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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Does a Drink a Day Help You Prevent Heart Failure?

Tags: alcohol, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart failure, heart health

Men who had up to seven alcoholic drinks per week had a 20 percent lower risk of heart failure, compared with those who didn’t drink, reports one study. But many questions remain.


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How a Smartphone App Can Help You Save a Life

Tags: apps, cardiac arrest, CPR, heart attack, innovations, PulsePoint Respond, smartphones

When someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest, they need immediate help. A smartphone app called PulsePoint Respond aims to connect people struck by sudden cardiac arrest with people who can give them help right away.


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Why You Should No Longer Worry About Cholesterol in Food

Tags: bad cholesterol, cholesterol, diabetes, good cholesterol, HDL, healthy diet, heart healthy diet, LDL, study, Trans fats

A top nutrition advisory committee says people no longer have to be concerned about eating foods that are high in cholesterol. The committee’s report will help shape the next version of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.


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You Can Eat Fat If You Choose Wisely

Tags: butter, cooking oils, diabetes, heart disease, olive oil, saturated fat, stroke, trans fat

For decades, we've been told that fats in food are unhealthy. New research is prompting medical experts to re-evaluate fat – and it’s not totally taboo. Learn which fats are actually good for you and which you should always avoid.


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If You’re Healthy, Don’t Obsess About Salt

Tags: blood pressure, healthy diet, heart disease, high blood pressure, salt, sodium

While a new study finds no link between salt consumption and risk of death or developing heart disease in healthy older adults, people with certain medical conditions still need to modify their salt intake.


Medical Advances that may affect you

Medical Advances That May Affect You

Tags: aspirin, cholesterol, diabetes, Dr. Nissen, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, medical advances, prevention, research, stent, treatment

A top Cleveland Clinic doctor names four advances that are likely to change the way your doctor prevents and treats heart disease.


Why does medical advice constantly change

Why Does Medical Advice Constantly Change? (Video)

Tags: clinical guidelines, dr. gillinov, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart research, heart video, news, video

Mediterranean diet or low fat? Do I need a cardiac stress test or don’t I? Sometimes it’s difficult to keep up with your doctor’s changing answers to your questions. Here’s why the advice changes and how you can keep pace.


Is Your Heart on the Right Diet? New Survey Results 'Troubling'

Is Your Heart on the Right Diet? New Survey Results ‘Troubling’

Tags: healthy diet, heart, heart and vascular institute, Heart Month, Mediterranean diet

New survey reveals most Americans are confused about how to eat a heart-healthy diet.


Pneumonia and Heart Disease Risk

Pneumonia May Raise Heart Disease Risk as Much as Smoking

Tags: bacterial infection, cholesterol, diabetes, heart, heart disease, lung disorders, pneumonia, smoking, study, viral infection

Results show hospitalization for pneumonia was associated with increased short- and long-term risk of cardiovascular disease, especially for those age 65 and older. The risk was highest in the first year after hospitalization


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Blood Test Improves Prediction of Your Heart Disease Risk

Tags: blood pressure, blood test, cholesterol, heart disease, study

A new study has found that measurements of patients’ lipoprotein-a levels can help doctors more accurately predict the risk of developing heart disease over the next 15 years.