Posts Tagged 'heart attack'

Study Explores Shingles Link to Heart Attack and Stroke

study shows possible heart attack link to shinglesTo an adult who has had chickenpox at some point in his or her life, the idea of one day developing shingles is something they’d most certainly like to avoid. The virus that causes the excruciatingly painful skin rash is the same virus that took you out of school for a while during childhood. It remains dormant in your body from that time forward, until sometimes it eventually makes ...

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Can Optimism Reduce the Risk of a Second Heart Attack?

optimism can help in heart attack recoveryHeart attack patients are all too aware of the flood of emotions that come with surviving such an event. Terror, sadness, apprehension, and depression can all follow in the footsteps of a medical event that, statistically speaking, had a very good chance of ending that patient’s life.

Recovery, for those who do survive, is a long road. Physical therapy, medication, intense monitoring, diet and lifestyle changes, and countless other modifications may ...

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Alabama Widow Awarded $4 Million in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

A Walker County, Alabama woman won a medical malpractice lawsuit against an emergency room doctor who allegedly mistook her husband’s heart attack symptoms for a stomach illness. The jury voted in favor of the woman after a 7-day medical malpractice trial, awarding the widow $4 million.

In 2008, the woman’s 40 year old man visited the Walker Baptist Medical Center two days after he began feeling sick to his stomach. The man entered the emergency room complaining ...

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Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

A recent New York Times piece discusses one woman’s experience with a heart attack and how that experience compared with that of her late husband. The article points out some common misconceptions and behaviors that may lead to a delay in treatment of heart attacks – based on the woman’s own beliefs or a lack of knowledge by healthcare providers.

There is a common misconception that cancer is the biggest killer of women. In fact, ...

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Myocardial infarction risk elevated by testosterone therapy

A story in Cardiology Today reports that some men taking testosterone therapy show an increased risk in myocardial infarction. Data shows an elevated risk in groups of older and younger men with a previous history of cardiovascular disease. This information, along with other studies prompted the FDA’s decision to review the dangers associated with testosterone therapy.

Myocardial infarction, stroke, and death were increased in the population of men taking testosterone therapy. The recent study analyzed the risk ...

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Testosterone therapy shown to be uneccessary in many cases

A recent story in the Washington Post describes a report by the Endocrine Society that many men are receiving testosterone therapy when they do not need it.  The research demonstrates that a large portion of patients do not meet the accepted clinical criteria for receiving testosterone treatment.

The male sex hormone, testosterone, naturally declines with age. Hypogonadism is a condition that results from low testosterone and one that is generally treated with therapy. However, many men are ...

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