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
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
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
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