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Depression among heart attack survivors can be deadly, yet is often ignored

Depression among heart attack survivors can be deadly, yet is often ignored

One in 5 people hospitalized for a heart attack or chest pain develop major depression — about four times the rate in the general population. One in 3 stroke survivors become depressed, along with up to half of those who undergo heart bypass surgery. Heart disease patients who become depressed are twice as likely to die within the following decade as other patients.

July 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Survivors of childhood diseases struggle to find care as adults

Survivors of childhood diseases struggle to find care as adults

There are now more adults than kids living with congenital heart diseases, and medical training lags behind. Young adults who can’t find suitable doctors may drop out of care, and their conditions may worsen.

June 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
As little as 10-15 minutes of vigorous daily exercise may have heart-health benefits

As little as 10-15 minutes of vigorous daily exercise may have heart-health benefits

Whether you want to reduce your risk for heart disease, or just improve your overall health, interval training may be an excellent option, says Dr. Drew Baldwin, MD, and Interventional Cardiologist at Virginia Mason

June 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fainting and the summer heat: Warmer days can make you swoon, so be prepared

Fainting and the summer heat: Warmer days can make you swoon, so be prepared

Fear, pain, the sight of blood or prolonged standing – think the long lines of summer travel – can trigger fainting. These triggers set off a reflex that causes our hearts to paradoxically slow instead of speed up, and our blood vessels to dilate instead of constrict. Blood pressure and brain blood flow plummet, and we faint.

May 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Top ten leading causes of death in the US

Top ten leading causes of death in the US

Heart disease and cancer were the top two causes of death for both females and males in 2015. The other leading causes varied in rank by sex. These 10 leading causes of death accounted for approximately three-quarters of all deaths.

April 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cholesterol drug prevents heart attacks — but doesn’t come cheap

Cholesterol drug prevents heart attacks — but doesn’t come cheap

By Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News WASHINGTON — For the first time, research shows that a pricey new medication called Repatha not only dramatically lowers LDL cholesterol, the “bad cholesterol,” it also reduces patients’ risk of dying or being hospitalized. Repatha, a man-made antibody also known as evolocumab, cut the combined risk of heart attack, […]

March 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Dilated cardiomyopathy: the disease that killed George Michael – explained

Dilated cardiomyopathy: the disease that killed George Michael – explained

By Charles Redwood, Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Biochemistry University of Oxford, Oxford, England An Oxfordshire coroner recently announced that George Michael died of natural causes. The post-mortem examination revealed that the singer suffered from a number of health problems, including dilated cardiomyopathy. Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a disease of the heart muscle. Up to half of […]

March 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Popular charity heart screenings for teens may cause more problems than they solve

Popular charity heart screenings for teens may cause more problems than they solve

By Mary Chris Jaklevic Kaiser Health News Dozens of not-for-profit organizations have formed in the past decade to promote free or low-cost heart screenings for teens. These groups often claim such tests save lives by finding abnormalities that might pose a risk of sudden cardiac death. But the efforts are raising concerns. There’s no evidence […]

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Controlling cholesterol with statins – Tips from the FDA

Controlling cholesterol with statins – Tips from the FDA

From the US Food and Drug Administration You go to the gym faithfully, and try to watch your diet. But after your annual physical, you find out that your blood cholesterol is surprisingly high. Your doctor calls you back to discuss taking a medication known as a statin. Tips for Consumers Whether you’re taking a […]

February 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Heart Failure: If properly managed, this common condition isn’t a life changer

Heart Failure: If properly managed, this common condition isn’t a life changer

By Sara Weiss, MD Cardiologist and Heart Failure Specialist Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center According to the American Heart Association’s latest statistics, it affects 6.5 million Americans and is projected to increase 46 percent by 2030, resulting in more than 8 million people with the malady. Unfortunately, though, this common condition was given […]

February 13, 2017 | By | Reply More