Lipoprotein(a) -Treating the Untreatable

Do you know your cholesterol numbers? There goes September … and there goes National Cholesterol Education Month. National Cholesterol Education Month is a reminder that we should all get our cholesterol checked and treat high numbers.  There are still some outstanding resources out there that can tell you everything you need to know about cholesterol. … Read More

Back to Scuba Diving After Heart Surgery

I am always happy to share my great experience at the Cleveland Clinic with anyone who will listen. In fact, any time I hear of anyone in my circle of friends or family that’s having heart issues, I always urge them to have their Cardiologist refer them to the clinic. That’s what my Cardiologist , … Read More

The Most Underused Treatment in America

Every year, doctors advise thousands of patients to enroll in cardiac rehabilitation programs.  And every year, thousands of patients ignore them. This turns out to be a bad idea.  A Cleveland Clinic study shows that cardiac rehabilitation can help heart patients live a lot longer – and why. “Cardiac rehabilitation is the most underused treatment … Read More

New Balloon Battles PAD

PAD (peripheral arterial disease) is the “most dangerous disease you never heard about.” The good news about PAD is that there are some effective interventions. The bad news is that these interventions don’t last as long as doctors and patients wish they would. But research at Cleveland Clinic is providing a glimmer of hope. PAD … Read More

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The Case of the Rotating Bullet

The year was 1915. Europe was at war. Cleveland physicians William E. Lower, MD [known as Ed by close friends and family], and George Crile, Sr., MD, were in France, studying military surgery. The two physicians would go on to share in the founding of Cleveland Clinic in 1921. But at this point, they were … Read More

Coated Stents: Spreading the Goodness

Coated or drug-eluting stents may be doing more good than expected. A recent study shows that the medication on the surface of these stents may be preventing heart attacks in the vessel beyond the stent. The study, led by Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Richard Krasuski, M.D., observed that patients receiving medicated stents have a lower likelihood … Read More

The Need to Learn More About PAD

We had a lot of comments in response to our story on peripheral artery disease, “The Most Dangerous Disease You’ve Never Heard About.” According to the American Heart Association, “Awareness of peripheral artery disease is low among those at greatest risk for developing the condition. Only 26 percent of adults age 50 and older are … Read More

It Can Be Shocking…

When 57-year-old Pat Karg went in for a routine physical, she got some unexpected news about her heart. “It can be shocking for anyone to go in for a routine surgery and find out you need heart surgery,” says Rich Besser, MD, host of ABC News’ “Medical Moments”. In this segment, Dr. Besser tells how … Read More

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Coumadin Gets Competition

How do people hate Coumadin? As Elizabeth Barrett Browning said, “Let me count the ways.” Coumadin is a blood thinner. It blocks the formation of certain clotting factors, and hence the formation of blood clots. As medications go, it’s fairly amazing, effectively preventing heart attacks, strokes and blood clots in the veins and arteries. If … Read More

Mnemonic Moment

We all know that blood pressure is expressed with one number over another: 120/80. Fewer among us remember that the top number is called the systolic and the bottom number is called the diastolic. Or if we do remember, we get them mixed up. But there’s a simple mnemonic device to keep the two numbers … Read More