Tag: heart attack

New prescription: Doctor offices that look like Apple stores

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After a relative suffered a heart attack a few years ago, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Adrian Aoun got an unsettling look at a health-care system that he diagnosed as an inefficient and outdated mess. Now he believes he has a remedy. It’s called Forward, a health-management service that charges a $149 per month – roughly $1,800 a year – to tend to all of its patients’ primary-care needs. And not just with attentive doctoring, either; Forward plans to deploy body scanners, sensors, giant touch-screen monitors, infrared devices and other high-tech gizmos that could make a doctor’s...

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Cholesterol drug shows promise to help reverse heart disease

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For the first time, a new drug given along with a cholesterol-lowering statin medicine has proved able to shrink plaque that is clogging arteries, potentially giving a way to undo some of the damage of heart disease. The difference was very small but doctors hope it will grow with longer treatment, and any reversal or stabilization of disease would be a win for patients and a long-sought goal. The drug, Amgen Inc.’s Repatha, also drove LDL, or bad cholesterol, down to levels rarely if ever seen in people before. Heart patients are told to aim...

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World’s Smallest Heart Pump has a big Impact

The world’s smallest heart pump may only be a few millimeters wide, but its impact is huge. It’s called the Impella 2.5 Catheter, and for the past few months, the cardiology staff at Harlingen Medical Center has been testing out the tiny device. “We have some patients that come here in severe cardiogenic shock… that means that the heart has been so severely affected by a heart attack that the patient can’t support their blood pressure and they’re in heart failure with fluid in their lungs.” Bring in the Impella 2.5 Catheter, the world’s smallest heart pump. It’s temporarily...

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FDA adds heart attack and stroke warning to some painkillers

ATLANTA (CNN) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling on drug makers of some popular painkillers to strengthen their warning labels after a review of new safety information. The warning labels on non-aspirin non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, known as NSAIDs, must be updated to identify an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke. NSAIDs are typically given to relieve pain or fever that results from, but not limited to, arthritis, flu, headaches and menstrual cramps. Higher doses require a prescription, while lower doses are available over-the-counter. The warning applies to both. Brand names include Celebrex, Advil,...

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A Sauna a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Hopping into the sauna may add years to your life. A new Finnish study finds men that used the sauna more often had reduced their risk for fatal cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke and death. They found of the twenty three hundred men studied, men that took saunas four to seven times a week actually lived longer than men who only visited the sauna once a week. They decreased their risk of sudden cardiac death by 63 percent and cut their for cardiovascular diseases in half. To start seeing some heart healthy benefits, experts recommend hitting the...

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