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Very Low Risk of Heart Issues After COVID-19 Vaccination

A recent, large, international, peer-reviewed study showed that the risk of heart inflammation in people who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 is extremely low.

Illustration of the WATCHMAN Device

Next-Generation Devices Offer an Alternative to Blood Thinners for AFib

There is an alternative to blood thinners such as warfarin (commonly known by the brand name Coumadin): an implanted device that prevents blood clots from forming in the hearts of AFib patients.

A young adult male clutching his chest

More Young Adults Developing Heart Disease

An alarming trend in heart disease has taken hold among younger adults. The incidence of heart attacks in people under age 40 is on the rise.

Kathleen Black proudly displays her tattoo

UH Heart Surgeon Leaves a Lasting Mark on His Patient

After undergoing surgery to replace her faulty aortic valve, 55-year-old Kathleen Black is so impressed and happy with the care she received from her UH heart surgeon, she tattoos his name on her arm.

A heart shape on an electrocardiogram with a stethoscope

Rewiring the Heart: Catheter Ablation for AFib

Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is the most common heart rhythm disorder and affects more than 3 million adults in the U.S. It is caused by rapid and disorganized electrical impulses in the atria, or the two upper chambers of the heart.

A smiling Anita Nickel outdoors

After Decades of Unsuccessful Treatments, Woman Finds Relief from Painful Varicose Veins

For years, Anita Nickel was told that compression stockings were the only treatment option for her severe leg pain. Ultimately, she turned to the vascular experts at UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute for solutions and relief.

Jimisha Sailes and her daughter in front of their Christmas tree

Patient Suffering from Massive Pulmonary Embolism Saved with Use of ECMO

Jimisha Sailes was only 28 when blood clots in her lungs caused her to collapse and pass out. Doctors at UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute opted to treat her with ECMO instead of tPA - a decision that saved her life.

Abhishek Ray, MD and Eric Hess in the MRI room

Executive in the Right Place at the Right Time to Receive Lifesaving Stroke Care

When Eric Hess decided to head into work in spite of persistent, severe head and neck pain, he didn’t know his strong work ethic would ultimately save his life. Eric worked at UH Cleveland Medical Center, where he was quickly diagnosed and treated.

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