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Heart Transplant Patients Enjoying Longer Lives

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

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: When Your Heart’s Too Big

This blog item is based on a series of articles produced by STACK ( in association with experts at Cleveland Clinic’s Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute (HVI), including Dermot Phelan, MD, PhD, Director of the Sports Cardiology Center. The original piece can be found at: If you’re an athlete, there’s one muscle that can … Read More

Is Heart Disease In Your Genes?

Do you wonder why some smokers develop heart disease, but others don’t? Or how someone who thrives on burgers and fries can live to be 90, when a vegetarian has a heart attack at 40? The answer may be in the genes. And the fact is, we are only beginning to understand how they affect … Read More

Screen Your Teens for Heart Muscle Disease

Sometimes the first symptom of the heart muscle disease hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is sudden cardiac death, and some of its most tragic victims are teenagers and young adults. HCM is a complex disease and it affects vastly different groups of people. HCM prevention and treatment save lives, but only if screening identifies those at risk. … Read More

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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Web Chat Tomorrow

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) affects an estimated 600,000 to 1.5 million Americans, or one in 500 people. It is a complex type of heart disease that affects the heart muscle, causing thickening of the heart muscle, left ventricular stiffness, mitral valve changes and cellular changes. HCM can be inherited or acquired as a result of high … Read More