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Heart attack at fire station leaves crew working to save one of their own

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Firefighter Tony Spagnoletti was on overnight duty when he woke up with chest pains. He sloughed it off as “gas.”

“We’d been doing a rope rescue training earlier and I’d spent the day climbing up and down ladders,” Spagnoletti recalled of the night in 2012. “I […]

Wildfire smoke could send more seniors to the ER for heart, stroke issues

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Smoke from wildfires, particularly for people 65 and older, could cause an increase in emergency room visits for heart and brain-related issues, according to new research.

The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, was one of the most extensive of wildfire […]

April 11th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Wildfire smoke could send more seniors to the ER for heart, stroke issues

Sunshine could hold clues on the timing for a severe form of heart attack, study says

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The sun’s radiation could be a factor in seasonal patterns of a deadly type of heart attack, according to new research that tracked a “summer shift” in their occurrence across seven countries.

Previous research has examined how these attacks – called ST-elevation myocardial infarctions, or STEMIs […]

April 6th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Prevention, Research|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Sunshine could hold clues on the timing for a severe form of heart attack, study says

When a college hoops star died of a heart attack, his family got in the game

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

March Madness, the annual college basketball tournament that glues Americans to their TVs and their brackets, is a bittersweet time for the Cornette family.

Just 15 years ago Joel and Jordan, brothers and best friends, were stars on teams that advanced to the Sweet 16. Though […]

March 30th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, multicultural, Physical Activity|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on When a college hoops star died of a heart attack, his family got in the game

Amid bustling World Series celebration, a teacher is saved by a stranger in the crowd

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Lee Matzeder’s heart was racing and his chest felt tight during the Kansas City Royals’ World Series victory parade in downtown Kansas City in 2015. But it wasn’t from the excitement of being surrounded by 800,000 likeminded fans celebrating a world championship.

The 55-year-old elementary school […]

March 19th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Amid bustling World Series celebration, a teacher is saved by a stranger in the crowd

Waist size predicts heart attacks better than BMI, especially in women

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Women with bigger waists relative to their hips face a higher risk of heart attacks than men with a similar body shape, according to a new study.

The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, suggests that a waist-to-hip ratio […]

February 28th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Attack, Obesity, Patients, Prevention, Research, Women|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Waist size predicts heart attacks better than BMI, especially in women

Heart attacks may increase after flu diagnosis, study says

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The flu may trigger heart attacks, according to a recent study.

The research was the first time a study looked at laboratory tests and showed a conclusive link. The Canadian study found a six-fold increase in heart attacks shortly after people were diagnosed.

Researchers looked at 19,729 […]

February 26th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Prevention|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Heart attacks may increase after flu diagnosis, study says

Virginia woman refocuses on health after second heart attack

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Kelly Gross thought the constant fatigue and periodic tightening sensation in her jaw and neck were simply signs of stress from her demanding job and five kids.

Then, one day on a smoke break, it struck much more violently.

The tightening spread quickly.

“It felt like someone was […]

February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Attack, Nutrition, Patients|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Virginia woman refocuses on health after second heart attack

Had a heart attack? Healthy living could help prevent another one

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Off the Charts is a series featuring expert answers to questions about heart and brain health. This week we explore healthy living after a heart attack, and how to avoid a repeat.

Q: I had my third “widowmaker” heart attack. … I’ve had an active […]

February 20th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Off the Charts Q&A|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Had a heart attack? Healthy living could help prevent another one

Stopping daily aspirin dose can prove deadly

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Stopping low-dose aspirin can cause an increase of heart attack and stroke, a recent study says.

Studies have suggested that patients experience a “rebound effect” after stopping aspirin treatment, possibly due to increased clotting levels from the loss of aspirin’s blood-thinning effects.

Because of the large number […]

February 15th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Stopping daily aspirin dose can prove deadly