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Fixing a Floppy Mitral Valve (Video)

Learn what causes mitral valve prolapse and common surgical methods of fixing it.

How a New Pill Can ‘Melt Away’ Your Leukemia Cells

A pill that “melts away” cancer cells may replace chemotherapy often used to treat relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

Consider Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation Again

If you have had an ablation and you have experienced a recurrence of arrhythmia after your recovery period, you should be re-evaluated by a specialist.

Considering Adopting or Fostering a Child?

Expert advice about what to expect

New Hope for Late-stage Thyroid Cancer Patients

Drug used for other cancers approved for thyroid treatment

What to Do If Your Child Is Diagnosed With a Brain Tumor

According to the American Childhood Cancer Association, brain cancers account for about 15 percent of pediatric cancers. They are the second-most common cancer in children after leukemia. 

Is Surgery Your Best Option for Back Pain?

Spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the spine, will affect an estimated 2.4 million Americans by 2021.

Kidney Transplant: Life-Changing Care for Chronic Disease

Cleveland Clinic is home to one of the country’s best and longest-running transplant programs.

Do You Have Heart Failure? Study Finds Surprising Benefits of LVAD Device

Ventricular assist device improved quality of life more than medical treatment alone.

How to Deal If Your Psoriasis Leads to Psoriatic Arthritis

Developing joint pain several years after being diagnosed with psoriasis may be an indication of psoriatic arthritis.

How What You Eat Can Impact Your Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer patients should talk to their health care provider about whether diet changes might help.

How You Can Eat More — and Still Lose Weight

If you focus on adding more nutritious foods to your meals, as
opposed to restricting foods, you’ll be more likely to lose weight and
keep it off.

Data Analysis Helps Tailor Your Heart Disease Treatment

Risk modeling is an important tool used to complement our traditional medical and surgical care.

Cleveland Clinic Ranked Nation’s No. 2 Hospital by U.S. News & World Report

2016-17” ranks hospital No. 1 in heart care for 22nd consecutive year; 13 specialties place among nation’s 10 best

What To Do When Medicine No Longer Stops Your Epileptic Seizures

If a patient has drug-resistant focal epilepsy, surgery should be considered.

When Back Pain Means More Than a Back Problem

Certain medical conditions may masquerade as spine pain. 

Dietitian’s Advice: Best and Worst Foods for Your Waistline This Summer

Follow these 7 tips to avoid gaining weight in warmer weather.

It’s Possible to Have Brain Surgery — and Come Home That Day

Learn about Gamma Knife brain surgery, a minimally invasive option with no incision.

A Breakthrough for Hepatitis C (Video)

For the 4 million people in the United States with a hepatitis C infection, treatment options have improved greatly in the past three years.

What New Rheumatoid Arthritis Research Means for You

For the 1.5 million Americans living with rheumatoid arthritis, recent research is worth watching.

Heart Docs 101: Understanding the Specialties

When looking for a heart doctor, you want to find the physician who specializes in your particular heart condition.

7 Questions to Ask About Your Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Here are seven questions to ask your oncologist about your diagnosis so you can understand your stage, prognosis and treatment options.

Ablation May Be Best Option for Your AFib

A new study shows that performing catheter ablation on patients who have atrial fibrillation along with heart failure yields better outcomes than treating the irregular heartbeat with a medication.

What Everyone Should Know About Blood Clots

Here are some blood clot basics and information on steps you can take to help avoid the problem. 

Prostate Cancer: 3 Ways to Avoid Overtreatment

Taking a more personalized approach to screening can go a long way toward addressing the overdiagnosis and overtreatment of prostate cancer.

Does Cancer in a Kidney Put Both Your Kidneys at Risk?

If you are diagnosed with cancer in a kidney, you may lose that kidney, but is the other one also at risk?

Will Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Ease Your Back Pain?

Some conditions can be addressed with minimally invasive spine surgery, which involves smaller scars and a quicker recovery.

