February 7, 2011 |
How can you tell if you or someone you know is having a heart attack? Sometimes the symptoms can be surprisingly subtle. "They can be very different from person to person, between women and men and even within an individual who has more than one heart attack," says Dr. David Rizik, director of Interventional Cardiology for Scottsdale Healthcare Hospitals, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Men and women may experience atypical heart attack symptoms. In contrast to the "classic" chest-splitting, gasping-for-breath symptoms, many heart attacks begin with symptoms that are so mild they are often mistaken for indigestion or muscle ache.
November 2, 2011 |
An obese, middle-aged man is running to catch a bus. Suddenly, he clutches his chest, falls to the ground and dies of a massive heart attack. It turns out that he's a smoker and a diabetic, has high blood pressure, eats a diet high in saturated fat and low in leafy green vegetables, pours salt on everything, drinks too much beer, avoids exercise at all costs and has a father, grandfather and two uncles who also died young of heart attacks. So what killed him? Most people are savvy enough about health risks to know this is a trick question.
May 10, 2011 |
Heart patients who used common pain relievers called NSAIDs even briefly are at much higher risk of having a repeat heart attack or of dying than those who stay away from the drugs, which include such widely used over-the-counter medications as ibuprofen and naproxen, a new study concludes. The research, published Tuesday in the American Heart Assn.'s journal, Circulation , suggests that for patients who have suffered a heart attack, even short-term use of NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for headaches, back pain or sore muscles and joints is a bad idea.
March 22, 2011 |
Heart attacks can be difficult to diagnose. Moreover, doctors often can't tell a cardiac patient whether he or she is likely to suffer another heart attack. A new test to detect a particular substance in the blood may help with that problem but, if adopted for widespread use, it could also dramatically raise the number of heart attack diagnoses. In the study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn ., researchers reported success using a more sensitive test to identify troponin, a cardiac muscle protein.
February 13, 2012 |
Researchers have used cardiac stem cells to regenerate heart muscle in patients who have suffered heart attacks, also known as myocardial infarction. The small preliminary study, which was conducted by the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, involved 25 patients who had suffered heart attacks in the previous one and a half to three months. Seventeen of the study subjects received infusions of stem cells cultured from a raisin-sized chunk of their own heart tissue, which had been removed via catheter.
August 20, 2012 |
Rosie O'Donnell blogged some major gratitude Monday: The former daytime host revealed she suffered a heart attack last week. What began as an act of kindness ended in the insertion of a stent, after doctors discovered a 99% blocked artery in O'Donnell's heart. An "enormous" woman Rosie spotted in a Nyack, N.Y., parking lot had asked for help getting out of her car last Tuesday. O'Donnell obliged, writing in her free-form blog style, "it was not easy but together we did it she was up and on her way with gratitude.