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In the Language of Medicine, Biomarkers Speak Volumes

Many simple tests are performed during a routine physical examination. Blood pressure and heart rate are taken, and blood is drawn to measure cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar or hemoglobin A1c, among other things. These are traditional biomarkers that help physicians determine whether someone has a disease or is more likely to develop it, how […]

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair Is a Permanent Fix

A goal of Cleveland Clinic Heart Advisor is to teach readers the symptoms of new or worsening cardiovascular disease (CVD) and what you should do when experiencing these symptoms. Quick action can often prevent a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke or a condition such as heart failure, which can impact quality of life. But […]

Is Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Right for You?

Every year, more than 130,000 Americans undergo aortic valve replacement. For the first time in 2020, more of these procedures were done in the cath lab than in the operating room. Conceived as an alternative for patients considered too high risk to undergo surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR), TAVR has been approved by the U.S. […]

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 […]

Telemedicine: The New Norm for Outpatient Care

Virtual visits have been an emerging technology for some time. Now the COVID-19 pandemic has made them standard for most outpatient appointments. Virtual visits are the best way to get medical care without spreading this virus or any other contagious illness to your doctor or other patients or getting sick yourself. If you haven’t yet […]

When to Get a Second Opinion

At some point in life, many of us have had second thoughts about taking a new medication or undergoing a procedure our doctor recommends. How many times have we failed to pursue that opinion because we were too embarrassed or felt foolish questioning someone with so much medical training? A leading physician says it’s almost […]

How Much Do You Know About Your “Ticker?”

If your heart isn’t beating normally, you may be one of millions who benefit from a cardiovascular implantable electronic device (CIED). These small, battery-powered devices implanted under the skin include pacemakers for speeding up slow hearts, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) for preventing sudden cardiac death and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices, which help the heart contract […]

Don’t Rely on Supplements and Vitamins to Benefit Your Heart

On a more hopeful note, there was some evidence that omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFA) were associated with lower risk of heart attack and CAD, and that folic acid may help protect against stroke. However, the primary study on folate that reached this conclusion was conducted in China, where foods are not routinely fortified with folate like they are in the United States.

The Advantages of Robotic Surgery for Valve Disease

"Robotic technology is critical to our goal of treating disease with as little collateral injury as possible," says Cleveland Clinic thoracic surgeon Sudish Murthy, MD, PhD, who specializes in minimally invasive surgery for lung and esophageal cancer.

The Food Felons: Fat and Sugar. Which Is Worse for You?

The concern is primarily with added sugars. These are sugars (usually sucrose) that do not appear naturally in foods, but are added for taste. Sugar is the main attraction in foods such as candy, cookies and ice cream. Sugar also is hidden in unlikely places, including breads, cereals and tomato sauces. This makes it very easy to consume large amounts of sugar unknowingly.

Improve Your Heart Health by Eating Only During Certain Hours

Our bodies break down simple carbohydrates into sugar, which is released into the bloodstream. We need sugar for energy, but when we are overweight or obese, any excess sugar we don't utilize to meet immediate energy needs is stored in cells as fat. Insulin produced in the pancreas facilitates the storage process.

Exercises for People Who Think They Can’t Exercise

Some models are convertible, meaning they can be used by either the hands or feet. If balance is your main issue, pedaling with your feet while sitting in a chair may be easier than you think. In fact, you want to seek a gym with a recumbent cycle and try it out. It's basically a bicycle you ride while sitting in a chair with full back support.