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November 2014

Study Finds Alternative to Anti-Cholesterol Drug

The New York Times– Study finds alternative to anti-cholesterol drug can protect people from heart attacks and strokes. Dr. Steven Nissen comments.


Could Flu Raise Risk of Fatal Artery Tear?

HealthDay – Dr. Eric Roselli comments on a flu and aortic dissection study.


Cleveland Clinic research shows gut bacteria byproduct impacts heart failure

FoxNews.com, Science Codex, Medical Xpress, and WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids, MI) – New study finds the way gut microbes metabolize foods that are high in fat and cholesterol may play a role in the development of heart failure. Dr. Stanley Hazen discusses the study.

October 2014

October 2014

Pros and Cons of Medication vs. Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

EverydayHealth.com – Experts compare two options to reduce atrial fibrillation episodes. Dr. Walid Saliba comments.

Cleveland Clinic research shows gut bacteria byproduct impacts heart failure

FoxNews.com, Science Codex, Medical Xpress, and WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids, MI) – New study finds the way gut microbes metabolize foods that are high in fat and cholesterol may play a role in the development of heart failure. Dr. Stanley Hazen discusses the study.


To Govern Is To Choose: We Are Making Poor Choices On Research Funding

Dr. Steven Nissen comments on the effects of limited research funding.


Social support tied to outcomes among young heart patients

Reuters – Study finds young heart attack patients tend to have better physical and mental health afterward if they have close friends and family who care about them. Dr. Leslie Cho comments.

September 2014

September 2014

Prescription Drugs: Generics, Brand Names Not the Same?

Dr. Harry Lever comments.


FDA may tighten restrictions on testosterone-boosting drugs

The Wall Street Journal, CBSNews.com, Medpage Today, and several other sources – A Food and Drug Administration advisory rejected a new oral testosterone-replacement drug because of its cardiovascular risk. Drs. A. Michael Lincoff and Steven Nissen comment.

July 2014

July 2014

Sudden temperature changes may affect health

Cold weather can affect heart health. Dr. Frid comments.


Cleveland Clinic has been named the nation’s No. 1 heart hospital by U.S. News & World Report for the 20th consecutive year and is among the top 4 U.S. hospitals for 11 years running.

U.S. News & World Report, The Plain Dealer, CNN.com, WEWS-TV 5, WJW-TV 8, and numerous other sources – Dr. Bruce Lytle comments.

June 2014

June 2014

The Serious Heart Risks That Come With Chemo

TIME – Dr. Juan Carlos Plana discusses Cleveland Clinic’s cardio-oncology program. Two Cleveland Clinic patients are featured.

May 2014
Dr. Marc: Hypertension (Video)

Fox8.com Video: Dr. Marc Gillinov discusses hypertension.


Health Beat: News from your heart

WFMZ Allentown - One million Americans die from heart disease each year. Cleveland Clinic Dr. Stanley Hazen is learning more about what puts you at risk.


Astronauts' hearts change shape in space

WJXT Jacksonville - Cleveland Clinic Cardiologist Dr. James Thomas led the study looking at astronauts’ hearts in space.

April 2014
Cholesterol drug users may use pills as a license to overeat

Reuters – Study finds people who take statins may use pills as a license to overeat. Dr. David Frid comments.


Remote ICD monitoring increased follow-up adherence

Cardiology Today – Dr. Niraj Varma discusses initial findings from the TRUST trial.


The Link Between Cancer and Heart Disease

Woman’s Day – Three women share their survival stories after being diagnosed with cancer and heart disease. Dr. Carlos Plana discusses the importance of timing when treating heart disease.


Myth or Truth About Your Heart Health

Myth or Truth about Heart Health – Dr. Rimmerman and Dr. Gillinov give details concerning some popular heart health beliefs.


Germs Rule the World

The Atlantic – Dr. Stanley Hazen and team of researchers found that humans with the highest levels of TMAO in their blood had about twice the risk of having a heart attack, stroke or death compared to those who had the lowest TMAO levels.

March 2014
TAVI Devices: It's a Win-Win Situation

E. Murat Tuzcu, MD, and Samir R. Kapadia, MD comment on story discussing minimally invasive approach for aortic valve surgery.


Aleglitazar No Help Against Coronary Events

Treatment with the investigative diabetes drug aleglitazar lowered blood glucose levels in diabetes patients but did not improve cardiovascular outcomes. Dr. Lincoff comments.


Raised Risk of Heart Trouble Seen in Celiac Disease Patients

A new study from the Cleveland Clinic finds a doubling of coronary heart disease risk for people with celiac disease.


ACC: Gout Drug Tames the Heart

Allan Klein, MD, director of the Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Pericardial Diseases at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, said the findings ...


AleCardio data do not support use of aleglitazar for CV risk reduction

Cardiology Today – Dr. Michael Lincoff discusses results from the phase 3 AleCardio trial.


Study Comparing Two Transcatheter Aortic-Valve Devices

Cardiology Today and Medpage Today – Dr. Murat Tuzcu and Dr. Samir R. Kapadia comment on study comparing two transcatheter aortic-valve devices.


Space Travel Alters Shape of Human Heart, Study Reports

Space travel changes shape of human heart - Study senior author Dr. James Thomas, chair of cardiovascular imaging and lead scientist for ultrasound at NASA, discussed findings at ACC.


Cholesterol concerns with children

A recent study found that almost 30 percent of children ages nine to eleven were already showing signs of borderline or high cholesterol. Dr. Michael Rocco comments on the data.


New Guidelines for treating atrial fibrillation

News 4 JAX - Role of aspirin diminished in new recommendations – Dr. Wazni comments.


Fat-heart disease findings confusing, enticing

Chicago Tribune – Experts discuss how heart disease findings can often be confusing to patients. Dr. Ben Barzilai comments.

Valvular heart disease guideline lowers intervention threshold, provides new disease classification

Dr. Jim Thomas, a member of the writing committee for this document, comments on the new guidelines.

February 2014
Dr. Marc – Heart Truth or Myth

Cleveland Clinic survey finds most Americans have heart health facts wrong

Heart disease is the nation's No. 1 killer, but most Americans have their facts wrong when it comes to the disease, according to a recent survey conducted by the Cleveland Clinic.

January 2014
HDL, the "good" cholesterol, can be bad for your heart.

BBC News, The Huffington Post UK, The Daily Mail, The Plain Dealer, Crain’s Cleveland Business and several other sources – A new study from Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute finds. Dr. Stanley Hazen comments.

Testosterone Supplements Linked to Heart Attacks in New Study

Dr. Steve Nissen comments on a new study regarding testosterone supplements and heart attacks.

Exercise capacity predicts outcomes in mitral regurgitation

According to a new study exercise capacity predicts outcomes in mitral regurgitation. Dr. Milind Desai comments.

Medtronic Blood Pressure Device Misses Goal in Study

The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News – Dr. Mehdi Shishehbor comments on results of Medtronic Inc.’s clinical trial of device used to treat high blood pressure.

Cholesterol drugs: Do you need them, or not?

Experts debate over whether to prescribe statins as a way to ward off heart disease. Dr. Steven Nissen comments.

Cleveland Clinic heart center adds Missouri and Texas hospitals to its affiliation list

The Plain Dealer, Crain’s Cleveland Business, KFVS-TV (Paducah, KY), KTBS-TV (Shreveport, LA) and several other sources – Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute announces new affiliations with Saint Francis Medical Center and CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System. Dr. Bruce Lytle comments.

When It Comes to Heart Transplants, Size May Matter Most

Study finds survival rates in some heart transplant patients may be affected by receiving hearts that are too small for their bodies. Dr. David Taylor comments.

Do you need to take Vitamin D?

Answers by Dr. Marc Gillinov

Cleveland Clinic research lands on list of 2013's Top 10 advances in heart disease and stroke science

Dr Stan Hazen’s research on gut flora’s relationship to cardiovascular risk is on the list of the top 10 major advances in cardiovascular and stroke science for 2013 compiled by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

2013

December 2013

Experts set new guidelines on blood pressure levels and when people should begin using drugs to manage hypertension

Dr. Richard Krasuski comments:

Dr. Rimmerman comments:

Doctors Told Us I Should Never Get Pregnant

Ladies Home Journal – Patient shares her story of delivering a healthy baby boy despite her serious heart condition and high-risk pregnancy. Drs. Richard Krasuski and Fadi Khoury are mentioned.

Heart Of The Matter

Dr. Robert Stewart and his four year old heart transplant patient Charlie McMicken are featured.


November 2013

2 childhood cancer survivors and Cleveland Clinic heart transplant patients share their stories

On Sept. 5, less than two weeks before her 53rd birthday, she received a new heart at the Cleveland Clinic. Her own heart had become damaged beyond repair, ...

Increase In LVAD Pump Thrombosis with HeartMate II

Forbes, HealthDay, Reuters and several other sources – Dr. Randall Starling and team of researchers find the HeartMate II implanted pump linked to dangerous clotting problems. Dr. Starling comments.

Heart and Stroke Study Hit by a Wave of Criticism

Many leading cardiologists now say the credibility of the Prevention guidelines, released Nov. 14, is shattered. Dr. Nissen comments.

Dr. Marc – Family History
The American Heart Association is issuing new guidelines on cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins. Dr. Steven Nissen comments.

The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Boston Globe, ABC World News, CNN Newsroom, WOIO-TV 19 and several other sources.

N.F.L. Coaches: In Charge and at Risk

Many N.F.L coaches become workaholics under the pressure for their teams to succeed and risk health complications. Drs. Shazam Hussain and Douglas Johnston comment.

Testosterone Therapy Tied to Heart Risks

Study finds testosterone therapy tied to increased risks in veterans with a history of heart disease. Dr. Steven Nissen comments.

'Low T' Tx Tied to Higher Stroke Risk in Veterans

Men who take testosterone supplements may be putting themselves at increased risk of death, heart attacks and strokes, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Steven Nissen comments.

DVT and birth control — Dr. Natalie Evans comments
Dr. Marc - Gandolfini: Dr. Marc Gillinov talks about James Gandofini and heart disease risk
Dr. Marc- Dark Chocolate: Dr. Marc Gillinov talks about Dark Chocolate and health risk
Dr. Marc - Mediterranean Diet: Dr. Marc Gillinov talks about the Mediterranean diet
Dr. Marc - Technology and the Heart: Dr. Marc Gillinov talks with a patient about robotically assisted heart surgery
Mechanical Hearts Beat Death for Transplant List Patients

Dr. Randy Starling explains potential complications of left ventricle assist devices.

