Patient Receives New, Leadless Pacemaker

Cleveland Clinic physicians recently became among the first in the U.S. to implant a new miniature leadless cardiac pacemaker that stimulates the heart to a regular rhythm without the connecting leads or wires of a conventional device. If approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the device could improve patient comfort by: Replacing a surgical … Read More

When Antibiotics Stop Working, What’s Next?

Each year in the United States, 23,000 people die from drug-resistant bacterial infections. Antibiotics, designed to fight infections, have been one of the greatest medical advances of the past 100 years. But many health experts warn that we are entering a postantibiotic era, where drug-resistant “superbugs” threaten our health and economy. Our behavior — how … Read More

When So-called ‘Good’ Cholesterol Goes Bad

Most of us have heard about “good” cholesterol. But this so-called “good” cholesterol can turn bad – by losing its cardio-protective properties and promoting inflammation and coronary artery disease. Cleveland Clinic researchers have discovered the process by which high-density lipoprotein (HDL) – the carrier of so-called “good” cholesterol – becomes dysfunctional.The discovery represents the first … Read More

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Experimental Device Fails to Drop Blood Pressure

An experimental device that had shown promise and raised hopes for controlling stubbornly and dangerously high blood pressure is not effective, a new study involving Cleveland Clinic cardiologists and patients shows.   The device, known as the Symplicity System and made by Minneapolis-based Medtronic, Inc., is a generator that delivers jolts of radiofrequency energy through … Read More

Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2014

To find out which breakthroughs are set to reshape healthcare in the coming year, Cleveland Clinic asked 100 of its top experts — people who focus on patient care very day — to offer insight. These are their answers, the top 10 innovations for 2014: 10. Targeted therapy for cancer There’s new hope for people … Read More

How 3D Printing Makes Surgery More Personal

No two livers are exactly alike. This uniqueness creates difficulty for surgeons, who need to remove damaged areas of a liver while keeping healthy areas intact. Enter 3D printing. This technology creates highly accurate 3D models that surgeons can use as visual aids to prepare for each individual’s unique anatomy. That preparation is necessary with … Read More

Study: Clot Risks Identified for Heart Pump

Mechanical heart pumps, or left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), are lifesaving devices for patients with advanced heart failure, but a new study from doctors at Cleveland Clinic shows that the HeartMate II has higher risk than originally believed. LVADs help weakened hearts do the essential, continuous work of pumping blood, often bridging the gap until … Read More

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One Man’s Journey to a Lobectomy

When Bob Hemstreet was first diagnosed with a nodule on his right lung, panic and fear swept through him as he worried about the pain of surgery. Little did he know that a new minimally invasive thoracic procedure would not only cure his ailment, but also provide him with a swift and relatively pain-free recovery. … Read More

FDA-Approved Device Holds Promise for Seizure Relief

It’s being heralded as a major breakthrough in epilepsy treatment — an implantable device that can detect the beginnings of abnormal brain activity and disrupt it with electrical pulses before it becomes a seizure. The device is called the NeuroPace RNS System, and it received FDA approval for use in people with epilepsy whose seizures … Read More