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February 2016

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.



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.

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

Role of aspirin diminished in new recommendations – Dr. Wazni comments.

Fat-heart disease findings confusing, enticing

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.


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.

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)


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.


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’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., 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., 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., 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., 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., 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., 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., 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 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., 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., 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., 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.