June 2018

Why You Should Learn CPR

More than 350,000 times a year in homes and public places throughout the U.S., someone’s heart starts beating so fast and erratically that it is unable to pump blood effectively. In a split second, the person collapses and lies motionless on the ground without a pulse.   More...

Heart Beat: June 2018

It’s both a tragedy and an irony when a powerful chemotherapy agent cures a woman of breast cancer, only to leave her with heart failure or cardiomyopathy. It is not uncommon. Some of the most effective chemotherapy drugs used in the fight against breast cancer are known to be toxic to the heart. These include the anthracyclines, such as doxorubicin (Adriamycin™), and the monoclonal antibody trastuzumab (Herceptin™). The risk is great enough to cause some oncologists to discontinue using these effective drugs.   More...

Patients with Aortic Disease Require Lifelong Care

Subscribers Only — Aortic disease kills more than 40,000 people a year in the U.S. alone, yet is relatively unknown. The disease causes the walls of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body, to weaken and balloon out, creating an aortic aneurysm. When the aneurysm reaches its limit, the inner layers of tissue simply rip apart (dissect). Most people do not survive an acute aortic dissection Those who make it to a hospital often require an emergency intervention.   More...

Taking a Different Approach to Stem Cell Therapy for Stroke

Since a stroke overstimulates the immune system, resulting in permanent damage to the brain, can using stem cells to calm the immune system limit the extent of damage caused by a stroke? Cleveland Clinic researchers participating in multicenter studies of this unusual approach to stem cell therapy are trying to find out. “We are cautiously optimistic,” says neurologist Ken Uchino, MD.   More...

The Cardiology Intensive Care Unit: Where Lives Are Saved

Subscribers Only — Families often become extremely fearful when a heart patient is transferred to an intensive care unit (ICU). The number of strange tubes, monitors and machines can be frightening, and the continual presence of nurses can be worrisome. But when a heart patient becomes very sick, the care provided in a cardiology or cardiac ICU (CICU) may turn their life around.   More...

Definition of High Blood Pressure Is Lowered by 10 Points

But when a review of more than 900 clinical trials found that a reading of 130/80 mmHg offered far greater protection against stroke, cardiovascular death and all-cause death, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology issued new guidelines lowering their definition of high blood pressure.   More...

Ask The Doctors: June 2018

Depending on your exercise goals, there may be specific benefits to working out at a particular time of day. Exercising in the morning may be associated with lower blood pressure, better sleep and greater weight loss, due to improved fat burning and appetite suppression. Studies also suggest that people tend to be more consistent with morning exercise, due to fewer distractions that are likely to interrupt their routines later in the day.   More...