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What Should I Know After a Heart Attack

  Do not assume that what you’ve been told is all you need to know.   Five Things to Know After Your Heart Attack These five points are important because they address the seriousness of a heart attack. Feeling better after a heart attack is an experience all are grateful for. However, the journey as a cardiac patient is just beginning and knowledge is a powerful tool to have. An engaged and informed patient has a better outcome. Asking the… Keep Reading

Genes and Coffee: Slow-Metabolizers

40 percent of people are fast metabolizers. About 45 percent have both a slow and a fast copy, and 15 percent carry two copies of the slow allele. Heavy coffee consumption (more than four cups day) was  linked to a higher likelihood of heart attacks in the slow metabolizers. Highlights For Coffee Drinkers, the Buzz May Be in Your Genes The health community can’t quite agree on whether coffee is more potion or poison. The American Heart Association says the… Keep Reading

Heart Health Knowledge Among Americans

Fewer than half of Americans knew back or jaw pain and nausea/vomiting can be heart attack indicators. Highlights Only Half Of Americans Say They Know CPR The results reveal Americans also confuse heart attack & stroke symptoms A online survey conducted conducted by the Cleveland Clinic among a national probability dual-sample consisting of 1,007 adults, 470 men and 537 women 18 years of age and older found the folowing:  –Slightly more than half of Americans (fifty four percent) say they know… Keep Reading

Heart Attack Symptoms: Call an Ambulance Immediately — Do Not Drive to the Hospital

Don’t assume all you have been told is all you need to know. One of the statements I came across when researching the material for this website is “Don’t assume all you have been told is all you need to know.” Incredibly, although I had had three stents and obviously was at risk of a heart attack, not a single provider – and we are talking numerous hospital visits — made sure I understood what the symptoms of a heart… Keep Reading

Women’s Decision Making Patterns During Heart Attack Symptoms

Reluctance to call 911 was a major theme in many stories regardless of the patterns of decision making. Educating women and their physicians about interpreting the symptoms of myocardial infarction remains a significant obstacle in reducing decision time. Highlights Understanding Treatment-Seeking Delay in Women with Acute Myocardial Infarction: Descriptions of Decision-Making Patterns In this qualitative study, 52 women were asked in semi-structured interviews to describe the symptoms and related thoughts, decisions, and actions from the onset of symptoms of myocardial… Keep Reading

Women’s Delay in Getting to Hospital Doubles Their Risk of Mortality

 Women were nearly twice as likely to die in the hospital compared with men, with in-hospital deaths reported for 12 percent of women and 6 percent of men in the study. Women Don’t Get to Hospital Fast Enough During Heart Attack Pre-hospital delays remain unacceptably long in women, and time matters,” said Raffaele Bugiardini, M.D., professor of cardiology, University of Bologna, Italy, and lead author of the study, which examined records of 7,457 European patients enrolled from 2010 to 2014… Keep Reading

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