Cleveland Clinic heart surgeon, nurse to run NYC Marathon, raise money for John Ritter Foundation

Mastracci, a cardiovascular surgeon, and Hollis, a certified nurse practitioner, work together in the department of vascular surgery at Cleveland Clinic.


October 2013

Mom’s Lifesaving Mission: Preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Dr. Harry Lever explains causes and ways to prevent sudden cardiac arrest.

Flu shot reduces heart attack risk in high-risk patients, says study

A new study adds the jab might also help stave off heart attacks and strokes. Dr. Rimmerman comments.

Researchers find people who receive flu shots have a lower risk of heart failure or heart attack

Dr. Curtis Rimmerman comments on study.

Dr. David Frid comments on study.


September 2013

Dr. Marc - He’s the newest member of the New Day family and his goal is to get people healthy! Our own Stefani Schaefer introduced us to Dr. Marc Gillinov, a Cleveland Clinic Heart Surgeon with a passion for helping others. You can see Dr. Marc’s segments every Tuesday on New Day Cleveland. He’s working on some heart healthy stories about kids, concussions, and more!

Clinic doctor writes national guidelines to diagnose heart condition

Akron Beacon Journal – Dr. Allan Klein discusses new guidelines to help determine the proper imaging techniques to diagnose and treat pericardial disease. Cleveland Clinic patient is featured.

Statin side effects and statin intolerance can be overcome in majority of patients, Cleveland Clinic study shows

Study shows statin side effects and statin intolerance can be overcome in majority of patients. Dr. Leslie Cho comments.


August 2013

Former President, George W. Bush received a heart stent to open clogged arteries.

Dr. Steve Nissen explains why patients benefit from heart stents.


July 2013

Staged Stenting Best for Patients with Carotid Disease Prior to Heart Surgery

Researchers led by Mehdi H. Shishehbor, DO, MPH, of the Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH), reviewed outcomes of 350 patients who received carotid ...Read More.

Heat and Your Heart

Your heart works harder when your body is trying to cool down. Cleveland Clinic Cardiologist Dr. David Frid offers tips to stay safe if you are out in the heat.

Cleveland Clinic Named No. 1 Heart Program in Country for 19th Consecutive Year

For the 19th year in a row, the Cleveland Clinic’s heart care program ranks No. 1 on the U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of best hospitals.

Ask Well: Trying to Avoid Statins

Dr. Steve Nissen explains why statins may cause muscle pain.

Cholesterol Levels Are Leveling Off

Pharmaceutical companies are racing to develop a new class of drugs that may lower blood levels of LDL cholesterol. Dr. Steven Nissen, the chairman of cardiovascular medicine at Cleveland Clinic, comments.

Taking Out Recalled ICD Leads Safe

The safety and efficacy of transvenous extraction of recalled leads from implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) is comparable to that of non-recalled leads. Bruce L. Wilkoff, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic comments.

Book Raises Alarms About Alternative Medicine

Steven Nissen, chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, cautions against several forms of alternative medicine.

Juan Carlos Plana, MD — Cardio-Oncologist

June 2013

Cleveland Clinic heart center to affiliate with two Ohio hospitals in Norwalk and Bellevue

The Plain Dealer and Norwalk Reflector – Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Institute forms two affiliations with hospitals in Norwalk and Bellevue. Dr. Joseph Cacchione, chairman of operations and strategy for the Clinic's Heart & Vascular Institute, comments.


May 2013

In Cleveland Clinic Study, Less Than Half of Deaths After Coronary Intervention Attributable to Procedure

Research suggests new reporting protocol for 30-day mortality for percutaneous coronary intervention to better reflect quality, performance.


April 2013

Heart Problems May Arise From Breast Cancer Treatment

For some breast cancer patients, chemotherapy and radiation can cause serious heart complications, which may lead to a more complex treatment plan and permanent heart damage.

Compounds in meat and energy drinks could be bad for your heart.

A research study unveiled that it ' s not necessarily the fat in steak that could clog arteries and cause heart disease, but rather a nutrient called carnitine.

Radiation Therapy Doubles Risk of Cardiac Event

New research at Cleveland Clinic suggests that patients who've had heart surgery after chest radiation to treat cancer have almost double the risk of experiencing cardiac event. http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2013/04/radiation-therapy-doubles-risk-of-cardiac-event-video/


March 2013

Jeff Green hugs his heart surgeon Dr. Svensson
Cleveland Clinic Research Uses Breath Test to Identify Heart Failure in Patients

Cleveland Clinic researchers have successfully identified heart failure in patients by using exhaled breath analysis, a newly published study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows.


February 2013

Protecting Cancer Patients’ Hearts

Article by Juan Carlos Plana, MD, Co-director, Cleveland Clinic Cardio-oncology Center. (PDF, p. 8)

2012

November 2012

Dr. Eiran Gorodeski explains a new trial testing an implanted device to help heart failure patients.

October 2012

Boston Celtics' Jeff Green undergoes heart surgery at Cleveland Clinic

New treatment in clinical trial may increase number of lung donors. Dr. Kenneth McCurry comments

Dr. Marc Gillinov explains how large amounts of caffeine can lead to caffeine toxicity

Dr. Allan Klein discusses pericarditis, also known as drowning heart syndrome

Study finds cholesterol levels have lowered, but experts agree there is still room for improvement

Doctors seek better ways to help patients suffering from artery blockages that obstruct blood flow to the legs. Dr. Medhi Shishehbor comments

Walmart Joins Bundled Payment Program For Employers
Cleveland Clinic cardiac surgery expertise will soon be accessible at no cost to Walmart employees as part of the retailer's newly expanded Centers of Excellence program.

August 2012

Cleveland Clinic doctor uses 'strain echo' to head off heart failure in cancer patients

Dr. Juan Carlos Plana of the Cleveland Clinic is using new technology to keep cancer patients from developing heart failure caused by radiation and chemotherapy.

Remote Device Monitoring Saves Time -- If Patients Call In
Cleveland Clinic researchers found remote monitoring of cardiovascular implantable electronic devices is efficient, as long as patients keep to their scheduled transmission times.

July 2012

New Device Will Deliver a 'Heart in a Box'
A new device keeps heart beating while being transported, which allows for a healthier transplanted heart and farther distance to obtain a heart.

Pre-hospital EKG Worthwhile for Chest Pain
Having paramedics do field EKGs in patients with chest pain instead of waiting until they get to the hospital hasn't caused undue delays in San Diego, California, researchers said Wednesday but not all researchers agree. Dr. Umesh Khot wrote his own editorial on the topic.

Still The One: Cleveland Clinic Retains Top Spot On U.S. News & World Report Heart Hospital Rankings...
Cleveland Clinic is the top hospital for heart and heart surgery for 18th year.

Severe Blood Conservation Appears Safe In Cardiac Surgery For ...
Cleveland Clinic researchers shows that Jehovah's Witnesses--who refuse blood transfusions on grounds related to their religious beliefs--do not put them at any greater risk.

May 2012

Are Post-Angioplasty Stress Tests Unnecessary?
MSN Health and U.S. News & World Report – Study finds post-angioplasty stress tests unnecessary after patients undergo heart procedures. Dr. Thomas Marwick comments. By Steven Reinberg.

April 2012

Developing Cardiovascular Risk Test Based on the Metabolism of Gut Bacteria: Whatever Happened To ...?
Dr. Stanley Hazen enters licensing agreement with company to develop cardiovascular risk test based on the metabolism of gut bacteria.

Dover Man Has New Heart, New Lease on Life.
Heart transplant recipient thanks Cleveland Clinic for giving him a second chance at life. Times Reporter, By Joe Wright, 4/29.

Drs. Marc Gillinov and Steven Nissen discuss their new book “Heart 411.”

First Stent Graft Used to Help Treat Heart Cancer.
Cleveland Clinic uses first stent graft to help treat heart cancer. Drs. Eric Roselli and John Greskovich comment.

Clinical Trial Advice For Investors From Two Pros.
Drs. Steven Nissen and Marc Gillinov share clinical trial advice.


March 2012

Berlin Heart Bridges Gap, Brings Hope.
Cleveland Clinic Berlin Heart patient Charlie McMicken is featured. Dr. Robert Stewart comments.

Don't Take a Prescription Unless You Know Why.
Dr. Steven Nissen explains the importance of knowing clinical effects of a prescription.

Study Shows Bariatric Surgery Improves, Reduces Diabetes.
Overweight diabetic patients who underwent bariatric surgery achieved significant improvement or remission of their diabetes, according to new research from Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Steven Nissen explains how one soda a day can increase heart attack risk in men -

Is Your Statin Safe?
Dr. Steven Nissen answers common questions concerning danger of statins.

Statin Risks Outweighed by Statin Benefits.
Dr. Steven Nissen answers commonly asked questions regarding statin drugs.


February 2012

What Astronauts Have Taught Doctors About Fainting.
Dr. Fred Jaeger of the Cleveland Clinic discusses why fainting is common with astronauts.

Top 10 Myths of Heart Health (Part 1).
According to Dr. Steven Nissen, chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, much of the information Americans use as a guide for heart health is little more than folklore.

FDA Adds Warnings to Statin Label - Dr. Steven Nissen Comments.

Healthy Skepticism Can Be Good for the Heart, Doctors Say.
While consumers have access to more information about heart disease than ever before, much of it is incorrect or even dangerous, say cardiology experts Marc Gillinov and Steven Nissen of Cleveland Clinic, authors of the new book Heart 411.

Cleveland Clinic Nurses Arrange a Wedding so Heart Patient Can Give His Daughter Away.
Cleveland Clinic nurses arranged a wedding so their heart patient could give his daughter away.

Study: Eating Lots of Junk Food Super Bowl Sunday Could Cause Heart Attack.
Kristin Kirkpatrick, wellness manager and dietician at the Cleveland Clinic, said several studies have shown one very high fat meal could affect your cardiac function. "Eating poorly one day could put you at risk for a heart attack," Kirkpatrick explains.


January 2012

The 20 Best Reads of 2011.
Day 1 of the Plain Dealer’s ‘Tales from the Heart’ series was chosen by Readers Digest Magazine as the #2 ‘Top Reads of 2011’.The list is comprised of what the Readers Digest editors feel were the most unforgettable magazines, newspapers and the Internet articles of the year.

How Coronary Heart Disease Became Our Biggest Problem.
Dr. Marc Gillinov and Dr. Steven Nissen discuss the rise of coronary heart disease in their book “Heart 411”.

Too Many Tests? Routine Checks Getting Second Look.
Doctors advise which health tests a patient should receive on a routine basis. Dr. Steven Nissen comments.

