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May 2016

Silent heart attacks strike more men but kill more women

Study finds nearly half of all heart attacks may be silent, occurring without any symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath and cold sweats. Dr. Leslie Cho comments.

Perspective by Dr. Cantillon on AFACT trial & VANISH trial
Smartphone-based ECG monitor effective for diagnosing palpitations

Perspective by Dr. Tarakji on smartphone ECG monitoring.


Why so few patients get the new cholesterol busters

Dr. Steven Nissen comments on the use of new cholesterol-lowering drugs.

What’s the Optimal Waist Size to Maintain Good Heath?

Dr. Leslie Cho answers

Here’s What You Need To Know About Whole Milk And Your Health

Dr. Steven Nissen explains what you need to know about whole milk and your health.

New cholesterol methods needed in wake of failed drugs, heart researchers say

ACCELERATE trial – Dr. Nissen comments.

Statin intolerance is real, researchers find. Another (more costly) drug may get around the problem

GAUSS-3 trial Dr. Nissen comments

Increasing endovascular treatment for CLI linked with lower mortality

Dr. Shishehbor comments.

Exciting News on TAVR; Tempered by Unanswered Questions with Dr. Svensson

The Truth About Weight Loss

Cleveland Clinic and Parade magazine reveal results of weight loss survey. Dr. Leslie Cho and Dr. Gordon Blackburn comment.

Younger, Fatter, Sicker: New Heart Attack Data from Cleveland

Cleveland Clinic study shows despite the general public’s better understanding of cardiovascular risk factors, doctors are seeing younger heart attack patients displaying these risk factors.

Gut bacteria hold clues to heart health

Dr. Stanley Hazen comments.

Younger Heart Attacks

Heart attack victims are getting younger with more risk factors with Dr. Samir Kapadia

Artificial Heart may eliminate need for heart transplants

With Dr. Moazami.

Gut microbes affect platelet function, risk for MI, stroke

With Dr. Hazen

Failure Is Not an Option

More interventional techniques are being used to improve outcomes for patients with heart failure. Dr. James Young comments.

At-Risk Limbs More Likely to See Catheter Than Scalpel

Dr. Mehdi Shishehbor discusses findings from recent critical limb ischemia study.

Out-of-hospital pediatric cardiac arrest survival remains poor, similar to adults

Dr. Iqbal El Assaad and team of researchers at Cleveland Clinic Children’s find survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in children are low, but certain characteristics improve outcomes.

High ‘good’ cholesterol is bad for some

Dr. Nissen comments.

Maria Sharapova Admits Taking Meldonium, Drug Newly Banned by Tennis

Dr. Steven Nissen comments on the use of the drug meldonium.

A little cha-cha may help your heart

Study finds Latin dancing appears to offer heart health benefits to older adults. Dr. Dermot Phelan comments.

Energy drinks raise more health concerns

Dr. Dermot Phelan comments.

Young women less likely to return to work after heart attacks

Dr. Leslie Cho comments.

Dr. Leslie Cho on Women’s Heart Health

Cleveland Clinic Cardiologist Dr. Leslie Cho explains why we should be aware of women's heart health all year long.

Testosterone gel is no fountain of youth, study finds

Dr. Nissen comments

The Odds of Dying

Heart disease and cancer account for roughly half of all deaths in the United States. Dr. Maan Fares comments.

Exercising for Your Heart – in the New Year and Beyond

Dr. Leslie Cho explains how regular exercise benefits the body.

Katie May: Can Falling the Wrong Way Cause a Stroke?

Social media star dies of a stroke caused by a carotid artery dissection. Dr. Heather Gornik comments.

How Much Exercise Does Your Heart Need? Most of Us Aren't Getting Enough

Cleveland Clinic survey finds most people do not know how important exercise is for your heart. Dr. Steven Nissen and Dr. Gordon Blackburn comment.

Echocardiography Still Underused, But Less So

Study suggests diagnostic echocardiography has been steadily increasing in hospital use over the past decade but may still be underused in cardiac settings where it has the greatest value. Dr. Brian Griffin and Dr. Christine Jellis comment.

