June 2017

Watch the Fat Intake if You Go With a High-Protein Diet

Subscribers Only — While boosting your protein intake may help lead to weight loss and stronger muscles, it is also raising the risk of increasing your fat consumption, too. What exactly are the dangers of getting too much fat in your diet? “The first danger is weight gain,” says Katherine Patton, RD, with Cleveland Clinic’s Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation Section.   More...

High-Protein Diets May Benefit Heart Health, but Carbs Still Vital

Subscribers Only — High-protein diets have been a popular weight-loss trend for a while now. Plenty of people have boosted their protein intake, lowered their carbohydrate consumption, and watched the pounds disappear. But is a high-protein diet right for those who are older and who have heart disease or related risk factors?   More...

Study: Drug-Eluting Stents Still Safer Than Bioresorbable Ones

In the ongoing study of a dissolvable coronary artery stent, Cleveland Clinic researchers suggest that the most recent study results may not paint an accurate picture of the product’s potential upside. In the study, heart patients who received the Absorb everolimus-eluting bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) fared somewhat worse than those who received the traditional drug-eluting metal stents (DES).   More...

PCSK9 Drugs Emerging as Strong Cholesterol-Lowering Agents

Since the cholesterol-lowering drugs PCSK9 inhibitors were first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) two years ago, there has been considerable curiosity about just how effective they can be, and whether they will be affordable for the average consumer.   More...

Pay Close Attention to Early Enlarged Heart Symptoms

Subscribers Only — The early symptoms of an enlarged heart can be so subtle that they are easy to ignore: shortness of breath, swelling in the legs or abdomen, fatigue, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, an irregular heart rhythm. If you experience any of these, don’t wait for them to worsen. See your doctor. “We need to start looking at what’s going on and decide what the possible cause could be,” says Cleveland Clinic heart failure specialist Miriam Jacob, MD.   More...

Heart Beat: June 2017

You may benefit in some ways by taking a multivitamin. If your diet doesn’t provide quite enough iron or vitamins B, C, D, or other important nutrients, supplements can help boost your energy, help you recover from illness, and may even be good for thinking skills in older age. But recent research suggests that a daily multivitamin isn’t a key to better cardiovascular health.   More...

Protect Yourself by Learning the Truth About 10 Common Stroke Myths

Stroke is among the leading causes of death in the U.S., but it is still a misunderstood health condition. Plenty of myths and misguided ideas surround stroke, from its causes and symptoms to its potential severity and the particulars of recovery. To help clear up some misunderstandings, Efrain Salgado, MD, director of the Cleveland Clinic Florida Stroke Center and Neurosonology Laboratory, explains the truth about 10 common stroke myths   More...

Ask the Doctors: June 2017

Radiofrequency ablation is a useful tool for the management of individuals with symptomatic atrial fibrillation and as an alternative to antiarrhythmic medications. Taking a few minutes to relax each day and release stress could help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. There are different types of meditation practices using techniques such as deep breathing, sustained focus on a phrase or sound or quiet contemplation to help create a stress-free, relaxed state of mind.   More...