The Wonderful Wheat Berry

Last week, while looking for a new Thanksgiving dish, I decided to make the Fruit and Nut Wheat Berry Salad from our Thanksgiving Meal Makeover article on I have to admit, before starting down this path, I had to answer two major questions. First of all, what is a wheat berry? And, where can you find them? According to, … Read More

Prevention Starts in Children

You’ll probably never meet a kid with atherosclerosis. But you probably know more than a few who carry the seeds. Risk factors and risk behaviors that grow cardiovascular disease begin in childhood. That’s why the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), recently convened an expert panel and published new Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and … Read More

Sending a Get-well Message Made Easy

A new online service at Cleveland Clinic aims to make hospital stays a little bit nicer. Using the new Email a Patient Program, patients’ loved ones can visit the Cleveland Clinic website anytime to write and send a personal message. These get well messages get printed to a greeting card and members of Volunteer Services … Read More

Tales From the Heart – Entire Series Online

On August 27, 2011, the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Pavilion opened its doors to more than two dozen reporters, photographers and videographers from The Plain Dealer  in an eight-part series, called “Tales from the Heart” . Each part of the series chronicles the stories of patients who were at Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute for specialized … Read More

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Who’s Who in a White Coat

Cleveland Clinic is a teaching hospital, so in addition to staff doctors there are residents and fellows caring for patients. All are MD doctors.  So what’s the difference among them? Well, staff doctors at Cleveland Clinic are full-time employees of Cleveland Clinic.  They are recruited from around the world for being the very best in … Read More

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Meal Makeover

Food is a wonderful celebration of life, friendships and family. But holiday celebrations don’t have to include unhealthy meals. To help you celebrate and give thanks for life, we’ve made over the traditional Thanksgiving meal so you can thoroughly enjoy every bite and still feel confident that you’re making healthy choices.  Enjoy at! Wishing … Read More

Inside the Heart and Vascular Institute

Tuesday, November 15th, Dr. Bruce Lytle, chair of the Cleveland Clinic Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, spoke with reporters on the “Sound of Ideas.”  Hear from the reporters who were there to record this special feature – and one of the patients who participated.  Listen to or watch a video of the broadcast “Tales … Read More

Niacin and the Treatment of HDL Cholesterol

The Atherothrombosis Intervention in Metabolic Syndrome with Low HDL/High Triglyerides: Impact on Global Health (AIM-HIGH) Study results were presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions this week. Based on the results of the AIM-HIGH study, what is the role of niacin in the treatment of low HDL (high density lipo-protein) cholesterol? Dr. David Frid, … Read More

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Tales from the Heart

Today is Day 4 of The Plain Dealer‘s 8-day series “Tales from the Heart: Inside the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center”: Dr. Bruce Lytle completes a 4th time complicated re-do valve operation. While Dr. Gonzalo Gonzalez-Stawinski (“Gonzo”) completes one transplant, patient Joe Baschenagel begins the wait for his upcoming transplant surgery. A young man from the … Read More

New Atherosclerosis Drug Dazzles

New study results could dramatically alter the future medical treatment of atherosclerosis. Cleveland Clinic researchers revealed that an investigational drug known as evacetrapib can boost HDL (good) cholesterol and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol far beyond levels achievable by any other medications currently in use. At the highest tested dosage, the levels of HDL more than … Read More