Survey: Many people not reducing their risk for heart disease

Exercise greatly reduces the risk for heart disease, but many of us aren't getting enough. Dr. Dermot Phelan comments.

New Heart-Health Threat: Compounds in Red Meat, Egg Yolks and More

Research suggests that compounds in red meat, egg yolks and high-fat dairy products raise risk for heart disease. Dr. Stanley Hazen discusses his research.

What's Your Heart Health IQ?

Cleveland Clinic teamed with Parade Magazine for annual Heart Health Survey.

Heart Attack Causes and Symptoms are Different in Women

According to the AHA, heart attack causes and symptoms are different in women than in men. Dr. Leslie Cho comments.

Keep Your Heart In Shape

Dr. Gordon Blackburn from the Cleveland Clinic shows us how to keep your heart healthy since February is Heart Health Awareness Month.

Dr. Marc – February Medical Minute

Dr. Marc – February Medical Minute – Know your Numbers


New therapies change landscape of care for patients with HF

Dr. Randall Starling comments on new therapies for heart failure.

Robotic surgical mitral valve repair associated with high survival, few complications

Study finds robotic surgical mitral valve repair associated with high survival and few complications. Dr. Rakesh Suri comments.

Shorter time from diagnosis to ablation improves persistent AF outcomes

Cleveland Clinic study finds outcomes are worse for atrial fibrillation patients who wait to have an ablation. Dr. Oussama Wazni comments.

6 Things Doctors Tell Their Friends About Heart Health

Experts share the best advice they tell their friends about heart health. Dr. Stanley Hazen comments.

Do You Have Muscle Pain While Taking a Statin Drug?

Experts explain how to protect against muscle pain caused by statins. Dr. Steven Nissen comments.

Coffee and Your Heart: Stimulant or Stressor?

Research suggests drinking coffee is safe for your heart, and may even be good for it. Dr. Christine Jellis comments.

New therapies change landscape of care for patients with HF

Dr. Randall Starling comments on new therapies for heart failure.

Robotic surgical mitral valve repair associated with high survival, few complications

Study finds robotic surgical mitral valve repair associated with high survival and few complications. Dr. Rakesh Suri comments.

Heart Failure: a Growing Problem Worldwide

Experts seeking to improve patient survival and quality of life share vital guidance. Dr. Randall Starling comments.

New Dietary Guidelines Urge Americans to Eat Less Sugar

Federal officials issued new dietary guidelines urging Americans to sharply cut back on sugar and eat less saturated fat and sodium. Dr. Steven Nissen and Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services comment.

CEO of United Airlines has a heart transplant

Dr. Starling comments .


December 2015

Should frail or demented patients have defibrillators implanted?

Study suggests frailty and brain health should be taken into account when determining whether patients should have a defibrillator implanted in their chest. Dr. Oussama Wazni comments.

11 Winter Produce Picks That Pack a Health Wallop

Experts share 11 winter produce picks that can help you tackle your biggest winter health complaints. Heart and Vascular Institute registered dietitian Kate Patton comments.

Sudden cardiac arrest may follow missed warning signs

Study suggests sudden cardiac arrest may follow missed warning signs. Dr. Venu Menon comments.

Preventing heart disease start may start deep inside your gut

New TMAO research finds targeting gut microbes could lower risk of heart disease. Dr. Stanley Hazen comments.

November 2015

U.S. Heart Groups to Weigh New Data for Hypertension Treatment Guidelines

Dr. Steven Nissen comments.

Belly Fat May Be More Dangerous for the Heart Than Obesity

Study shows belly fat may be more dangerous for the heart than overall obesity. Dr. Leslie Cho and Dr. Daniel Neides comment.

October 2015

Younger Women More Likely to Die of Heart Attacks Than Men — And the Reason Why Is Totally Preventable

New research finds young women at risk for heart disease are less likely than men to be informed of their risk before having a heart attack. Dr. Deborah Kwon comments.

