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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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Fed up man blocking his ears from noise of wife snoring at home in bedroom

Do You Snore? How Sleep Apnea Can Hurt Your Heart

Tags: arrhythmias, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), CPAP, Headaches, heart failure, insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring

Daytime sleepiness, heavy snoring and waking abruptly and out of breath could mean you have sleep apnea. Find out how this can lead to arrhythmias and heart failure.


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How Cancer Treatments Can Damage Your Heart

Tags: ace inhibitors, arrhythmias, beta-blockers, cancer, cancer treatments, cardio-oncologist, Cardiomyopathy, dr tamarappoo, echocardiogram, heart failure, heart valves, radiation

Chemotherapy and radiation can damage your heart. A cardio-oncologist can help patients complete their cancer treatment without incurring damage to the heart.


white soft cheese with olive oil on white dish

The Best Oil, Fish and Cheese Options for Your Heart

Tags: fish, healthy diet, heart health, Mediterranean diet, olive oil

Sometimes it seems like a world of endless food choices. But even for those of us who have settled on a particular way of eating -- such as the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet -- there's many decisions still to be made.


Chronic Heart Failure

Accepting Your Chronic Heart Failure is Key to Quality of Life

Tags: acceptance, chronic conditions, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, nursing, quality of life

Study shows chronic heart failure patients who have come to terms with their disease are more likely to have a better quality of life when compared with patients who have not accepted their illness.


gold heart

Cleveland Clinic Receives Heart Failure GOLD Recognition

Tags: cleveland clinic, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart failure

The Cleveland Clinic received a nod from the American Heart Association for success in using the Get With the Guidelines treatment interventions.


Genes and heart disease

Is Heart Disease In Your Genes?

Tags: abnormal genes, aortic stenosis, genetics, HCM, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart failure, heart health, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, long qt syndrome, marfan syndrome, research, statins, sudden cardiac death

Researchers continue to uncover ways genes influence or cause heart disease. But how best to use this information is not always clear.


Beef Up Your Heart

Technique Beefs Up Your Heart’s Pumping Power

Tags: cardiac resynchronization therapy, CRT, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart failure, heart failure therapy, heart health, heart rhythm, heart surgery, pacemaker

When an electrical malfunction causes the heart to lose pumping power, cardiac resynchronization therapy can put the heart’s contractions back on track.


Hand holding artificial human heart model

Doctors Combine 2 Heart Procedures for Positive Results

Tags: afib, congestive heart failure, heart surgery, mitral valve disease, mitral valve prolapse, mitral valve repair, mitral valve surgery

In the largest study of its kind, researchers find both a leaky mitral valve and AFib can be addressed successfully during the same surgery.


Biggest change for heart medicine in a decade

Biggest Change for Heart Medicine in a Decade?

Tags: heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart failure, PCSK9 inhibitors, statins

Two breakthroughs may get FDA approval in 2015: PCSK9 inhibitors, which can lower cholesterol without statins, and LCZ696, which may better treat heart failure.


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Does a Drink a Day Help You Prevent Heart Failure?

Tags: alcohol, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart failure, heart health

Men who had up to seven alcoholic drinks per week had a 20 percent lower risk of heart failure, compared with those who didn’t drink, reports one study. But many questions remain.