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4 Biggest Myths About Your COPD — and How to Cope

If you have COPD, there are steps you can take so that living with it more manageable. Managing it well will allow you to stay active and involved with family and friends.

Love Your Heart

Discover the heart health numbers you should know by heart.

Surprising Study Result: Arthritis Drug Does Not Affect the Heart

New information for more than 50 million Americans who suffer from arthritis pain

Parkinson’s Drug Pump Shows Promise (Video)

Constant dose of drug delivered directly to intestine

Why Your Heart Needs Extra Love After Menopause

Estrogen drop increases heart disease risk for older women

Harnessing Your Immune System to Treat Advanced Bladder Cancer

Until recently, there had been no treatment options for people with advanced bladder cancer if standard chemotherapy fails.

10 Biggest Cancer Clinical Trial Myths Busted

Cancer researcher dispels common misunderstandings

ACL Reconstruction: How Your Age Can Determine Your Best Option

ACL tears in younger athletes on the rise due to the growth of competitive sports

Catching Testicular Cancer Early the Best Way to Save Your Fertility

Most men survive this cancer, but chances of success is greater with early treatment

Simple Procedure Treats Cervical Cancer Early

Thanks to advancements in prevention and early treatment, there are only about 12,000 new diagnoses of cervical cancer in this country each year.

Take These Steps for Safety When You’re Having Heart Surgery

If you are going to have heart surgery, be sure to ask about the hospital’s safety procedures and checklists. 

7 New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Want to Keep

From chocolate treats to comfort for feet

Underactive Thyroid: Is Yours Being Overtreated?

If your thyroid gland is underactive — a condition called hypothyroidism — your body produces too little thyroid hormone.

One Reason Why Kidney Disease May Contribute to Your Heart Attack

And why eliminating certain foods may prevent it. 

2 Holiday Foods With Health Benefits

Enjoy your sweet potatoes and cranberries this season. 

Lung Cancer Surgery: Removing the Fear and Mystery (Video)

How the body adapts after a lobectomy

PFO and Stroke: Still No Closure

There is ittle evidence that PFO closures will prevent stroke.

5 Things You Should Know About Your Electronic Medical Records

The EMR is a great tool to help you manage your health and to work well with your doctor

6 Tips for Smoothies When You Have Cancer (Infographic)

Smoothies are a delicious way to build key nutrients into your diet.

Sad or Anxious Feelings With Parkinson’s? How You Can Cope

Knowing more about the interplay between mental health issues and Parkinson’s can help.

Your Mind Is Your Ally in the Fight Against Afib

In fighting symptoms of heart disease, your mind can be an important and powerful tool.

Ed and Pam Godlewsky Seek a MyConsult Online Pre-Adoption Consultation While Considering the Medical Needs of a Child in China

There are several options for a MyConsult Online Adoption Consultation, including a full consultation which entails an immediate consult, a comprehensive plan to address medical developmental, feeding, sleeping and other potential issues, and phone and email support during the adoption process, even during trips abroad.

New Medications May Stop Your Recurrent Pericarditis

Specialists now look to drugs that modulate the immune system, hoping to stop the recurrent pericarditis rather than just treat the symptoms.

Can You Reduce Steroid Treatments for Sarcoidosis?

Because of concerns about steroids, doctors often look for alternative treatment options.

This Magnetic System Eases the Need for Scoliosis Surgery (Video)

The personal story behind a scoliosis breakthrough.

You’ve Been Diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer: Now What? (Video)

Surgery treats cancer while providing quality of life.

Top 10 Worst Diet Choices if You Have Diabetes

A good diet is your best medicine. 

You May Need This After a Stroke: ‘Stentriever’

People who are in the midst of their stroke but have not yet experienced significant damage to brain tissue are the best candidates.

Prostate Cancer: Can You Watch and Wait?

A new genetic test identifies low-risk patients. 

4 Tricks, 4 Treats for a Less Scary Halloween

This year, commit to a plan that balances treats and health in a creative way.

Limit Your Infertility Risk After Breast Cancer

Young women diagnosed with breast cancer should talk to their oncologist or a fertility specialist about how to preserve fertility if they wish to start a family in the future.

How Gut Bacteria May Help Curb Your Heart Disease

Researchers have found a potential new way to treat clogged arteries.

5 Questions to Ask About Parkinson’s

If you’re caring for a patient with Parkinson’s, start with these key questions.

What You Should Know About Infertility’s Most Common Cause

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is treatable with medication.

Beta-Blockers: Why You Need Them for Heart Failure

When you start taking beta-blockers, your heart-failure symptoms may become slightly worse for about two to three weeks, as your heart adjusts to the medication. That’s normal.

Lymph Node Radiation May Halt Breast Cancer Recurrences

Results may point the way toward more tailored treatment.

Should Prostate Cancer Always Be Treated?

A study reveals that an increasing number of older men are getting advanced treatments for prostate cancer, despite that small chance the treatment will be of any help.

BRCA1 and Ovarian Cancer: Why Women Choose Preventive Surgery

For genetic risk of ovarian cancer, BRCA1 is the biggest culprit. If you have a BRCA1 mutation, your lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer rises to 40 percent.

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.