Statins May Work to Reverse Heart Disease. Researchers from Cleveland Clinic used ultrasound to determine the degree of atherosclerosis among more than 1000 patients with coronary disease. For the group taking statins, "there was between a 40 and 50 percent reduction in the risk of the things we really care about, like death, stroke, heart attack," said Steven Nissen, MD, doctor of cardiovascular medicine at Cleveland Clinic.
Silent Strokes Linked to Memory Loss in Older Adults. M. Shazam Hussain, MD discusses silent strokes.
Chuck Hayes' whirlwind week concludes with Kings. After dealing with the possibility that his life could be in jeopardy, let alone the future of his NBA career, Hayes was sent by the Kings to Cleveland Clinic for further testing on Wednesday.
MedCity News on WKYC: Cleveland Clinic’s best-ever doctors. MedCity Media president Chris Seper discusses MedCityNews.com’s list of the top 50 doctors to ever practice at Cleveland Clinic. Seper sat down with WKYC News anchor Amanda Barren to go over some of the many medical innovations to come out of the Clinic in its 90 years and the physicians who pioneered them. Medcitynews.com, By Brandon Glenn, 12/21.
FDA Approves Berlin Heart for Kids. The FDA approved the Berlin Heart for pediatric patients waiting for heart transplants. Drs. Robert Stewart, MD and Gerard Boyle, MD comment.
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Cleveland Clinic Patients Move Forward: Tales from the Heart (videos). We bring you updates on some of the patients we met that day. Here's what they are doing now, 17 weeks after having their chests opened, their valves repaired, their clogged arteries bypassed and their lives turned around. The Plain Dealer, 12/18.
Detection Might Have Saved Green's Life. Early detection and repair of an aorta aneurysm may have saved Jeff Green’s life, according to Dr. Michael Kaplan, senior medical correspondent for ESPN. Green had his procedure at Cleveland Clinic. ESPN.com, By Chris Forsberg, 12/17.
For some men, staying in shape may override body weight. Marc Gillinov, MD comments on study by AHA.
Life-saving prescriptions lagging in heart patients. More than one in five people with heart disease aren't getting life-saving statin drugs despite guidelines saying they should, a new study shows. David Frid, MD comments. Reuters.com, By Linda Thrasybule, 11/17.
TCT: The do's and don'ts of avoiding complications during TAVI. E. Murat Tuzcu, MDoffers advice on performing transcatheter aortic valve implantations. Cardiovascular Business, 11/15.
Defibrillator 'upgrade' apparently a dud. The latest, most extensive research suggests that the automated defibrillator, now found in nearly all U.S. hospitals, saves fewer lives than the old, lower-tech defibrillators. Steven Nissen, MD comments. MSNBC.com, By Lilly Fowler, 11/15.
New Drug Could Raise Good Cholesterol and Lower Bad Cholesterol. A Cleveland Clinic-led study, presented this week at the American Heart Association meeting, found a new drug could increase good cholesterol and lowered bad cholesterol. Stephen Nicholls, MBBS, PhD, the study’s lead author comments.
Peds Group Says All Children Should Get Cholesterol Tests Earlier in Life. Ellen Rome, MD, MPH comments on new cholesterol screening guideline for children endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Cleveland Clinic's Cardiac Surgery Program Gets Stellar Rating. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) awarded Cleveland Clinic's Heart Surgery Program its highest three star rating. TheBeatingEdge.org, 11/10.
Go inside Cleveland Clinic's Heart Center with The Plain Dealer. The Plain Dealer sent more than two dozen reporters, photographers, videographers and editors into Cleveland Clinic's heart center. Beginning Sunday Nov. 13 and running for eight days, the Plain Dealer will feature "Tales from the heart: Inside the Cleveland Clinic heart center." The Plain Dealer, 11/9.
FDA Approves First Artificial Aortic Heart Valve Placed without Open-Heart Surgery.
Go inside Cleveland Clinic's Heart Center with The Plain Dealer. The Plain Dealer sent more than two dozen reporters, photographers, videographers and editors into Cleveland Clinic's heart center. Beginning Sunday Nov. 13 and running for eight days, the Plain Dealer will feature "Tales from the heart: Inside the Cleveland Clinic heart center." The Plain Dealer, 10/30.
Bartiromo: Top Doc at Cleveland Clinic Defends Healthcare. USA Today's Maria Bartiromo interviews Steven Nissen, MD about healthcare technology innovations. USAToday.com, 10/17.
Watson Computer Downs Clinic Cardiologists in "Jeopardy" Demonstration. Watson played against Cleveland Clinic cardiologists and surgeons during a demonstration modeled on the game of "Jeopardy" Tuesday afternoon as part of Cleveland Clinic's 2011 Medical Innovation Summit held at the InterContinental Hotel. While the demo did not focus on medical information, it showed one of the potential applications of Watson could be assisting doctors with dealing with information overload, especially in emergencies.
Cleveland Clinic Establishes Chair of Preventive Cardiology. Cleveland Clinic has received a $750,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation to establish the Leonard Krieger Chair in Preventive Cardiology. Stanley Hazen, MD, PhD, will be the first to hold the chair.
Cardiac Rehabilitation is the Most Underused Treatment in America. “Cardiac rehabilitation is the most underused treatment in America,” says Leslie Cho, MD, lead author of the study and director of Cleveland Clinic's Women’s Cardiovascular Center. “If we had a medicine that could make this dramatic an impact, it would be the blockbuster drug of the century.”
Study Links Depression and Stroke Risk. A Cleveland Clinic study led by Leopoldo Pozuelo, MD, finds persons who are clinically depressed have a greater chance of developing and even dying from stroke. OzarksFirst.com, 9/20.
