Noninvasive Test Can Help You Avoid Heart Attack

Doctors use risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, body-mass index, gender and age to help determine the likelihood someone will suffer a future heart attack. However, risk prediction is an inaccurate science. Too often, someone thought to be at low or intermediate risk has an unexpected heart attack or dies … Read More

An Accident Paves The Way For Modern Heart Care

As he rushed to aid his stricken patient 55 years ago this October, Cleveland Clinic cardiologist F. Mason Sones, MD, worried that the dye he had inadvertently injected directly into the young man’s heart would kill him. Instead, what seemed like a grave medical error on the day before Halloween, 1958, proved to be a … Read More

18 Innovations: Coronary Angiography

In 1958, cardiologist F. Mason Sones Jr., MD, made one of the great breakthroughs in visualization inside the arteries with the discovery of moving cine-coronary angiography. Dr. Sones made the discovery while he was doing a procedure that involved injecting contrast dye into the aortic valve of a young man. Unintentionally, the catheter tip injected … Read More