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 […]

Most Don’t Need ‘Bridging’ When They Stop Warfarin Temporarily

August 26, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Heart patients on the clot-preventing drug warfarin usually have to stop the medication before having surgery. Now, a new study shows they can safely do that without taking another anti-clotting drug — and they may even be better off.
The study, reported in the Aug. 27 […]

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 […]


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