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More Advanced Emergency Care May Be Worse for Cardiac Arrest Victims: Study

November 24, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Advanced life support given by paramedics to cardiac arrest victims may cost lives rather than save them, researchers report.
The best treatment might just be good CPR given by paramedics or emergency medical technicians and getting the patient to the hospital as fast as possible, the […]

Treating Irregular Heartbeat With Digoxin May Come With Risks

November 21, 2014

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The widely used heart drug digoxin is associated with increased risk of death and hospitalization among patients who have the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation but no evidence of heart failure, a new study finds.
Atrial fibrillation is a common form of irregular heartbeat that has been linked to […]

Special Ambulance Delivers Vital Stroke Care More Quickly

November 21, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Stroke outcomes are better when patients are treated in an ambulance by a neurologist equipped with a CT scanner and clot-busting drugs, German researchers report.
The sooner patients get the clot dissolver — tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) — the better the outcome after a stroke, the […]

A Bad Marriage Burdens an Aging Heart

November 20, 2014

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A bad marriage increases an older adult’s risk of heart trouble, and that’s particularly true for women, a new study contends.
Researchers examined five years of data from 1,200 married American men and women, aged 57 to 85. People with spouses who were overly critical or demanding were more […]

3-D Model of Heart May Help Surgeons Fix Defects

November 19, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Being able to examine a 3-D model of the heart may boost surgeons’ ability to treat patients born with complex cardiac defects, a new study suggests.
Heart surgeons typically rely on 2-D images taken by X-ray, ultrasound or MRI to plan their surgery on a patient. But these […]

Oxygen May Not Help Heart Attack Victims

November 19, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Strapping an oxygen mask to someone suffering a heart attack might make their heart attack worse, new research suggests.
Heart attack victims treated with oxygen endured 25 to 30 percent more heart damage than patients not given oxygen, said lead investigator Dr. Dion Stub, an interventional […]

Coordination of Heart Attack Care Trims Time to Treatment: Study

November 19, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Improved coordination between paramedics and hospitals can reduce heart attack deaths nearly fivefold by getting patients quicker treatment, a new study shows.
That’s the conclusion of a clinical trial that measured the impact of an American Heart Association initiative designed to improve care for heart attack […]

Women With Heart Disease at Low Risk When Giving Birth: Study

November 19, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women with congenital heart disease are at low risk for heart-related complications when they give birth, a new study finds.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 2.7 million women who gave birth in California, including more than 3,200 who had congenital heart disease and 248 with complex congenital heart […]

Chasing, Tackling Suspects Raises Cops’ Odds of Sudden Death

November 18, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Police face a higher risk of sudden cardiac death when they’re restraining or chasing suspects or engaging in altercations, compared to routine duties, according to new research.
The risk of sudden cardiac death rose during the most stressful times about 30 to 70 times higher than […]

Wireless ECG Speeds Up Heart Attack Treatments, Study Shows

November 18, 2014

TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new wireless electrocardiogram (ECG) can cut the time it takes for heart attack patients to receive treatment, new research suggests.
A study from Doha, Qatar, examined outcomes among 510 heart attack patients, and found a trans-satellite wireless 12-lead ECG cut the ambulance-to-angioplasty time by more than half an […]



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