Video Games Can Help Stroke Victims. Researchers at Cleveland Clinic are currently conducting a study to investigate the effectiveness of tele-rehabilitation in stroke patients. WKYC, 9/27.
Cardiac Rehab May Help Heart Patients Live Longer. A new Cleveland Clinic study shows that cardiac rehabilitation can help heart patients live a lot longer – and why. “Cardiac rehabilitation is the most underused treatment in America,” says Leslie Cho, MD, lead author of the study and director of Cleveland Clinic's Women’s Cardiovascular Center. U.S. News & World Report, 9/26.
HFSA: Longer Look Confirms Nesiritide's Flop. Six-month follow-up in the ASCEND-HF trial confirmed a lack of significant clinical benefit – or harm – from nesiritide (Natrecor) in patients with acute decompensated heart failure, researchers found. Randall Starling, MD, MPH, comments. By Todd Neale. Medpage Today, 9/22.
Cleveland Clinic's Heart Program Enters Affiliation Pacts with two N.C. Hospitals. Cleveland Clinic's renowned heart program announced affiliations with two North Carolina hospitals. By Timothy Magaw. Crain's Cleveland Business, 9/22.
HF Risk Found in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome. Patients with metabolic syndrome who are normal weight have a higher risk of HF vs. patients without metabolic syndrome who are obese, according to a study. Eileen Hsich, MD, comments. Cardiology Today, 9/16.
Lyndhurst Man Medals in Senior Olympics at Age 87. An 87-year-old Lyndhurst man won silver and bronze medals at the National Senior games in June. He had quadruple-bypass surgery in 1994 at Cleveland Clinic and followed up with a rehabilitation program and stuck with it, allowing him to get back into training for the Senior Olympics. By Faith Boone. Sun Messenger, 9/15.
Stents May Reduce Heart Attacks by Delivering Downstream Medication. Richard Krasuski, MD and researchers have found that cardiac patients receiving medicated stents – a procedure that occurs often when blood vessels are blocked – have a lower likelihood of suffering heart attacks or developing new blockages in the vessel downstream from the stent.
Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Institute Launches ‘The Beating Edge’ Heart Blog. Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Institute has launched TheBeatingEdge.org heart blog, offering free and timely content related to heart, vascular and thoracic health topics.
Certain Foods May Be the Best Medicine for Lowering 'Bad' Cholesterol. A study finds a diet including things like soy protein and nuts lowers LDL or 'bad' cholesterol more than statin drugs or a low-fat diet, Steven Nissen, MD comments. By Melissa Healy. LATimes.com, 8/24.
One Word Can Save Your Life: No! New research shows how some common tests and procedures aren’t just expensive, but can do more harm than good. Steven Nissen, MD, comments. By Sharon Begley. Newsweek.com, 8/14.
Bernadine P. Healy Loop, outspoken advocate for women's health, dead at 67. Dr. Bernadine P. Healy, 67, a leading health crusader, died from complications of cancer. Dr. Healy directed the Cleveland Clinic's Research Institute in 1985 before becoming the first woman to head the National Institutes of Health, and was instrumental in changing views that heart disease was predominantly a male disease. She also headed the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, American Heart Association and American Red Cross.
Report Questions 'Offshoring' in U.S. Heart Studies. Major U.S.-sponsored clinical trials on heart disease often turn to other countries to recruit and a new report by Venugopal Menon, MD, and his colleagues at Cleveland Clinic questions whether that undermines the evidence they generate and the health of the American clinical trial system. FoxNews.com, 8/3.
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.
Diastolic Dysfunction Of The Heart Associated With Increased Mortality Risk. Researchers from Cleveland Clinic reported in the June 27 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals that diastolic dysfunction maybe an independent risk factor for increased risk of death. By Anne Robinson. Medical News Today, 6/27.
CV Risk Higher with Sulfonylureas than Metformin. Older patients with type 2 diabetes have a significantly higher likelihood of experiencing a cardiovascular (CV) event within two years if they start treatment with a sulfonylurea drug than with metformin were the findings of Alex Z. Fu, PhD, in a retrospective study. By Jill Stein. Renal & Urology News, 6/27.
Cleveland Clinic Doctor Operates on Influential Rabbi. Daniel Clair, MD, chairman of the Clinic's Department of Vascular Surgery, recently flew nearly 6,000 miles to operate on a rabbi, who is the highest profile leader of the Lithuanian stream of Ultra-Orthodox Judaism.
Diabetics Fare Well with SFA Stent. A drug-eluting stent for the superficial femoral artery (SFA) showed sustained effectiveness at two years in diabetics versus nondiabetics, a substudy found. Sean Lyden, MD, from the department of vascular surgery at Cleveland Clinic, is mentioned.
6th Advanced Cardiovascular Therapeutics 2011 Symposium Held. Patients with signs of a heart attack must rush to an appropriate health facility as soon as possible, cardiologists and interventional cardiologists stressed at the 6th Advanced Cardiovascular Therapeutics 2011 symposium. Drs. Stephen Ellis, MD, Mehdi Shishehbor, DO, MPH, and Ravi Nair, MD, from Cleveland Clinic are quoted. The Hindu.com, 6/18.
If Someone Needed CPR, Would You Know What to Do? Thomas Tallman, DO, says it is extremely critical, after calling 9-1-1, to start compressions to keep blood flowing to the heart. By Amulya Raghuveer. ToledoOnTheMove.com, 6/10.
Critic Faults FDA for Tardy Warning on Simvastatin Risk. Steven Nissen, MD, comments on the cholesterol drug simvastatin. By Richard Knox.