Heart, Heart Attack

Norton Healthcare hospitals recognized with three awards for exceeding patient care standards in heart attack cases

Norton Healthcare hospitals were recognized today during a presentation by the American Heart Association with Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus and Gold awards for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. The American Heart Association also presented Norton Healthcare with the Mission Lifeline: Regional Trailblazer Award. The award recognized Norton Healthcare for serving as…

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Heart, Heart Attack

Can stress cause a heart attack?

Your body’s fight or flight response is nature’s way of helping you cope with stressful situations. Faced with stress, your body will secrete adrenaline to amp up your breathing, heart rate and blood pressure — all things that can help if you are in a dangerous situation. But when stress is chronic, your body remains…

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Heart, Heart Attack, Neurosciences, Stroke

Baby aspirin for your heart? Heart and stroke doctors’ views

New recommendations for taking baby aspirin daily to prevent heart attacks and strokes may have you wondering what to do. According to a cardiologist and a neurologist, fundamentally, advice on the topic really hasn’t changed. With a few exceptions, if you have never been diagnosed with heart disease, vascular disease or had a stroke, you…

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Cardiology, Heart, Heart Attack

What’s the link between a heart attack and blood pressure?

High blood pressure puts extra strain on the heart and arteries. Years of untreated high blood pressure and the strain it puts on artery walls creates places for cholesterol to build up and form hardened patches of plaque. If the plaque ruptures, bits and pieces enter the bloodstream, where they can form blood clots. High…

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Atrial Fibrillation, Heart, Heart Attack, News

Can the holidays cause a heart attack?

Statistically, more people experience heart attacks during the holidays. However, most cardiologists would agree the holidays don’t cause heart attacks. “Stretching from Thanksgiving to Christmas and even into the new year, there is about a 5 percent increase in heart attacks or emergency room visits due to heart-related concerns,” said Abdolreza Agahtehrani, M.D., cardiologist with…

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Atrial Fibrillation, Heart, Heart Attack, Migraine and Headaches, Neurosciences, Stroke

Women with migraine have higher risk of heart attack, stroke and A-fib

A study published in the British Medical Journal earlier this year supports findings that previous studies have shown: Migraine may increase a person’s risk for heart attack, stroke and other forms of heart disease. Previous studies have shown that women, in particular, who get migraine headaches have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke….

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Widowmaker heart attack that struck Kevin Smith can hit fast

A massive heart attack called a “widowmaker” that struck filmmaker and actor Kevin Smith can happen quickly and fatally. Taking steps to protect your heart while young, as well as knowing your critical numbers, can be the key to surviving such a devastating blockage. “This type of heart attack refers to a blockage in a…

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[Spoiler alert] ‘This Is Us’ puts ‘Widowmaker’ heart attack front and center

The long-awaited question as to how Jack Pearson died on the hit NBC show “This Is Us” was finally answered. Viewers had expected Pearson (played by Milo Ventimiglia) to die in a house fire. As it turned out, the fire was only part of the story. Viewers learned Pearson suffered a type of heart attack…

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Super excited about the big game? What if it’s a heart attack?

The big game is this weekend! Anything could happen, from halftime show hijinks to breathtaking finishes. Could all the excitement give you a heart attack? During the National Football Conference (NFC) divisional playoffs, the Minnesota Vikings secured a last-minute, nail-biting win over the New Orleans Saints. Some fans were so excited their Apple Watches thought…

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Cardiology, Heart, Heart Attack, News

Panic attack or a heart attack?

It comes on out of nowhere: a terrible feeling of dread. You feel a sharp, stabbing pain in your chest. You feel like you can’t breathe and you start shaking. Your heart feels like it’s running a mile a minute. Panic attack vs heart attack — what are the differences? Panic attacks can be terrifying….

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Atrial Fibrillation, Heart, Heart Attack, News

Heart attacks spike Dec. 25 to Jan. 7. Is holiday stress to blame?

Arguing family members, trying to find the perfect gift, long lines at the airport. Heart-related deaths spike in the U.S. from Dec. 25 to Jan. 7. Can holiday stress kill you? Researchers have several theories why the phenomenon exists. The delights of the season, including rich meals and increased alcohol consumption; emotional stress; cold temperatures…

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Heart attacks and more explain holiday emergency room visits

Emergency departments treat about 12,000 Americans during November and December for holiday decorating-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Learn ways to stay safe this holiday on the commission’s website (cpsc.gov). Also, keep these things in mind: Food safety. Maintain proper food temperatures to guard against spoilage. Ask your holiday guests about possible…

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