Pilot Heart Health: Keeping You Safe in the Sky

Just as a pilot’s plane needs maintenance for safety, the pilot himself needs regular checkups for his own health—especially when it comes to heart health. With the help of their cardiologists, many pilots can keep their hearts strong and continue to fly. Checking pilots’ health Federal Aviation Administration-authorized aviation medical examiners evaluate pilots and issue … Read More

Fixing a Floppy Mitral Valve (Video)

Of all the heart valves, the mitral valve is the one repaired most often. That’s usually because of a leak called valve regurgitation. The good news is: There are a couple of effective ways to fix a “floppy” valve. In this whiteboard session, Cleveland Clinic thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon A. Marc Gillinov, MD, explains what … Read More

Inside the Mitral Valve (Video)

The mitral valve sits in the center of the heart, and though its purpose is quite simple—to keep the blood flowing in a single direction—it takes a complex, coordinated effort for this to happen. In this whiteboard session, Cleveland Clinic thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon A. Marc Gillinov, MD, explains how the mitral valve works. Next … Read More

Mitral Valve Invention Opens Opportunity to the Inoperable

Some heart patients are too high-risk to undergo surgery, but in the future there could be a new option for these people, thanks to a mitral valve invention coming out of Cleveland Clinic. When the mitral valve is insufficient (leaking), quality of life suffers deeply—patients have difficulty breathing because the abnormal valve blocks blood flow … Read More

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18 Innovations: Pioneering Minimally Invasive Valve Surgeries

Toby Cosgrove, MD, believes in what he calls “innovation trips”. These are visits to other institutions and organizations to see what they’re up to and learn from their best practices. In 1996, Dr. Cosgrove was Cleveland Clinic chairman of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He made an innovation visit to Stanford University Medical School and came away convinced that … Read More

Valve Replacement: The Amazing Ring Thing

There are three things that you need to know about tissue-based implantable heart valves. One, they are often preferable to mechanical valves because they don’t require life long blood-thinning. Two, implantation involves suturing the ring into the place where the old valve stood. Three, the leaflets wear out in about 10 years, meaning you eventually … Read More

A Runner With Heart

Last month, heart patient Brian Nash of Cincinnati was greeted with great fanfare at the Heart & Vascular Institute. It was a special Sunday. Brian was running in the annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon race less than two years after heart surgery to repair his aortic stenosis. (Aortic stenosis is abnormal narrowing of the aortic … Read More

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First TAVR with FDA Nod

The four doctors – two interventional cardiologists and two heart surgeons — were exhilarated as they emerged from the operating room. They’d just completed a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) operation at Cleveland Clinic – and heard of the news of pending FDA approval. As he removed his mask, prominent aortic surgeon Eric Roselli, MD, … Read More

Experts Discuss Trans-Aortic Valve Replacement

“The genie is out of the bottle,” said Cleveland Clinic cardiologist E. Murat Tuzcu, MD, as he introduced the session on trans-aortic valve replacement (TAVR) at Shaping the Future of Cardiovascular Care, an international symposium held at Cleveland Clinic October 5-7, 2011. The “genie” in question is TAVR itself . TAVR could potentially be an … Read More