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Your Heart and Vascular Health - [Video]
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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A. Marc Gillinov, MD

  • Staff cardiac surgeon
  • Surgical Director of the Center for Atrial Fibrillation

Leslie Cho, MD

  • Director, Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Cardiovascular Center
  • Section Head, Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It can take shape in any of a number of specific diseases that affect the heart itself and/or the blood vessel system, especially the veins and arteries leading to and from the heart. Cleveland Clinic is recognized as the world leader in diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease and has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for cardiac care by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1995. In recognition of Heart Month, we invite you to take this opportunity to learn more about the latest treatments and diagnostic tests for cardiovascular disease and have your questions answered by cardiologist Leslie Cho, MD and cardiac surgeon A. Marc Gillinov, MD.

A. Marc Gillinov, MD, is a staff cardiac surgeon at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic and he is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He holds the Judith Dion Pyle Chair in Heart Valve Research at Cleveland Clinic. Spurred by patient's questions, Dr. Gillinov has recently extended his efforts to help people achieve heart health by teaming with Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Dr. Steven Nissen to write a book entitled, "Heart 411: The Only Heart Guide You Will Ever Need."

Dr. Gillinov has special expertise in minimally invasive mitral valve, aortic valve, and tricuspid valve surgery; robotic valve surgery; mitral valve repair; aortic valve replacement; surgical treatment and minimally invasive surgery for atrial fibrillation; off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery and high-risk mitral valve surgery. In addition, he is Surgical Director of the Center for Atrial Fibrillation at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Gillinov is a recognized expert in mitral valve repair surgery and in the study and treatment of atrial fibrillation. He has been instrumental in the development of new, less invasive treatment approaches for mitral valve disease and atrial fibrillation. He has delivered hundreds of invited lectures at hospitals, academic meetings and seminars in the United States and abroad.

Leslie Cho, MD, is Director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Cardiovascular Center. She is also Section Head, Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Cho is board-certified in interventional cardiology, cardiovascular medicine, and internal medicine. Her specialty interests focus on general cardiology, heart disease, and peripheral arterial and vascular disease and their attendant therapies and treatments. Dr. Cho specializes in heart disease in women.

Dr. Cho’s clinical research interests are women and heart disease and the role of nutrition in hypercholesterolemia. Her research has garnered her many grants to study various therapeutic treatments for heart disease. In 1998, she received the American Heart Association’s Women in Cardiology award. In 1999, the World Heart Federation named her Fellow of Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention.

She is author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and abstracts in leading medical journals, and she has authored medical textbooks and contributed chapters to medical textbooks related to her specialty interests.

Dr. Cho is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and serves on the Peripheral Disease Committee. She is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Heart Association.

This Health Chat will open on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 to allow you to submit questions. We will try to answer as many questions as possible during the chat. Please create an account to attend the chat and submit your questions.