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2022 News 

April 2022

  • and – Updated guidelines do not recommend daily aspirin for heart health for most adults. Dr. Steven Nissen comments.
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  • U.S. News & World Report – New research says calcium supplements might significantly increase an aging person's risk of heart valve problems that contribute to heart failure. Dr. Samir Kapadia comments. Read the Story 
  • WKYC-TV 3 – One of the symptoms of long haul COVID which has been prevalent in young women has been POTS. Drs. Tamanna Singh and Robert Wilson review what it is and how it can be treated.  Watch the Story
  • WJW-TV 8 – Recent study finds link between alcohol consumption and heart health. Dr. Marc Gillinov explains. Watch the Story
  • TCTMD – Several who attended ACC 2022 were called to help with in-flight emergencies when they left the conference including Dr. Heba Wassif. Read the Story
  • KABC (Los Angeles, CA) – Dr. Tamanna Singh reviews the effects that COVID-19 has had on cardiovascular health. Watch the Story 
  • CNET – Dr. Grant Reed explains the importance of calling 911 if experiencing symptoms of a heart attack. Read the Story
  • WJW-TV 8 – A new study found that drinking any amount of alcohol can lead to heart disease. Dr. Stanley Hazen comments.  Watch the Story 
  • The Washington Post – Dr. Leslie Cho explains how gender impacts atrial fibrillation. Read the Story
  • Eat This Not That! – Drs. Lee Kirksey, Michael Tran and Ali Aminian review the five signs of a blood clot. Read the Story 
  • – Experimental gene therapy may help fight inherited high cholesterol. Dr. Steven Nissen discusses the research. Read the Story
  • Everyday Health – Study finds consistent exercise linked to more heart health benefits for people who suffer from anxiety and stress. Dr. Michael Emery comments. Read the Story
  • KTVX-TV (Salt Lake City, UT) – A medication used in a clinical trial is showing some promising results for people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Dr. Milind Desai comments. Watch the Story
  • HCP Live – Dr. Steven Nissen is interviewed at the American College of Cardiology 2022 conference where he presented his findings of the phase 1 APOLLO trial.  Watch the Story 

January 2022

  • CNN – Can weight loss help protect against COVID-19? Dr Stephen Nissen’s recent study is cited and he is quoted. Read the Story
  • WKYC (TV-3) – Dr. Luke Laffin offers tips on how to safely shovel snow. Watch the Story
  • WJW-TV 8 – Dr. Patrick Collier talks about the field of cardio-oncology. Watch the Story

  • Washington Post – What is lipoprotein(a)? Dr. Leslie Cho is among a group of physicians trying to spread awareness of this ‘bad’ cholesterol.

  • WJW (TV-8) – What can you do to improve your health in 2022? Julia Zumpano, RD gives several tips to make the new year healthier. Watch the Story

  • USA Today – At what age should you stop shoveling snow due to heart concerns? Dr. Luke Laffin is part of a panel which answers this question. Read the Story

  • TCTMD – Healthcare systems are gearing up for the commercial availability of inclisiran, a therapy given just twice a year in the doctor’s office to lower LDL-cholesterol levels. Dr. Leslie Cho comments. Read the Story

  • WJW (TV-8) – Julia Zumpano, RD joins Dr. Marc Gillinov to discuss how to detox from sugar. Watch the Story

  • WMBC (New York, NY) – A new report states that drinking alcohol has no positive effect on heart health. Dr. Steven Nissen weighs in. Watch the Story

2021 News

December 2021

  • WKYC - Cleveland Clinic performs world's first implant of leadless pacemaker defibrillator system. Watch the story

  • WKYC TV-3 – A local man runs the Boston Marathon only 5 months after his heart surgery with his family and cardiologist Dr. Tamanna Singh waiting for him at the finish line. Watch the Story

  • – Meet one courageous athlete who is set to compete in this year’s NCAA women’s division 1 volleyball championship less than two years after life-saving heart surgery at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Hani Najm, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments. Read the Story

