Cleveland Clinic Receives Heart Failure GOLD Recognition

Since 2011, Cleveland Clinic has received the GOLD Certification from the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Recognition Program. The GOLD recognition is awarded to hospitals for the greatest success in using AHA’s achievement measures for treatment interventions. “Our team of caregivers is proud to meet the benchmark set to deliver the best care to our hospitalized heart … Read More

Beware of Getting Your Health Advice From The News

As the old adage says: Take advice with a grain of salt.  In today’s continuous news cycle, consumers are constantly bombarded with health advice from a variety of sources. One day a news report sites a study telling us that coffee helps fight depression. The next day’s study finds that it causes certain cancers. But … Read More

A Day in the Life of Jocelyn Beach, MD

July started a new academic year as I transitioned into my second year of residency and welcomed in a new group of residents and fellows. I finished my year at main campus in vascular surgery, and was fortunate to start the new one doing the same at Hillcrest Hospital. In general compared to main campus, … Read More

Social Support Helps Heart Patients Heal (Video)

Patients who are connected tend to heal more wholly. Social support networks play a critical role in weathering any medical challenge. From participating in cardiac rehab programs to volunteering or even engaging in pet therapy—we know the emotional and physiological benefits of a strong social support system help patients beat their illnesses. Cleveland Clinic’s Leo … Read More

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7 Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Hospital Readmission

A recent study found that patients who were admitted for a heart event – heart failure, heart attack or other cardiac problem – are often back in the hospital in less than 30 days for non-heart reasons. Cleveland Clinic’s Umesh Khot, MD, vice chair of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, says … Read More

Removing a Colon Through a Belly Button (Video)

Not so long ago, surgeons needed to make a 10- or 15-inch incision in a person’s abdomen to remove a person’s colon. Today, a person’s entire large intestine and rectum (which make up the colon) can be removed leaving only a coin-sized scar hidden in a person’s belly button. In my practice, I remove one … Read More

Tune In To CNN: Fixing Our Broken System

The American healthcare system is challenged. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of why and how this Sunday, March 10, when Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare airs on CNN/U.S. at 8 and 11 p.m. (ET). The award-winning documentary gives us an inside view of the problems facing the American healthcare system through the eyes of patients and physicians. … Read More

Matters of the Heart

Lee Hoaglan, from Seneca County in New York, was told that he was at the end of his life. After suffering from progressive heart failure, doctors advised him to check in to hospice as his fourth open-heart surgery was failing. He was told that he probably wouldn’t make it to Christmas. However, cardiothoracic surgeon Gosta Pettersson, MD, … Read More

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Advice on Talking With Your Doctor

When patients are actively involved in their own health, there is a much stronger likelihood their health outcomes will be better. That is why it is so important to feel comfortable with your doctors and be prepared with questions when you meet with them. Here are two helpful resources for you. “Questions are the Answers” … Read More

February 14 is National Donor Day, Too

Today across the U.S., more than 117,000 people are waiting for that gift of life from an organ donor. Trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment and vision loss are all reasons why someone may need an organ, tissue or blood donation at some point in their lives. It could happen to any one … Read More