Next in Heart Pacemakers: ‘Look, No Leads!'

Leadless pacemakers are in studies for possible FDA approval. Dr. Daniel Cantillon comments.

TCT: Drug-Coated PAD Balloon Results Durable

Trial finds a drug-coated balloon showed durable benefit over standard angioplasty in symptomatic femoropopliteal peripheral artery disease Dr. Mehdi Shishehbor comments.

Couple who had heart surgery together recovers in time for 75th anniversary

Couple who had heart surgery together at Cleveland Clinic celebrates their 75th anniversary. Dr. Samir Kapadia comments.

Eli Lilly's Good Cholesterol Drug Went Bad. Here's What That Means For Pharma

Dr. Steven Nissen comments on results of cholesterol drug study.

Clot Risk Is Seen in Some Heart Valves

Dr. Kapadia comments.

September 2015

Diabetes Drug Reduces Deaths, But Doctors Aren't Sure How

Dr. Nissen comments.

Panel Says Aspirin Lowers Heart Attack Risk For Some

The US Preventive Services Task Force is releasing new recommendations for using aspirin to prevent heart disease and colon cancer. Dr. Steven Nissen comments.

Achieving This Blood Pressure Could Literally Save Your Life

Officials with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute announce new blood pressure guidelines. Dr. Steven Nissen comments.

A Sharp U-Turn in Blood Pressure Rules for Those 50+

Officials with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute announce new blood pressure guidelines. Dr. Steven Nissen comments.

Aggressive Blood Pressure Treatment Lowers Death Risk, Study Says

Dr. Nissen comments.

August 2015

F.D.A. Approves Repatha, a Second Drug for Cholesterol in a Potent New Class

The FDA recently approved a second cholesterol lowering medication in new class of drugs. Dr. Steven Nissen comments.

Should I Eat Salmon?

Experts discuss the nutritional benefits of eating salmon. Registered dietitian Julia Zumpano comments.

Cleveland's Got Heart: An Inside Look at Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic experts discuss some of the latest developments and techniques performed at Cleveland Clinic.

July 2015

Should I Eat Pretzels?

Nutrition experts discuss whether pretzels are a healthy snack. Preventive Cardiology’s registered dietitian Kate Patton comments.

How to Plan End-of-Life Care for Heart Disease

Experts discuss the importance of planning for end-of-life care for heart disease. Dr. Eiran Gorodeski comments.

Cleveland Clinic tops U.S. News list for heart care for 21st time

Cleveland Clinic ranks No. 1 in heart care in the country by the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings and ranks fifth in the nation overall. Drs. Steven Nissen and Laurence Kennedy comment.

Sudden cardiac arrest more likely in African-Americans

Dr. Venugopal Menon comments on sudden cardiac arrest study.

New Painkiller Warning: What Does It Mean For You?

The FDA adds stronger warnings regarding heart attacks and strokes to labels of certain painkillers. Dr. Steven Nissen comments.

What Your Grip Says About Your Health

2 Studies Back Guidelines for Wider Use of Statins

Two new studies support new cholesterol guidelines that call for wider use of statins. Dr. Steven Nissen comments.

FDA adds heart attack and stroke warning to some painkillers

The FDA adds stronger warnings regarding heart attacks and strokes to labels of certain painkillers. Dr. Steven Nissen comments.

This Bill Increases Funding for NIH and FDA, So Why Doesn't Everyone Love It?

Recently passed bill would raise funding for medical research at the National Institutes of Health, and allocate cash so the Food and Drug Administration could approve drugs more quickly. Dr. Steven Nissen comments.

How to Lower Cholesterol Naturally

Dr. Leslie Cho shares proven ways to lower cholesterol naturally.

June 2015

Eliminating Risk Factors Tied to Cardiovascular Disease

A new study finds five modifiable risk factors continue to account for half of all cardiovascular deaths in the United States. Dr. David Frid comments.

Report: Cardiac arrest kills many, often ignored

Dr. Bruce Lindsay comments on cardiac arrest study.

