Pilot Heart Health: Keeping You Safe in the Sky

Just as a pilot’s plane needs maintenance for safety, the pilot himself needs regular checkups for his own health—especially when it comes to heart health. With the help of their cardiologists, many pilots can keep their hearts strong and continue to fly. Checking pilots’ health Federal Aviation Administration-authorized aviation medical examiners evaluate pilots and issue … Read More

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

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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

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

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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