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When you or someone you love is diagnosed with heart disease, it’s a sobering moment. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S., so it’s critical to understand your disease, know your options and take steps to ensure the best outcome possible.

There are many good heart specialists nationwide, but there’s only one you. To ensure the best outcome for your unique heart, it needs to be treated with respect and experience. While respect from your physicians is important, respect really starts with you, in terms of doing some basic research, asking questions and seeking a second opinion if you’re unsure of how to proceed.

Experience Matters

When you have heart disease, no one-size-fits-all approach is appropriate. To give you the best chance of recovery, every aspect of your heart and overall health needs to be carefully considered. This is where experience counts.

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Cleveland Clinic has treated millions of patients and gained more experience in more heart and vascular procedures than any other center in America. That experience drew patients from all 50 states and 76 nations to Cleveland Clinic for cardiovascular care in 2018. It’s also why many doctors—including cardiovascular specialists—who have heart disease travel to Cleveland Clinic for their care.

Studies consistently show that patients have the best outcomes at centers with the most experience. The cardiologists and cardiac surgeons at Cleveland Clinic have seen everything that can happen to the human heart and are prepared for every situation. No matter what curveball your unique heart may throw, these specialists’ experience gives you a better shot at the best possible outcome—and may even save your life.

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Behind It All: Innovation

Cleveland Clinic is different from most medical centers in that all its physicians are salaried. This removes the incentive to do unnecessary or expensive procedures while also freeing physicians to do research. Cleveland Clinic heart specialists consistently pursue better, more innovative ways of treating patients. The physicians and researchers have pioneered many lifesaving heart treatments that are now the gold standard and have taught these approaches to colleagues around the world.

Caring for Patients as Individuals

By advising and treating millions of patients, many of whom are far from home, Cleveland Clinic heart specialists know what you are going through. Our staff will make you as comfortable as possible and help you understand your treatment options. There is special comfort in knowing you can rely fully on your heart team at any stage of your care, no matter how complex your heart problem or overall medical condition proves to be.

Since they see so many patients who come from afar, Cleveland Clinic heart specialists know how essential good communication and collaboration with your local physicians can be. The physicians combine old-fashioned collegiality with advances in information technology to make sure your local physicians are fully informed of the care you’re receiving at Cleveland Clinic along with suggestions for continuing your care after you leave.

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Unparalleled treatment is why Cleveland Clinic has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as having the No. 1 U.S. cardiology and heart surgery program every year since 1995. If you have a heart condition or need a second opinion, accept nothing less than the best. Your heart deserves world-class care.

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