July 25, 2012 |
For patients who visit an emergency room with chest pains, but who don't have an abnormal EKG or elevated troponin levels, a CT scan can send them home earlier than conventional diagnostic procedures, doctors reported Wednesday. The patients are exposed to higher levels of radiation and the cost is slightly higher, but those effects are offset somewhat by the increased peace of mind associated with leaving the hospital sooner, the team reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.
March 20, 1997 |
As many as half of the 1.5 million Americans who suffer a heart attack each year may be treated too aggressively by cardiologists, raising their risk of death rather than lowering it, researchers said Wednesday.
September 11, 2000 |
It's a common story: A middle-aged man who has recently received a clean bill of health from a physical exam suddenly drops dead of a heart attack. Despite great strides in diagnosing heart disease and treating it with a wide range of increasingly sophisticated technologies, doctors still fall short of accurately predicting which patients are at greatest risk of suffering a heart attack.
November 13, 1987 |
In a review of thousands of case histories that raises serious questions about medical competence, RAND Corp. researchers reported today that three common medical procedures are often performed unnecessarily--in one instance nearly a third of the time. The authors of the study said it raises far-reaching concerns about the extent of unnecessary medical treatments and underscores the need for patients to question their doctors closely and seek second opinions.
January 3, 2001 |
Utah basketball Coach Rick Majerus, who has been away from his team since November because of knee surgery, rested comfortably here Tuesday night after undergoing a 4 1/2-hour procedure to clear two blocked arteries at LDS Hospital. No immediate timetable was set for Majerus' return to the team. "He went through this procedure, it went well, and for us to [say] much more than that would be inappropriate right now," Utah Athletic Director Chris Hill said.
January 10, 1985 |
An estimated 10 million Americans, most of them elderly, suffer from macular degeneration of the eye, a disorder that robs them of fine vision for reading. Usually their only recourse is to use powerful magnification devices. Nothing can be done to stop macular degeneration, the loss of cells at the center of the retina that give one the ability to see close objects and read print, ophthalmologists say. "You can't repair it," said Dr. Leon Lane.
September 15, 2011 |
Healthy women who go through menopause naturally may lower their risk of heart disease if they take hormone therapy in the early years of menopause, according to a new study. The research is the latest contribution to the longstanding controversy on the merits of hormone therapy after menopause. Previous studies show that hormone therapy in women who are 10 or more years past menopause raises the risk of cardiovascular problems. However, the question of whether hormone therapy may prevent or slow the development of heart disease in younger menopausal women has been a subject of continued debate.
September 11, 2010
A major new study on 1,800 patients with heart disease has found that coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG) are superior to angioplasty and stenting in the long run. New findings presented at a Geneva meeting of the European Assn. for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery show that patients who received angioplasty and a stent to hold arteries open were 28% more likely to suffer from a major adverse cardiovascular event, such as stroke or heart attack, were 46% more likely to require a second procedure to reopen the blocked blood vessels and were 22% more likley to die. Given that cardiovascular surgeons have suspected the benefits of bypass for a long time, the question is why angioplasty is so much more popular.
March 31, 2008 |
Improvements in angioplasty in the last few years have made the procedure for unblocking coronary arteries much safer, allowing cardiologists to perform procedures they were reluctant to do in the past. The procedures include performing angioplasty after clot-busting drugs have been given and using it in hospitals that don't have a heart surgery team available for emergencies, researchers said during a weekend cardiology meeting in Chicago.
February 18, 1988 |
Q What does a heart murmur mean? My veterinarian listened to Chuckie's chest and told me that he has a heart valve defect causing a murmur. Chuckie is an 8-year-old cockapoo and is very active, playful, eats well and does not cough. Is my dog going to need medication or surgery? --Mary Silva, Buena Park A A heart murmur is the sound of fluid turbulence that is heard when blood flows back through a defective heart valve or opening in the heart wall.