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Love Your Heart: A Cleveland Clinic Podcast
12 minutes | 9 days ago
Recurrent Pericarditis? New treatment shows promise
Patients with pericarditis may be on various medications to prevent episodes from recurring. Dr. Allan Klein, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Pericardial Disease Center, provides the results of the RHAPSODY trial that looked at a new medication (Rilonacept) vs. placebo for patients with pericarditis. He talks about the exciting results of this study and what this may mean for patients in the future.
23 minutes | 16 days ago
Lung Cancer: What you should know
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Cleveland Clinic specialists talk about symptoms of lung cancer, how lung cancer is detected, what diagnostic tests are used to stage lung cancer or determine best treatment, and what patients should know about treatment options. 15 percent of patients who have lung cancer never smoked – so it is important to know the symptoms and talk to your doctor. Early detection is important – as well as a team approach for best outcomes.
8 minutes | 23 days ago
Should you participate in a clinical trial?
Clinical research is important to make progress in medicine. Dr. Nissen, Chief Academic Officer of the Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Institute, describes what you should know about randomized clinic trials and how they are being conducted during the time of COVID. When your provider approaches you about clinical research, take a moment to listen. Ask questions about the benefits and risks of trial participation. Dr. Nissen talks about benefits you may not have thought of.
18 minutes | a month ago
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery FAQs
When patients are scheduled for coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) they have many questions. Dr. Faisal Bakaeen, Director of the Coronary Artery Bypass Center answers: What is coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery? Who are best candidates for CABG? What are the types of grafts used and how do they differ? What type of incisions are used? Is there a difference between on pump and off pump bypass surgery? What other options are there for treatment? What can patients expect if they have coronary artery bypass surgery at Cleveland Clinic?
12 minutes | 2 months ago
If you are at risk for losing a limb, learn how you can prevent amputation. If you have been told you need an amputation, there may be actions you can take to prevent limb loss. A team approach involving experts in care are needed to provide a tailored approach. Vascular surgeon Dr. Lee Kirksey provides an overview of what is involved in caring for a patient whose limb is at risk and the techniques available. #PADAwareness
9 minutes | 2 months ago
Women and Heart Disease – New Guidelines
New guidelines on primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in women were released in 2020, highlighting new risk factors special to women. Dr. Leslie Cho, Director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Center and Co-Section Head, Preventive Cardiology, talks about how your pregnancy or having auto-immune disease may be related to future heart disease. She also talks about the treatment of traditional risk factors in women.
14 minutes | 2 months ago
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness
As part of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Awareness Month, learn the symptoms of PAD, risk factors, and special considerations for patients with diabetes. Vascular surgeon, Dr. Lee Kirksey talks about what you should ask your doctor and treatment for PAD – most patients do not need surgery but good medical care and lifestyle changes – but – diagnosis and treatment are important. #PADAwareness
23 minutes | 2 months ago
Heart Transplant: A Celebration of #2000
The Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Institute celebrates the 2000th transplant. Cleveland Clinic began innovative work on heart transplants in 1968, with the official beginning of the program in 1984. On average, Cleveland Clinic performs 50-60 transplants per year, including between five to eight pediatric transplants per year. The Cleveland Clinic’s program directors discuss the program overall, how pediatric and adult transplant teams work together, challenges and factors in the program’s success, response to COVID, and innovations in care.
15 minutes | 3 months ago
Chest surgery using the smallest incisions
Thoracic surgery involves surgery from the Adam’s apple to the navel – including the esophagus, trachea and lungs. Now surgeons are able to use the robot to make the smallest incisions even in some of the more complex cases. This can improve recovery time and quality of life after surgery.
17 minutes | 3 months ago
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
Vascular specialist Dr. Jay Bishop talks about peripheral artery disease or PAD. Dr. Bishop explains what is PAD, who is at risk, symptoms of PAD, what to do if you have diabetes, tests for PAD, who provides vascular testing, the relationship between PAD and heart disease, goals for treatment and treatment options for PAD.
12 minutes | 3 months ago
COVID 19 link to Broken Heart Syndrome
During the COVID-19, pandemic, Broken Heart Syndrome, also called Stress Cardiomyopathy or Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy is on the rise. Dr. Nissen talks with Dr. Kalra about how stress cardiomyopathy feels like a heart attack but differs, it’s relationship to COVID-19, who is at risk, treatment, prognosis and what you should know about broken heart syndrome – or if you have the symptoms?
15 minutes | 3 months ago
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Treatment Options
Dr. Steve Nissen talks with cardiologist Dr. Milind Desai and surgeon Dr. Nick Smedira, Directors of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center, about current treatment options, such as medications and surgical therapy, what we have learned from years of experience with HCM at Cleveland Clinic, and a new innovative medication that is being researched that may reduce the need for – or delay surgery.
6 minutes | 3 months ago
Ventricular Tachycardia Treatment at Cleveland Clinic
Ventricular tachycardia, particularly in the setting of heart failure, can be frightening. Recent research has provided better mapping techniques and tools to improve the treatment of ventricular tachycardia. Dr. Anter describes the multidisciplinary approach to treatment of ventricular tachycardia at Cleveland Clinic.
4 minutes | 4 months ago
What should your heart rate be when you exercise (if you are a heart patient)
Erik Van Iterson, PhD, MS, Director of Cardiac Rehabilition at Cleveland Clinic talks about heart rate and exercise. What should it be when you are exercising? How does the doctor determine the best heart rate for you? Can you use a general predicted heart rate calculator if you are heart patient? How long should it take for your heart rate to recover after exercise?
10 minutes | 4 months ago
Fitness matters when it comes to atrial fibrillation treatment
When being treated for atrial fibrillation, being fit is best. Investigators found that those with the best cardiovascular fitness more likely to maintain long term sinus rhythm, come off antiarrhythmic medications and have improved mortality. This study reinforces the impact that cardiovascular risk factors such as weight, blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea - and now cardiovascular fitness has on atrial fibrillation management.
4 minutes | 4 months ago
Thoracic Aorta Stent Grafts
When people have thoracic aorta disease, they often ask can I have a stent instead of open chest surgery? Dr. Eric Roselli, Surgical Director of the Aorta Center talks about new advances in thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection repair using less invasive endovascular stent grafts.
9 minutes | 4 months ago
What’s New? The latest information on heart disease prevention in women
New guidelines highlight the risk factors that increase risk for cardiovascular disease in women – and how best to treat them. Dr. Leslie Cho, Director of the Women’s explains what you need to know about pregnancy related risk factors, auto-immune disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol – as well as – hormone replacement and aspirin therapy.
9 minutes | 5 months ago
COVID-19: Impact on sports and exercise
COVID 19 has made an impact on exercise routines – where you exercise and when you exercise. Dr. Michael Emery and Dr. Tamanna Singh, Co-Directors of the Cleveland Clinic Sports Cardiology Center discuss how to exercise safely; benefits of exercise; and symptoms you should be aware of. If you have a COVID infection, they provide tips for when to return to exercise or sports, and how to return safely.
7 minutes | 5 months ago
Alternative Strategies to Lower Blood Pressure
What can you do to lower your blood pressure without taking medications? Blood pressure specialist and preventive cardiologist Luke Laffin, MD, talks about alternative or complementary options that may help lower your blood pressure.
4 minutes | 5 months ago
Have you been told you are not a candidate for coronary interventions?
Dr. Steven Nissen talks with Dr. Jaikirshan Khatri about complex coronary interventions. Patients who are not candidates for coronary artery bypass surgery due to other co-existing conditions may still be a candidate for an interventional procedure.
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