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AHA: Fire Fighters Save One of Their Own After Heart Attack

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TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Firefighter Tony Spagnoletti was on overnight duty when he woke up with chest pains. He sloughed it off as "gas." "We'd been doing a rope rescue training earlier and I'd spent the day climbing up and down ladders," Spagnoletti recalled of the night in 2012. "I was whipped but I didn't notice anything unusual." But when the pain persisted, ...

U.S. Women Less Likely Than Men to Get Statins After Heart Attack

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MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – Women who survive a heart attack are less likely than men to receive cholesterol-lowering statin drugs that can reduce the risk of another heart attack or stroke, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data on more than 88,000 U.S. adults who filled a statin prescription after a heart attack in 2014-2015. Of those, 56 percent of men and 47 percent of women picked up a ...

AHA: Florida Lifeguards Helped Save Man's Life After Cardiac Arrest

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THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (American Heart Association) – For J.R. Bourne, a day at the beach rekindles good and bad memories. It's the place where the Jacksonville Beach, Florida, resident died and was brought back to life thanks to fast-thinking first responders and an automated external defibrillator. Back in June 2015, then-40-year-old Bourne was playing soccer on the beach with his friend ...

AHA: Summer Sun Might Bring Fewer Heart Attacks, Study Finds

Posted 16 days ago by

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018 (American Heart Association) – The sun's radiation could be a factor in seasonal patterns of a deadly type of heart attack, according to new research that tracked a "summer shift" in their occurrence across seven countries. Previous research has examined how these attacks called ST-elevation myocardial infarctions, or STEMIs seem to happen most often in the daytime during ...

AHA: When a College Hoops Star Died of a Heart Attack, His Family Got in the Game

Posted 31 Mar 2018 by

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 (American Heart Association) – March Madness, the annual college basketball tournament that glues Americans to their TVs and their brackets, is a bittersweet time for the Cornette family. Just 15 years ago Joel and Jordan, brothers and best friends, were stars on teams that advanced to the Sweet 16. Though neither won the national championship, both were featured on the ...

Heart Penalty? Hockey Fans' Heart Attack Risk Rises When Home Team Wins

Posted 29 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March, 29, 2018 – Hey guys, you might want to watch out when the home team wins. The thrill of victory may trigger a heart attack among younger male hockey fans, a new study suggests. Researchers in Canada studied heart attacks the day after a Montreal Canadiens' win. Using data from the Montreal Heart Institute, they found that male fans under age 55 had a 40 percent increase in ...

AHA: Solving the Dilemma of Not Enough Hearts

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 (American Heart Association) – In the not-too-distant future, Dr. Jennifer Cowger envisions a cardiac transplant landscape where more donations are encouraged and utilized, genetically engineered organs can be created in a laboratory, and improved mechanical devices eliminate the need for an actual human heart. But in the meantime, there's a shortage on donor hearts. ...

AHA: Amid World Series Celebration, Teacher Saved by a Stranger

Posted 19 Mar 2018 by

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Lee Matzeder's heart was racing and his chest felt tight during the Kansas City Royals' World Series victory parade in downtown Kansas City in 2015. But it wasn't from the excitement of being surrounded by 800,000 likeminded fans celebrating a world championship. The 55-year-old elementary school physical education teacher later learned he ...

Health Tip: Waist Size May Help Predict Heart Attack

Posted 14 Mar 2018 by

-- Your waist size, especially if you're a woman, might predict your risk of a heart attack, the American Heart Association says. British researchers writing in the Journal of the American Heart Association recently reported that women who have bigger waists – relative to their hips – are at greater risk of heart attack than men with a similar body shape. The study examined nearly half a ...

Cutting Co-Pays Helps Heart Patients Take Their Meds

Posted 14 Mar 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 – People who've had a heart attack are more likely to be prescribed and take recommended blood-thinning drugs if they get vouchers to waive their co-payments, a new study shows. The finding comes from a study of 11,000 people treated for heart attack at 300 U.S. hospitals. All of the patients had health insurance: 64 percent had private insurance, 42 percent were ...

Defibrillator-in-a-Vest May Help Heart Attack Survivors

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – A wearable heart defibrillator reduces the overall risk of early death for heart attack survivors, but not the risk of sudden cardiac death, a new study finds. The defibrillator – housed in a lightweight vest worn directly against the skin – continuously monitors the wearer's heart. It sounds an alarm and/or verbally announces the need for medical care if needed. If a ...

Heart Attack Survival Better When Specialists Are Out of Town

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – Believe it or not, new research suggests that people hospitalized for a heart attack are more likely to survive when certain heart specialists are out of town. The study of more than 34,000 U.S. heart attack patients found survival rates were higher when interventional cardiologists were attending their annual conference. Those cardiologists are specialists in using ...

Australian Nurse Treats, Survives His Own Heart Attack

Posted 7 Mar 2018 by

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 ...

What Younger Women Need to Know About Heart Disease

Posted 5 Mar 2018 by

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 – Heart disease used to be thought of as a man's issue, but women are unfortunately catching up. And though it's still also thought of as an older person's disease, lifestyle factors in your younger years can make you more susceptible. So it's never too soon to protect heart health. Young women in particular aren't always aware of their possible heart disease risks. Ask ...

Big Outdoor Temperature Swings Tied to Heart Attack Risk

Posted 1 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 – Many people know that extreme cold can raise your chances of having a heart attack, but a new study suggests that wild swings in temperature may do the same. The greater the temperature change during the course of a single day, the more people show up at the hospital in need of emergency surgery for a heart attack, the researchers discovered. The risk of heart attack ...

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