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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
It seems hard to believe that you can have a hole in your heart and not know it. But some people born with an atrial septal defect (ASD) live well into adulthood before developing symptoms that alert them to a problem.
As the number of people with diabetes continues to grow, the other health ramifications of this disease are still being discovered. A common complication of diabetes is damage to your blood vessels. High levels of glucose (sugar) in your bloodstream can contribute to atherosclerosis, a hardening and narrowing of the arteries.
The decision to treat blocked arteries in the heart with angioplasty and stenting or coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) usually depends on several factors. The location and severity of the blockage are among the main considerations. A recent Cleveland Clinic study suggests that in at least two situations, CABG is the better choice.
Tackling type 2 diabetes usually involves a combination of medications, such as metformin, as well as a careful diet, regular exercise, and other healthy lifestyle choices. In recent years, many obese individuals with type 2 diabetes have seen their symptoms become well controlled, and occasionally disappear after surgery.
Aortic valve replacement can be a life-saving operation. It can be done with open-heart surgery or through a relatively new and minimally invasive procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) or transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). But with either approach, the risk of a stroke is always a concern. When replacing a diseased aortic valve with a prosthetic one, there is always a chance that a piece of valve tissue, calcification, or blood clot can escape the valve and make its way to the brain. If any debris blocks one of the brains blood vessels, the result is a stroke.
Eating at least three servings a day of fruits and vegetables was associated with a lower risk of developing peripheral artery disease (PAD), according to a study published in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. A recent study suggests that if you were hospitalized with heart failure and then had to be re-hospitalized within a month, you may have a shorter stay and have greater odds of survival if you return to the hospital in which you were originally admitted. A recent survey of more than 47,000 adults in Canada found that about one in five people who have at least five modifiable risk factors for heart disease dont think they need to make any lifestyle changes to improve their risk factors.
In the ongoing study of a dissolvable coronary artery stent, Cleveland Clinic researchers suggest that the most recent study results may not paint an accurate picture of the products potential upside. In the study, heart patients who received the Absorb everolimus-eluting bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) fared somewhat worse than those who received the traditional drug-eluting metal stents (DES).