Senate Committee Advances Bill To Protect Child Athletes From Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
Senate Committee approves bill that requires schools to have an AED for athletic events.  Cleveland Clinic is mentioned.

Covidien Releases Clinical Data on Plaque Excision for the Treatment of Calcified Lesions.
Dr. Daniel Clair’s latest study confirmed difficult lesions can be treated safely and effectively with the TurboHawk and SpiderFX Devices.

"Heart 411" A New Book on Heart Health by Two Cleveland Clinic Cardiologists, Goes on Sale Jan. 31.
Dr. Marc Gillinov and Dr. Steven Nissen share thoughts about heart heath from their book that goes on sale on January 31.

Heart Procedure to be a 'Game Changer'.
Minimally invasive heart procedure is an option for higher risk patients.  Dr. Murat Tuzcu comments. 

Celtics Forward Jeff Green Undergoes Surgery for an Aortic Aneurysm.
Forward Jeff Green had successful surgery Monday at Cleveland Clinic to repair an aortic aneurysm, discovered by the Celtics medical staff during a routine entrance physical in December.

Garrettsville Teen Begins New Year with New Heart.
Porter Lyons, 18, of Garrestville received a new heart on New Years Eve after becoming deathly ill on Christmas Eve. His father, Doug, went through the same life-saving procedure at the Cleveland Clinic 24 years ago.


2011

December 2011

Statins May Work to Reverse Heart Disease. Researchers from Cleveland Clinic used ultrasound to determine the degree of atherosclerosis among more than 1000 patients with coronary disease. For the group taking statins, "there was between a 40 and 50 percent reduction in the risk of the things we really care about, like death, stroke, heart attack," said Steven Nissen, MD, doctor of cardiovascular medicine at Cleveland Clinic.

Silent Strokes Linked to Memory Loss in Older Adults. M. Shazam Hussain, MD discusses silent strokes.

Chuck Hayes' whirlwind week concludes with Kings. After dealing with the possibility that his life could be in jeopardy, let alone the future of his NBA career, Hayes was sent by the Kings to Cleveland Clinic for further testing on Wednesday.

MedCity News on WKYC: Cleveland Clinic’s best-ever doctors. MedCity Media president Chris Seper discusses MedCityNews.com’s list of the top 50 doctors to ever practice at Cleveland Clinic. Seper sat down with WKYC News anchor Amanda Barren to go over some of the many medical innovations to come out of the Clinic in its 90 years and the physicians who pioneered them. Medcitynews.com, By Brandon Glenn, 12/21.

FDA Approves Berlin Heart for Kids. The FDA approved the Berlin Heart for pediatric patients waiting for heart transplants. Drs. Robert Stewart, MD and Gerard Boyle, MD comment.

Cleveland Clinic Patients Move Forward: Tales from the Heart (videos). We bring you updates on some of the patients we met that day. Here's what they are doing now, 17 weeks after having their chests opened, their valves repaired, their clogged arteries bypassed and their lives turned around. The Plain Dealer, 12/18.

Detection Might Have Saved Green's Life. Early detection and repair of an aorta aneurysm may have saved Jeff Green’s life, according to Dr. Michael Kaplan, senior medical correspondent for ESPN. Green had his procedure at Cleveland Clinic. ESPN.com, By Chris Forsberg, 12/17.

For some men, staying in shape may override body weight. Marc Gillinov, MD comments on study by AHA.



November 2011

Life-saving prescriptions lagging in heart patients. More than one in five people with heart disease aren't getting life-saving statin drugs despite guidelines saying they should, a new study shows. David Frid, MD comments. Reuters.com, By Linda Thrasybule, 11/17.

TCT: The do's and don'ts of avoiding complications during TAVI. E. Murat Tuzcu, MDoffers advice on performing transcatheter aortic valve implantations. Cardiovascular Business, 11/15.

Defibrillator 'upgrade' apparently a dud. The latest, most extensive research suggests that the automated defibrillator, now found in nearly all U.S. hospitals, saves fewer lives than the old, lower-tech defibrillators. Steven Nissen, MD comments. MSNBC.com, By Lilly Fowler, 11/15.

New Drug Could Raise Good Cholesterol and Lower Bad Cholesterol.  A Cleveland Clinic-led study, presented this week at the American Heart Association meeting, found a new drug could increase good cholesterol and lowered bad cholesterol. Stephen Nicholls, MBBS, PhD, the study’s lead author comments.

Peds Group Says All Children Should Get Cholesterol Tests Earlier in Life. Ellen Rome, MD, MPH comments on new cholesterol screening guideline for children endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Cleveland Clinic's Cardiac Surgery Program Gets Stellar Rating. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) awarded Cleveland Clinic's Heart Surgery Program its highest three star rating. TheBeatingEdge.org, 11/10.

Go inside Cleveland Clinic's Heart Center with The Plain Dealer. The Plain Dealer sent more than two dozen reporters, photographers, videographers and editors into Cleveland Clinic's heart center. Beginning Sunday Nov. 13 and running for eight days, the Plain Dealer will feature "Tales from the heart: Inside the Cleveland Clinic heart center." The Plain Dealer, 11/9.

FDA Approves First Artificial Aortic Heart Valve Placed without Open-Heart Surgery.



October 2011

Go inside Cleveland Clinic's Heart Center with The Plain Dealer. The Plain Dealer sent more than two dozen reporters, photographers, videographers and editors into Cleveland Clinic's heart center. Beginning Sunday Nov. 13 and running for eight days, the Plain Dealer will feature "Tales from the heart: Inside the Cleveland Clinic heart center." The Plain Dealer, 10/30.

Bartiromo: Top Doc at Cleveland Clinic Defends Healthcare. USA Today's Maria Bartiromo interviews Steven Nissen, MD about healthcare technology innovations. USAToday.com, 10/17.

Watson Computer Downs Clinic Cardiologists in "Jeopardy" Demonstration. Watson played against Cleveland Clinic cardiologists and surgeons during a demonstration modeled on the game of "Jeopardy" Tuesday afternoon as part of Cleveland Clinic's 2011 Medical Innovation Summit held at the InterContinental Hotel. While the demo did not focus on medical information, it showed one of the potential applications of Watson could be assisting doctors with dealing with information overload, especially in emergencies.



September 2011

Cleveland Clinic Establishes Chair of Preventive Cardiology. Cleveland Clinic has received a $750,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation to establish the Leonard Krieger Chair in Preventive Cardiology. Stanley Hazen, MD, PhD, will be the first to hold the chair.

Cardiac Rehabilitation is the Most Underused Treatment in America. “Cardiac rehabilitation is the most underused treatment in America,” says Leslie Cho, MD, lead author of the study and director of Cleveland Clinic's Women’s Cardiovascular Center. “If we had a medicine that could make this dramatic an impact, it would be the blockbuster drug of the century.”

Study Links Depression and Stroke Risk. A Cleveland Clinic study led by Leopoldo Pozuelo, MD, finds persons who are clinically depressed have a greater chance of developing and even dying from stroke. OzarksFirst.com, 9/20.

Video Games Can Help Stroke Victims. Researchers at Cleveland Clinic are currently conducting a study to investigate the effectiveness of tele-rehabilitation in stroke patients. WKYC, 9/27.

Cardiac Rehab May Help Heart Patients Live Longer. A new Cleveland Clinic study shows that cardiac rehabilitation can help heart patients live a lot longer – and why. “Cardiac rehabilitation is the most underused treatment in America,” says Leslie Cho, MD, lead author of the study and director of Cleveland Clinic's Women’s Cardiovascular Center. U.S. News & World Report, 9/26.

    HFSA: Longer Look Confirms Nesiritide's Flop. Six-month follow-up in the ASCEND-HF trial confirmed a lack of significant clinical benefit – or harm – from nesiritide (Natrecor) in patients with acute decompensated heart failure, researchers found. Randall Starling, MD, MPH, comments. By Todd Neale. Medpage Today, 9/22.

    Cleveland Clinic's Heart Program Enters Affiliation Pacts with two N.C. Hospitals. Cleveland Clinic's renowned heart program announced affiliations with two North Carolina hospitals. By Timothy Magaw. Crain's Cleveland Business, 9/22.

    HF Risk Found in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome. Patients with metabolic syndrome who are normal weight have a higher risk of HF vs. patients without metabolic syndrome who are obese, according to a study. Eileen Hsich, MD, comments. Cardiology Today, 9/16.

    Lyndhurst Man Medals in Senior Olympics at Age 87. An 87-year-old Lyndhurst man won silver and bronze medals at the National Senior games in June. He had quadruple-bypass surgery in 1994 at Cleveland Clinic and followed up with a rehabilitation program and stuck with it, allowing him to get back into training for the Senior Olympics. By Faith Boone. Sun Messenger, 9/15.

    Stents May Reduce Heart Attacks by Delivering Downstream Medication. Richard Krasuski, MD and researchers have found that cardiac patients receiving medicated stents – a procedure that occurs often when blood vessels are blocked – have a lower likelihood of suffering heart attacks or developing new blockages in the vessel downstream from the stent.



    August 2011

    Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Institute Launches ‘The Beating Edge’ Heart Blog. Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Institute has launched TheBeatingEdge.org heart blog, offering free and timely content related to heart, vascular and thoracic health topics.

    Certain Foods May Be the Best Medicine for Lowering 'Bad' Cholesterol. A study finds a diet including things like soy protein and nuts lowers LDL or 'bad' cholesterol more than statin drugs or a low-fat diet, Steven Nissen, MD comments. By Melissa Healy. LATimes.com, 8/24.

    One Word Can Save Your Life: No! New research shows how some common tests and procedures aren’t just expensive, but can do more harm than good. Steven Nissen, MD, comments. By Sharon Begley. Newsweek.com, 8/14.

    Bernadine P. Healy Loop, outspoken advocate for women's health, dead at 67. Dr. Bernadine P. Healy, 67, a leading health crusader, died from complications of cancer. Dr. Healy directed the Cleveland Clinic's Research Institute in 1985 before becoming the first woman to head the National Institutes of Health, and was instrumental in changing views that heart disease was predominantly a male disease. She also headed the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, American Heart Association and American Red Cross.

    Report Questions 'Offshoring' in U.S. Heart Studies. Major U.S.-sponsored clinical trials on heart disease often turn to other countries to recruit and a new report by Venugopal Menon, MD, and his colleagues at Cleveland Clinic questions whether that undermines the evidence they generate and the health of the American clinical trial system. FoxNews.com, 8/3.