When Heart Palpitations Become a Problem.

Dr. Peter Aziz discusses the cause and treatment options for irregular heart palpitations.

Don't Toss Your Skinny Jeans -- Unless You've Lost Feeling In Your Legs

Dr. Natalie Evans and other experts agree that wearing skinny jeans poses little risk to your health.

Dr. Marc – Varicose Veins

Dr. Marc Gillinov and Dr. Daniel Raymond discuss varicose veins.

Generic A.D.H.D. Drug, Not Equivalent to the Brand, Is in Use Anyway

Dr. Harry Lever comments on generic drugs.

FDA to phase out trans fats from food

The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it will require manufacturers to phase out trans fats from processed foods over the next three years. Drs. Steven Nissen and Michael Roizen comment.

Fox 8 story helps woman find cure for daughter’s heart condition

Cleveland Clinic Children’s patient story aired on local media helps mother find a cure for her daughter’s heart condition. Dr. Peter Aziz comments.

Could these new cholesterol drugs save many Americans from heart attacks?

A federal advisory committee will decide whether to recommend approval of the first in a new class of drugs many experts believe could significantly cut the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Dr. Steven Nissen comments

May 2015

What's the Best Diet to Prevent Heart Disease?

Spoiler alert: It's the Mediterranean diet. Here's how to get started. With Dr. Leslie Cho

Data Disclosure Leads Researchers to End Study of Obesity Drug

Clinical trial designed to study the cardiovascular safety of the obesity drug Contrave has been halted by the trial’s executive steering committee, led by Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Steven Nissen comments.

Loosening the Reins on LQTS Sports Guidelines

Dr. Peter Aziz discusses guidelines on long QT syndrome.

April 2015

Should I Drink Fat-Free Half-and-Half?

Experts suggest avoiding fat-free half and half. Registered dietitian Julia Zumpano comments.

Are shorter people more likely to have heart problems?

Dr. Marc examines the link between shorter people and heart problems.

Ask Well: Statins and Your Sex Life - Do statins affect erections in men?

Dr. Steven Nissen comments on the effects statins can have on sexual function in men.

Do Statins Promote Coronary Calcification? Study Says Yes, and It Might Be a Good Thing

Dr. Steven Nissen discusses results of study examining the relationship between calcification of the coronary artery and statins.

March 2015

New Research links TMAO to Chronic Kidney Disease

Drs. Stanley Hazen and Wilson Tang discuss their new research linking TMAO to chronic kidney disease (page 17)

Dr. Marc – How to Avoid a Heart Attack

Dr. Marc Gillinov is saving lives with his new half hour special, How to Avoid a Heart Attack.

Cleveland Clinic and Akron Children's Form Congenital Heart Care Affiliation

Akron Beacon Journal, The Plain Dealer, and Crain’s Cleveland Business – Cleveland Clinic and Akron General Hospital sign an affiliation agreement for congenital open heart surgery and adult congenital cardiology service programs. Dr. Lars Svensson comments.

Tests of Cholesterol Drugs Offer Hope of Reducing Heart Attacks and Strokes

Researchers find a new class of experimental cholesterol drugs might sharply reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Dr. Steven Nissen comments.

Stress Test or 3-D Scan? And the Best Heart Exam Is...

Dr. Steven Nissen comments on study presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session. Cleveland Clinic patient is featured.

Should I Drink Red Wine?

Experts discuss the health benefits of drinking red wine. Registered dietitian Julia Zumpano comments

Of Guts and Glory

Dr. Stanley Hazen discusses his research linking TMAO to cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease.

Dr. Marc – Cardiac Rehab

Dr. Mark Gillinov discusses cardiac rehab.

Dr. Marc – Heart Healthy Foods

Dr. Mark Gillinov discusses heart healthy food.

February 2015

When heart flutters, it might signal stroke risk

Dr. Oussama Wazni shares steps people can take to help control atrial fibrillation.