  • ESPN – University of Texas volleyball star Asjia O’Neal shares the story of her comeback from open heart surgery. Dr. Hani Najm is quoted. Read the Story

  • – Cleveland Clinic implants the first wireless pacemaker defibrillator system. Dr. Daniel Cantillon comments. Read the Story

  • WELL+GOOD – Experts share tips for keeping your heart healthy. Dr. Tamanna Singh comments. Read the Story

  • KPRC (Houston, TX) – The ongoing pandemic has caused a spike in blood pressure across the board. Dr. Luke Laffin reviews the results of this recent study. Watch the Story

  • – A new study from the Cleveland Clinic shows that blood pressure went up during the pandemic especially among women. Dr. Luke Laffin comments. Read the Story

  • TODAY – Just in time for Christmas comes the story of an infant who had in-utero surgery to remove a tumor which was compressing his heart. Drs. Darrell Cass and Hani Najm share Rylan’s heartwarming journey. Watch the Story

  • WJW (TV-8), Medpage Today and Newsweek – New research shows a 60% decreased risk of severe COVID outcomes in patients who had bariatric surgery. Caregiver Elizabeth Zehe shares her story while Dr. Ali Aminian explains the study’s methodology. Dr. Stephen Nissen is also quoted. Read the Story

November 2021

  • WYZZ (Peoria, IL) – A Michigan cardiologist was transferred to the Cleveland Clinic for a double lung transplant after a difficult battle with COVID-19. Dr. James Yun details his medical journey. Watch the Story

  • Cardiovascular Business – Dr. Amar Krishnaswamy discusses the past, present and future of drug eluting stents. Read the Story


  • WebMD – Dr. Leslie Cho talks about coronary artery disease. Read the Story

  • - In an op-ed for diabetes awareness month Dr. Lee Kirksey warns of the epidemic of diabetic limb amputations among poorer communities. Read the Story

  • Cardiology Today – Recently released research concludes that women present later, receive less aggressive care and experience a lower quality of life after cardiac surgery. Dr. Leslie Cho comments on what can be done to correct these disparities. Read the Story

October 2021

  • FOX8 – The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is changing its recommendation on taking aspirin to prevent heart disease and stroke. Dr. Steven Nissen states that this decision has been a long time coming. Watch the Story
  • NPR – Dr. Steven Nissen joins Hear and Now to discuss the recent changes that the US Preventive Services Task Force released this week regarding the cardiac benefits of low dose aspirin. Listen to the Story
  • WJW (FOX8) – Dr. Marc Gillinov discusses recently revised guidelines around taking low dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks. Watch the Story 
  • – A bystander saved the life of a local man when he went into cardiac arrest at the gym. Dr. Amar Krishnaswamy is quoted on the importance of learning CPR. Watch the Story
  • – How much exercise do you need to live a longer life? Dr. Tamanna Singh comments on the results of new studies which examine this question. Read the story

August 2021

  •  WebMD – Experts discuss risky myths about heart health. Dr. Nicholas Ruthmann comments. Read the Story
  • Everyday Health – New research finds drinking eight glasses a water a day throughout your life could reduce the risk of heart failure 25 years later. Dr. Maria Mountis comments. Read the Story
  • The Washington Post – Dr. Daniel Cantillon explains what your heart rate can signal. Read the Story
  • Cardiovascular Business – Dr. Tamanna Singh shares heart-healthy diet and exercise recommendations. Read the Story
  • Medpage Today – Recent studies have demonstrated a lower recurrence of atrial fibrillation in patients treated with cryoballoon ablation compared with patients treated with drug therapy. Dr. Oussama Wazni comments. Read the Story
  • WEWS-TV 5 – Dr. Oussama Wazni talks about results of his recent research examining the use of cryoballoon ablation to treat AFib. Watch the Story
  • Medscape – New study suggests delirium is more common in patients undergoing surgical rather than transcatheter aortic valve replacement (SAVR, TAVR) but predicted worse in-hospital outcomes after both procedures. Dr. Amar Krishnaswamy discusses the findings. Read the Story
  • TCTMD – Patients in cardiogenic shock with significant mitral regurgitation (MR) appear to fare well in the short term when treated with transcatheter edge-to-edge repair. Dr. Medhat Farwati comments. [See paper by Dr. Kapadia and team at ]. Read the Story
  • Medical Xpress – Dr. Umesh Khot discusses his study that examined the outcomes of patients who suffered a second heart attack. Read the Story
  • WJW-CLE (Cleveland, OH); WDTN (Dayton, OH) – First patient in the world to undergo a stopped-heart operation at Cleveland Clinic shares his story. Dr. Lars Svensson comments. Watch the Story
  • Medscape – Dr. Steven Nissen comments on results of recent study linking statins to lower COVID-19 mortality. Read the Story


