Hospitalizations for heart disease and stroke fell by about one-third over the past decade, according to a new study of nearly 34 million Medicare recipients.The number of Medicare patients hospitalized with heart attacks fell 38% from 1999 to 2011, while the number hospitalized with blood-clot-related strokes fell 34%, according to a study in Circulation.
Hospitalizations fell 31% for heart failure, which occurs when the heart is too weak to pump efficiently, and 84% for unstable angina, a sudden chest pain that often leads to heart attacks, partly because some of these cases were reclassified as heart attacks......View Thread
Vigorous exercise appears to be safe and beneficial for heart transplant patients, according to new research. Sixteen stable heart transplant patients who'd had their new heart for more than a year were included in the study. Some continued their recommended moderate workouts while others did high-intensity exercise, which involves training for a few minutes at near their maximum heart rate, for 12 weeks.
But, be sure to get your doctor's approval before starting any new exercise after heart transplant surgery.View Thread
When it comes to treatment for heart attack, minutes matter. Cardiologists have a saying, "Time is myocardium." Simply put, the faster you receive treatment, the more your heart muscle (myocardium) can be preserved and the less damaged your heart will be.
There are TWO TYPES of heart attack (also known as myocardial infarction, or MI): ST-segment elevation MI and non-ST-segment elevation MI. Each is a life-threatening emergency requiring immediate medical attention. .....
Time Is Muscle/Myocardium Rule Out Myocardial InfarctionView Thread
A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests running, even for a few minutes a day, can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease, whether you plod along or go at race speed.
Researchers studied more than 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15-year period, looking at ......View Thread
In medical school, Gerald Karpman was taught that when it comes to matters of the heart, what's done is done."If you survived the heart attack, you survived at the level that you were going to be," he recalls. "Whatever damage was done was permanent."
That thinking has prevailed until very recently, when studies involving a handful of patients showed an infusion of stem cells might help rebuild healthy hearts in heart attack survivors.......View Thread
"This is a rigorous analysis of a large number of patients," noted Baillargeon. "Our findings did not show an increased risk of heart attack associated with testosterone use in older men," he said.
Still, the issue is probably far from settled, Baillargeon added."Large scale, randomized clinical trials will provide more definitive evidence regarding these risks in the coming years," he said.View Thread
In general-only here, ches area pain/discomfort, stationary or radiating elsewhere, with or without accompanying symptoms, has various causes, cardiac and non-cardiac, which includes, but not limited to, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and psychological/psychogenic.
Non-cardiac chest pain, as applicable to the patient
The chest contains many muscles, bones, tendons, and cartilage and strains or sprains to any of these may/can can cause chest pain. Chest pain associated with musculoskeletal injury is typically sharp and confined to a specific area of the chest.
The pain may/can be brought on by movement of the chest and/or arms into certain positions, and often is relieved by changing position.
The pain may/can be triggered off by pushing on part of the chest and often become worse when taking a deep breath. Though the pain typically last only seconds, it may/can also persist for days or longer.
If/when chest pain increases when you press your finger on the painful site, or if you can pinpoint the spot that hurts, it is most likely chest wall-related pain, which may/can be caused by strained muscles or ligaments or even by a fractured rib.
This pain may/can be brief or fleeting and often described as being sharp.
Additionally, of the different types/kinds of heart conditions, various symptoms may/can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic) or even be silent.
Being overweight is just one factor that puts people at risk for heart disease and stroke. A heart-healthy diet can help you lose weight or lower cholesterol, blood pressure, or triglycerides. According to experts who rated the 29 diets listed, the Ornish Diet is the most heart-healthy......
Granted, some individuals have come up with their own or "customized" diet, which works well for them, and that is great.