Atrial Fibrillation and Your Brain

Atrial fibrillation (AF or aFib), a condition that affects your heart rhythm, does not get the same attention as other common health problems—but it should, says A. Marc Gillinov, MD, Surgical Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Atrial Fibrillation and author of the book Heart 411. “Atrial fibrillation does not have the same drama of a … Read More

Stroke Prevention: (Heart) Rhythm Matters

When it comes to decreasing the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, rhythm matters. When patients are diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (aFib), a chaotic heartbeat pattern that is caused by irregular electrical activity, typical therapies include either drugs to control the heart rhythm (antiarrhythmic drugs such as  flecainide, procainamide, amiodarone or sotalol) or rate … Read More

Tomatoes May Decrease Stroke Risk

A new Finnish study finds that eating tomatoes and tomato-based foods may lower a man’s risk of stroke. Carolyn Snyder, RD, a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic, says the digestive tract is built for the assimilation of whole foods, not processed foods. “With fresh fruit and vegetables like tomatoes, the body is able to use … Read More

Twitter Chat with Cardiologist Carlos Hubbard, MD

Obesity is an epidemic in America. It is linked to several risk factors for heart disease, vascular disease and stroke. These include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Learn how you can decrease these risk factors through diet, exercise and new medications.  Carlos Hubbard, MD, will be available to answer your questions this Wednesday, Nov. … Read More

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Beta-Blockers—Still the Best? (Video)

Beta-blockers have been a go-to medication for patients with heart disease for years. But new research questions whether these drugs actually prevent future heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular death. When should beta-blockers be prescribed? And, which patients really benefit? These questions have surfaced thanks to a study released in the Journal of the American Medical … Read More

High Blood Pressure Redefined

Everybody knows high blood pressure is bad. But that doesn’t mean they know when they have high blood pressure. David Frid, MD, a cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic, says that a reading above 140/90 constitutes a diagnosis of high blood pressure. But Dr. Frid believes that someone consistently over 120/80 should also be diagnosed with high blood … Read More

5 Things You Don’t Know About Childhood Stroke

What do you think is more common in children: brain tumors or stroke? If you guessed brain tumors, you’re not alone. That’s the answer pediatric neurologist Neil Friedman, MBChB received when he asked the same question in a room full of healthcare professionals. In reality, stroke is about twice as common in children as brain … Read More

Carotid Artery Disease

The carotid arteries are the two big vessels that go up either side of the neck. Their main function is to carry blood to the brain. Just like the arteries in your arms and legs, these can get narrowed and blocked. This is called carotid artery disease. In this condition, a mixture of fatty substances … Read More

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Avoiding Salty Restaurant Food

Do you ever wonder why restaurant food sometimes tastes better than what you make at home? It may be the salt. Cleveland Clinic registered dietician, Denise Cole, says there are certain restaurant foods that tend to have more sodium than others. “Some red flags in restaurants for sodium would be things like soups. Restaurant soups … Read More