3 Things You Should Know Before Joining a Cancer Clinical Trial

In a clinical trial, medical researchers formally and scientifically test new types of treatment. The goal of a clinical trial, which is sometimes called a research study, is to find better ways to treat cancer.

Breathe Easy: New Way to Treat Severe Asthma

For about 90 percent of asthmatics, attacks are controllable with medication and by avoiding allergens and other triggers. It’s the rest, about 2.4 million Americans, who need something more.

5 Myths About Joint Replacement That May Be Keeping You in Pain

One good way to tell if you should start thinking about surgery is if your pain affects your daily routine.

Advances and Advice: What You Need to Know About Brain Tumors

Nearly 700,000 people in the United States are living with a primary brain tumor – those that begin in the brain and tend to stay in the brain.

How You Can Give Prostate Cancer the ‘Cold Treatment’

Cryotherapy enables doctors to destroy prostate cancer cells by freezing them in an outpatient procedure.

Disturbances In Your Heart: Ventricular Tachycardia

When is a rapid heartbeat a cause for concern? 

How to Help Your Child Manage Food Allergies at School

When your child has a food allergy, you might feel concern about sending your child to school. You wonder who will make sure to keep your child safe from these threats to his or her health.

Osteoporosis: 5 Drugs That Can Challenge Bone Loss

If you have a family history of osteoporosis, smoke, have a low body weight (< 127 pounds) or have had fragility fractures after age 50, you are at increased risk of osteoporosis.

How to Control Celiac Disease

About one in 133 people in the United States have the gene for celiac disease, but most have no symptoms or experience only minor gastrointestinal problems.

Do You Know Your Options For Osteoarthritis?

If you have osteoarthritis, ask your doctor about changing treatment options.

New Surgeries Ease Arthritis of Your Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist

If you struggle with arthritis in these areas, know that there are good options available to ease the pain and help give you more function.

MyConsult Enables Working Mom to Receive a Second Opinion from the Comfort of Home

Seeking additional treatment options for her Crohn's Disease results in a new diagnosis for a busy Georgia woman.

Best and Worst Foods for IBS

Sometimes IBS is treated with medications, but a change in diet is the first thing we try. A Low-FODMAP diet may control symptoms.

6 Tips to Keep Your Voice Healthy and Strong

Nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population has some chronic voice dysfunction.

West’s Health Advocate Collaborates with Cleveland Clinic to Offer Access to Electronic Second Opinion Services

Agreement combines accessible clinical expertise with best-in-class support, improving health outcomes while avoiding expense of travel.

How to Treat Your Peripheral Artery Disease

In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new treatment option for PAD: a drug-coated balloon. This device is used instead of or in conjunction with balloon angioplasty.

Why Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement May Not Be For You

About 70 percent to 80 percent of total knee replacements are performed using the traditional approach.

Living With Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s is chronic. If you have Crohn’s, your best bet is to find a doctor you like and one who shares your treatment goals, and work closely with him or her.

Everything You Need to Know About Colon Cancer

Experts say screening allows for early detection — fostering more successful treatments that save lives.

Heart Patient Jim Burgess Seeks an Online Medical Second Opinion Following Emergency Surgery for an Aneurysm

While considering his post-surgery care needs, Jim Burgess utilized the MyConsult Online Medical Second Opinion program to seek the expert advice of a Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon at Cleveland Clinic.

Targeting Kidney Tumors: A Range of Therapy Gives Hope to Patients

Kidney cancer, which most often affects men from 50 to 70, rarely produces symptoms in its early stage.

Radiation Beams Fight Tough Colon Cancer

For about the past decade, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy has provided an effective method for cancers that have spread to the liver.

Move Over Oatmeal: 7 Grains You Should Try for Breakfast

Bored by your usual bowl of oatmeal? Fear not. 

Avoid 8 Common Triggers to Make Your Life With MS Easier

Minor symptoms such as fatigue, tingling or slight confusion usually disappear on their own, once you remove the trigger.

