Implanted Defibrillators Restore Healthy Heart Function to Many: Study

July 29, 2015

WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many heart patients are advised to receive an implanted cardiac defibrillator to keep their heart functioning properly.
Now, a new study of 1,200 people shows that, in many cases, these devices do their job very well.
Within a few years of receiving a defibrillator, heart function in one in […]

This is Why Everyone Should Learn CPR

July 22, 2015

Many lives could be saved if more people performed CPR immediately after seeing someone go into cardiac arrest, a new study contends.

Study Sees No Link Between Testosterone Therapy and Blood Clots

July 20, 2015

MONDAY, July 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Testosterone therapy doesn’t appear to increase the risk of blood clots in veins, a new study contends.
The most common forms of this problem — called venous thromboembolism (VTE) — are deep vein thrombosis (a clot in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (a clot in the lungs). VTE is […]

How Long Do Patients With Clots in the Lung Need Blood Thinners?

July 7, 2015

TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who suffer a blood clot in the lungs with no obvious cause can ward off a new clot with extended use of blood-thinning medications, a new study shows.
However, the length of time those blood thinners should be given is unclear, since their benefits wear off soon after […]

Wide Variations Seen in U.S. Stroke Care

July 7, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Americans’ odds of receiving a drug that can halt strokes in progress may vary widely depending on their ZIP codes, a new study finds.
Experts said the findings, reported in the July issue of the journal Stroke, help verify what everyone has suspected: There are disparities […]

Heart Association’s Stroke Guidelines Support Clot-Removing Device

June 29, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A device that grabs and drags a blood clot out through the blood vessels should be used to treat certain stroke victims, according to new guidelines issued by the American Heart Association.
Nearly nine out of 10 strokes are caused by a blood clot that blocks […]

Early CPR Spurred by Smartphone Alerts Saves Lives

June 10, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Starting cardiopulmonary resuscitation early and using smartphone alerts to increase rates of bystander CPR can save people with cardiac arrest, two new studies find.
When CPR was started before an ambulance arrived, twice as many cardiac-arrest patients lived to leave the hospital than when CPR was […]

Blood Thinners OK for Cancers That Spread to Brain, Study Finds

June 2, 2015

TUESDAY, June 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Blood-thinning drugs are safe for treating blood clots in patients with cancer that has spread to the brain from other areas of the body, according to new research.
Cancer normally increases a person’s risk of blood clots, the study authors explained in a news release from the American Society […]

The Facts About Newer Birth Control Pills and Blood Clot Risk

May 27, 2015

Newer forms of the birth control pill—brands such as Yaz, Yasmin and Desogen—are more likely to cause blood clots than older versions, a new study finds.

Stenting Outcomes Vary Widely Among U.S. Hospitals

May 18, 2015

MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The risk of death or stroke after carotid artery stenting varies widely among U.S. hospitals, with the odds four times higher at some medical centers than others, new research suggests.
The carotid arteries in the neck supply blood to the brain. After opening a blocked carotid artery, physicians often […]


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