DALLAS, July 21, 2016 — Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew knows he is lucky to be alive. Last fall, a heart attack, cardiac arrest and heart failure left him with a weakened heart and with a machine keeping blood pumping through his body. It also left...
Study Highlights: Bleeds in the inner lining of the brain are significantly more common among smokers, especially female smokers, than non-smokers. Even light smoking increases the risk, but the greatest risk is among heavy smokers.
Study Highlights: Greater fluctuations in “bad” cholesterol levels may be linked to declining brain health in older adults. The negative effect from fluctuations was found regardless of average bad cholesterol levels or use of cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Study Highlights: A patient’s own stem cells may treat chest pain that cannot be treated with current therapies. Patients experienced significantly fewer angina-related symptoms and improved ability to exercise after receiving the stem-cell therapy. A side effect reported was muscle pain.
Study Highlights: If you had heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure, before your first stoke, your risk of suffering subsequent strokes and dementia long after your initial stroke may be higher. Taking good care of your heart disease risk factors — even if you have never experienced a stroke — is not only important to prevent the first stroke, but it can go a long way to prevent a second stroke and dementia.