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Hole in the Heart: Closing It No Better than Meds to Stop Strokes

Hole in the Heart: Closing It No Better than Meds to Stop Strokes

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — As many as 26 percent of us have holes in our hearts.This hole, found in the wall between the heart’s two upper chambers, is called a patent foramen ovale, or PFO, and most of the time it isn’t a cause for concern. …

Study: Women Have Lower Risk of Death from Heart Disease

Study: Women Have Lower Risk of Death from Heart Disease

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(OXFORD, England) — Women have a lower risk of death from heart failure, according to a new report.The study, published by the European Journal of Heart Failure on Thursday, was conducted on 41,949 heart patients. The data was ga…

Heart Attack Risk May Increase in Cold Temperatures

Heart Attack Risk May Increase in Cold Temperatures

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.) — Frigid temperatures can be a trigger for some coronary problems, which could explain why fatal heart attacks typically peak during winter months, according to a new study.  Researchers at the Penns…

Fainting Can Indicate Deadly Heart Condition

Fainting Can Indicate Deadly Heart Condition

BananaStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Fainting: It happens to 60 percent of all Americans at some point, and it has stricken many when the cameras rolled and the stage lights shined the brightest.Akshay Buddiga hit the floor during the National Spelling …

Heart Attacks in Young Women Can Be Harder to Detect, Deadlier

Heart Attacks in Young Women Can Be Harder to Detect, Deadlier

File photo. Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Tami Kemit thought she was coming down with the flu, but the 35-year-old mother of two was actually having a massive heart attack.Kemit, who lives in Erie, Pa., waited three days before she drove herself to t…

Doctors Use Stem Cells to Heal Heart Attack Scars

Doctors Use Stem Cells to Heal Heart Attack Scars

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Doctors say it may be possible to mend a broken heart. 
A small trial by physicians at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, reported in the medical journal Lancet, showed that damage caused to the o…

Five-Second Rule? Medics Drop Heart but Transplant Proceeds

Five-Second Rule? Medics Drop Heart but Transplant Proceeds

Keith Brofsky/Thinkstock(MEXICO CITY) — During a moment caught on tape that is sure to make a few cringe, medics in Mexico are seen bumbling, then dropping, a heart on the ground intended for a 20-year-old female heart recipient.Medics arrived at the …

Texas Teen Posted Powerful Videos Before Christmas Death

Texas Teen Posted Powerful Videos Before Christmas Death

A Texas teenager, Ben Breedlove, who cheated death three times despite a dangerous heart condition died on Christmas night from a heart attack, but not before posting a two-part video on YouTube telling his story and describing a series of powerful vis…

CPAP Mask Treats Sleep Apnea, Heart Problems

CPAP Mask Treats Sleep Apnea, Heart Problems

Siri Stafford/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Joan Siegel reached the tipping point of husband Alan’s snoring on their trip to China.For the past three years, Siegel could bear her husband’s snoring and waking in the middle of the night. It was …

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