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Tests and Treatments

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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Coronary Angioplasty procedure - ballon with stent opening lumen artery

Talk to Your Doctor – Understand Your Risks of Angioplasty, Stenting

Tags: angioplasty, coronary artery disease, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart disease, heart health, stenting, stents

Individuals considering balloon angioplasty and stenting to unclog blocked arteries may not get enough information from their doctors to make the best choice, a small study suggests.


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Mitral Valve Repair Offers a Fix Before Your Symptoms Start

Tags: atrial fibrillation, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, heart surgery, mitral valve regurgitation, mitral valve surgery, preventive medicine

Mitral valve surgery used to be done only after symptoms developed, but a Cleveland Clinic study found pre-symptom surgery may be better for patients.


Statin pills

Take Statins? What You Need to Know about Diabetes Risk

Tags: body mass index, cholesterol, diabetes, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, lifestyle changes, risk, statins

A recent study linked statin use to higher Type 2 diabetes risk. Statin users are encouraged to control their modifiable risk factors. Here’s why.


New Treatments Emerging for Heart Failure

New Drugs Show Promise for Treating Your Heart Failure

Tags: atrial fibrillation, Corlanor, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart failure, heart failure treatments, heart health, ivabradine, LCZ696, medications

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.


PCI vs. CABG

Having Heart Surgery? Understand These 2 Techniques to Open Arterial Blockages

Tags: blocked arteries, CABG, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), coronary disease, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart surgery, PCI, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)

If you have arterial blockages, here's what you need to know about Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) versus full-blown surgery – or Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG).


Wiping Out Heart Arrhythmias

Finally: An Alternative to Your Blood Thinners (Video)

Tags: anticoagulants, atrial fibrillation, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart rhythm, minimally invasive, stroke, Warfarin, watchman device

Patients with atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm, are at a higher risk of stroke. Prevention has focused almost exclusively on long-term drug therapy that thins the blood. That is, until now.


New Cholesterol Lowering Drugs

New Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Near FDA Approval

Tags: bad cholesterol, cholesterol, clinical trials, Dr. Steven Nissen, heart, heart disease, heart health, LDL, statins

Two exciting new drugs that can dramatically lower “bad” cholesterol levels have received approval from an FDA advisory panel, moving the drugs closer to being available for patient use.


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Ablation May Be Best Option for Your AFib

Tags: atrial fibrillation, catheter ablation, pulmonary vein antrium isolation, Walid Saliba MD

A new study shows that performing catheter ablation on patients who have heart failure and an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) yields better outcomes than treating them with a medication to improve heart rhythms.


Age Shouldn’t Solely Dictate Your Heart Care Decisions

Age Shouldn’t Solely Dictate Your Heart Care Decisions

Tags: angina, elderly patients, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart disease, heart health, heart surgery, percutaneous intervention, stenting

While many physicians are hesitant to perform aggressive treatment procedures on older patients, one study finds that many healthy older patients can achieve good outcomes undergoing heart procedures.


How Nurses Keep You Safe During Your Hospital Stay

How Nurses Keep You Safe During Your Hospital Stay

Tags: heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, hospital stay, nurse, patient safety

During your hospitalization, nurses use technology, standardized processes and ongoing communication to deliver you the best care in the safest environment.