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Marijuana Not Showing Benefit for Treating Heart Disease

Marijuana, a drug derived from the cannabis plant, has come out of hiding. Recreational marijuana is legal in a growing number of states. Medical marijuana, which lacks the compound that creates euphoria, is sold over-the-counter in many more. You can find formulations to be swallowed, eaten, absorbed under the tongue or rectally, vaporized or smoked. […]
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Ask the Doctor: Intermittent Fasting & Cholesterol; Renal Denervation

Intermittent fasting is all the rage for weight loss. Can it control cholesterol? These days, intermittent fasting is also known as time-restricted eating. Two recent studies have shed light on the potential value of this eating pattern. The first study, published in January 2020, looked at time-restricted eating in 25 people with metabolic syndrome, 19 […]
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Heart Beat: April 2021

After an Elective Heart Procedure, You May Go Home the Same Day It is no longer necessary for every patient who undergoes an elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) such as angioplasty and stenting to stay overnight in the hospital for observation, says the American College of Cardiology (ACC). When a patient prefers to return home […]
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Ablation as First-Line Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is a form of heart rhythm disturbance that causes the heart to beat erratically. Many people find the sensation of a racing, pounding heart to be highly distressing—although it’s possible to have A-fib and not know it. When the arrhythmia occurs spontaneously and resolves on its own, the condition is known as paroxysmal […]
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Goal: Live More Years in Good Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if you were a 65-year-old man in 2018, you could expect to live another 18.1 years. Women could look forward to another 20.7 years of life. Altogether, U.S. adults are living about two years longer than they were in 2000. But this is only part of the […]
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Viewing Diabetes as a Challenge and an Opportunity

You’ve gained 50 pounds since you retired a few months ago. You blame it on lack of exercise due to a bum knee, but secretly, you know it’s probably because of your diet. Then at a recent checkup, your doctor tells you that your blood sugar has gone out of control and you now have […]
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Landmark Study Finds No Benefit in High-Dose Fish Oil

A diet high in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—two omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, herring and other fatty fishes—is associated with a lower risk of fatal and nonfatal heart attack. But a recent study found that prescription supplements containing high doses of EPA and DHA had absolutely no effect on any cardiovascular […]
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Will You Take the COVID-19 Vaccine?

The largest vaccination effort in United States history is underway. When your opportunity to be vaccinated against COVID-19 arises, Cleveland Clinic physicians urge you to proceed with confidence. “We are recommending the vaccine for all our patients,” says Leslie Cho, MD, Section Head of Preventive Cardiology. “Vaccination remains the most important public-health initiative to end […]
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Ask the Doctors: Cancer & Heart Disease Risk; Swollen Legs & Heart Failure

I had cancer many years ago. Now my doctor says I’m at increased risk of heart disease. What is the connection? That’s a good question. In general, it depends on the type of cancer you had, and the type of treatment you received. Certain forms of chemotherapy, particularly anthracyclines, are toxic to the heart. A […]
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Heart Beat: March 2021

If Your Dog Has Type 2 Diabetes, You Might Develop It Yourself Swedish researchers have discovered that owners of a dog with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of developing the disease themselves. The study, published in the Dec. 10, 2020, issue of BMJ, was conducted using data from national population and health databases […]
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How to Prevent Winter Weight Gain

The holidays are over, and you are left with fond memories and a few extra inches around your waist. Welcome to the annual winter weight gain. “Historically, weight tends to trend upward during the holiday season,” says Kate Patton, RD, LD, a dietitian in Cleveland Clinic’s Section of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation. Fewer fresh fruits and […]
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