Heart News

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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Spider Veins: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t (Video)

Tags: dr. anton, heart videos, sclerotherapy, spider veins, vascular surgeon, video

For many people, the saying “if you’ve got it, flaunt it” doesn’t apply to the presence of spider veins. Learn more about how this common condition can be successfully treated using a simple outpatient procedure.

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New Trials for Heart Valve Replacement Underway

Tags: aortic valve replacement, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery, innovation, outcomes, research

Your heart valves regulate blood flow but when advanced valve disease causes problems, valve replacement surgery may be necessary. Surgeons look to two trials on new approaches to improve on patient outcomes.

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Statins and Diabetes: Risk-Benefit Round-Up (Video)

Tags: cholesterol, coronary artery disease, diabetes, Dr. Rocco, heart attack, heart disease, heart health, heart videos, prevention, statins, video

People with diabetes are more likely to develop heart disease. Clouding this issue, the FDA recently issued a warning that statin therapy may be associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes. What gives?

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Patient Receives New, Leadless Pacemaker

Tags: abnormal heart beat, heart health, innovation, pacemaker

A Cleveland Clinic patient with a slowed heartbeat is the third in the nation to receive the device as part of an international, multicenter clinical trial testing its safety and efficacy for FDA approval.

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Be Alert to Statin Side Effects (Video)

Tags: cholesterol, coronary artery disease, Dr. Rocco, heart attack, heart health, heart videos, prevention, side effects, statins, video

Statin therapy is a popular first-line treatment to lower LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attacks and death. While most people tolerate statins quite well, occasionally side effects can occur. Dr. Michael Rocco explains what to watch out for.

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Your Surgeon’s Skill a Key Indicator of Success

Tags: heart and vascular institute, surgery, surgery recovery

At Cleveland Clinic, we know our surgeons’ skills and experience -- inside and outside the operating room -- are important to our patients’ ability to recover speedily from surgery. A recent study supports that perspective.

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Love Your Heart: A Unique Interactive Experience

Tags: healthy diet, heart health

Explore the secrets to heart health using imagery, video and animation. Learn the reality behind common myths about diet, exercise, risk factors, smoking and your heart.

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Step Forward in Treating Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Tags: blood pressure, heart medication, pulmonary hypertension

Swiss pharmaceutical company Actelion gets FDA approval on new drug for use in treating Group 1 pulmonary arterial hypertension. Compared with earlier drugs, macitentan caused side effects in fewer patients.

Cleveland Clinic debunks some of the most commonly held misconceptions in this infographic on HealthHub

Most Americans Have Heart Health Facts Wrong (Infographic)

Tags: heart disease, infographic

From fish oil to a “heart disease gene,” misconceptions about heart health abound. The truth is most Americans don’t know what steps they should take to keep their heart healthy. Find out what’s myth vs. fact to proactively take steps to prevent heart disease.

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When So-called ‘Good’ Cholesterol Goes Bad

Tags: bad cholesterol, cholesterol, coronary artery disease, good cholesterol, innovation, research

The discovery of how the carrier of so-called “good” cholesterol becomes dysfunctional represents the first step toward creating new tests and treatments for cardiovascular disease.