July 2021

  • U.S. News & World Report – Julia Zumpano, RD, talks about the difference between food allergies and food sensitivities. Read the Story
  • Medscape – The relative risk of death or myocardial infarction went down with statin therapy in a cohort study of patients with either nonobstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) or no CAD at computed tomographic angiography. Dr. Steven Nissen comments. Read the Story
  • Consumer Reports – It’s important to have an erratic heart rhythm checked out by a doctor. Dr. Daniel Cantillon comments. Read the Story
  • WELL + GOOD – Dr. Tamanna Singh explains the best foods to eat before working out. Read the Story
  • Medpage Today – An FDA advisory committee rejected an oral anemia drug for dialysis and non-dialysis patient populations. Dr. Leslie Cho comments. Read the Story
  • WebMD – Experts discuss risky myths about heart health. Dr. Nicholas Ruthmann comments. Read the Story
  • HCP Live – Dr. Dennis Bruemmer discusses new agents and perspectives on care in treating patients with type 2 diabetes at high risk of CV, renal complications. Watch the Story

June 2021

  • WJW-TV 8 – Dr. Marc Gillinov shares important information about COVID-19 and other health concerns. Watch the Story
  • WOIO-TV 19 – Father of three is thankful to celebrate this Father’s Day after receiving life-saving heart surgery at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Daniel Burns comments. Watch the Story
  • The News-Herald, Medical Xpress, News-Medical and several other media outlets – New findings from Cleveland Clinic researchers show for the first time that the gut microbiome impacts stroke severity and functional impairment following stroke. Read the Story
  • WKYC-TV 3 – Former Cleveland State volleyball player shares about the long-haul symptoms she experienced post-COVID. Dr. Tamanna Singh comments. Watch the Story
  • Everyday Health – Study finds statins do not improve COVID-19 outcomes. Dr. Michael Tran comments. Read the Story

May 2021

  • and – Doctors offered reassurance Tuesday following several dozen reports of mostly mild heart problems after COVID-19 vaccinations, but suggested recipients and their families pay close attention to possible symptoms. Dr. Steven Nissen comments. Read the Story
  • Eat This, Not That! – Registered dietitian Kate Patton talks about one major side effect eating sugar has on your heart. Read the Story

April 2021

  • HealthDay – Dr. Tamanna Singh comments on study results showing how red or processed meat affects heart health. Read the Story

  • Cardiology Today – Recent Cleveland Clinic study found a vegetarian diet was associated with reduced risk for ischemic heart disease mortality compared with a nonvegetarian diet but had no effect on all-cause and cerebrovascular mortality. Dr. Ankur Kalra discusses his research. Read the Story

March 2021

  • Consumer Reports – Dr. Bo Xu comments on the health benefits of eating chili pepper. Read the Story
  • Fox8 - Cleveland Clinic honored with surgery award from American Heart Association. Dr. Gillinov accepts award. Read the Story

