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Blacks Have Shorter Life Spans After Surviving Heart Stoppage: Study

Posted 7 days ago by

MONDAY, July 9, 2018 – Black patients who survive cardiac arrest during a U.S. hospital stay have poorer long-term survival odds than their white peers, new research suggests. The study included data from patients aged 65 and older who survived at least until they were discharged from the hospital. The investigators found that, compared with white people, black people were 28 percent less likely ...

AHA: At 88, Heart Disease Won't Slow This Glam Texan Philanthropist

Posted 11 days ago by

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) – It's been said that one can never be too overdressed, and Betty Thrasher needs no convincing. Every day, the 88-year-old resident of Temple, Texas, applies makeup, coifs her locks and selects a fashionable garment for the day. Black is her favorite. "The way we look affects how we feel, and the way we feel affects the way we act," she said. ...

Health Tip: Use a Blood Thinner Safely

Posted 14 days ago by

-- More than 2 million people take a blood thinner regularly, the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says. The medication is prescribed to help prevent blood clots. They put you at greater risk of heart attack and stroke. The agency suggests: Always take a blood thinner as directed by your doctor. Never skip a dose or double up on a dose. Use a pill box each day to help you remember ...

Health Tip: Use a Blood Thinner Safely

Posted 14 days ago by

-- More than 2 million people take a blood thinner regularly, the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says. The medication is prescribed to help prevent blood clots. They put you at greater risk of heart attack and stroke. The agency suggests: Always take a blood thinner as directed by your doctor. Never skip a dose or double up on a dose. Use a pill box each day to help you remember ...

AHA: An Uncommon Form of Heart Attack Needs a Second Look

Posted 18 days ago by

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (American Heart Association) – One in 10 heart attacks in younger patients aren't caused by blocked coronary arteries, but a new study found survivors have similar outcomes as those whose heart attack was triggered by the most common source – a blockage. Scientists refer to heart attacks not caused by blocked arteries as MINOCA, short for myocardial infarction with ...

AHA: 37-Year-Old Survives Heart Attack on the Way to Her Wedding

Posted 19 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Four hours into a nearly six-hour flight from Seattle to Mexico, Sara Metz felt overly anxious – far more than the usual jitters of a bride-to-be days before her wedding on a beach in Playa del Carmen. She was watching the movie "Unbroken" when that feeling hit. Thinking maybe the intensity of that story was getting to her, she switched to ...

Marriage Is Good Medicine for the Heart

Posted 19 Jun 2018 by

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 – Add protection from heart disease and stroke to the health benefits of marriage, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 34 studies that were published between 1963 and 2015. They included more than 2 million people between the ages of 42 and 77, in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and Scandinavia. The investigators found that, compared to ...

AHA: Family Perseveres After Losing Father to Heart Attack

Posted 13 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Oscar Washington Jr. thought he was taking care of his heart. He went to the doctor every three months to stay on top of his high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. He exercised regularly but was still shaken by the passing of his dad to a rare heart condition. He wasn't too worried when he came home from the gym one morning not ...

Depression, Money Woes Higher in Heart Patients With Job Loss

Posted 12 Jun 2018 by

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 – Folks who can't get back to work after a heart attack have a greater risk of depression and financial hardship than those who return to their jobs, a new study finds. There were more than 9,000 patients in the study, and about half were working before their heart attack. The researchers reported that 90 percent of the heart patients who were working returned to work ...

This Is When You're Most Likely to Die From a Heart Attack

Posted 6 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 – Maybe there's a good reason you dislike cold weather: The risk of death from a heart attack is higher in the winter than in the summer, a new study says. Researchers at Leeds General Infirmary in England examined data from more than 4,000 patients treated for heart attack over four years. They found the risk of dying within 30 days of a severe heart attack was nearly 50 ...

Heart Meds May Be Wrong for Millions of Americans

Posted 5 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 – Millions of Americans may be getting the wrong treatment to prevent a heart attack or stroke, a new study suggests. Prescriptions for blood-thinning aspirin, cholesterol-lowering statins and blood pressure medications might be incorrect because a tool that estimates risk appears to be off by as much as 20 percent, Stanford University researchers reported. That means almost ...

When Temperatures Fall, Heart Attack Risk May Rise

Posted 18 May 2018 by

FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 – Colder weather may raise the risk for a heart attack, a preliminary study suggests. Researchers in Taiwan found that heart attack rates fluctuated seasonally, with more occurring in winter than summer. When the temperature fell below 59 degrees Fahrenheit, heart attacks increased dramatically, the study authors said. "When the temperature drops, people at high risk of a ...

AHA: Mother of the Bride Survives Heart Attack on Mother's Day

Posted 9 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Belinda Waggoner is the type of person who gives her all to everything she does. She devoted so much to the human resources company she founded that she wound up with high blood pressure. So her focus became getting healthy. She started by walking, then upped her game to triathlons. After shedding 70 pounds, the mother of two – including a ...

AHA: Nurse's Colleagues Use the CPR He Taught Them to Save His Life

Posted 8 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Nurse Michael Lovelace has been training his colleagues in high-quality CPR for more than three decades, including the past 16 years in the emergency department of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. For Lovelace, teaching CPR meant knowing his words could potentially save a life. He never imagined that life would be his own. But ...

Speed of Heart Attack Treatment Can Vary by State

Posted 1 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 – Heart attack patients get their blocked heart arteries opened faster if they live in states where they can be taken directly to hospitals that perform the specialized procedure, a new study shows. Not all hospitals can provide the treatment, called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). So some states permit emergency medical responders to take heart attack patients ...

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