    July 2011

    Medical Moments: Leaky Heart. Good Morning America featured the story of a patient who went to Cleveland Clinic for a routine physical and found out she had severe mitral valve regurgitation. Her surgeon, Marc Gillinov, MD, comments. ABC News, 7/13.

    Number One Heart Center 17 Years in a Row! For the 17th year in a row, the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute has ranked number one in cardiac care in the nation, as demonstrated in today’s release of U.S. News & World Report’s 2011-12 edition of America’s Best Hospitals. By Teresa Chin. The Plain Dealer, 7/19.

    Greater Cleveland Hospitals Redesigning Patient Care to Reduce Readmissions. Health systems nationwide are searching for ways to prevent patients from being readmitted into their full-time care. Randall Starling, MD, MPH, comments about ways the Heart and Vascular Institute are connecting with patients after they return home. By Sarah Jane Tribble. The Plain Dealer, 7/5.



    June 2011

    Diastolic Dysfunction Of The Heart Associated With Increased Mortality Risk. Researchers from Cleveland Clinic reported in the June 27 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals that diastolic dysfunction maybe an independent risk factor for increased risk of death. By Anne Robinson. Medical News Today, 6/27.

    CV Risk Higher with Sulfonylureas than Metformin. Older patients with type 2 diabetes have a significantly higher likelihood of experiencing a cardiovascular (CV) event within two years if they start treatment with a sulfonylurea drug than with metformin were the findings of Alex Z. Fu, PhD, in a retrospective study. By Jill Stein. Renal & Urology News, 6/27.

    Cleveland Clinic Doctor Operates on Influential Rabbi. Daniel Clair, MD, chairman of the Clinic's Department of Vascular Surgery, recently flew nearly 6,000 miles to operate on a rabbi, who is the highest profile leader of the Lithuanian stream of Ultra-Orthodox Judaism.

    Diabetics Fare Well with SFA Stent. A drug-eluting stent for the superficial femoral artery (SFA) showed sustained effectiveness at two years in diabetics versus nondiabetics, a substudy found. Sean Lyden, MD, from the department of vascular surgery at Cleveland Clinic, is mentioned.

    6th Advanced Cardiovascular Therapeutics 2011 Symposium Held. Patients with signs of a heart attack must rush to an appropriate health facility as soon as possible, cardiologists and interventional cardiologists stressed at the 6th Advanced Cardiovascular Therapeutics 2011 symposium. Drs. Stephen Ellis, MD, Mehdi Shishehbor, DO, MPH, and Ravi Nair, MD, from Cleveland Clinic are quoted. The Hindu.com, 6/18.

    If Someone Needed CPR, Would You Know What to Do? Thomas Tallman, DO, says it is extremely critical, after calling 9-1-1, to start compressions to keep blood flowing to the heart. By Amulya Raghuveer. ToledoOnTheMove.com, 6/10.

    Critic Faults FDA for Tardy Warning on Simvastatin Risk. Steven Nissen, MD, comments on the cholesterol drug simvastatin. By Richard Knox.

    Cholesterol Drugs Tied to Lower Prostate Cancer Risk. Dr. Nelly Tan and colleagues at Cleveland Clinic reviewed the medical records of more than 4000 men who had a biopsy to test for prostate cancer and found men taking cholesterol lowering medication may be less likely to get prostate cancer than those not on the drugs. By Genevra Pittman. Reuters, 6/1.

    Smaller Incisions Have Great Impact on Heart Patients. Marc Gillinov, MD, comments on robotic assisted coronary artery bypass surgery. By Cheryl Powell. Ohio.com, 6/1.

    Unapproved Stem Cell Treatments Causing Concern. Doctors at top U.S. medical centers are increasingly worried about a flourishing stem cell underground where patients get expensive, untested and unregulated treatments that are promoted as stem cell therapy. Wael Jaber, MD, a Cleveland Clinic heart specialist, comments. By Steve Sternberg. USA Today, 6/1.



    May 2011

    Study: Good Cholesterol Boosting Drug Fails to Reduce Heart Attacks, Strokes. Study: “Good” cholesterol-boosting drug fails to reduce heart disease. Margaret Warner interviews Steven Nissen, MD, regarding the impact of this study (video included). PBS NewsHour, 5/27.

    FDA to Pull Diabetes Drug Avandia from Pharmacy Shelves. Steven Nissen, MD comments.

    'Forks Over Knives' Documentary Explores Plant-Based Diet as Prescription for Diseases. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyni featured in this film regarding diet as a prescription for disease, in the documentary "Forks Over Knives." The Plain Dealer, 5/24.

    Hospitals Recognized. The Cleveland Clinic cardiovascular ICU is receiving national recognition for reducing the number of patients who get a dangerous type of hospital acquired infections. By Cheryl Powell. Ohio.com, 5/24.

    Health Tip: The Dangers of Having High Cholesterol. The downside of high cholesterol is discussed. U.S. News & World Report, 5/24.

    Stroke Awareness Month - Beware of Key Signs. Irene Katzan, MD, MS, discusses how to prevent strikes and warning signs. WKYC, 5/24.

    70's Heart Throb, Voice of 'Beast' Talks About Heart Problems. Actor Robby Benson talks about his battle with a congenital heart defect, responsible for four open heart surgeries, the last one taking place at the Cleveland Clinic. WEWS, 5/23.

    Higher Rate of Cardiovascular Disease Seen in Men with CP/CPPS. Men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) show a higher rate of arterial stiffness and vascular endothelial dysfunction than those without the condition, say researchers from Cleveland Clinic. Modern Medicine, 5/18.

    Adderall Safe for ADHD Kids? Study Says Yes, but Some Experts Disagree.
    Steven Nissen, MD, discusses study looking at cardiovascular safety of Adderall for kids with ADHD. By David W. Freeman. CBS News, 5/17

    HeartMate II Performs Well in "Real World." A comparison of outcomes of patients implanted with a HeartMate II with similar patients treated with other LVADs shows that "dissemination of this technology after approval has been associated with continued excellent results," according to study author Randall Starling, MD, MPH, (Cleveland Clinic, OH) and his colleagues. By Reed Miller. TheHeart.org [free login required], 5/4

    What Works: Juventas Therapeutics. Juventas Therapeutics is a local biomedical business spawned from stem cell research at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Marc Penn is the lead scientist on a particular molecule that has the ability to heal heart damage. Juventas is taking his research and trying to create a drug with it. By Monica Robins. WKYC, 5/2



    April 2011

    Pulmonary Hypertension After a Lung Transplant Predicts RRT Need. Pulmonary hypertension is a strong predictor of the need for renal replacement therapy (RRT) after lung transplantation, according to Cleveland Clinic researchers. By Jody A. Charnow. Renal & Urology News, 4/29

    Researchers Find Link Between Common Dietary Fat, Intestinal Microbes and Heart Disease. A new pathway has been discovered that links a common dietary lipid and intestinal microflora with an increased risk of heart disease, according to a Cleveland Clinic study published in the latest issue of Nature. Stanley Hazen, MD, PhD, comments.

    Experts, Restaurants React to Possible Trans Fat Ban in Cleveland. Registered Dietitian Julia Zumpano comments on Councilman Joe Cimperman’s request for restaurants and schools to get rid of cooking with trans fats. WEWS, 4/6

    Edwards Valve Study May Spur Patient Demand Doctors Aren't Ready to Meet. Steven Nissen, MD, head of cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic, discusses a revolutionary approach to repair damaged heart valves without requiring people to undergo chest-cracking surgery. By Michelle Fay Cortez. Bloomberg, 4/4

    PARTNER Cohort A: Transcatheter Valves Noninferior to Surgery. E. Murat Tuzcu, MD, comments about a new study, in which the Cleveland Clinic participated, comparing transcatheter-valve implantation with surgery for severe aortic stenosis. By Shelley Wood. TheHeart.org [requires free log in], 4/3

    ACC: Does Imaging Improve Outcomes? Thomas Marwick, MD, PhD, of Cleveland Clinic's Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute discusses echocardiography and patient outcomes. By Lisa Fratt. HealthImaging.com, 4/3



    March 2011

    Exercise May Cut Salt’s Effect on Blood Pressure. Marc Gillinov, MD, staff cardiac surgeon comments on a new study suggesting physical activity keeps blood pressure from climbing after people eat salt. Dr. Gillinov states, "Even better, Gillinov says, would be for physically inactive people to get moving and watch their sodium. . ." By Brenda Goodman. WebMD, 3/23

    For Multiple Heart Blockages, Bypass Surgery or Stents? Marc Gillinov, MD, a Cleveland Clinic cardiothoracic surgeon, comments on a large clinical trial that suggests drug-coated stents also may work well in patients with multiple blockages. By Brenda Goodman. WebMD, 3/16.

    Spotting Heart Issues in Young Athletes. Cleveland Clinic's Marc Gillinov, MD, discusses the warning signs of heart problems in young athletes. ABC News, 3/7.

    Dozens of People Perform CPR to Save One Heart Attack Victim. Bruce Wilkoff, MD, from the Cleveland Clinic's Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, comments on how dozens of people perform CPR to save a heart attack victim. By Steve Sternberg. USA Today, 3/2.

    Best Doctors in the Area Named. More than 500 Cleveland Clinic doctors are listed among the area's Best Doctors in Cleveland Magazine's March issue. Among those is Benico Barzilai, MD, Section Head, Clinical Cardiology, whose health advice also is featured. Edited by Kim Schneider. Cleveland Magazine, March 2011



    February 2011

    Cleveland Clinic Celebrates 90 Years. February 28, 1921—the first day that the Cleveland Clinic opened in a four-story building at E. 93rd and Euclid. Today, Cleveland Clinic has 2,800 physicians, 11,000 nurses... By Elizabeth Misson. WEWS, 2/28.

    PAD Patients Have More Extensive, Calcified Coronary Artery Disease. An analysis of trials using serial intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging reveals that patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) have more extensive coronary atherosclerosis and calcification than individuals without peripheral disease. Lead investigator Stephen Nicholls, MBBS, PhD. By Michael O'Riordan. TheHeart.org requires free registration. TheHeart.org, 2/28.

    Cleveland Clinic Offers Air Travel Membership Service for Critically Ill. Cleveland Clinic has launched a new membership program for traveling patients that promises to transport members via ambulance, helicopter and jet to Cleveland Clinic or any other hospital they choose. By Brandon Glenn. MedCityNews, 2/25.

