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

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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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