January 2018

Which Blood Thinner Is Right for You?

Anticoagulants—more widely known as “blood thinners”—are used in patients with cardiovascular disease. Blood thinners don’t actually thin the blood; they interfere with the ability of a protein called fibrinogen that causes blood to clot. This makes them useful for preventing blood clots from forming in the arteries or veins, where they could cause a heart attack or stroke or blood clots in the legs or lungs.   More...

Heart Beat: January 2018

Most heart-health guidelines recommend adults get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minute of vigorous physical activity a week. If you are unable to fulfill this exercise prescription, take heart: Some walking is better than none   More...

Steps to Take When You Are Diagnosed with Prehypertension

Subscribers Only — As Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at South Pointe Hospital, Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Chad Raymond, DO, sees the damage caused by high blood pressure every day. That’s why he makes a point of counseling patients whose blood pressure is on the rise.   More...

The Best Low-Cholesterol Diet

Subscribers Only — The abundance of tasty processed and convenience foods in our lives has tricked many of us into eating too much salt, fat and sugar and too little fiber. As a result, a disproportionate number of Americans have developed high levels of bad LDL cholesterol and other artery-clogging fats.   More...

Is Heart Disease Curable?

Subscribers Only — Every year, billions of dollars are spent studying ways to prevent and treat coronary artery disease (CAD), valve disease and other heart diseases caused by atherosclerosis. Yet heart disease remains the leading killer of men and women in the United States. With so much time and money invested in research, why haven’t we found a way to cure this common problem?   More...

Ask The Doctors: January 2018

What is the latest word on taking an aspirin a day to help prevent a heart attack? I’ve heard opposing ideas from two of my doctors. What is the truth about vitamins and supplements? Do they really promote heart health?   More...