Why You Should Consider a Second Medical Opinion

Getting a second opinion for conditions that significantly affect your quality of life, such as asthma or a knee injury, can ensure you have been diagnosed appropriately, are getting the optimal treatment, and it could you save you time and money.

You’ve Been Diagnosed With Colon Cancer—What’s Next?

Because most colon cancer isn’t immediately life-threatening, it’s important to develop a precise diagnosis and care plan.

Women Do as Well as Men with Implanted Cardiac Devices

Implantable cardiac devices are used to treat electrical problems in the heart such as arrhythmia, which is an irregular or abnormal heartbeat. Examples include pacemakers and defibrillators.

Why You Should Consider Volunteering for Medical Research Trials

Research is how we advance care. It is an important part of what we do, and we could not advance the science without the partnership of patients.

Born with a Heart Defect? Your Life Span Can Be Normal

Babies born today with heart defects are more likely than ever to live into adulthood.

Exercising for Your Heart – in the New Year and Beyond

You don’t have to go to a gym, buy a treadmill or spend a lot of money to exercise.

5 Food Additives You Should Avoid

Americans spend 90 percent of their food budget on processed food, claim some sources. It’s more convenient. It can be less expensive. But is it as healthy?

MyConsult Prepares Patient for Pacemaker Removal at Cleveland Clinic

Obtaining a MyConsult Online Medical Second Opinion can help to prepare patients and their care team in advance, in order to expedite treatment as much as possible once a patient arrives at Cleveland Clinic.

How Cardiac Rehab Can Help You—And Your Heart (Video)

There are many conditions beyond coronary heart disease that may be helped by rehab.

Why Statins May Offer Treatment Benefits for Your Aortic Aneurysm

Some evidence does support statin use for aortic aneurysm but it depends on a variety of factors.

Why You Should Consider a Second Opinion for Heart Care

If you are seeking a second opinion, it’s important that the hospital or medical center you are considering has a lot of experience treating patients with the same condition as you.

Doctors Combine Two Heart Procedures for Positive Results

Many people in need of mitral valve surgery also have an irregular heartbeat, and a procedure called ablation is often used to correct it. In the largest study of its kind, researchers find both issues can be addressed successfully during the same surgery.

Thyroid Issues? What You Need to Know About Diet and Supplements

Thyroid patients can’t manage their condition through diet. However, eating the wrong foods or taking the wrong supplements can cause trouble.

Heart Patient Monte Riley Seeks a MyConsult Second Opinion for a Complicated Heart Condition, Before Travelling to Cleveland Clinic for Surgery

Monte and his wife Sandi, residents of Oklahoma, decided to explore their options at Cleveland Clinic after Monte's heart murmur was no longer asymptomatic.

Why Does Medical Advice Constantly Change? (Video)

If you’ve noticed that your cardiologist’s or internist’s advice about how to keep your heart healthy changes over time, you’re not alone.

Age-Related Vision Loss: Help Is Available

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over age 60.

ConsumerMedical Enters into Agreement with Cleveland Clinic to Offer Remote Expert Opinion Services

ConsumerMedical today announced that it will offer its members remote expert opinion services through an agreement with Cleveland Clinic, a world-class medical facility and one of America’s top five hospitals, as named by U.S. News & World Report. 

New Drugs Show Promise for Treating Your Heart Failure

One is already approved, another one nearing approval.

Best New Year’s Resolutions for Life After Cancer

Starting a new year, which many celebrate by looking ahead, may be a time of special reflection for those who are undergoing or who have finished cancer treatment.

How Your Own Immune System Can Be Used to Fight Cancer

You may be familiar with radiation and chemotherapy as cancer treatments. But a lesser-known treatment, immunotherapy, is helping patients fight cancer in a different way — by boosting the immune system.

Breast Cancer in Young Women Requires Different Treatment

Young breast cancer patients have special concerns. Their cancers tend to be more advanced, more aggressive, more likely to be caused by an inherited defective gene, and may respond differently to treatment than do breast tumors in older women.

