Heart disease is usually associated with chest pressure or tightness and shortness of breath. Surprisingly, though, some women never experience these typical symptoms—instead, they may have back pain or feel fatigued.
While awareness is increasing that heart disease is the No. 1 killer in women, younger women may think that statistic doesn’t apply to them. They’re wrong. In this video, Dr. Leslie Cho explains why.
Many people think that taking vitamins and other supplements can support their heart health, but the opposite may be true. None have been proven to help, and some could even be dangerous.
Surgery to repair your mitral valve, one of the heart’s four valves that keeps blood pumping efficiently, is higher-tech than ever. At Cleveland Clinic, which has the world’s greatest experience with mitral valve repair, robotically assisted surgery is now an option for many patients—and you could be one of them, depending on your surgeon’s assessment … Read More
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Has your doctor told you have minor blockages in your coronary arteries? If you’ve had a heart catheterization for blockages your doctor determined are too minor to require a stent or bypass surgery, it’s still important not to ignore chest pain. In a recent study, researchers at the Veterans Administration’s Eastern Colorado Health Care System … Read More
If you’ve noticed that your cardiologist’s or internist’s advice about how to keep your heart healthy changes over time, you’re not alone. Clinical guidelines are based on the most current evidence-based medicine. So if your doctor tells you at one visit that you need a certain diagnostic test or medication and at the next one … Read More
If you have diabetes and need treatment for chronic static angina — the kind that causes chest pain from exertion — you should know about new national guidelines for treatment. The new guidelines advise doctors on the best ways to open coronary blockages in people with diabetes and were released by the American College of … Read More
It’s your physical and your doctor is coming at you with a cold stethoscope, ready to listen to your heart. But what does your heart have to say? Potentially, a lot. Comprised of four chambers and four valves, one of the heart’s most important jobs is to keep blood flowing in one direction. The valves … Read More
Every year, Cleveland Clinic presents the top 10 medical innovations — the most influential and potentially beneficial breakthroughs in medicine for the year. This year, three of the 10 innovations related to the human heart. They are: 1. The development of a small leadless pacemaker — We’ve found a way to create a tiny pacemaker, so … Read More
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