low intensity workouts.


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Statins and Diabetes: Risk-Benefit Round-Up (Video)

Tags: cholesterol, coronary artery disease, diabetes, Dr. Rocco, heart attack, heart disease, heart health, heart videos, prevention, statins, video

People with diabetes are more likely to develop heart disease. Clouding this issue, the FDA recently issued a warning that statin therapy may be associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes. What gives?


Chest pain, leg pain, getting winded easily, syncope and heart palpitations.

Your Heart: 5 Symptoms Not to Ignore (Infographic)

Tags: chest pain, health hub number, heart attack, infographic

When it comes to heart health, there are some symptoms you shouldn't shrug off. Watch out for these five: chest pain, leg pain, getting winded easily, syncope (or dizziness) and heart palpitations.


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Be Alert to Statin Side Effects (Video)

Tags: cholesterol, coronary artery disease, Dr. Rocco, heart attack, heart health, heart videos, prevention, side effects, statins, video

Statin therapy is a popular first-line treatment to lower LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attacks and death. While most people tolerate statins quite well, occasionally side effects can occur. Dr. Michael Rocco explains what to watch out for.