June 18, 1989
Joseph Stokes III, 64, one of the principal investigators of the world's longest-running heart study and the first dean of the medical school at UC San Diego. A cardiologist and epidemiologist, Stokes was an investigator for the renowned Framingham Heart Study which began in 1948 with 5,209 residents of the central Massachusetts city of Framingham. The project monitors patterns, causes and inhibitors of cardiovascular disease and remains the world's longest running project of its kind.
June 25, 2007 |
Diabetes is dangerous even before the disease becomes full-blown, boosting the risk of death from heart disease in its earliest form, Australian researchers said last week. Before most people develop Type 2 diabetes, they have trouble metabolizing sugar, a problem known as pre-diabetes that affects 56 million people in the United States. Elizabeth Barr of the International Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia and colleagues studied 10,429 Australians 25 or older for about five years.
February 12, 2004 |
A protein produced by overstressed heart muscle may be a strong indicator of heart disease, offering doctors a quick and inexpensive test for heart trouble before symptoms appear. The substance, called B-type natriuretic peptide, could become the latest in an array of proteins that can be used to diagnose or predict heart trouble, two studies in today's New England Journal of Medicine report.
April 7, 1987 |
It is one of public health's most revered articles of faith: Heart disease in the United States rose in epidemic fashion from the turn of the century until the 1960s, but with public awareness and improved treatment, it then started a long, unrelenting decline. Between 1965 and 1978, government and private statistical analyses have concluded, the rate dropped by 26.5%.
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June 12, 1991 |
Otto Bos, Gov. Pete Wilson's longtime aide, had unknowingly suffered a heart attack before the one that killed him earlier this month, the San Diego County medical examiner's office concluded in a report released Tuesday. Medical Examiner Dr. Brian Blackbourn said the previous heart attack and not Bos' liquid diet, Optifast, had contributed to Bos' heart failure. Bos died as a result of a heart attack caused by narrowed arteries, Blackbourn said.
July 14, 1985 |
Southern California scientists have taken a major step toward eventually understanding how heredity plays an important role in making an individual susceptible to heart disease. The researchers, from UCLA's Institute of Molecular Biology, Wadsworth Veterans Administration Medical Center and the City of Hope in Duarte, have succeeded in cloning the gene that determines the characteristics of the lipid-protein compound that delivers the bulk of cholesterol to body cells.
March 11, 1998 |
Researchers said Tuesday that they had discovered a gene linked to heart disease, the first such gene to be positively identified. The gene, named CHD1 for coronary heart disease, affected about 10% of the families with experience of heart disease at a relatively early age in a study at Salt Lake City-based Myriad Genetics. The gene probably acts with diet and exercise, or lack of exercise, to cause heart disease, said Dennis Ballinger, director of coronary heart disease research at Myriad.
January 16, 2008 |
Major league pitcher Joe Kennedy was afflicted with a condition that caused his heart to suddenly stop beating at his in-laws' home in November, when he collapsed and later died. A final report on the 28-year-old player's death Nov. 23 has not been issued. But an autopsy found he had hypertensive heart disease, a condition that hardens the heart's walls and can cause it to stop beating, a medical examiner said.
July 2, 1996
Dr. Travis W. Winsor, 81, an expert in heart disease and research. Born in San Francisco, Winsor was educated at UC Berkeley and Stanford Medical School. He was on the cardiology staffs of both St. Vincent Medical Center and the Hospital of the Good Samaritan in Los Angeles. Winsor found early indications of secondary smoke causing harm to nonsmokers, and invented the plethysmograph, a diagnostic tool for testing the vascular system.
May 22, 1990 |
When famous athletes such as basketball star Hank Gathers or runner Jim Fixx drop dead exercising, everyday exercisers may stop in their tracks. Are recreational athletes risking sudden heart failure while chasing their personal fitness goals? For everyday exercisers, cardiologists offer reassurances--and caveats. "Sudden death (from heart problems) is extremely rare in young people," said Dr.