This Is How Much Vitamin D You Need Each Day for a Healthy Heart

November 13, 2015

Researchers say they’ve identified the minimum level of vitamin D needed for good heart health.

Bystander CPR Helps Some Kids Survive Cardiac Arrest

November 10, 2015

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More American children who suffer cardiac arrest at home or in public places are getting CPR from bystanders, a new study finds.
Kids who receive bystander CPR have better survival rates, the researchers said.
But, the study didn’t find an impact on infant survival rates.
“This lack of impact on infants […]

Heart Valve Patients Who Manage Their Own Blood Thinners May Do Better

November 10, 2015

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Patients with mechanical heart valves may benefit from managing their own blood thinners, a new study suggests.
“There are several reasons that patients who self-manage treatment have better outcomes than those who follow standard management,” said study leader Dr. Thomas Decker Christensen, from Aarhus University Hospital, in Denmark.
“Self-management patients […]

45-Minute Class Helps Middle Schoolers Master CPR Basics

November 7, 2015

SATURDAY, Nov. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Just one 45-minute class can help middle school students master lifesaving CPR skills, researchers report.
The students in the study were taught both manual CPR (chest compressions) and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), a device available for emergency use in many public spaces.
“If schools across the […]

Lifesaving Defibrillators Often Behind Locked Doors, Study Finds

November 7, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
SATURDAY, Nov. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Public defibrillators can help anyone save the life of someone suffering cardiac arrest, but the devices are often kept behind locked doors, a new study finds.
At issue is the accessibility of devices called automated external defibrillators, or AEDs. They are portable, layperson-friendly versions of […]

Extracting Clot Beats Clot-Busting Drug Alone in Study of Stroke Patients

November 3, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Extracting a stroke-causing blood clot is better than just using a clot-busting drug for preserving brain function, a new analysis concludes.
About 45 percent of patients who underwent the clot-removal procedure experienced functional independence at 90 days, compared with about 32 percent of patients treated with […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis May Shorten Life Span: Study

November 3, 2015

TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Rheumatoid arthritis may raise the risk of early death by as much as 40 percent, with heart and respiratory problems the most common contributors to a shortened life span, a new study suggests.
And among those who died of respiratory causes, one of the main causes of death was […]

FDA Approves Drug to Reverse Blood Thinner’s Effect

October 16, 2015

FRIDAY, Oct. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Emergency use of a drug to reverse the blood-thinning effects of another drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Praxbind (idarucizumab) was cleared for use in patients who are taking the anticoagulant Pradaxa (dabigatran) when there is an urgent need to reverse Pradaxa’s blood-thinning effects.
“The […]

Many Critically Ill Patients Lack ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Orders

September 22, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Most people who’ve survived a cardiac arrest in the hospital don’t have “do not resuscitate” (DNR) orders, even if they have a poor prognosis, a new study reports.
Fewer than one in four of all cardiac arrest patients had a DNR order prepared within 12 hours […]

Too Much TV Time Tied to Higher Odds for Blood Clot in Lung: Study

August 31, 2015

MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who sit around watching TV for hours on end may raise their risk for a sudden and deadly blockage of a lung artery, new research reveals.
Called a pulmonary embolism, the condition is described by study author Toru Shirakawa as “a serious, sometimes fatal, lung-related vascular disease characterized […]


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