    Cleveland Clinic Researchers Honored for Contributions to Science and Technology. Three Cleveland Clinic researchers were recently named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which seeks "to advance science, engineering, and innovation." Qing Kenneth Wang, PhD, Molecular Cardiology, was recognized for the discovery of the first gene for the lethal heart rhythm disorder Brugada syndrome, identification of mechanisms of channelopathies, and fundamental contributions to the field of arrhythmias, seizures, and sudden death. By Lerner Research Institute. FirstScience, 2/23

    Supporters Unlock Doors to 'Outstanding' Health Care. Sydell Miller discusses why she donated $70 million to help fund Cleveland Clinic’s Heart & Vascular Institute. By David Rogers. Palm Beach Daily News, 2/18

    New MRI-safe Pacemakers Available. Bruce Wilkoff, MD, discusses the new pacemaker that is able to be exposed to the magnetic field of an MRI.

    Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Glucose Should Be Checked Regular. David Frid, MD, discusses numbers you should know. Video and article. Today's THV, 2/15

    Device Review Process Faulted. Steven Nissen, MD, discusses medical devices review processes.

    Cardiologist Offers Tips for Women at Risk of Heart Attack. Leslie Cho, MD discusses the symptoms of a heart attack. OzarksFirst.com, 2/14.

    Stroke in CABG-treated Patients Declined During 27-year Period. Results from a prospective, single-center study conducted at Cleveland Clinic suggest that patients undergoing CABG surgery had a decreased rate of stroke despite an increased patient risk profile. Cardiology Today, 2/8. Original study posted in JAMA, 1/26 issue.

    WHO Study Finds Many with High Cholesterol Go Untreated. Joseph Sabik, MD, comments on the benefits of making lifestyle change to impact cardiovascular risk. By Vidushi Sinha. Voice of America, 2/5

    February: American Heart Month: Women Still Don't Recognize Symptoms of Heart Attack. Maria Mountis, DO, discusses why women have a very high risk of suffering from a heart attack.

    STS: Hearts Love Arterial Fix. Society of Thoracic Surgeons' conference program chair Joseph Sabik, MD highlights the important data presented at the conference. He states, "The key take-away message is that we have to individualize the operation to the patient to give that patient the best outcome." Includes video. By Crystal Phend. Medpage Today, 2/2



    January 2011

    Cleveland Clinic Study: Fewer Strokes After Heart Bypass Surgery. Among patients undergoing CABG surgery at a single center over the past 30 years, the occurrence of stroke declined despite an increasing patient risk profile. Drs. Joseph Sabik, MD and Khaldoun Tarakji, MD, MPH were involved with the study. JAMA, 1/26 Issue

    Dr. Sabik comments:

    Stress Management For Heart Patients. Michael G. McKee, PhD, comments on a new heart study that involves participating in a stress management course which showed that people who learned stress management had lower rates of cardiac events. WSIL, 1/25

    Gosta Pettersson, MD, PhD, Vice Chairman of the Department of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery and Surgical Director of Lung Transplantation, will take part in a satellite symposium during the Society of Thoracic Surgeons meeting. On-X LTI, 1/25

    Deep Brain Stimulation May Ease Tough to Treat Hypertension. Marc Penn, MD, comments on deep brain stimulation being used to treat hypertension. By Maureen Salamon. Bloomberg Businessweek, 1/24

    New research finds more fruits and vegetables reduce heart disease. "Fruit and veggies in general are full of plant chemicals or phytochemicals and these phytochemicals work together to protect our cells from disease," says Maxine Smith, Cleveland Clinic Registered Dietitian. By Darrielle Snypes. WKYC, 1/21

    RVX-208, targeting HDL, comes up short in ASSERT trial. Larger long-term studies may be able to show that RVX-208, the first oral agent for raising high-density-lipoprotein cholesterol through apolipoprotein A1 synthesis, can increase those levels, according to investigators of the ASSERT trial. The ASSERT data were first presented by Stephen Nicholls, MBBS, PhD. By Reed Miller. TheHeart.org requires free registration. TheHeart.org, 1/19

    Study: Too much sitting could shorten your life. Marc Gillinov, MD, states that "people who are sedentary have increased inflammation just as a result of sitting." WMBF News.com (NBC), 1/10

    Promote heart health: a closer look at cardiac rehab. Discusses benefits of a cardiac rehabilitation program. Includes a photo of a heart patient participating in monitored exercise during a cardiac rehab session at the Cleveland Clinic. By Kevin DiDonato. Bangor Daily News, 1/7

    Cleveland Clinic’s Kaufman Center for Heart Failure Intensive Care Unit Given Award of Excellence. Cleveland Clinic’s Kaufman Center for Heart Failure Intensive Care Unit (ICU), recently received The American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Beacon Award of Excellence for continuing improvements in providing the highest quality of care for patients. Cleveland Clinic, 1/4

    2010

    December 2010

    Robotic repair of posterior mitral valve prolapse versus conventional approaches: Potential realized. Cleveland Clinic study shows robotic heart surgery is as safe and effective as traditional surgical approaches. Lead author Tomislav Mihaljevic, ND and Marc Gillinov, MD comment *, Cleveland Clinic. Read abstract at Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery *, 2011;141:72-80.e4, 12/29

    Steven Nissen, MD was named one of the year’s most intriguing people. Cleveland Magazine *, 12/29.

    Festive Partiers Beware: Holiday Heart Syndrome. Curtis Rimmerman, MD, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, warns that binge drinking and overloading on sodium can trigger abnormal heart rhythms

    Follow Heart and Vascular Institute news stories on Twitter * (simply sign up for an account if you don’t have one and then go to twitter.com/ClevClinicHeart and click the “follow” button).

    How to lighten up your favorite holiday treats. Maxine Smith, a registered dietitian in preventive medicine, discusses how to make healthier holiday treats. By Evelyn Theiss, Plain Dealer *, 12/7.

    Risk of heart problems higher during stressful sporting events. David Frid, MD, Section of Preventive Cardiology discusses how watching a stressful sporting event can raise your risk of an acute cardiovascular event. By Alicia Booth, WEWS Channel 5 *, 12/2.


    November 2010

    Which foods keep the weight off? Preventive Cardiology dietitian, Julia Zumpano comments on this story. By Associated Press, WEWS Channel 5 *, 11/24.

    Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Blood Thinner Halted on Bleeding Concerns. Steven Nissen, MD, comments on Pfizer Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. halting a trial of their experimental blood thinner. By Tom Randall and Michelle Fay Cortez, Bloomberg *, 11/19.

    AHA: New Drug Shows Promise in Raising ApoA-1. Stephen Nicholls, MBBS, PhD, comments on a new drug showing promise to raise high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol among patients with stable coronary artery disease.

    AHA: Anacetrapib Wows Cholesterol Watchers. The results of the DEFINE trial showed the investigational drug anacetrapib raises HDL while lowering LDL without an increase in cardiovascular events. Steven Nissen, MD, comments. By Crystal Phend, MedPage Today *, 11/17.

    Bisphosphonates Do Not Appear to Slow Aortic Stenosis Progression. Olcay Aksoy, MD, Cleveland Clinic, and colleagues presented findings at AHA conference. By Jill Stein, DG News *, 11/14.

    Plant-Based Diets are Healthier and May Prevent Cancer, Speaker Says. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn discussed the scientific evidence for the benefits of plant diets. By Seth Shapiro, Cornell Daily Sun *, 11/12.

    Antibiotic Guidelines for Endocarditis Prophylaxis Commonly Ignored. Many gastroenterologists continue to give patients the antibiotics because of medicolegal concerns, according to research presented at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting. Carol Burke, MD, from Cleveland Clinic comments. By Nancy Melville, Medscape Cardiology * (may require free registration to view), 11/5.

    CEOs from Eli Lilly and Stryker comment on obesity from the Cleveland Clinic Innovations Summit. CNBC, 11/5.

    Monitoring Found to be an Effective Tool for Identification of Acute Heart Failure in the Emergency Department. Cleveland Clinic Researchers Find That NICOM(R) Technology provides a quick noninvasive tool to diagnose acute heart failure in emergency room patients presenting with shortness of breath. By PR Newswire *, 11/4.

    Cleveland Clinic announces its top 10 medical innovations of the year. By Brie Zeltner, The Plain Dealer*, 11/3.

    Pneumococcal disease: A red flag in heart disease management. Susan Rehm, MD, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) medical director and vice chair of the department of infectious disease at Cleveland Clinic comments on pneumococcal disease – a red flag in heart disease management. By Brian Ellis, Cardiology Today *, 11/1.

    Missed diagnoses: How to help your doctor get it right. Richard Krasuski, MD, and Katherine Lee, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic talk about why it is important to help your doctor correctly diagnose you. By Brie Zeltner, The Plain Dealer *, 11/1.


    October 2010

    A new Cleveland company, ClevelandHeartLab, tests for enzyme linked to heart attack and stroke. ClevelandHeartLab is one of 33 companies the Cleveland Clinic has spun off in the past 10 years. By Diane Suchetka, Plain Dealer *, 10/26.

    Diabetics Have Higher Risk After Surgery. A new study by Cleveland Clinic indicates that diabetics have a higher risk of death after surgery, even if their blood glucose (sugar) level is normal at the time of surgery. By Jennifer Heisler, RN, About.com *, 10/21.

    Smoking Raises Surgery Risks. Mehmet Alparslan Turan, MD, associate professor of anesthesiology at Cleveland Clinic found the risk of death is nearly 40% higher in smokers and there is an increase in cardiovascular complications as compared to non-smokers in his study of 82,000 patients. By Kathleen Doheny, WebMD Health News *, 10/19.

    Lowe’s: Early returns on Cleveland Clinic heart deal a ‘home run’ Six months after Lowe's began sending patients to Cleveland Clinic for heart surgery, they consider the program a success. By Brandon Glenn, MedCity News *, 10/19.

    Life and death in the age of the bionic heart. Randall Starling, MD, MPH, Head of Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Medicine, comments on whether heart pumps are age-appropriate. By Toni Clarke and Debra Sherman, Reuters *, 10/12.

    Steven Nissen, MD, of Cleveland Clinic comments on Avandia. Dr. Oz show, 10/11.

    Creative device shows promise in preventing strokes. Atriclip is a new medical device designed to remove the atrial appendage, a source for many strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation. Delos Cosgrove, MD, discusses this innovation. By Stacey Singer, Palm Beach Post *, 10/10.

    Overmedication: Are Americans Taking Too Many Drugs? Steven Nissen, MD, comments about drug safety. By Deborah Kotz, U.S. News *, 10/7.

    Ellen Tressel discusses her husband, Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, and their life away from the football field - including her heart surgery in May at the Cleveland Clinic for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. By Doug Lesmerises, The Plain Dealer *, 10/7.

