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GERD: Help for Heartburn and Other Woes

Tags: acid reflux, Be Well e-News, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), GERD, heartburn, hernia, hernia surgery, vitamin B12, vitamin deficiency

If heartburn persists after meals or as you fall asleep, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Find out how lifestyle, medical and surgical solutions can prevent heartburn and other symptoms.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Screen Your Teens for Heart Muscle Disease

Tags: heart attack, heart failure, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, sudden cardiac death

The headlines cause gasps of disbelief: A star high school or college athlete suddenly collapses and dies after a workout or a game. The culprit in many cases is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Here's why.

Electrical System of the Heart

Your Heart is a Human Electrical System (Video)

Tags: blood pumping, circulatory system, Dr. Tchou, heart and vascular institute, heart electrical system, heart health, heart video, video, whiteboard sessions

The beating of your heart is something you may take for granted—until something goes wrong. Like all muscles, the heart conducts electrical impulses, which keep your blood pumping.

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Study of PAD Patients Shows Statin Benefits

Tags: heart and vascular institute, PAD, peripheral arterial disease, statins

A recent study found patients with advanced peripheral arterial disease who took statins were half as likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes compared with patients not taking statins. Death rates also were cut in half.

Coffee vs. Energy Drinks

Coffee vs. Energy Drinks: A Caffeine Wake-Up Call (Video)

Tags: caffeine, coffee, coffee and heart health, energy drinks, expert, healthy diet, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart video, risk factors, video

When it comes to your heart health, studies show that the amount of caffeine in a few cups of coffee a day typically isn’t harmful. However, the risk of energy drinks isn’t one worth taking. Here’s why.

Cardiac Research Studies

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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Obesity Increases Your Risk for Chronic Kidney Disease

Tags: childhood obesity, diabetes, end-stage renal disease, high blood pressure, ketosis, kidney, kidney disease, metabolic syndrome

Being overweight or obese puts more strain on the kidneys, increasing the risk of developing kidney disease. For people with chronic kidney disease, being obese is linked to the disease progressing to end-stage renal disease.

Slow or Rapid Heartbeat-What You Need to Know

Do You Have a Slow or Racing Heartbeat?

Tags: abnormal heart beat, arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, cardioversion, heart and vascular institute, heart beat, heart health

Each day we take for granted that our hearts will continue efficiently beating oxygen-rich blood to our organs. But a slow or rapid heartbeat—called bradycardia and tachycardia—can cause serious functional problems.

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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.