Love your Heart

Love Your Heart

A Cleveland Clinic podcast to help you learn more about heart and vascular disease and conditions affecting your chest. We explore prevention, diagnostic tests, medical and surgical treatments, new innovations and more. 

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Featured Episode

Healthcare Disparity – A physician and patient perspective

Dr. Lee Kirksey, Vascular Surgeon and Vice Chairman of Vascular Surgery is joined by Dr. Umesh Khot, Section Head, Regional Cardiology and Director of Quality in the Heart and Vascular Institute and patient Herb Pleasant to talk about health care disparities. Together they cover issues related to minority and lower socio-economic disparities and the need to develop trust in the health care system to initiate care. It is important to identify risk factors earlier in life, establish a diagnosis and treatment plan, and find a doctor who is willing to work together with the patient to adjust together. Herb also talks about the role of family in health care decisions and motivation. This presentation provides insight into both the patient and physician perspectives.

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All Love Your Heart Episodes

All Love Your Heart Episodes

November 5, 2019

Treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)

Dr. Lee Kirksey, Vascular Surgeon and Vice Chairman of Vascular Surgery talks with Dr. David Hardy, Department of Vascular Surgery about thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS). This condition often occurs in athletes. The physicians discuss the need for quick treatment; diagnostic testing; treatment of venous occlusion in thoracic outlet syndrome including thrombolysis, thrombectomy and/or rib resection; and recovery including protocols to get back to an active lifestyle.

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October 29, 2019

Bariatric (Metabolic) Surgery and Cardiovascular Health

Dr. Steven Nissen, Chief Academic Officer, Chief Academic Officer, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute discusses the benefits of metabolic (also called bariatric) surgery with surgeon Ali Aminian from the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. Dr. Aminian recently published a paper on the long term cardiovascular outcomes of metabolic surgery on patients with type 2 diabetes and obesity. Dr. Aminian describes the study, primary outcomes (all-cause mortality, coronary artery events, cerebrovascular events, heart failure, nephropathy, and atrial fibrillation), results of this study, and what this means for future care of patients. Dr. Aminian also reviews who is a candidate for this type of surgery, types of bariatric surgery, risks and benefits of surgery, and factors leading to lifelong success.

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October 22, 2019

Your drug has been recalled – what do you do?

Dr. Steven Nissen, Chief Academic Officer, Chief Academic Officer, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute talks with Dr. Jerry Estep, Section Head of the George M. and Linda H. Kaufman Center for Heart Failure Treatment and Recovery and Brad Williams Pharm D, pharmacy specialist for heart failure about what to do when your medication has been recalled. In the light of several heart failure medications being recalled, these two experts provide advice and resources all patients on medications should know.

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October 15, 2019

What is Sports Cardiology?

Dr. Steven Nissen, Chief Academic Officer, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute and Dr. Dermot Phelan, Director of Sports Cardiology Center at Cleveland Clinic talk about sports cardiology. Both professional athletes and weekend warriors who are recently diagnosed with heart disease or who have undergone a procedure and want to return to play or sport can benefit. Dr. Phelan talks about the changes that occur normally with athletes depending on the type of sport and how to continue play or return to play safely

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