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

Walking with Heart

Saturday, Aug. 27 was a beautiful sunny day in Cleveland. A great day for kids, the dog and the entire family to get out and walk in the annual Start HeartWalk for the American Heart Association. This year, more than 4,800 Clevelanders came out to Voinovich Park to walk and raise funds for AHA. According … Read More

Over, Under, Sideways, Down

 The video above shows a normal heart and rotates it to reveal the back, front, top and bottom. Visible at the top are the great vessels and aortic arch. The coronary arteries are “cut free” here to stand out from the surrounding heart anatomy (you can see them snaking down the sides and around the … Read More

Private Matters

“Love your blog!” said one of our caregivers at the Miller Family & Vascular Institute. “If you ask me, The Beating Edge would be the perfect place to answer what seems to be one of the burning questions of our time.” Burning question? “Yes, something that patients need to know, and that we get bugged … Read More

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When Time is Muscle

If you’re having a heart attack you need to get to a hospital, fast. And not just any hospital. A hospital that can give you an emergency angioplasty. Heart attacks are caused by blockages of the coronary arteries. An angioplasty snakes a little balloon up through your blood vessels and inflates it at the site … Read More

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Web Chat Tomorrow

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) affects an estimated 600,000 to 1.5 million Americans, or one in 500 people. It is a complex type of heart disease that affects the heart muscle, causing thickening of the heart muscle, left ventricular stiffness, mitral valve changes and cellular changes. HCM can be inherited or acquired as a result of high … Read More

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Web Chat Tomorrow

It is estimated that approximately one million adults and are living with congenital heart defects in the United States. A heart defect is the most common birth defect, but at least 10% of all congenital heart defects are not found until adulthood. While there are risks for developing additional heart problems, with proper medical care, … Read More

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Music as a Soothing and Healing Instrument

Our last entry by Austin Petsche, a junior from Western Reserve Academy, and our student volunteer this summer at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus. He was a guest blogger over the summer and covered places to see in the Heart and Vascular Institute. For all those music lovers out there, the Gus P. Karos Grand Lobby … Read More