February 2021

  • WJW-TV 8 – Dr. Serge Harb explains how the technology of 3D printing helps surgeons and patients prepare for heart surgery on Dr. Marc. Watch the Story
  • – Cleveland Clinic study finds vitamin C and zinc supplements don't help COVID-19 patients recover from their illness. Read the Story
  • WELL+GOOD and – Julia Zumpano, RD, shares the important questions she asks patients during their first visit. Read the Story
  • WKYC-TV 3 – Dr. Lee Kirksey talks about the history of medical mistrust within minority communities. Watch the Story
  • WKYC: Power of Healing – Combating COVID-19 vaccine mistrust within the Black and Latinx communities 2/9/2020 Leon Bibb. Dr. Lee Kirksey is featured. Read the Story
  • – What happens to your body when you have a heart attack? Dr. Nicholas Ruthmann explains. 2/2/2021 Read the Story
  • WKYC – Cleveland Clinic’s annual heart survey finds concerning trends around heart health and COVID-19. Patient shares about the heart attack he suffered during the pandemic after avoiding seeking treatment. Dr. Heba Wassif comments. 2/2/2021 Read the Story
  • The Huffington Post – Experts share habits that can drastically improve your heart health. Dr. Dennis Bruemmer comments. 2/1/2021 Read the Story
  • – Dr. Christine Jellis explains what you need to know about heart attack symptoms, causes, recovery, and prevention. 2/1/2021 Read the Story
  • Prevention – Dr. Deirdre Mattina explains important things everyone should know about cholesterol. Read the Story

January 2021

  • – What is a healthy heart rate? Dr. Daniel Cantillon weighs in. 1/27/2021 Read the Story
  • .CTSNet – Dr. Lars G. Svensson shares about his career in cardiac surgery. 1/14/2021 Watch the Story
  • HealthDay and U.S. News & World Report – Researchers report that the risk of dying from heart disease increased during the coronavirus lockdowns. Dr. Samir Kapadia comments on the findings. 1/12 Read the Story
  • Chicago Tribune – According to a study published Dec. 16 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, Black women have the highest risk of pregnancy-related heart problems. Dr. Samir Kapadia comments. 1/7/2021 Read the Story
News Archives

News Archives

2020 News

September 2020

  • Medscape – Low-dose aspirin may be considered for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients with autoimmune systemic rheumatic diseases who are at particularly high risk because of their individual cardiovascular risk profile. Dr. M. Elaine Husni comments. Read the Story
  • Healio Rheumatology – Cardiovascular events cause significant morbidity and mortality among patients with rheumatologic diseases. Dr. M. Elaine Husni comments. Read the Story
  • TCTMD – Brent Whitaker, MS, MSN, RN, shares about his experience traveling to NYC to help COVID-19 patients. Read the Story
  • The Washington Post – Many health experts worry coronavirus could cause lasting heart complications for athletes. Dr. Michael Emery comments. Read the Story
  • U.S. News & World Report – New study finds physically fit patients with the irregular heartbeat atrial fibrillation are most likely to benefit from ablation. Dr. Wael Jaber comments. Read the Story

July 2020

June 2020

  • and numerous other media outlets – Dr. Steven Nissen comments on remdesivir. Read the Story
  • TCTMD – Despite advancements, risk of stroke lingers after TAVR and continues to feed the debate about the need for protection. Dr. Samir Kapadia comments. Read the Story
  • U.S. News & World Report – Kate Patton, RD, shares heart-healthy foods. Read the Story
  • Healthline – The emotional, psychological, and financial toll taken by COVID-19 can make it hard for people to dedicate time to make healthy lifestyle shifts. Dr. Luke Laffin comments. Read the Story

May 2020

  • The New York Times, and several other media outlets – Dr. Steven Nissen cautions against the use of hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19 infection. Read the Story

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

  • Coronary Artery Targets Matter in Bilateral ITA CABG TCTMD – Patient survival after CABG with bilateral internal thoracic artery (ITA) grafting is partially dependent on the proportion of myocardial mass supplied by the selected target vessels. Dr. Faisal Bakaeen discusses the findings. 01/23/20
  • Smartwatch band may help spot heart problems, but doctors still required Reuters – Study finds a smartwatch band with integrated electrodes to produce an electrocardiogram might be able to help detect atrial fibrillation, but not as well as a traditional ECG machine used in a hospital. Dr. Khaldoun Tarakji comments. 01/16/20
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