August 31, 1986 |
Fern Schiff was not worried about the health of her 14-year-old daughter, Judy, when she sent her to summer camp in August, 1979. The Palms Junior High School ninth-grader was a healthy, athletic youngster, "a tomboy, really," her mother recalls. But in just five months, Judy had succumbed to a form of cardiomyopathy believed to have been caused by a viral infection she contracted at camp. In the 6 1/2 years since Judy's death on Jan.
June 13, 1993 |
The hit hurt. It was a solid, crunching blow to the chest that came as swift and sudden as lightning. Reggie Perry's angular body buckled. His heart pounded like a drum machine. And although spring passing drills had only begun, he felt an uncompromising and unyielding fatigue. Despite the signs, Perry thought nothing was wrong. "Like the idiot that I am, I didn't realize what it was," he said.
June 24, 1993 |
The hit hurt. It was a solid, crunching blow to the chest that came as swiftly and suddenly as lightning. Reggie Perry's angular body buckled. His heart pounded like a drum. And although spring drills had only begun, he felt an uncompromising and unyielding fatigue. Despite the signs, Perry believed that nothing was wrong. "Like the idiot that I am, I didn't realize what it was," said the USC senior who has switched from quarterback to safety.
January 2, 1996 |
A newly identified gene has been linked to about 55% of cases of an inherited heart disorder that can kill young, otherwise healthy people. It's the third gene to be found for the inherited form of the illness known as long QT syndrome, which affects an estimated 20,000 Americans and is thought to cause 50 to 200 deaths a year. People with the disorder have an increased risk for episodes in which their heart races at 300 to 400 beats a minute, too fast to pump blood effectively.
August 21, 2011 |
Before newborns leave the hospital, they should receive a simple, pain-free test to check for signs of congenital heart disease, one of the most common types of birth defects, according to a recommendation by a federal advisory panel. In a report published online Sunday in the journal Pediatrics, the doctors propose nationwide screening for critical congenital heart disease using pulse oximetry, a probe placed on a hand and a foot that uses a light source and sensor to measure oxygen in the blood.
April 26, 2010 |
Nearly half of all adult Americans have high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes, all conditions that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, researchers from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday. One in eight Americans has at least two of the conditions and one in 33 has all three, sharply increasing their risk. Of those with at least one condition, 15% have not been diagnosed, according to the report released online. "The number that really surprises me is the penetration of these conditions into the U.S. population," said Dr. Clyde Yancy of Baylor University Medical Center, president of the American Heart Assn.