When you hear that someone has been diagnosed with lung cancer, you often hear about the stage of cancer, which indicates the extent to which the cancer has developed by spreading to lymph nodes or other organs. Lung cancer staging is important, because the stage of lung cancer directly impacts the chance of being cured, … Read More
November is Lung Cancer Awareness month. Be sure to check out our series of Lung Cancer videos. Our videos will help you learn how lung cancer is formed, the four different stages of lung cancer, new advances in minimally invasive surgical techniques used to treat lung cancer, and what to expect after a lobectomy surgery. … Read More
Patients often ask whether so-called “white coat” hypertension is anything to be worried about. This is a phenomenon in which people have a higher-than-normal blood pressure reading only at the doctor’s office, while their blood pressure is normal under more relaxed conditions at home.
One of the most common treatments for cancerous tumors is therapeutic radiation, which can be very effective and even life-saving. However, doctors are now recognizing that when patients receive radiation to the chest, cardiac issues can sometimes occur as a result — often years or decades later. In this video, Bruce Lytle, MD, chairman of … Read More
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Take a closer look at what inspired cardiothoracic surgery fellow Michael Robich, MD to become a heart surgeon. Hear how Dr. Robich’s childhood and his experiences in medical school led him to pursue a career in heart surgery.
Despite the precautions that cardio-oncologists and other specialists take to monitor and protect patients’ heart health during chemotherapy treatments to combat cancer, sometimes heart damage can occur. One of the most common conditions that sometimes arises is congestive heart failure, which is characterized by shortness of breath and swelling. Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute … Read More
Some, but not all, treatments for cancer — including chemotherapy — can have an effect on your heart. One of the primary goals of specialists called cardio-oncologists is to prevent heart damage in patients receiving chemotherapy. Before patients at Cleveland Clinic begin chemotherapy, they undergo screening studies such as an echocardiogram with strain imaging to … Read More
While there has been gradual increase in life expectancy over the past few decades, quality of life hasn’t necessarily improved. Medical issues that come with chronic conditions such as of heart disease and type 2 diabetes can create a number of challenges.
Robert Hobbs, MD, cardiologist in Cleveland Clinic’s Section of Heart Failure and Transplantation Medicine at the Heart & Vascular Institute, explains in this whiteboard session how this abnormality of the heart muscle may lead to heart failure. He also provides some visuals to help you understand the difference between a normal heart and dilated, hypertrophic … Read More
Patients often ask whether it’s “heart healthy” to drink wine every day. The answer is that a small amount of wine each day may be beneficial, but as it turns out, there doesn’t seem to be anything special about wine.