Hope and Help for Radiation-Damaged Hearts (Video)

No one wants to hear that they’ve been diagnosed with cancer, but advances in treating cancer with multiple therapies including chemotherapy, surgery and radiation continue to save lives. According to the American Cancer Society, the 5-year relative survival rate for all cancers diagnosed between 2002 and 2008 is 68 percent, and that’s a marked increase … Read More

How You Can Outsmart the Widow Maker Artery (Video)

Cardiologists get asked a lot of questions by their inquisitive patients, including “What is the widow maker artery?” The left descending artery or LAD has earned a dubious distinction. The low survival rate when patients experience a heart attack there spawned the term “widow maker.” To understand more about the LAD’s role in coronary circulation, … Read More

When You Have Restenosis You Also Have Options (Video)

When plaque builds up inside your coronary arteries, it can increase your risk for heart attack.  Restenosis or in-stent restenosis occurs when a stent previously placed to treat coronary artery disease or CAD becomes narrowed in the artery. Renarrowing can happen because of two main reasons, says Amar Krishnaswamy, MD, an interventional cardiologist in Cleveland Clinic’s … Read More

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Statins and Diabetes: Risk-Benefit Round-Up (Video)

Statin medications (statins) are often used preventively in patients who are at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease. In these people, statin therapy has been shown to significantly decrease the risk of having a heart attack or dying of heart disease. However, recent studies have shown that there may be an association between statin therapy … Read More

Can Push-Ups Take the Place of Pills? Not Yet

Physical activity is potentially as effective as many drug interventions for patients with existing coronary heart disease and stroke, a recent analysis suggests. But don’t trade your medications for a new pair of cross-trainers quite yet. All the evidence is not in – and there are significant, life-saving reasons to continue to take your prescription … Read More

Be Alert to Statin Side Effects (Video)

Not only do statins lower LDL cholesterol, they also have been shown to substantially reduce the risk of having a heart attack or dying of heart disease. While statins are well tolerated by most people, they do sometimes have side effects that can limit their use, says Michael Rocco, MD, Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation … Read More

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Don’t Despair If You Have Statin Intolerance (Video)

Statin medications (statins) are the first-line treatment for patients with high cholesterol and those diagnosed with coronary artery disease. Unfortunately, some patients find when they are first prescribed a statin that they are unable to tolerate the drug. However, don’t be disheartened if you have a problem or experience a side effect from a specific … Read More

When So-called ‘Good’ Cholesterol Goes Bad

Most of us have heard about “good” cholesterol. But this so-called “good” cholesterol can turn bad – by losing its cardio-protective properties and promoting inflammation and coronary artery disease. Cleveland Clinic researchers have discovered the process by which high-density lipoprotein (HDL) – the carrier of so-called “good” cholesterol – becomes dysfunctional.The discovery represents the first … Read More