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

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

From Failing Heart to Transplant: The Hartz of Shelly Artz

Sixty-nine year old Shelly Artz, MD, once said of transplant recipients, “Every one has a story.” But few have stories as good as Dr. Artz’ own “Tale of Three Hearts”. Scoot back to 2002. After several heart attacks, Dr. Artz’ heart was failing.   Only a heart transplant could save his life. Shelly Artz received a … Read More

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