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June 23, 2008 | Karen Ravn, Special to The Times
When TV journalist Tim Russert died June 13, it was heartbreaking news for his family, friends and fans. Chief of the Washington bureau of NBC News and longtime moderator of "Meet the Press," Russert was known for asking tough questions. He leaves two more: How could death come so fast to a man who, on-air and off, had always seemed so full of life? And couldn't something have been done to prevent the tragedy? What happened to Russert?
January 11, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
About 1 in 184,000 runners goes into cardiac arrest while participating in a long-distance race, a study finds, which may make marathons no more dangerous than other vigorous activities. Data on about 10 years of marathons and half-marathons in the U.S. were analyzed for the study, released Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine . Out of 10.9 million runners, there were 59 instances of cardiac arrest, 42 of them fatal. More cases of cardiac arrest happened during marathons than half-marathons, and more deaths occurred during marathons.
Kenneth Smith of Anaheim felt fine. He ate sensibly, watched his cholesterol, exercised regularly, went in for regular medical checkups. His body showed no symptoms of the potentially fatal deposits in his coronary arteries, not even when he ran a treadmill test while hooked up to a heart monitor. But Smith, a 58-year-old engineer, was all too aware of a frightening statistic: In approximately one-third of all cases, the first "symptom" of coronary artery disease is sudden death.
February 19, 1990 | From the Johns Hopkins Medical Letter. and
In Switzerland, a little more than a dozen years ago, Dr. Andreas Gruentzig performed for the first time on a human being the medical procedure that is now commonly called coronary balloon angioplasty. The balloon was guided by a catheter inserted into an artery in the leg and fed up toward the heart to the point at which plaque blocked the flow of blood. By inflating the tiny balloon, he opened the channel and restored blood flow.
April 9, 1985 | DR. LAWRENCE POWER
Dying suddenly of a heart attack during active old age is not a bad prospect in general. But dying during one's productive middle years or the promising early years is something else. Even here, however, the notion of heart attacks or strokes as unexpected bolts from the blue is losing ground to the evidence.
October 30, 1987 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Staff Writer
A team of researchers in San Diego has found what they believe is a method of inhibiting hardening of the arteries in rabbits--a technique they say may point eventually to a new form of therapy for atherosclerosis in humans. The researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine say they have the first clear evidence that it is possible to interfere with atherosclerosis at the cell level in animals by blocking the process by which circulating fat molecules stick to artery walls.
March 18, 2002 | From Associated Press
A new approach to keeping arteries flowing smoothly after angioplasty shows astonishing success in early testing, apparently solving a major shortcoming of this common procedure. Doctors on Sunday released the longest follow-up with the new technique--the drug-coated stent. In testing on 43 patients over two years, they found it to be 100% effective, an accomplishment almost unheard of in medicine.
October 11, 1999 | From Reuters
More evidence published Sunday indicates that tea may ward off heart disease--in this case coronary artery disease, especially in women. A Dutch study found that those who drank one to two cups of tea daily lowered by 46% their risk of severe aortic atherosclerosis, a narrowing of the arteries caused by a buildup of fat and other substances on the inner walls. At four cups a day, the risk dropped by 69%.
March 27, 2011 | By Elena Conis, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Love fries but hate the thought of artery-clogging fried food? A growing number of gourmet restaurants and foodies see a solution to this conundrum in an unlikely source ? duck fat. They consider it a healthy alternative to frying foods in pork fat, beef fat or even butter. Duck fat is high in beneficial unsaturated fats, and its chemical composition is closer to olive oil than to butter, they say. Plus, it's delicious. "I love it," said David Bazirgan, executive chef at the Fifth Floor restaurant in San Francisco.
April 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Doctors have concluded that the Rev. Jerry Falwell does not suffer from congestive heart failure or coronary artery disease, Falwell's son said. Jonathan Falwell said doctors in Lynchburg, Va., made the determination Friday after conducting tests on his father. The 71-year-old founder of the Moral Majority and Liberty University had stopped breathing when he entered a hospital March 28 and had to be resuscitated.
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