How to Overeat Less and Enjoy the Holidays More

Staying healthy over the holidays is all about taking care of ourselves. 

Pacemakers, Defibrillators Save Lives In Different Ways (Video)

If your heart isn’t beating at the right rate or rhythm, doctors have several options to help you.

Why You Are No Longer ‘Too Young’ for Hip Replacement Surgery

When hip pain begins to interfere with activities and hobbies, seeking out a professional opinion with an orthopedic surgeon can help determine the available options.

What to Expect When Diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy (Video)

Robert Hobbs, MD, explains in this whiteboard session how this abnormality of the heart muscle may lead to heart failure.

7 Things You Should Know About Vasculitis

Vasculitis is a family of diseases many people haven’t heard of. In recent years, however, this has started to change — good news for people with vasculitis and the doctors who care for them.

Considering Adopting or Fostering a Child?

Are you considering adopting a child or becoming a foster parent? Pediatrician Elaine Schulte, MD, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, says adoptive and foster parents may experience some challenges, but it’s important for them to approach this responsibility with an open heart and mind.

Why Does Medical Advice Constantly Change? (Video)

If you’ve noticed that your cardiologist’s or internist’s advice about how to keep your heart healthy changes over time, you’re not alone. If your doctor tells you at one visit that you need a certain diagnostic test or medication and at the next one tells you that a different one is better, there’s usually a good reason.

It’s Not Your Fault: Dealing With Guilt After a Lung Cancer Diagnosis

The reality is that only a minority of cancer is caused by a specific cause, and our ability to prevent it is relatively modest. Yes, a healthy lifestyle and recommended cancer screenings are important, but we need to understand their limitations and not place blame when bad things happen anyway.

Thanksgiving Dinner: Serve This, Not That

Thanksgiving dinner is the ultimate family feast. Overeating turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, glazed sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie has become a national pastime.

Why Getting a Second Opinion Matters

Any discomfort in a prescribed diagnosis or treatment plan should prompt another opinion. Patients can be their own advocate and find the most appropriate physician for their suspected disease.

What are the Best Surgery Options for Your Pancreatic Condition?

If you have problems with your pancreas — pancreatic cancer or pancreatitis, for example — surgery may provide some good options for treatment.

MyConsult Second Opinion Program Offers Multiple Benefits to Physicians, and the Patients We Serve

Patients can experience multiple benefits from obtaining a MyConsult Online Medical Second Opinion Consultation. Cleveland Clinic physicians Jason Knight, MD and R. Douglas Orr, MD say the physicians who provide these second opinion reports can enjoy multiple advantages as well.

Are You a Candidate for Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery – which came to the Cleveland Clinic 18 years ago – evolved to become the standard of care for isolated aortic and mitral valve disease. 

A Patient's Guide to Second Opinions

Seeking out a second doctor can provide clarity and a sense of reassurance. 

Surprising Brain Surgery Method Leaves No Scars

The thought of having brain surgery can be frightening. Many people think of scars and a shaved head that such a procedure leaves behind. But for people with certain types of brain tumors, there’s now a unique surgical option that doesn’t leave a mark.

New Ways for Patients to Get a Second Opinion

For many patients, it has become a routine part of the medical process: Get a diagnosis or treatment plan and then seek a second opinion.

Prostate Cancer Treatment Options (Video)

If a biopsy shows that you have prostate cancer, there may be several ways to go with treatment. Some types are potentially 100 percent treatable and curable.

5 Signs of Bad Nutrition Advice

If you want advice on heart health, you ask a cardiologist. If you want to know why your Labrador is limping, you turn to your veterinarian. If you have questions about your diet — well, that’s another story.

4 Top Questions About Radiofrequency Ablation for Afib Answered

If medications you’re taking for atrial fibrillation (afib) aren’t working anymore, there is another option: radiofrequency ablation.

How a Second Opinion Can Help You With a Difficult Diagnosis

In recent entertainment news, celebrities have talked about the importance of seeking a second medical opinion when you face a serious medical diagnosis.