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Australian Nurse Treats, Survives His Own Heart Attack

Posted 7 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 – A nurse stationed on Australia's isolated far west coast experienced chest pain and dizziness – signs of heart attack – but he was almost a hundred miles from the next nearest medical facility. So he pushed past the pain to diagnose and treat himself, according to a report of the case published March 8 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The 44-year-old worked at ...

Cardiac Arrest Rare in Young Athletes But Tough to Predict

Posted 16 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – Young athletes have a very low risk of suffering a fatal cardiac arrest – and most of those tragic cases probably cannot be predicted, new research suggests. The study confirms that cardiac arrest is a rare thing among athletes younger than 45. It put the rate at about 0.76 cases per 100,000 competitive athletes each year – at least in Ontario, Canada. But more ...

Taller, Bigger Women May Face Irregular Heartbeat Risk

Posted 10 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 10, 2017 – Big or tall women are nearly three times as likely to develop the dangerous irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation as smaller women, a preliminary study says. The larger a woman's body size as a young adult, the more likely she is to develop the heart disorder later in life, according to the researchers. "There was a stepwise elevation in risk with ...

Who Really Needs All Those Heart Tests?

Posted 7 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 – Sometimes the treatment for heart problems may be more aggressive than it needs to be, according to Consumer Reports. Heart disease requires emergency medical attention when someone is having active symptoms, such as chest pain and shortness of breath. But excessive heart screening tests associated with false alarms can cause unnecessary anxiety and lead to a series of ...

Heart Devices 101: Guide to the Tools That Keep You Ticking

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, April 2, 2017 – Pacemakers, defibrillators and other medical devices have saved the lives of millions of people worldwide. Someone you know probably has received one of these heart-health enhancers, although not all have become household words. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration evaluates and regulates these and other medical devices in the United States. Below, the agency provides a ...

Learning Issues Common in Kids With Heart Defects: Study

Posted 22 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 – Children born with heart defects seem to be at increased risk of learning problems in elementary school, a new study suggests. And those with less severe heart abnormalities may not receive needed assistance, the study of third graders from North Carolina found. Among more than 9,000 students, children born with a heart defect were 24 percent more likely to not meet ...

5 Ways Women Can Cut Their Heart Attack Risk

Posted 15 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – Heart disease is the leading killer of American women, but lifestyle changes can reduce the risk, a heart expert says. An estimated 43 million women in the United States have heart disease, but many don't know it, according to Dr. Mary Ann McLaughlin. She's medical director of the Mount Sinai Health System's Cardiac Health Program in New York City. As part of American ...

Heart Rate Change When Standing Up Might Predict Older Adult's Death Risk

Posted 7 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 – Tracking the change in an older adult's heart rate when they stand up might reveal their risk of death over the next several years, a new study suggests. As the researchers explained, when people stand up their heart rate initially increases, and then recovers. The speed of that heart rate recovery in the 20 seconds after standing predicted an older adult's risk of ...

Hi-Tech Skin Patch Might Someday Track Your Health

Posted 17 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 – A new type of acoustic sensor that resembles a small Band-Aid on the skin can monitor your heartbeat and other health measures, researchers say. The sensor may one day offer a way to painlessly and wirelessly track an individual's health. The patch, which weighs less than one-hundredth of an ounce, can help doctors monitor heart health, stomach condition, vocal cord ...

Stress May Take Greatest Toll on Younger Women's Hearts: Study

Posted 24 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 – Stress may be especially hard on the hearts of younger women who have heart disease, new research suggests. Researchers gave nearly 700 men and women with heart disease a mentally stressful public speaking assignment. Then they measured blood flow to the heart. Women aged 50 or younger were nearly four times more likely than men of the same age or older women to have ...

Sudden Heart Death More Common in Male Minority Athletes

Posted 29 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 – It's always surprising and heartbreaking to hear about a young athlete dying suddenly. Now a new study finds that in many of these cases, an underlying heart problem was already present. The researchers found that about one-third of sudden cardiac deaths were caused by the heart condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This condition causes a portion of the heart's wall to ...

Women in Cardiac Arrest May Be Less Likely to Receive Help

Posted 8 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 – Women are less likely than men to be helped by bystanders if they suffer cardiac arrest, a new study finds. "There is a misconception that women don't have heart problems so they don't get as much help from the public and they are not treated the same by doctors," said study author Dr. Nicole Karam. She is an interventional cardiologist at the European Hospital Georges ...

Women's Heart Attacks Are Different Than Men's, Experts Stress

Posted 26 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 – Heart attacks in women often have different causes and symptoms than those in men, and they're deadlier, too. That's the premise of a scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) that hopes to raise awareness about key differences in heart attack indicators and treatment in women. Women who don't recognize their heart attack symptoms won't seek needed ...

Long-Term Smog Exposure May Boost Heart, Lung Disease Deaths

Posted 26 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 – Long-term exposure to ozone air pollution – commonly known as smog – may increase the risk of death from heart and lung diseases, a new study indicates. Researchers reviewed data from a U.S. study that began in 1982 and found that for every additional 10 parts per billion (ppb) in long-term ozone exposure, adults were 12 percent more likely to die from lung disease. In ...

Did Antarctic Explorer Shackleton Have a 'Hole in His Heart'?

Posted 21 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 – A century ago, British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton was a key figure in the race to explore Antarctica. Now, two expert physicians believe he may have done so while battling a hidden foe: a congenital heart defect. Shackleton made the first crossing of the mountains and glaciers on the island of South Georgia without any health problems, but suffered repeated bouts of ...

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