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SCIENCE
May 2, 2007 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Increased use of angioplasty and the introduction of new drugs over the last seven years have nearly halved the number of hospitalized heart attack victims who die or suffer severe heart failure, an international team of researchers reports today. The study found "remarkable improvements" in the care of heart attack victims in all 14 countries studied, said Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow of UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, who was not involved in the research.
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HEALTH
July 11, 2005 | From Reuters
Heart attack patients who suffer from depression, which happens in one of every five cases, can cut their risk of suffering another heart attack by taking antidepressant drugs, a study has found. Depression and heart disease have long been recognized as companions, and one can lead to the other, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
NEWS
January 13, 1987 | ALLAN PARACHINI, Times Staff Writer
Sudden cardiac death, in a sense like daily commuting, has at least one rush hour--and perhaps two--with the peak danger period hitting between 7 and 11 a.m. and a secondary heavy period from 5 to 6 in the afternoon. It isn't quite clear why, but it may be that sudden, fatal heart seizures are triggered in the morning when blood cells gather around preexisting fatty plaque deposits in the arteries, causing the plaque to break away and block an artery. Why this occurs in the morning isn't clear.
NEWS
August 9, 1990 | LEO SMITH
It happens time and again. A person feels a pain in the jaw, the arm, or the chest and passes it off as insignificant. He or she assumes the chest pain is indigestion or doesn't want the hassle of going to the hospital, assuming that wherever the pain is it will go away. But it doesn't always go away. In actuality, said cardiologist Irving Loh, up to 40% of all people who suffer heart attacks either don't feel them or don't think the pain is particularly abnormal.
SPORTS
August 11, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
NBC Sports commentator Paul Maguire, 53, in Buffalo to watch a exhibition game between the Detroit Lions and the Bills, suffered a heart attack Saturday and was listed in critical condition at Buffalo General Hospital. Maguire, who played for the Bills in the 1960s, was taken to the hospital by private car, according to a hospital spokesman. The spokesman said Maguire is expected to be listed as critical for two to three days, but did not know how long he would be hospitalized.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Longtime "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek was hospitalized Tuesday after a minor heart attack, a spokesman for the game show said. Trebek, 67, was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center late Monday night and was expected to remain there about two days for tests and observation, said show spokesman Jeff Ritter. "Thankfully it was a minor heart attack," Ritter said. He did not give other details. A post on the official "Jeopardy!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2001
A San Clemente man believed to be in his early 30s died of an apparent heart attack Sunday afternoon while sailing off Dana Point, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. The man was identified as Mark Howard, though no other details were immediately available, said Orange County Fire Capt. Kirk Summers. Summers said paramedics were ferried to the sailboat on the Orange County Sheriff's Department boat.
HEALTH
September 1, 2003 | Dianne Partie Lange, Special to The Times
The chance of surviving for years after a heart attack appears to be improving significantly. Researchers studied 25 years of data for 2,000 people whose lives were saved by resuscitation after their hearts had stopped and who were then released from the hospital. They found a nearly 60% reduction in death from heart disease during the most recent six years (1995 through 2001) compared with the first five-year period (1976 through 1980).
NEWS
September 9, 1989 | From Associated Press
Nobel Peace laureate Mother Teresa suffered a heart attack Friday morning, three days after being admitted to a hospital, but her doctor said her condition has stabilized. Cardiologist A. Bardhaniding added that the 79-year-old Roman Catholic nun was in intensive care at Woodlands Hospital but refused to give any more details. The official All-India Radio said Mother Teresa, known worldwide for her work with the poor, was alert and was visited briefly by the governor of West Bengal state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A 51-year-old umpire suffered a fatal heart attack during a Little League game at the Placentia Champions Sports Complex on Saturday morning. Witnesses said John Aiken, a longtime umpire, collapsed during the second inning of a game between the Placentia Braves and the West Yorba Linda Rockies. Aiken, who had a history of heart problems, was taken to Placentia Linda Hospital by ambulance, where he died, an Orange County coroner's official said.
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