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Is there such a thing as normal aging?

Is there such a thing as normal aging?

Drawing on their decades of practice along with the latest medical data, four geriatric experts have drawn up what can often be — but not always – considered to be signposts of normal aging for folks who practice good health habits and get recommended preventive care.

April 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
Why heart disease is often missed in women: The myth of the ‘widowmaker’

Why heart disease is often missed in women: The myth of the ‘widowmaker’

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for women throughout the world. Approximately seven times more women will die from heart disease than breast cancer. Even in women with breast cancer, dying from heart disease is a leading cause of death.

February 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
UW study explains how fetal infections could lead to adult heart disease

UW study explains how fetal infections could lead to adult heart disease

Inflammation due to infection inside the pregnant womb can alter the activity of genes essential for normal fetal heart formation. 

January 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
How an historic heart transplant created a celebrity scientist 50 years ago

How an historic heart transplant created a celebrity scientist 50 years ago

South Africa’s Chris Barnard stands out in medical history as the heart surgeon who became a global household name after transplanting the first human heart on 3 December 1967. The historic surgery captured the world’s imagination and was hailed by 20th-century historians as socially and scientifically of equal significance compared to the moon-landing in 1969.

December 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
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