Rhythm of Your Heart: Bridge Out Ahead (Video)

The heart is part of the body’s circulatory system, and just like the electrical system in a house has circuits that keep the power running through your home, our hearts have circuits that connect everything together and keep our hearts beating. If a circuit is out in your house, the whole system can be affected … Read More

The Ins and Outs of Irregular Heartbeats (Video)

The atria, the heart’s upper chambers, and ventricles, the heart’s lower chambers, work together to pump blood through the heart by alternately contracting and relaxing. The heart’s electrical system is the power source that makes this possible, and its natural pacemaker regulates normal rhythms. When your heart is beating normally, you usually don’t notice it. … Read More

Do You Have a Slow or Racing Heartbeat?

During our lives, we have a one in three chance of developing a heart rhythm abnormality. In cardiology, the field of electrophysiology focuses on heart rhythm disturbances—or heart arrhythmias as they are called. While the heart muscle may not be damaged, a heart arrhythmia can cause serious functional problems. With a normal range of 60 … Read More

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Patient Receives New, Leadless Pacemaker

Cleveland Clinic physicians recently became among the first in the U.S. to implant a new miniature leadless cardiac pacemaker that stimulates the heart to a regular rhythm without the connecting leads or wires of a conventional device. If approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the device could improve patient comfort by: Replacing a surgical … Read More

Short of Breath? It Could Be a Heart Issue

There is a myth out there that continues to tell us that as we age, our activity level will dramatically decline. This is simply not true, says Leslie Cho, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Cardiovascular Center. “The fitter you are, the better you will feel as you age,” says Dr. Cho. “Current level of fitness … Read More

Back On the Ice (Video)

The National Hockey League (NHL) is not for the faint of heart. For Teppo Numminen, Buffalo Sabres assistant coach and former NHL player, paying attention to his heart made all the difference. As a young man, Numminen was told by physicians that his heart murmur was nothing to worry about. So he didn’t give it … Read More

Buzz Kill: Energy Drinks

The instant buzz you get after downing an energy drink gives your body a lift in other ways—increased blood pressure and a prolonged QT interval, which could spell heart problems. Results from a meta analysis of how energy drinks affect heart health weren’t all that surprising, but they do raise enough concern to warrant a … Read More

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Anxiety and Arrhythmia (Video)

The heart and brain do a lot of talking, and our emotional health can seriously impact the heart. We’re learning that anxiety can tax the heart. Specifically, high anxiety levels can  cause an irregular heart beat  and it’s a vicious cycle, as the more arrhythmia you have – it makes you more anxious. Cleveland Clinic’s Leo Pozuelo, … Read More

Most Common Birth Defect is Growing Risk for Adults

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect in the United States, occurring in one of every 110 births. There are over 787,000 adults with congenital heart disease in the U.S., and according to recent numbers those adults are at a higher risk for hospitalization than pediatric patients with the same condition. The findings … Read More