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The stress of an earthquake can kill people with heart disease, according to a study released Thursday. On Jan. 17, 1994, the day of the Northridge earthquake, the Los Angeles County coroner's office recorded 49 deaths due to heart disease, according to Jonathan Leor and Robert A. Kloner, cardiologists at Los Angeles' Good Samaritan Hospital. In the days just before the quake, however, the office recorded an average 15 heart disease-related deaths per day.
January 19, 1989 | BILL SLOAN, Bill Sloan is a free-lance writer in Dallas . He wrote this story for the American Heart Assn.
"This job's going to be the death of me yet." Maybe you've heard those words coming from your own lips during some crisis at your place of employment. The fact is, most of us who work for a living probably voice similar sentiments at times. Often we say it jokingly, but for many American wage-earners, this oft-repeated statement may be dangerously close to the truth.
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 | From Times wire reports
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | ALLAN PARACHINI, Times Staff Writer
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%.
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 | HARRY NELSON, Times Medical Writer
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 | From Reuters
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 | Jaime Cardenas;Lance Pugmire;Eric Sondheimer, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
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