One LVAD patient is paying it forward

Barbara Ann Colvin of Columbus, Ohio, calls herself the “LVAD Diva” and says she is on a journey to help the disadvantaged take charge of their lifestyle choices. In 2010 at the age of 55, Ms Colvin was given six months to a year to live. She had been in and out of hospitals for … Read More

Cheney Heart Transplant in the News

With the recent heart transplant for former Vice President Dick Cheney, there has been a lot of talk in the news about the procedure and the use of a ventricular assist device (VAD). Cleveland Clinic’s Randall Starling, MD, Section Head Heart Failure & Cardiac Transplant Medicine, provides insight on the topic in this Reuter’s news … Read More

Emergency heart transplant saves teen

Over the holidays, an Ohio teen experienced heart failure that led to an emergency heart transplant at Cleveland Clinic on New Year’s Eve. Twenty-four years earlier, the boy’s father had the same life-saving procedure. The Akron Beacon Journal newspaper ran a feature highlighting this gift of life and the extraordinary health experiences this family has … Read More

Strain is Gain for Cancer Patients’ Hearts

Teamwork works wonders. Take cancer care. Cleveland Clinic cancer specialists and heart specialists are working as a team to prevent or minimize damage to the heart caused by cancer treatments like chemotherapy or radiation treatments. “There is always a chance that some cancer treatments can increase the risk of heart failure or cause the heart … Read More

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Medical Innovation Summit: Heart Failure: New Technology; New Promise

Steve Szilagyi, our TBE writer is reporting from the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit Chief Science Correspondent for NBC News Robert Bazell moderated the panel “Treating the Heart Failure Patient: New Technology, New Promise” at the 2011 Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit on Tuesday, October 4.  Mr. Bazell recalled the hoopla surrounding the implantation of … Read More

Imaging the Heart: LVAD

From ” What Are We Looking At?“ These computed tomography (CT) images provided by Cardiovascular Imaging at Cleveland Clinic, show four views of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implanted in a patient with heart failure awaiting transplant. An LVAD is a battery-powered heart assist device that helps the left ventricle (the main pumping chamber of … Read More

What Are We Looking At?

Here are four views of a patient’s heart. They were taken with CT imaging and conventional x-ray. The patient has severe heart failure and is awaiting transplant. If you look closely, however, you’ll see something strange. There are curious, un-heartlike structures in there. What could they be? Drop your guesses in the comments box. We’ll … Read More

Hot Days and Heart Failure

“Mad dogs and Englishmen” may go out in the midday sun, but people with heart failure need to cool it. Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Maria Mountis, MD, told veiwers of WTOL news in Toledo, Ohio, that people with heart failure are at risk of dehydration, hypotension and difficulty breathing in soaring temperatures. Read what Dr. Mountis … Read More

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CRT Study May Not Be Whole Story

Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) continues to generate controversy. CRT implants pacemaker-like devices that align the rhythm of the right and left ventricles of a failing heart. According to the Wall Street Journal, about 60,000 CRT devices are implanted in U.S. patients every year. But a new study published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests … Read More