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Heartburn or Heart Attack?

Heartburn or Heart Attack?

  Pay attention to symptoms, seek help immediately if condition warrants By Gordon L. Kritzer, MD, FACC Cardiologists, Virginia Mason Hospital and Seattle Medical Center Since large meals are often part of holiday celebrations, it is easy to over eat when celebrating Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day and other special occasions. If, after eating a big […]

February 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
When study cast doubt on heart pill, the drug company turned to Tom Price

When study cast doubt on heart pill, the drug company turned to Tom Price

By Robert Faturechi ProPublica, Jan. 19, 2017 The $3 pill known as BiDil was already a difficult sell when a Georgia-based pharmaceutical company bought the marketing rights a few years ago. A treatment for African Americans suffering from heart failure, BiDil had never really caught on, forcing the drug company that developed it to take […]

January 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
No safe level of smoking: Even low-intensity smokers are at increased risk of earlier death

No safe level of smoking: Even low-intensity smokers are at increased risk of earlier death

From the National Institutes of Health People who consistently smoked an average of less than one cigarette per day over their lifetime had a 64 percent higher risk of earlier death than never smokers, and those who smoked between one and 10 cigarettes a day had an 87 percent higher risk of earlier death than […]

December 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
People in Africa are living longer but lifestyle diseases are rising

People in Africa are living longer but lifestyle diseases are rising

By Charles Wiysonge Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa Malaria, HIV, pneumonia, and diarrhoea are the leading killers on the African continent, according to a recently released study looking at the burden of diseases across the world. In 1980 the list looked different. Then the leading […]

October 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Poor blood-pressure control puts 5 million older Americans at risk – CDC

Poor blood-pressure control puts 5 million older Americans at risk – CDC

From the CDC Some 5 million Medicare Part D enrollees age 65 and older are not taking their blood pressure medicine properly, increasing their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and death, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Medicare Part D is a federal program that […]

September 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Cardiac rehab improves health, but cost and access issues can limit success

Cardiac rehab improves health, but cost and access issues can limit success

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Mario Oikonomides credits a massive heart attack when he was 38 for sparking his love of exercise, which he says helped keep him out of the hospital for decades after. While recovering, he did something that only a small percentage of patients do: He signed up for a medically […]

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
You  may be surprised by how much salt you’re eating

You may be surprised by how much salt you’re eating

From the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Do you try to be careful about the amount of salt in your diet? Are you pretty sure you’re eating about the right amount of salt (also known as sodium chloride) every day, according to what most experts recommend? You may be wrong about that. Even […]

July 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Heart failure patients warned about dangers of mixing prescriptions

Heart failure patients warned about dangers of mixing prescriptions

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News Mike O’Meara’s life runs on a tight schedule. Every morning, after a glass of juice and breakfast, the 70-year-old picks up his medication from a blue labeled tray his wife Beth prepared and gulps down 12 and a half pills. At noon, he swallows three more. Around dinner time, […]

July 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Commonly used drugs and supplements can worsen heart failure, US heart doctors warn

Commonly used drugs and supplements can worsen heart failure, US heart doctors warn

From the American Heart Association Commonly used medications and nutritional supplements may cause or worsen heart failure, according to the first American Heart Association scientific statement on avoiding drug-drug or drug-condition interactions for people with heart failure. The statement provides comprehensive information about drugs and “natural” remedies that may have serious unintended consequences for heart failure patients. […]

July 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Increasing number of U.S. adults living with congenital heart defects

Increasing number of U.S. adults living with congenital heart defects

From the American Heart Association More children with  congenital heart defects are living into adulthood  — creating the need for more health specialized services and better tracking systems to collect data for these patients of all ages, a new study appearing in the American Heart Association journal Circulation has found. According to the study, about 1.4 million adults and […]

July 5, 2016 | By | Reply More