    Energy Bracelets Turn Athletes to Stars, If Only in Their Heads. Steven Nissen, MD, discusses sports trend of wearing energy bracelets, and whether or not they really work. By Mason Levinson and Tom Randall, Bloomerg *, 10/5.

    Research Uncovers New Vascular Pathway for Treatment of Several Diseases. Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic Learner Research Institute uncovered biological pathways that may open the door for new treatment mechanisms for several diseases including atherosclerosis. HealthCanal *, 10/5.


    September 2010

    Cleveland Clinic wins $11.6 million for research on 'good' cholesterol and heart disease. Cleveland Clinic researchers have been awarded an $11.65 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the role of good cholesterol or HDL in heart disease in three related research projects. By Brie Zeltner, The Plain Dealer *, 9/30.

    Indian's Bob Feller receives pacemaker. Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller is resting comfortably at the Cleveland Clinic after getting a pacemaker, 9/30.

    Avandia for diabetes control is now restricted by the FDA for use only if other drugs fail. Steven Nissen, MD, comments, 9/29.

    Update on Avandia: Restricted by FDA. Controversial diabetes drug Avandia will stay on the market, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration restricted its use to patients with type 2 diabetes who cannot control their illness with other medications. Steven Nissen, MD, comments, 9/23.

    TCT: Valve Study Confirms 'Dismal History' of Aortic Stenosis. The overwhelming benefit demonstrated by a trial of transcatheter aortic valve implantation in a cohort of the "sickest, sick" aortic stenosis patients was burnished by the worse than expected outcome in the control group, according to researchers. Lars G. Svensson, MD, comments. By Peggy Peck, MedPage Today *, 9/23.

    7 Reasons Cleveland Clinic's Heart Program is the Best in the Country. In 2010, Cleveland Clinic's heart program was ranked the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for the 16th year in a row. By Rachel Fields, Becker's Hospital Review *, 9/14.

    Cleveland Clinic has received a $3.8 million federal grant to study the cellular processes that lead to heart failure. The research will be directed at answering the question, why are some people at risk for developing heart failure and some are not? In addition, it will also identify targets for treatment options. By Brandon Glenn, Cleveland MedCity News *, 9/9.

    New, Improved Metal Hearts. Maria Mountis, DO, is dedicated to helping hearts at Cleveland Clinic and at home. After her dad suffered heart failure, she has dedicated her life to helping others survive. By Amanda Nembhard, News Channel 5 WPTV *, 9/2.

    Study: Diet Drug Meridia May Boost Heart Risks. Steven Nissen, MD, comments on Abbott Laboratories’ weight-loss pill Meridia which increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes in people with heart disease as reported in study in New England Journal of Medicine September 2, 2010 issue *. In Time *, by Alici Park, 9/1. In Bloomberg *, by Michelle Fay Cortez, 9/1.

    Why some people faint at the site of blood. – Fredrick Jaeger, DO, medical director of the Center for Syncope and Autonomic Disorders at Cleveland Clinic, comments on why some people faint at the sight of blood. By Bill Briggs, MSNBC.com *, 9/1.


    August 2010

    Blood Clot Risk From Stents Seen in African-Americans. – Stephen Ellis, MD, comments on a study that shows African-Americans may be at a higher risk for blood clots from drug-coated stents. By Denise Mann, WebMD *, 8/31.

    Child waiting for new heart receives rarely used vascular assist device. The 8-year-old boy is only the third patient in Ohio to receive a left ventricular assist device, which is supporting the function of his diseased heart until a suitable donor can be found. By Emmanuel Romero, Read the story, Cleveland.com *. Read the Q and A with Gerald Boyle, MD, Cleveland.com *, 8/30.

    American Heart Association Cleveland Heart Walk:

    • Thousands of people participated in the American Heart Association Cleveland Heart Walk, which was sponsored by Cleveland Clinic. They are expected to raise over $1 million to fight heart disease. WJW-TV 8, Watch the Story *, 8/22.
    • Cleveland Clinic Program Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation Gordon Blackburn and Executive Director of Patient Financial Services Lyman Sornberger discuss heart disease and the upcoming American Heart Association Heart Walk 2010. WKYC-TV 3, Good Company, Watch the Story *, 8/20.

    Cleveland HeartLab business has exploded in a good way. Cleveland HeartLab is a CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited reference lab that does an array of lipid and inflammation tests for clients. Cleveland Clinic spun off the company with a cardiac inflammation biomarker developed by Stanley Hazen, MD, PhD, and his colleagues there. By Mary Vanac, MedCity News *, 8/13.

    What Makes a 'Best' Heart Hospital? A Q and A discusses the US News Best Heart Hospitals 2010 - 2011 and how these hospitals are chosen and why, includes video. By Avery Comarow, U.S. News *, 8/12.

    Athersys repeats good heart attack study results. Cleveland Clinic’s Mark Penn, MD, comments on commercializing adult stem cell therapy to treat heart attacks and inflammatory bowel disease, among other disorders. By Mary Vanac, MedCity News *, 8/9.

    Effectiveness of statins is called into question. Steven Nissen, MD, of Cleveland Clinic comments on the effectiveness of statins. By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times * , 8/9


    July 2010

    Cleveland Clinic Pioneers E-Medicine for Heart Patients. An innovative Cleveland Clinic telehealth monitoring program called Heart Care @ Home allows heart patients to provide a team of Cleveland Clinic heart care specialists key vital signs. By Christopher J. Gearon, AARP *, 7/29.

    Cleveland Clinic receives multi-million dollar grant to study heart disease. Cleveland Clinic researchers will study how diet combined with the flora in the intestines contribute to heart disease. Stanley Hazen, MD, PhD, received a $3.8 million federal grant to conduct the research. By Mel Watson, WEWS Newsnet5.com *, 7/28.

    More Support for Compression-Only CPR. Steven Nissen, MD, comments on compression only CPR. By Charles Bankhead, Medpage Today *, 7/28.

    Circulation: Automatic patient monitoring can reduce 45% of in-office visits. Home monitoring with automatic daily surveillance can offer safe, early detection of cardiac events in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) compared with standard follow-up methods, according to a TRUST trial * published online July 12 in Circulation *. CMIO *, 7/19.

    Cleveland Clinic partners with DuPage Hospital. Cleveland Clinic’s cardiac surgery program has signed an affiliation agreement with Central DuPage Hospital in the western Chicago suburbs. By Bruce Japsen, Chicago Tribune *, 7/15.

    Best Hospitals 2010-2011. U.S. News & World Report ranks Cleveland Clinic No. 1 for cardiac care and 4th best hospital overall. By Avery Comaro, US News *, 7/14.

    Dick Cheney gets a Left Ventricular Assist Device. Randall Starling, MD, MPH, comments on Dick Cheney’s current heart condition and medical options he can take. By Laura Meckler, 7/14.

    High Readmission Rates May Not Mean Worse Hospital Care. When patients are readmitted within 30 days of a hospital stay, it is generally considered a sign of poor quality care and wasteful spending on the hospital's part. But in a new analysis involving heart failure patients, Cleveland Clinic researchers challenge that conventional wisdom. By Karen Pallarito (HealthDay), Business Week *, 7/14.

    Cleveland Clinic lung transplant patient celebrates 51st wedding anniversary with surprise luncheon. WEWS-TV5, Watch the Story *

    Files indicate that the makers of the drug Avandia hid test data on risks. Steven Nissen, MD, of Cleveland Clinic comments on whether or not the FDA will take the drug off the market, 7/12.

    Solon cardio-thoracic surgeon brings top-notch care to Third World. Cleveland Clinic cardio-thoracic surgeon Gonzalo Gonzalez-Stawinski, MD, took his second trip to Leon, Nicaragua, to provide cardio-thoracic care to those in need. By Faith Hampton, Sun News *, 7/11.

    Mom Celebrates Graduation in Cleveland Clinic. She was wearing her cap and gown at the Cleveland Clinic, where she's been fighting a heart condition called cardiomyopathy. Charity is on a list for a heart transplant and currently, a surgically installed device called a ventricular assist device is pumping her heart, 7/10.

    Avandia and diabetes: Was revolution worth the risks? A decade after critics first accused the Food and Drug Administration of downplaying side effects from Avandia, the agency says it will reveal on Friday the data it is reviewing ahead of an advisory panel meeting about the safety of the popular diabetes drug. Steven Nissen, MD, comments. By Caleb Hellerman, CNN.com *, 7/8. 

    Compliance high among patients with wearable cardioverter defibrillator. New study data * shows that survival and mortality rates were similar among patients with a wearable cardioverter defibrillator and those with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator by Cleveland Clinic researchers. Cardiology Today *, 7/6.

    Security of medical devices is a concern. Cleveland Clinic’s Bruce Wilkoff ,MD, comments on the security of pacemakers. By Elizabeth Cooney, Boston Globe *, 7/5.

    Listen to your body. After nearly dying from a heart defect he didn’t know he had, Cleveland Clinic patient Bob Alexander is now training to run in the New York Marathon and for an endurance bike ride through the Rockies. KMGH-TV 7 (Denver, CO) Watch the Story *, 7/5.

    For parents, adopting a healthy lifestyle is a good way to show kids it's important. Cleveland Clinic’s David Frid, MD, comments on the importance of healthy lifestyle choices for parents. Plain Dealer *, 7/5. 

    After the Headlines, What is the Real Avandia Story? By Crystal Phend, ABC News *, 7/4.


    June 2010

    Diabetes Drug Poses Safety Test for FDA. The FDA will decide whether or not Avandia, a top-selling diabetes medicine, will remain on the market due to heart risks. Cardiologist, Steven Nissen, MD, is mentioned. By Richard Knox, NPR *, 6/29. 

    Your Health: Is a hospital visit in July bad for your well-being? A Cleveland Clinic study found that those having elective heart bypass surgery in July were no more likely to die or suffer major complications than those treated in other months. By Kim Painter, USA Today *, 6/27.

    Cardiology Practices With APNs, PAs Meet Guidelines. Cardiology practices with at least two advanced practice nurses (APNs) or physician assistants (PAs) on staff deliver most guideline-recommended heart failure outpatient therapies as well as practices with no APNs or PAs, and deliver some therapies and services better, according to a Cleveland Clinic study in the June 15 issue of the American Journal of Cardiology *. HealthDay *, 6/21.

