A Nigerian mother’s decade-long quest for answers and three unsuccessful heart valve surgeries brought her to Cleveland Clinic’s Endocarditis Center.
Cleveland Clinic played a key role in ground-breaking research that examined an important question: In patients with advanced heart failure, could earlier implantation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) improve outcomes?
Women receive fewer implantable cardiac devices than do men, yet when they do receive them, their survival is the same or — in some cases — better, a recent study shows.
Not all enlarged hearts are life threatening. Sometimes they’re a harmless effect of athletic training, known as “athlete’s heart.” Sports cardiology experts can tell the difference.
Beta-blockers are some of the most effective medications for treating heart failure. While side effects and determining dosage can make their use difficult, abruptly stopping them is dangerous.
Smartphones and power lines can interfere with pacemakers and implanted defibrillators. However, while possible, problems are unlikely, say two studies.
In 2014, the Cleveland Clinic’s Cardiac Transplant Program marked its 30th anniversary, having performed more than 1,600 heart transplants in that time. About 4,000 heart transplantation procedures are performed annually worldwide. Cleveland Clinic’s program is the fifth largest heart transplant program in the country and the largest in Ohio. The program boasts survival rates of … Read More
Physicians have long espoused the wisdom of preventive medicine — and sometimes, that means having surgery before you think you need it. This is the case with mitral valve regurgitation, a condition that results when the valve leaflets fail to close tightly, letting blood flow backwards in the heart. In most cases, doctors detect early … Read More
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.
The shorter you are, the more likely you are to have heart disease or a heart attack. It may sound like an old wives’ tale, but it’s true. Doctors have known it for 50 years, although they hadn’t been able to explain the link — until now. A recent study says it’s all because of … Read More