September 4, 2013 |
An intense nationwide push to speed hospital treatment for heart attack patients has been a success, cutting by 20% the average time people waited before getting their clogged arteries opened between 2005 and 2009. But in a twist cardiologists called "disappointing," the improvement did not translate into lower death rates, according to a study published in Thursday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. "We had hoped this would make a huge difference, and it hasn't," said study senior author Dr. Hitinder Gurm, an interventional cardiologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
August 5, 2013 |
It never ceases to amaze me when large companies, which claim to put customers first, demonstrate their complete heartlessness. The behavior of airlines when a passenger faces a family emergency is a continuing source of such insensitivity. Sue Ogle, 57, and her husband recently paid $1,200 each to fly on American Airlines from Orange County to Toledo, Ohio. The Laguna Beach resident said she travels there often to see her 93-year-old father, who is in declining health. The day after she arrived in Toledo, Ogle's father had a heart attack, which wasn't fatal but nevertheless worrisome enough for her and her husband to rearrange their return flight.
August 1, 2013 |
After spending much of July in critical condition with congestive heart failure and a stroke, country singer Randy Travis has finally left the hospital . The 54-year-old country star was admitted to the hospital in Plano, Texas, after suffering from viral cardiomyopathy, a disease the weakens and enlarges the heart, which led to a heart attack on July 7. While in the hospital, he also suffered a stroke after doctors performed surgery to...
June 23, 2013 |
James Gandolfini's remains will likely return to the United States on Monday, and a funeral will be held for the late “Sopranos” star Thursday in New York City, it was announced Sunday. The Gandolfini family released a statement via their spokesperson, Michael Kobold, at a press conference Sunday in Rome. “The provisional plan is to depart Rome tomorrow afternoon and arrive in the U.S. in the evening,” he said. PHOTOS: James Gandolfini | 1961-2013 In the statement, the family thanked the Italian authorities, members of the U.S. State Department, Secretary of State John Kerry, his predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and former President Bill Clinton, for their assistance expediting the return of Gandolfini's remains to the United States, a process that typically takes up to a week.
June 21, 2013 |
An autopsy has confirmed that James Gandolfini, acclaimed star of "The Sopranos," died of a heart attack. "Today we received the results of the autopsy, which stated he died of a heart attack, of natural causes," family spokesperson Michael Kobold told reporters Friday in Rome, adding that "nothing else was found in his system. " On Thursday, Dr. Claudio Modini, head of the emergency department at the Policlinico Umberto I Hospital in Rome, attributed the actor's death to cardiac arrest , although the exact cause for it was not immediately known.
June 21, 2013 |
Early-morning news reports from Rome on Friday announced what everyone already expected: The brilliant Emmy Award-winning actor James Gandolfini's untimely death Wednesday at the age of 51 was caused by a heart attack. Sadly, Gandolfini is just the latest of a number of well-respected actors and performers who stunned the world when they suddenly died of a heart attack. Peter Finch The British-born Australian actor was on top of the world in January 1977, basking in the glow of thunderous reviews for his indelible performance as the "mad as hell" TV news anchor Howard Beale in Sidney Lumet's 1976 classic "Network.
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June 21, 2013 |
An Indiana man died this week after a fall in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, officials with the National Park Service said Friday. David Breuer, 47, had been visiting Kings Canyon National Park with his family. He left a trail Thursday to approach the top of Mist Falls, four trail miles from Road's End in Kings Canyon, and slipped and fell into the cascade, according to park officials. Other park visitors attempted to administer CPR, but Breuer could not be revived.
June 20, 2013 |
Actor James Gandolfini's death at age 51 from an apparent cardiac arrest while in Rome shocked fans and friends alike. But sudden cardiac arrest, a misunderstood term, is all too common, cardiologists say. The "Sopranos" actor was taken from his hotel in Rome to Umberto I hospital, where 40 minutes of doctors' efforts to revive him -- including massaging his heart -- were unsuccessful, emergency room chief Dr. Claudio Modini told Reuters....
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May 23, 2013 |
Former Compton Mayor Omar Bradley was hospitalized Thursday, missing a candidates' forum he was to attend as part of his runoff campaign to become mayor again. A family friend told The Times that Bradley suffered a heart attack and had undergone surgery. The friend did not want to be identified. Lakedwood Regional Medical Center confirmed that Bradley was admitted but would not comment further. Bradley was expected to attend a candidates forum Thursday evening, but at the start of the meeting, an official announced that Bradley would not be there because of a medical emergency.
May 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A New Hampshire man who had his car towed when he was in a hospital recovering from a heart attack and the amputation of his left foot won a measure of justice at the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 9-0 decision released Monday, the court said Robert Pelkey can sue Dan's City Used Cars for disposing of his towed car without telling him or paying him. The case began during a snowstorm in February 2007. Pelkey's 2004 Honda Civic was parked legally in a handicapped parking spot in his apartment complex in Manchester, but he was confined to his bed. Under the apartment's policy, cars were to be removed to clear the snow, and Pelkey's car was towed away.