    AtriClip for left atrial appendage occlusion approved in US. The AtriClip Gillinov-Cosgrove Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Exclusion system (AtriCure, West Chester, OH) has been approved by the FDA for occlusion of the LAA, under direct visualization, in conjunction with other open-heart cardiac procedures. Marc Gillinov, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic explained to that to reduce the risk of stroke, the LAA is often occluded by surgeons when patients are undergoing open-heart surgery. By Sue Hughes, theheart.org *, 6/18. Free login required. 

    Push to Market Pill Stirs Debate on Sexual Desire.  A German drug manufacturer says it has stumbled upon a pill to help restore a depressed female sex drive and is trying to persuade the Food and Drug Administration to approve it. Steven Nissen, MD, a member of the 2004 F.D.A. panel that unanimously rejected a testosterone patch comments. By Duff Wilson, New York Times *, 6/16.

    Cleveland Clinic and Esperion Therapeutics partner to advance HDL-based therapies. Esperion Therapeutics, a privately held biopharmaceutical company, announced a new collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic to advance cardiovascular therapies centered around high-density lipoproteins (HDL), commonly known as "good" cholesterol.The research will be led by Stanley Hazen, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Cardiovascular Diagnostics and Prevention at Cleveland Clinic, and Jonathan Smith, MD, a staff member of the Department of Cell Biology at Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute. By Emmanuel Romero, The Plain Dealer *, 6/14.

    FDA Scientist Attacks Avandia Safety. Medicare patients in the U.S. who took GlaxoSmithKline PLC's diabetes drug Avandia may have suffered as many as 48,000 heart attacks, strokes and other problems between 1999 and 2009 that could have been averted had they taken a different drug, a Food and Drug Administration scientist contends in a new study. A 2007 study by the Steven Nissen, MD, is mentioned. By Jeanne Whalen and Alicia Mundy. Wall Street Journal *, 6/11. 

    Risk Factors Up Odds of Plaque Progression Despite Low LDL. Several independent risk factors, including baseline percent atheroma volume (PAV) and the presence of diabetes, are associated with the likelihood of continued progression of disease in individuals who have achieved very low levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), according to Cleveland Clinic research published in the June 15 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. HealthDay*, 6/8.

    Robby Benson recovering from heart surgery. Actor, writer, director Robby Benson has recovered from open heart surgery that he underwent for a congenital heart defect at Cleveland Clinic in late May. Reported by Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith, Hollywoodnews.com*, 6/8.


    May 2010

    Potential New Source of Stem Cells for Heart Repair. Stem cells from the amniotic sac that surrounds a fetus may someday be used to repair damage caused by a heart attack, Japanese researchers report. Marc S. Penn, MD, director of the Cleveland Clinics Skirball Laboratory for Cardiovascular Cellular Therapy, comments. By Ed Edelson (HealthDay Reporter), U.S. News & World Report *, 5/28.

    Small increase in plaque buildup leads to poor outcomes for heart patients. Even a small increase in the plaque that can build up on artery walls in the heart leads to more heart attacks, bypass surgery, angioplasty and deaths, according to a study published Tuesday by Cleveland Clinic researchers. By Brie Zeltner, Plain Dealer *, 5/25.

    Jim Tressel’s wife recovering from heart surgery. Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel said his wife is resting comfortably at home after having heart surgery at number one heart hospital, Cleveland Clinic, 5/24.

    Cleveland Teen Overcomes Odds with Successful Heart Transplant. Brandon Ledford, a 17-year-old heart transplant patient, is featured, and Robert Stewart, MD, of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital comments. Fox 8, Watch the Story *, 5/20.

    Wacky Food Health Claims. Snacks tout all sorts of ways they will make you healthier. Too bad many of the claims aren't true. Steve Nissen, MD, comments. By Matthew Herper, Forbes.com *, 5/19.

    HRS: Programming in Clinic Cuts ICD Shocks "Nearly every aspect of the parameters set for the device was significantly linked to the likelihood of receiving a shock," Bruce L. Wilkoff, MD, and colleagues reported here at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting. By Crystal Phend, MedPage Today *, 5/14.

    With exercise, what's good for the body is also good for the mind (video) In today's video Health Tip, Michael McKee, MD, a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic, discusses how what's good for the body also is good for the mind because the mind and the body are intertwined. Cleveland.com *, 5/10.

    Mom full of Hope over 'little miracle' Hope Wodzisz was born with a life-threatening defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome that would require three major surgeries to correct. Despite the odds, her parents opted for the surgeries that were eventually done at Cleveland Clinic. Constantine Mavroudis, MD, chairman of pediatric and congenital heart surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital, comments. By Cheryl Powell, Akron Beacon Journal*, 5/9.

    Aggressive Lipid, Hypertension Targeting Yields No Benefit for Some Patients With Diabetes. New research suggests that aggressively treating lipid levels and hypertension in certain patients with diabetes with the aim of preventing cardiovascular morbidity and mortality does no better in this regard than standard care - and may even be harmful. Steven Nissen, MD, comments. By Mike Mitka, JAMA. 2010;303(17):1681-1683 *, 5/5.

    Death rates from heart disease in the United States have fallen 66 percent over the last 60 years — a remarkable drop that happened so gradually, many of us aren’t even aware. Steven Nissen, MD, comments. By Karen Weintraub, Boston Globe *, 5/3.


    April 2010

    Study: CT scans to detect heart disease? A new study looks at whether calcium CT scans are helpful in detecting risk of coronary artery disease. Marc Gillinov, MD, comments. By Jay Adlersberg, MD. WABC-TV *, 4/27.

    Nearly half of adults in the United States have chronic conditions that could lead to heart disease, the leading cause of death among American adults, according to a CDC report released Monday. Steven Nissen, MD, comments in ABC News and David Frid, MD, comments in WEWS.  Read the ABC News Story * By Lara Salahi and Sadie Bass, Watch the WEWS-TV 5 Story *, 4/26.

    Improvements in survival following heart transplant not consistent across all causes of death. Although overall mortality following heart transplantation has steadily decreased during the past 20 years, the improvements have not been the same for all major causes of mortality, results from an analysis suggested. David O. Taylor, MD, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, is quoted. By Sharon Hunt, MD, Cardiology Today *, 4/26.

    Genetic Test Can Help with Heart Transplants. A genetic test can help some heart-transplant patients avoid frequent biopsies, researchers reported Thursday. Randall Starling, a cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic and a co-author of the study, said the findings suggest that whether a gene test is used or not, doctors perform too many biopsies in monitoring low-risk patients for rejection. By Ron Winslow, The Wall Street Journal *, 4/23.

    It takes more than breakfast to lower cholesterol. Leslie Cho, MD, director of the Cleveland Clinic's Women's Cardiovascular Center, comments. By Elena Conis, Chicago Tribune *, 4/21.

    Heart Donor Gives Valley Man Gift of Life. A Cleveland Clinic heart transplant patient tells his story. WYTV *, 4/21.

    FDA Weighs Halting Avandia Safety Study. The Food and Drug Administration is weighing whether to halt a safety study involving thousands of patients taking GlaxoSmithKline PLC's Avandia diabetes drug, a decision that could also determine whether the drug stays on the U.S. market. A May 2007 study by cardiologist Steven Nissen is mentioned. By Alicia Mundy and Jennifer Corbett, Wall Street Journal *, 4/19.

    Monica Roberts interviews a patient on his way to fighting fat. A story on the go!FIT program mentions Gordon Blackburn, MD, and dietician Julia Zumpano from Preventive Cardiology. WKYC.com, Watch the Story *, 4/13.

    Focus on High Fiber Foods and Good Carbs. New research shows that women who eat food with a high glycemic index may be at greater risk for heart disease. Betul Hatipoglu, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic comments. WEWS-TV 5, Watch the Story *, 4/12.

    Disadvantaged Have Worse Cardiac Surgery Outcomes. Socioeconomic status, and not race, appears to be a main driver of differences in survival after cardiac surgery, Colleen Koch, MD, MBA, and colleagues reported online in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. By Todd Neale, Staff MedPageToday.com *, 4/6.

    Follow Heart and Vascular Institute news stories on Twitter * (simply sign up for an account if you don’t have one and then go to twitter.com/heartRN and click the “follow” button).

    Gender and Cardiovascular Disease. David Frid, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic shared information on the differences between heart disease in men and women. Los Angeles Times*. By Kendall Powell, 4/5.

    It takes more than breakfast to lower cholesterol. Research shows that more dietary changes are needed for significant benefits. Leslie Cho, MD, director of the Women's Cardiovascular Center comments on components of a healthy breakfast. By Elena Conis, Los Angeles Times *, 4/5.

    When chest pains mean you have a week to live. A family turns to ABCNews.com during travel emergency nightmare. Sudish Murthy, MD, a staff surgeon in the department of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, comments. By Lauren Cox, ABC News *, 4/2.


    March 2010

    Daily Chocolate May Keep the Heart Doctor Away. Eating as little as a quarter of an ounce of chocolate each day—an amount equal to about one small Easter egg—may lower your risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke, a new study has found. Julia Zumpano, a registered clinical dietitian in Preventive Cardiology, says the benefits come from flavonoids mainly found in dark chocolate. By Denise Mann, Happy News.com *, 3/31.

    Robin Williams is seeing more clearly after surgery and rehab. Williams, 58, has recovered from the aortic valve replacement he underwent at the Cleveland Clinic last year. USA Today and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

    F.D.A. Says Millions Got Unapproved Heart Pills. U.S. physicians wrote more than 4 million prescriptions for nitroglycerin tablets, but the majority of drugs sold had not been approved for sale. Harry Lever, MD, and Steven Nissen, MD, comment in this story. By Natasha Singer, New York Times *, 3/26.

    Journals should set tougher standards, editors say. An editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggest that editors of medical journals should require independent statistical analyses of industry- sponsored clinical trials. Steven Nissen, MD, agreed in a commentary in the same issue. By Todd Neale, MedPage Today *, 3/26.

    Cleveland Clinic Physician Named to National Organ Transplantation Board. Randall C. Starling, M.D., M.P.H, to Serve as Heart Transplant Representative on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Board of Directors. Cleveland Clinic, 3/19.

    Lowe’s Home Improvement and Heart Surgery. The program allows Lowe’s employees and dependents enrolled in their self-insured medial plan to have heart surgery at Cleveland Clinic without any deductible or co-payments. By Jonathan Serrie, FoxNews.com *, 3/19.

    Fit fiber in your diet. In today's Living Well video, Julia Zumpano, a registered dietitian in Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation, explains that fiber not only lowers your risk for heart disease and helps control blood sugar levels; it can also help you eat less. Cleveland.com *, 3/18.

