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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 […]
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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 […]
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Ask The Doctors: February 2019

In this era of growing concern over opioids, individuals with osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) commonly use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain relief. After the NSAID rofecoxib (Vioxx) was found to increase the risk of herat attack and stroke, adverse cardiovascular (CV) events from other NSAIDs have remained a concern. Clinical studies suggest NSAIDs may, indeed, increase CV events.
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How to Stay Out of the Hospital

Cleveland Clinic offers heart-failure education classes designed to teach patients and their families what they need to know about the condition, its progression, its impact on day-to-day life and its medications. Ask your cardiologist if theres a similar program in your area. If not, ask for information in writing.
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Ask The Doctors: September 2018

You can improve your sleep habits by getting regular exercise, avoiding daytime naps, avoiding caffeine and powering down electronics before bed. Maintain a strict sleep schedule, which means going to bed and getting up at the same time every day. If youre overweight, snore or have been told you stop breathing during sleep, see a sleep specialist and be evaluated for sleep apnea. Otherwise, if you have insomnia or other type of sleep problem, avoid rushing to use over-the-counter sleep aids. Work with your health provider to determine the cause and discuss remedies.
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Opening a Blocked Leg Artery Can Save Life and Limb

Most people know atherosclerosis as the disease that causes blockages in the hearts arteries. However, atherosclerosis can affect any artery in the body. When it occurs anywhere in the legs, from the upper thighs to the feet, it is known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
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Mitral Valve Repair Considered Better than Valve Replacement

If you have a leaky mitral valve due to degenerative mitral valve (DMV) disease, theres a good chance it can be repaired. Afterwards, you wont need blood thinners, and the valve will be less prone to infection than a replaced valve.
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