May 2018

Heart Beat: May 2018

The bacterium Chlamydia pneumonia is known to be present in atherosclerotic plaques, and macrolide antibiotics will eradicate C. pneumoniae from atherosclerosis. Two studies have shown this improves the cardiovascular health of patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), likely by reducing inflammation.   More...

Heart Attack and Stroke Quiz

Subscribers Only — The results of an online survey commissioned by Cleveland Clinic in preparation for Heart Month (February) 2018 suggest that many of us donít know as much as we should about these dangerous cardiovascular events. Take the quiz yourself and see how well you do.   More...

Using Food to Preserve Brain Health After a Stroke

When it comes to heart health, the Mediterranean diet is the winner. The DASH diet is the best choice for patients with high blood pressure. Both diets have shown some ability to protect the brain from cognitive decline. Now it appears that a diet composed of those brain-beneficial foods may help shield stroke survivors from developing dementia within 10 years after their stroke.   More...

Fewer Aortic Valve Replacements Require Open-Heart Surgery

Subscribers Only — TAVR, which stands for transcatheter aortic valve replacement, is a way of inserting a prosthetic valve inside a patientís natural valve through a catheter. Since its debut in 2006, TAVR has proven comparable to, or better than, surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) in some of the toughest patients. As a result, this less-invasive technique has become the first choice for replacing aortic valves in many patients.   More...

Heart Failure Breakthrough

Subscribers Only — Cardiologists are calling angiotensin receptor/neprilysin inhibitors (ARNIs) one of the most exciting developments in heart failure in decades. These drugs relax blood vessels and eliminate excess fluid and sodium in a new, very effective way.   More...

New Path for Treating Coronary Artery Disease Discovered

Subscribers Only — Two clinical studies released in 2005 showed that intensive statin therapy also reduced inflammation, as measured by high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP) levels. The study authors felt strongly that the results of these trials could not be explained by LDL-lowering alone, and that the reduction in inflammation was responsible for improved outcomes.   More...

Ask The Doctors: May 2018

In 2002, the American Heart Association recommended that patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) consume 1 gram daily of marine-derived omega-3 fatty acids containing EPA plus DHA, preferably from oily fish. Supplements are okay if you donít like fish. In 2012, 8 percent of adults in the United States were taking fish oil supplements. However, fatty acids may have gained their heart-healthy reputation in the absence of strong evidence. Only one clinical trial reported benefit in patients with heart failure, and there is little evidence to support its benefit for primary prevention.   More...