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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Endocarditis: How One Patient Beat This Deadly Disease

Tags: antibiotics, bacteria, dr. pettersson, endocarditis, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, heart valves, infective endocarditis, Intravenous drug users

Endocarditis is an infection that “devours” your heart muscle. Learn the facts about this potentially deadly disease through a patient who overcame it.


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Mitral Valve Repair Offers a Fix Before Your Symptoms Start

Tags: atrial fibrillation, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, heart surgery, mitral valve regurgitation, mitral valve surgery, preventive medicine

Mitral valve surgery used to be done only after symptoms developed, but a Cleveland Clinic study found pre-symptom surgery may be better for patients.


New Treatments Emerging for Heart Failure

New Drugs Show Promise for Treating Your Heart Failure

Tags: atrial fibrillation, Corlanor, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart failure, heart failure treatments, heart health, ivabradine, LCZ696, medications

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.


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How Your Height Affects Your Risk of Heart Disease

Tags: genes, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, height

The shorter you are, the more likely you are to have heart disease or a heart attack. A recent study in the U.K. reveals why.


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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.


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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.


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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.