Gut Flora Linked to Heart Disease

Dr. Hazen and his team didn’t set out to nail lecithin. They were simply comparing the blood of subjects that were prone to coronary artery disease, with the blood of subjects that were not. But they found that some subjects had a certain type of gut flora (the bacteria that is in all our digestive … Read More

Poor Fare Worse after Cardiac Surgery

Health disparities based on gender, race and socioeconomic status are real. A study of patients who had cardiac surgery at Cleveland Clinic showed that patients who had lower socioeconomic status as reflected in factors such as low income, poor education and inadequate housing were significantly more likely to die during the first 10 years after … Read More

Atrial Fibrillation Genes Identified

Mina Chung, MD, of the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, was featured in a recent article about atrial fibrillation (AF) in Men’s Health Advisor. “Atrial fibrillation is associated with a 1 1/2 to twofold increase in cardiovascular and overall mortality and a five to sevenfold increase in stroke,” Dr. Chung told the newsletter. “It’s one … Read More

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Stroke Used to be a Big Problem after CABG

Back in 1988, as many as 2.6% of patients having a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) suffered a stroke associated with the operation. In those days, the criteria for who was eligible for bypass were stricter than it is today. Today, surgeons operate on older and sicker patients than ever. Yet the incidence of stroke … Read More

Wearable CD as Good as Implantable

There are different kinds of cardioverter-defibrillators. Some are surgically implanted in the chest (ICDs). Some are sewn into garments and worn like vests. Some are strapped on like holsters.  All monitor heart rhythms and deliver an electric shock to disrupt potentially dangerous arrhythmias.  Wearable cardioverter-defibrillators (WCD) are used by patients who have a previous condition … Read More

Valve Replacement from the Inside

Conventional aortic valve repair is a very successful operation.  Most patients who have the narrowing of the aortic valve known as aortic stenosis should have their valves replaced or repaired in the usual way: through an incision in the chest. But there is a small minority of patients who are too old, weak or unstable … Read More