Are Polar Bear Plunges Good for the Heart?

Some take dips in freezing cold water for recreation, some to raise money and some for their health. Organizations sponsoring the plunges – called Polar Bear Plunges – promote benefits such as “a boon to one’s stamina, virility and immunity.” These benefits may not be accurate, however, and Cleveland Clinic cardiologist David Frid, MD, believes they may … Read More

Blood Pressure By the Numbers (Video)

When it comes to blood pressure readings, if all that talk about systolic and diastolic and normal, intermediate and high blood pressure (hypertension) have left you confused, you’re not alone. But help is on the way: In this Everyday Health video, David Frid, MD, Cleveland Clinic cardiologist in the Section of Preventive Cardiology, makes the … Read More

3 Tips to Lower Blood Pressure

One in three Americans has high blood pressure, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. Yet, even though it’s so prevalent, many people do not know they have this problem until something major goes wrong. Cardiologist David Frid, MD, says, “One of the problems with blood pressure is your body is … Read More

Renal Treatment Lowers Blood Pressure and Costs

Cleveland Clinic is currently enrolling patients in a trial of a new catheter-based treatment for resistant hypertension called renal denervation. This treatment involves slipping a thin device through the blood vessels to the kidneys to deliver a mild radiofrequency heat that neutralizes certain nerves that are involved in causing hypertension. Hypertension (high blood pressure), of course, is a … Read More

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Hypertension Trial Taking Off!

What keeps doctors up at night?  Hypertension. Yours, not theirs. Medical professionals are bracing themselves for an onslaught of high-blood pressure in coming years, and the millions of cases of heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease that will come with it. Most hypertension can be controlled by medication or lifestyle changes.  But some high blood … Read More

Heart Health Twitter Quiz: Blood Pressure

True or False: If your blood pressure is elevated only when you are at the doctor’s office and is normal at other times, you don’t have high blood pressure and you need not worry at all about your blood pressure. True False Answer: False In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say: We … Read More

Zapping Hypertension

High blood pressure is a killer.  But there’s a new treatment on the horizon that may lower blood pressure in a whole new way. It’s called renal denervation. You can learn about it in a webchat  January 5, 2012, from noon to 1 p.m.  You’ll also hear about a clinical trial that will be testing … Read More

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Medical Innovation Summit: Kidney-Shaped Cardiac Breakthrough

Kidneys rarely make news in the heart world. But this week, the kidney was elevated to the status of cardiac icon. It happened at the annual Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit, October 10-12. On the last day of the Summit, the organizers released their much-anticipated ranking of the “Top Ten Medical Innovations of 2011“. Number … Read More