Drug-eluting Stent Performs Well for Diabetics

When it comes to vascular disease, patients with diabetes fare worse than patients without diabetes in most measures. That’s why Sean Lyden, MD, a vascular surgeon in the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute told MedPage Today that it was an “exciting finding” that a new drug-eluting stent performed well in both diabetic and non-diabetic … Read More

Depression and Heart Health

Many factors can lead to depression, including a person’s family history, high levels of stress, physical health and/or state of mind. In recent years, research is showing a strong link between depression and heart disease. Findings indicate that people who are depressed are more likely to develop coronary heart disease. The unfortunate thing is that … Read More

Getting to the Heart Though the Brain

How do you get to the heart? Cardiac surgeons take a direct route through the chest wall. Christine Moravec, PhD, has a more subtle approach. She reaches the heart through the brain. Her tool is not a scalpel, but a self-regulation therapy known as biofeedback. Dr. Moravec and biofeedback specialist Michael McKee, PhD, have recently … Read More

No patient is too sick, no patient is too far

Cleveland Clinic likes to say that “no patient is too sick, no patient is too far.”  Daniel Clair, MD, chairman of Vascular Surgery in the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, proved the truth of that claim again last week, when he flew 6,000 miles to operate on a patient who’d once been turned away … Read More

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Attack of the Killer Potatoes

Overweight and obesity are major risk factors for heart diseases. That’s why TBE was particularly interested in a study published in the June 23, 2011 New England Journal of Medicine, that linked particular behaviors and food choices to weight loss and weight gain.  This study, which followed more than 120,000 people for many years, isolated … Read More

Heart Facts

We all know the importance of the heart. It’s quite fascinating when you start to learn more about this small organ located in the center of the chest between the lungs. The first heart specialists emerged following World War I. Here are some of heart facts worth considering: This hollow four-chambered muscle pump weighs a … Read More

“The Smiles on their Faces”

Honduras is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Unemployment is 30 percent. In 1998, Hurricane Mitch ripped through the country, causing floods and landslides that killed 6,500 people. Russell Raymond, DO, of the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, arrived in Honduras in the wake of Hurricane Mitch. He came as part of a … Read More

Niacin Drug Test Results “a Shocker”

“This is a big deal,” said Steven Nissen, MD, chair of the Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute, speaking to Margaret Warner on PBS Newshour, May 27, 2011.  He was referring to a recent decision by the NIH to halt testing of a new niacin-based drug.  … Read More

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CRT Study May Not Be Whole Story

Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) continues to generate controversy. CRT implants pacemaker-like devices that align the rhythm of the right and left ventricles of a failing heart. According to the Wall Street Journal, about 60,000 CRT devices are implanted in U.S. patients every year. But a new study published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests … Read More

Living Life To the Full: An Ironman Journey

On March 26th 2010, Cardiac surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr Tomislav Mihaljevic, performed open heart surgery to fix multiple holes in my heart.  I was born with a severe congenital heart defect and was told that I required surgery to prevent my heart failing.  The right side of my heart was severely enlarged as … Read More