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AHA: Hospital Exec Saved at Very Facility Where He's Worked for Decades

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Gerard Blaney figured his excruciating headache was simply due to a combination of too much stress and too little food. It was budget season at Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, and as the network's chief financial officer, his entire lunch that day in April 2016 consisted of a single pretzel. He arrived home that evening hungry, ...

Metformin Might Help Shield the Heart From Smog's Ill Effects

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 – The diabetes drug metformin may offer protection from heart attacks caused by smog, preliminary research suggests. Working with human lung tissue and mice, Northwestern University researchers found that metformin reduces pollution-triggered inflammation linked to heart attack and stroke. "These findings suggest metformin as a potential therapy to prevent some of the ...

AHA: Some Gut Germs May Help Recovery After Heart Attack

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (American Heart Association) – The tiny microbes located inside the intestines could play a critical role in heart attack recovery, according to a new study that found gut bacteria helpful in repairing the damage after a heart attack. But the study was conducted in laboratory mice and scientists say far more research needs to be done before similar findings can be applied ...

AHA: After 2 Heart Attacks, She May Need a New Heart But First Comes Her Wedding

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (American Heart Association) – On her way to watch her beloved Kansas City Chiefs play in 2016, Leah Huss felt sensations far different from the usual pre-game jitters. There was shortness of breath. And a heaviness in the left side of her chest. Worse yet, those feelings were awfully familiar. Seven years after surviving a "widow maker" heart attack, she knew she was ...

'Yo-Yo' Cardio Readings May Signal Heart Risks

Posted 1 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 – If your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar levels fluctuate, you may have a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and premature death than people with more steady readings, new research suggests. According to the study, during nearly six years of follow-up, men and women whose readings changed the most were 127 percent more likely to die, 43 percent more ...

Will a Defibrillator 'Vest' Protect Recent Heart Attack Patients?

Posted 27 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018 – Wearable defibrillators do not lower the chances of dying from sudden cardiac arrest among high-risk patients who've just had a heart attack, a new investigation concludes. Worn externally as a vest, these defibrillators are a noninvasive alternative to surgically implanted defibrillators. Both are designed to deliver a corrective electric shock to the heart if a ...

AHA: Bystander CPR Rates Rising, But Survival Chances Worse for Women

Posted 25 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) – More people are stepping in to help give CPR when someone's heart stops, and first responders are intervening at higher levels – but survival rates are higher for men who have cardiac arrests than for women, a recent study suggests. Based on data for 8,100 people in 16 North Carolina counties from 2010 to 2014, researchers measured the ...

AHA: Inequities Remain in Heart Attack Treatments for Black Patients

Posted 20 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Black patients hospitalized for heart attacks continue to receive different medical treatment than white patients, according to a new study that explored whether previously reported racial differences in care have faded. Researchers found that black heart attack patients were less likely than white patients to undergo aggressive medical ...

Blood Infection Sepsis Tied to Heart Attack, Stroke

Posted 10 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 – Survivors of serious bloodstream infections called sepsis are at increased risk for stroke and heart attack for four weeks after leaving the hospital, a new study finds. The study included roughly 42,300 sepsis patients in Taiwan. Of those, 22 percent died within 30 days of hospital admission. Among the survivors, 1,012 had a cardiovascular event, 831 had a stroke and ...

AHA: CPR Training at School Now Required in 38 States

Posted 23 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (American Heart Association) – An ordinary afternoon became extraordinary when Anthony Rosa Compres saved a man's life. As he and two friends walked through their Bronx, NY, neighborhood after school last fall, they saw a man lying on the ground surrounded by a crowd of people. Compres, a high school senior at the time, noticed the man wasn't breathing. His heart had ...

AHA: Losing Loved Ones to Heart Disease Moves Woman to Fight for Her Health

Posted 22 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Three days after Christmas, Yolanda Thompson was at work when she got the call she hoped she would never receive. Her husband, Aaron, had suffered a massive heart attack. "He was a large man and had already had one heart attack," she said. "We knew that if he had another, it would probably be the last one." She'd been trying to encourage ...

New Lab Test Spots Heart Attack, Risk of Future Heart Woes

Posted 21 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 – A new method of diagnosing heart attack patients in the emergency department is more accurate and faster than current methods, researchers say. The laboratory score can also identify patients at risk of more heart problems after they leave the hospital, according to the study published Aug. 20 in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). "This lab score may reduce ...

AHA: Wildfire Smoke Threatens Health of Those Near and Far

Posted 15 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 (American Heart Association) – More than 100 wildfires are blazing through parts of the western United States, including one in California that has grown to become the largest fire in the state's history. Fires that vast have created logistical nightmares and health concerns for residents within their reach, as well as the firefighters working around the clock to ...

Health Tip: Making an Emergency Call

Posted 14 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

-- A medical emergency can be scary and stressful, but knowing how to call for help can mean the difference between life and death. The American College of Emergency Physicians offers these suggestions when making an emergency call: Speak calmly and clearly. Give the name, address, phone number and location of the person in need. Don't hang up until the dispatcher tells you to. He or she may ...

Female Heart Attack Patients Fare Better If ER Doc Is a Woman

Posted 7 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 – Women are significantly more likely to survive a heart attack if their emergency physician is a woman, new research reveals. The finding comes from a study of two decades of data on almost 582,000 heart attack patients admitted to hospitals across the state of Florida between 1991 and 2010. And the research showed that the gender gap for patients treated by female ...

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