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Medical Advances That May Affect You

Medicine changes so fast that doctors are hard-pressed to stay on top of the latest developments. That’s why they attend national medical meetings. At these meetings, they learn the latest information in their specialty. The annual meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA) is one of the largest in the world. From the thousands of … Read More

Fixing Your Aortic Tear Without Surgery (Video)

If you could get a glimpse inside your aortic artery, you would see that it’s much like the inside of a garden hose. It has a thick inner layer with a thinner outer layer as protection. When the artery is healthy, that muscular inner layer is round and wide. This  allows easy flow of blood … Read More

Stenting 101

On August 6, former President George W. Bush had a stent — a small metal mesh tube — inserted to open a blocked artery in his heart. Mr. Bush had a successful coronary interventional procedure after a blockage was discovered during his physical. He returned home the next day and was ready to return to … Read More

War Injuries Driving New Stent Technology

In recent years, the number of blood vessel injuries from trauma and war has increased. Vascular surgeon Timur Sarac, MD, knows this all too well. While practicing at Cleveland Clinic, he has spent 16 years in the Army Reserves treating soldiers with life-threatening injuries. Understanding the need for speed in response to devastating blasts that … Read More

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PAD Problems? Medicated Stents Can Help (Video)

A new type of stent provides long-lasting help for some patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD). Initial trials show that these new medicated and flexible stents help restore adequate blood flow to the legs, and lessen the risk that those treated blood vessels will become narrow again. When you don’t get enough blood to your … Read More

A Second Chance for Life

In early 2011, Jovetta Means, a lovely 64-year-old woman from Fort Wayne, Indiana, came to see me for a third opinion on a very rare tumor involving her aorta.  Jovetta was found to have a mass inside the wall of her aorta, positioned close to her esophagus and stomach, near her heart and left kidney. The … Read More