Technique Beefs Up Your Heart’s Pumping Power

Our hearts rely on perfectly timed contractions to squeeze and refill an average of 100,000 times a day. When the electrical impulses driving this process are not uniform, certain areas of the main pumping chamber of the heart (left ventricle) may contract earlier than others. This reduces the heart’s ability to pump effectively, causing fatigue, … Read More

Biggest Change for Heart Medicine in a Decade?

People with cardiovascular disease can expect two new, potentially life-changing medications to become available in 2015. These “spectacular therapeutic breakthroughs are nearing FDA approval and both have enormous potential,” wrote Steven Nissen, MD, Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, in a recent post on MedPage Today. There have not been changes this big in … Read More

Does a Drink a Day Help You Prevent Heart Failure?

It’s not the first time we have heard that drinking a little alcohol may have health benefits. But a recent study published in the European Heart Journal has reignited the discussion. Seven drinks per week Over two decades, researchers studied the heart health of more than 14,000 adults, ages 45 to 64. Study participants were … Read More

Rehab After LVAD Implant Makes a Life Saver Even Better

Heart doctors know that cardiac rehab helps restore your strength after a heart attack or heart surgery. In 2014, cardiac rehab was also approved by Medicare for patients with heart failure. But until recently, no one knew about rehab’s specific benefit for patients with newly implanted continuous flow left ventricular assist devices (LVAD). A new study … Read More

Your Heart: 3 Amazing Medical Innovations (Video)

Every year, Cleveland Clinic presents the top 10 medical innovations — the most influential and potentially beneficial breakthroughs in medicine for the year. This year, three of the 10 innovations related to the human heart. They are: 1. The development of a small leadless pacemaker — We’ve found a way to create a tiny pacemaker, so … Read More

Unique Pacemaker Therapy Benefits Women Heart Patients

A unique pacemaker coupled with an implanted defibrillator benefits women with a specific kind of heart failure particularly well, according to new studies. However, it’s important to get the word out that women often don’t fit inside traditional treatment envelopes. Even though women do especially well with cardiac resynchronization therapy devices combined with an implanted defibrillator (CRT-D), … Read More

Artificial Hearts Get Real

Shortly after graduating from Starfleet Academy in 2327, Jean Luc-Picard got into a fight and was stabbed in the heart. The future commanding officer of the Starship Enterprise was rushed into surgery where his native heart was replaced with a totally implantable mechanical heart (in the episode: “Tapestry”). Of course, Jean Luc-Picard is a fictional … Read More