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

Posted 5 days ago 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 10 days ago 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

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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 11 days ago 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 11 days ago 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 17 days ago 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 19 days ago 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 ...

Daily Aspirin Can Bring Heart Benefits, But Risks Too

Posted 1 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 – For people who have both type 2 diabetes and heart failure, new research offers a mixed message on taking a daily low-dose aspirin. The study found the daily pill can reduce the risk for heart failure-related hospitalization and death in people who have both conditions. However, it also found that a daily aspirin raises their risk for nonfatal heart attack and stroke. ...

For Women, Blocked Arteries Not the Only Trigger for Heart Attacks

Posted 23 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 – Women don't need to have blocked arteries to experience a heart attack, a new study points out. Blocked arteries are a main cause of heart attack in men, according to researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. They found, though, that about 8 percent of women who have chest pain but no blocked arteries actually have scars on their heart that indicate ...

Don't Count on an American to Do CPR

Posted 10 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 – If someone collapsed in front of you, could you perform CPR? If you answered no, you're hardly alone. Just over half of Americans know how to perform the emergency procedure. And even fewer know the recommended hands-only technique for bystanders, a new Cleveland Clinic survey reveals. The survey also found that many Americans can't tell the difference between heart attack ...

More Bad News on Flu: It's Tied to Higher Heart Attack Risk

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 – A bad case of the flu can trigger a short-lived, but substantial, spike in some people's heart attack risk, new research suggests. Among 332 heart attack patients, the complication was six times more likely to strike following a bout of the flu, researchers reported. The findings come in the midst of a particularly brutal flu season. Across the United States, ...

Timing of Cardiac Arrest May Affect Survival

Posted 23 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 – Survival rates are rising for people who have cardiac arrest while in the hospital, a new study finds. But if cardiac arrest happens at night or on a weekend, you're more likely to die than if it happens on a weekday. The odds of surviving an "off-hours" cardiac arrest are nearly 4 percent lower than for people who have cardiac arrest in the daytime during the week, the ...

Protect Your Heart in Frigid Weather

Posted 3 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 – As an Arctic front envelops much of the United States, the American Heart Association wants folks to know that shoveling snow in sub-freezing temperatures can be hard on the heart, especially for those with heart disease. Here are some shoveling safety tips from the association: When shoveling, take frequent breaks so you don't put too much stress on your heart. Assess ...

Getting Back in Shape in 2018? Great, But Do It Safely

Posted 2 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 – Getting into shape or losing a few pounds is a worthy New Year's resolution, but one that comes with a warning: Take it slow. Jumping whole-hog into an exercise regime is a good way to get yourself hurt if you haven't worked out for a while, experts say. "People get into trouble when they want to do too much too soon," said Dr. Gerardo Miranda-Comas, an assistant ...

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