The aorta is the most important artery in your circulatory system, transporting oxygen-rich blood from the heart out to all of the blood vessels of your body. But the part of this artery just below the kidneys that carries blood to the lower extremities — what we call the abdominal aorta — is the most … Read More
Statin medications (statins) are often used preventively in patients who are at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease. In these people, statin therapy has been shown to significantly decrease the risk of having a heart attack or dying of heart disease. However, recent studies have shown that there may be an association between statin therapy … Read More
Not only do statins lower LDL cholesterol, they also have been shown to substantially reduce the risk of having a heart attack or dying of heart disease. While statins are well tolerated by most people, they do sometimes have side effects that can limit their use, says Michael Rocco, MD, Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation … Read More
Statin medications (statins) are the first-line treatment for patients with high cholesterol and those diagnosed with coronary artery disease. Unfortunately, some patients find when they are first prescribed a statin that they are unable to tolerate the drug. However, don’t be disheartened if you have a problem or experience a side effect from a specific … Read More
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Cardiothoracic surgery fellow Michael Robich, MD gives us an inside look at what it’s like to care for heart surgery patients before, during and after an operation. See how working with some of the top heart surgeons at Cleveland Clinic is helping him become the best cardiothoracic surgeon he can be.
A lobectomy to remove lung cancer in patients diagnosed with stage 1 or 2 lung cancer can be a life-saving procedure. However, a lobectomy is a major surgery, so it’s important that patients are aware of common post-op complaints so they can let their doctors know if they are experiencing any issues. Thoracic surgeon Sudish … Read More
Finding out that a surgery called a lobectomy is needed to remove a large section of lung to treat stage 1 or 2 lung cancer can be a scary proposition—especially when thinking about how the lungs will be affected afterwards. However, the body is extremely quick to adapt, explains thoracic surgeon Sudish Murthy, MD, PhD, … Read More
People who are diagnosed with stage 1 or 2 lung cancer often need surgery to remove the lung cancer. A lobectomy, the most common surgery performed to treat lung cancer, is the surgical removal of a large section of lung. Tiny video cameras mean smaller incisions The surgery used to require a large incision and … Read More
When someone is diagnosed with lung cancer, he or she is told what stage (from 1-4) the cancer is, which indicates the degree to which it has spread beyond the initial lung nodule, or a black spot on the lung. A diagnosis of stage 3 or 4 lung cancer means that that the cancer has … Read More