New Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Near FDA Approval

Two new drugs to help physicians better manage “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) have received approval this week from an FDA advisory panel. The FDA typically accepts those recommendations, so the drugs may soon be available for patient use. The new drugs – both injectables – are called alirocumab (brand name, Praluent), which received the panel’s … 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

Another ‘Hit’ for Nissen

Cleveland Clinic’s Steven Nissen, MD, is one of Medscape’s 2012 Best Physicians of the Year. “Be a detective and ask questions.” Dr. Nissen was featured in the documentary movie Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, a journey with patients and physicians that captured the challenges we face today to change the status quo … Read More

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Chelation Therapy Could Do More Harm Than Good

At Cleveland Clinic’s Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute’s Resource Center, one of the most common questions we receive is whether chelation therapy—chemicals that traditionally have been used to treat heavy metal poisoning—can “clean out clogged arteries” as an alternative to coronary artery bypass surgery or interventional procedures such as angioplasty or a cardiac stent. … Read More

Do You Need That Cardiac Test? (Video)

The American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation has launched a website featuring medical experts from nine professional organizations that highlights 45 commonly performed cardiac tests. Visit the site to learn more, and next time a cardiac test is recommended, you may just want to get a second opinion.

Documentary Sheds Light on American Healthcare

“Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare” takes us on a journey with a patient and a physician to get an inside view of the problems facing America’s healthcare system. Woven through these stories is expert commentary from leaders in different fields. They explain the history and shed light on the challenges we face … Read More

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The Holidays and Healthy Alcohol Consumption

Studies continue to show that moderate alcohol consumption can provide heart health benefits for some. With the holiday season fast approaching, it is important to pay attention to your alcohol consumption and remember that moderation is key. On closer inspection, the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption vary based on a person’s age and medical history. … Read More

Beta-Blockers—Still the Best? (Video)

Beta-blockers have been a go-to medication for patients with heart disease for years. But new research questions whether these drugs actually prevent future heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular death. When should beta-blockers be prescribed? And, which patients really benefit? These questions have surfaced thanks to a study released in the Journal of the American Medical … Read More