Cardiovascular Innovations Provide Hope for Heart Patients

Dr. Steven Nissen describes three cardiovascular innovations that are providing new options for heart patients.

New recommendations for U.S. dietary guidelines include the suggestion that cholesterol should not be a nutrient of special concern.

TIME, The Atlantic, KNWA-TV (Fort Smith, AR), and 22 other CCNS affiliates – Dr. Steven Nissen comments.

'Thought I was going to die': Hidden heart disease a stroke risk for younger women

Cleveland Clinic patient shares her story about her diagnosis of fibromuscular dysplasia.

Focusing on fiber may work for weight loss

Registered dietitian Julia Zumpano explains the importance of fiber in a dietary plan.

Expected New Recommendations On Cholesterol Consumption

Dr. Steven Nissen and other health experts discuss the new recommendations on cholesterol consumption.

Men's Health: Medical Minimalism

Dr. Daniel Cantillon discusses leadless cardiac pacemaker technology in pacemakers. Medical Minimalism, p.90

Alcohol good for your heart? Evidence is evaporating

Cardiologist Curtis Rimmerman, MD, and other experts discuss whether alcohol is good for your heart.

The Science of a Broken Heart

What’s the science of a broken heart? Richard Krasuski, MD, and experts weigh in.

Fit as a Pro

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Clinic teamed up to show fifth graders from Cleveland’s William Cullen Bryant School that you’re never too young to start practicing healthy habits. Drs. Gordon Blackburn and Dermot Phelan are mentioned

Is your heart on the right diet?

Dr. Steven Nissen weighs in on a new survey that shows Americans are confused about what it means to eat a heart healthy diet.

January 2015

New Test Predicts Heart Attack

A simple new blood test may help to predict heart attacks. Drs. Leslie Cho and Stanley Hazen comment.

Cleveland Clinic research links byproduct of red meat, high-fat diet to chronic kidney disease

The Plain Dealer,, WCBD-TV (Charleston, SC), and several other sources – New research from Dr. Stanley Hazen and Dr. Wilson Tang report that patients with chronic kidney disease had higher blood levels of TMAO.

Why Do People Get Blockages in the Arteries of the Heart and Brain, But Rarely in Other Organs?

Dr. Curtis Rimmerman discusses blockages in the arteries of the heart and brain.


December 2014

Drug Batch Tainted? Just Hit Delete and Ship It to the U.S.

Dr. Harry Lever comments on the quality of imported drugs.

How "Bugs" in our Bellies Impact Our Health

Dr. Stanley Hazen explains how gut bacteria can turn a nutrient in red meat into a disease-fostering chemical.

November 2014

Holiday Season Can Be Hard on the Heart

Holiday Season can be hard on your heart – Dr. Kapadia discusses.

Defibrillator Insertion: Implant for Life

Dr. Daniel Cantillon discusses implantable cardioverter defibrillators.

One woman's year-long medical mystery leads to diagnosis affecting millions of women

Dr. Esther Kim comments.

Study Finds Alternative to Anti-Cholesterol Drug

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?

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

Cleveland Clinic research shows gut bacteria byproduct impacts heart failure

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

Pros and Cons of Medication vs. Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

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

Cleveland Clinic research shows gut bacteria byproduct impacts heart failure

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

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

Prescription Drugs: Generics, Brand Names Not the Same?

Dr. Harry Lever comments.

FDA may tighten restrictions on testosterone-boosting drugs

The Wall Street Journal,, 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

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,, WEWS-TV 5, WJW-TV 8, and numerous other sources – Dr. Bruce Lytle comments.

June 2014

The Serious Heart Risks That Come With Chemo

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

May 2014

Dr. Marc: Hypertension (Video)

Dr. Marc Gillinov discusses hypertension.

Health Beat: News from your heart

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

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

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

Dr. Niraj Varma discusses initial findings from the TRUST trial.

The Link Between Cancer and Heart Disease

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

Dr. Rimmerman and Dr. Gillinov give details concerning some popular heart health beliefs.

Germs Rule the World

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.