    ACC: Radial Artery Matches Saphenous Vein for CABG. Coronary artery bypass grafts taken from the radial artery may provide short-term patency that is just as good as standard saphenous vein grafts, researchers found in a randomized trial. Joseph Sabik, MD, a panelist at the late-breaking clinical trials session, cautioned about surgical bias in the use of these grafts. By Crystal Phend, MedPage Today *, 3/18.

    To cut diabetes heart risks, diet and exercise may beat drugs.
    Those with diabetes need to remember the importance of lifestyle factors in controlling diabetes and decreasing risk of heart disease. Steven Nissen, MD, comments. By Deborah Kotz, U.S. News Health *, 3/15.

    Fenofibrate (Tricor) lowers triglycerides and boosts good cholesterol, but no heart benefit seen in Type 2 diabetics. A study showed that the addition of Fenofibrate to statin therapy did not provide any added benefit to people with type 2 diabetes in the prevention of heart attacks, strokes and death. Steven Nissen, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic comments, 3/14.

    The Quest to Boost Good Cholesterol. Steve Nissen, MD, is again testing a new drug to attack plaque by raising HDL. Steven Nissen, MD, says he's "cautious but optimistic.” By Ellen Gibson, Business Week *, 3/11.

    Metabolic Syndrome: Its Component Risk Factors and Progression of Coronary Artery Disease. A new intravascular ultrasonography (IVUS) study has found that the metabolic syndrome is associated with accelerated plaque progression, but this is attributed to the individual component risk factors rather than the presence of the syndrome itself. Ozgur Bayturan, MD, and colleagues report their findings in the March 8 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. Arch Intern Med *. 2010;170(5):478-484, 3/8.

    Should lung transplantation be performed for patients on mechanical respiratory support? The US experience is published by thoracic surgeon David Mason, MD, and team. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg * 2010;139:765-773, 3/5.

    Avoid weight gain when on-the-go. Registered dietician Julia Zumpano comments on clever ways to avoid packing on the pounds. By Camille Noe Pagan, Forbes.com*, 3/2.

    Statins for prevention. Taking a cholesterol-lowering drug when cholesterol is normal. Steven Nissen, MD, comments. By Lindsay Lyon, USNews.com *, 3/1.


    February 2010

    Glaxo Gets Aggressive on Avandia. A massive document released late last week, the result of a two-year investigation into rosiglitazone (Avandia, GlaxoSmithKline) by the Committee on Finance of the U.S. Senate, once again highlights the health risks associated with the use of the drug but provides very few surprises or new information to those familiar with the controversial thiazolidinedione (TZD). Dr. Nissen’s study is mentioned. By Mike Huckman, CNBC *, 2/24.

    Medicine and “luck” on multiple heart attack survivors’ side. A fifth heart attack, such as the one suffered this week by former Vice President Dick Cheney, is not rare because of advances in modern medicine, cardiologists say. Randall Starling, MD, MPH, vice chairman of the Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, comments. By Madison Park, CNN *, 2/23.

    A face-Off on the Safety of a Drug for Diabetes. Three years ago, Steven Nissen, MD, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, conducted a landmark study that suggested that the best-selling diabetes drug Avandia raised the risk of heart attacks. He met with executives of GlaxoSmithKline to discuss the drug. By Gardiner Harris, New York Times *, 2/22.

    Additional stories discuss The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s of documents examining whether the type 2 diabetes drug Avandia raises users’ odds for heart attack and heart failure and should be removed from the market. Read the HealthDay Story *, Read the Reuters Story *, Read the NPR Story *, 2/22.

    Research tied diabetes drug to heart disease. Confidential studies by Food and Drug Administration officials recommend that GlaxoSmithKline's Avandia, a diabetes medicine, get pulled from the market because it is linked to heart attacks. A 2007 study by Steven Nissen, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic is mentioned, and Dr. Nissen comments in broadcast interviews. The New York Times, HealthDay, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, CNN, CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight and The Plain Dealer, 2/19.

    Lowe's will bring its workers to Cleveland Clinic for heart care. Lowe's has announced an alliance with the Cleveland Clinic to take the burden off their employees who need heart surgeries. Michael McMillan is the executive director of market and network services at the Cleveland Clinic and comments, 2/17.

    Increased risk of diabetes observed among statin treated patients. New data from a large meta-analysis of major statin trials suggests the LDL-cholesterol-lowering drugs slightly increase the risk of developing diabetes mellitus. Steven Nissen, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic comments. By Michael O’Riordan. Theheart.org *, 2/16. Free login required.

    Former President Bill Clinton is recovering at his suburban home with his wife after leaving a Manhattan hospital where he underwent a heart procedure. Steven Nissen, MD, comments on the procedure. NBC Nightly News, Watch the Story *, 2/16.

    Fact or myth: Coughing could save you during a heart attack. Steven Nissen, MD comments. Fox 8, Watch the story *, 2/14.

    President Clinton Released from Hospital after Cardiac Procedure. Steven Nissen, MD, discusses President Cliniton’s cardiac disease, cardiac catheterization and stenting. Bloomberg.com Live on Five. Watch the Story on WEWS-TV 5 Live on Five, 2/14. Also reported 2/12 on Bloomberg.com *.

    Heart Transplant Recipient Speaks About Organ Donation. Cleveland Clinic patient Ron Johnson speaks about his heart transplant. Watch on WSAZ-TV *, 2/15.

    Fox 8 and Cleveland Clinic physicians and nurses phone bank for Heart Month. Cleveland Clinic physicians and nurses answer viewers’ questions about heart disease in a phone bank. Drs. Joseph Sabik, MD, Gordon Blackburn, MD, Leslie Cho, MD and Julia Zumpano RD are interviewed. Cleveland Clinic patient Linda Durica is also interviewed about her experience with heart disease. WJW-TV 8, 2/8.

    Statin Therapy does not slow growth of AAA. The prescription of statin therapy does not slow the expansion of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), according to the results of new study. Steven Nissen, MD, comments. By Michael O'Riordan, theheart.org *, 2/4. Free login required.

    Laser-assisted extraction of implanted heart device leads safer. Laser-assisted extraction of implanted heart device leads appears to have become safer and more successful in recent years, researchers said.

    • Transvenous extraction of implanted-device leads using a laser catheter is nearly always completed successfully and poses little risk of death or other major complications. Bruce L. Wilkoff, MD, comments. theheart.org *, 2/5. Free login required.
    • Oussama M. Wazni and colleagues gave a report on the study in the Feb. 9 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. By Crystal Phend, MedPage Today *, 2/3.

    Numbers you should know to lessen heart risk. Doctors say knowing your blood pressure, body mass index and waistline numbers can help determine your risk for future heart problems. Cleveland Clinic heart expert Doctor Gordon Blackburn says cholesterol numbers are equally as important. OkarksFirst.com *, 2/5.

    Questions About High Cholesterol. High cholesterol, the biggest heart risk factor, still mystifies top scientists. Here's what you need to know. Steven Nissen, MD, comments. By Matthew Herper, Forbes.com*, 2/3. Also reported in CTV News *, 2/7.

    Study supports early mitral valve repair in asymptomatic patients. The authors of a large study of mitral-valve repair in asymptomatic patients argue in favor of early surgery, when the chances of procedural success are highest, instead of waiting for heart-failure symptoms to appear. Lead author Marc Gillinov, MD, comments. theheart.org *, 2/1. Free login required.


    January 2010

    CDC: 1 in 5 Teens Has Cholesterol Problem. One in five teens in the U.S.—and more than 40% of obese teens—have abnormal cholesterol, whether it’s low HDL (good cholesterol); high LDL (bad cholesterol); or high levels of triglycerides, another type of blood fat, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Richard Lorber, MD, a pediatrician and cardiovascular medicine specialist, comments. By Sarah Klein, Health.com *, 1/21.

    Coronary Events Not Uncommon on Cruise Ships. Passengers embarking on cruises who are at risk for cardiovascular events should have a pre-cruise medical evaluation and bring along a copy of their electrocardiogram if abnormal, according to a study. Gian M. Novaro, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, and colleagues reviewed the disposition of 100 cardiology consultations for patients on cruise ships recorded in the institution's registry during 2004 to 2005. Modern Medicine *, 1/21.

    Fish Oils May Slow Genetic Aging in Heart Patients. Steven Nissen, MD, cautions, "Since the study was observational and couldn't prove cause-and-effect, we don't really know whether ingestion of omega-3 fatty acids resulted in this 'benefit,'" More research is needed. By John McKenzie, ABC News *, 1/19.

    Debate on Composite Endpoints. Composite endpoints ("where a study's main outcome is a combination of two or more different types of events") can obscure the real findings of clinical trials, two researchers charged in a JAMA commentary this week, but others who had led trials using such outcomes defended the practice. Steven Nissen, MD, comments. By John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage Today *, 1/19.

    Cholesterol Drug Lowers LDL-C Levels But Again Fails to Show Clinical Benefit. A small study of two cholesterol-modifying drugs presented at the American Heart Association's annual Scientific Sessions prompted comments and questions involving much larger issues, ranging from physician prescribing patterns to the role of clinical effectiveness in drug approvals. Steven Nissen, MD comments. By Mike Mitka.  JAMA *, 1/20.

    The Mind -Body Connection: The Link Between Depression and Heart Disease. Mark Penn, MD, cardiologist and the director of the Clinic's Heart brain Institute - a relatively recent clinical department, discusses research showing heart healthy patients who suffer from depression are more at risk for heart disease. By Gretchen Cuda, 90.3 WCPN *, 1/15.

    Vascular Lab Breaks Record. In December 2009, the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute’s Non-Invasive Vascular Lab Services eclipsed the 30,000 study mark. Read More, 1/10.

    Vascular surgeon named Cleveland Clinic's 'teacher of the year." Anthony Rizzo, MD, a Cleveland Clinic vascular surgeon at Hillcrest Hospital, was recently named “teacher of the year” for the Department of Vascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. By Lindsay Betz, Sun News *, 1/7.

    Cleveland Clinic top hospital for bypass surgery. Cleveland Clinic recognized as a top hospital for coronary artery bypass surgery in the latest issue of Worth magazine *, 1/6.

    Starting a New Year's Resolution. Michael McKee, MD, says losing weight and exercising takes accountability.By Maureen Kyle, WKYC.com *, 1/1.

    The Taming of a Heart Attack. Steven Nissen, MD participates in an audio report. He describes the standard of care 25 years ago treating an acute MI. By Peggy Peck, MedPage Today *, 1/1.

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