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High-Rise Dwellers More Likely to Die of Heart Attack

In study, not a single person living above the 25th floor survived

(Newser) - As the world's ever-more urban population increasingly lives more than three stories above ground, there may be repercussions for anyone suffering a heart attack at the wrong end of a long elevator ride from the ground floor. Medics and other researchers have analyzed 8,216 cardiac arrests in private... More »

EMS Officer Dies After Responding to Daughter's Car Crash

Eskil 'Scott' Danielson, 49, tended to her at scene, later suffered heart attack

(Newser) - Tragedy in New Jersey: An emergency responder died suddenly after tending to a car crash involving his own daughter, the Express-Times reports. Eskil "Scott" Danielson, 49, was serving in an EMS unit when it responded to a crash scene between Andover Borough and Byram Township. Officials say Danielson helped... More »

Broken-Heart Syndrome Is Real—and Dangerous

Study points to possible calming remedies, including yoga

(Newser) - Roberta Silver was driving along when her heart began to pound. Later at a hospital, she was told that she had suffered a heart attack. But the tests disagreed. "I had no blockage, nothing," Silver says. Ultimately, doctors changed the diagnosis to broken-heart syndrome . Some researchers now believe... More »

2 North Korean Doctors Dead After Wives Inject Them

The wives are apparently doctors, too

(Newser) - Strange deaths involving North Koreans keep getting stranger—only this time the incident occurred in Cambodia. Two doctors, both in their 50s and working in Phnom Penh, got so drunk last weekend that their wives, who are also both doctors, decided to inject them with some kind of "medicine... More »

Son Gets $1.5K Ticket Rushing Dad to Hospital

Trooper allegedly questioned legitimacy of man's heart attack

(Newser) - Michael O'Neil was speeding down an Illinois freeway at 82mph on Sept. 27 when he was pulled over by a state trooper, who—undeterred by O'Neil's 60-year-old father having a heart attack in the passenger seat—handed Michael a $1,500 ticket, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Michael... More »

Girl, 11, Needs Transplant After 3 Heart Attacks

But it's not clear if any hospital will undertake the procedure

(Newser) - Sixth-grader Irma Rodriguez, 11, collapsed during gym class at her Fort Worth school Thursday, and suffered three heart attacks in quick succession. Now, she's on life support at a Texas hospital, and her family says she needs a heart transplant. But a Dallas hospital has already refused to do... More »

Study Identifies the Worst Fats for Your Heart

To protect your heart, choose butter over margarine: study

(Newser) - If nothing else can get you to cut back on trans fats, maybe the threat of death will do it. Researchers who analyzed 123 observational studies on saturated and trans fats published in the last 30 years found people who consumed a diet high in saturated fats saw no increased... More »

It's Crazy How Bad Southern Food Is for Your Heart

Study: Southern-style diet raises heart attack risk by 56%

(Newser) - Fried chicken and gravy is delicious, but it's also dangerous for your heart. That alone might seem to come from the Department of the Obvious, but just how dangerous a Southern-style diet can be might surprise you: Researchers at the University of Alabama say it can boost a person'... More »

Even a Little Non-Aspirin Painkiller Could Be Bad News

Risk of heart attack, stroke from NSAIDs higher than thought, even in small amounts

(Newser) - The FDA advised back in 2005 that non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs , could up the risk of heart attack and stroke. But the agency is now boosting that warning, noting that drugs like ibuprofen (often sold under the Motrin IB brand), naproxen (Aleve), and celecoxib (Celebrex) may pose a... More »

5 Lifesaving Things to Know About Heart Attacks

Like why you should always call 911

(Newser) - With heart disease causing one of every seven American deaths, the New York Times today offers a few things to know about heart attacks—that could save your life:
  • Common symptoms: Chest pain, pressure, or squeezing is the most common symptom, but you might also experience abdominal pain, back pain,
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Will You Die Young? Answer May Be in Your Grasp

Grip better than blood pressure at predicting health risks: study

(Newser) - Perhaps palm readers are on to something. A massive study of some 140,000 people aged 35 to 70 in 17 countries finds the palms of a person's hands may be better than blood pressure at indicating their risk of heart attack, stroke, or an early death. Specifically, researchers... More »

Could Using a Sauna Help You Live Longer?

Finnish study links sauna use, decreased risk of heart-related death

(Newser) - "Finns say the sauna is a poor man's pharmacy," a 54-year-old Helsinki native told the BBC in 2013. "If a sick person is not cured by tar, spirits, or sauna, then they will die." Looks like the Finns—most of whom have private saunas at... More »

Teen Helps Save Life of Cop Who Was Booking Him

Jamal Rutledge was being processed when Officer Franklin Foulks collapsed

(Newser) - As Franklin Foulks was processing a teen charged with probation violation for criminal mischief and burglary, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department officer suddenly fell from his chair and, writhing on the floor, grabbed at his chest. The handcuffed teen, 17-year-old Jamal Rutledge, quickly stood up and banged at the door... More »

Baby Girl Survives Days Trapped Under Dead Father

He had heart attack while infant's mother was in jail

(Newser) - A baby girl was found dehydrated but still alive after having been trapped for days under the body of her father, a coroner in Shreveport, La., says. Police found 10-month-old Betty Jean Fields on a bed wedged between a wall and her father's body on Friday night after her... More »

Smoking Pot Linked Once More to Heart Problems

New study builds the case against marijuana's cardiovascular risks

(Newser) - Where there's smoke, there's usually fire—and when it comes to marijuana smoke, scientists are once again fanning the embers of a long-suspected theory that the drug is linked to cardiovascular issues. According to a case study published last month in the Journal of Emergency Medicine, a 21-year-old... More »

Ironman Competitor Dies During Race

Heart attack suspected in 39-year-old's death

(Newser) - Officials said a 39-year-old male competitor died today after being pulled unconscious from the swim portion of an Ironman event on Queensland's Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane. Ironman Asia Pacific chief executive Geoff Meyer confirmed the man from Victoria state suffered a suspected heart attack during the 1.2-mile... More »

Man Denied Defibrillator Over Chest Hair, Says His Widow

Jack Jordan suffered fatal heart attack on Southwest flight

(Newser) - During a Southwest Airlines flight in April, Caroline Jordan's husband, Jack, had a massive heart attack. A physical therapist and hospice nurse on board quickly gave him CPR, she tells WABC . That's when Jordan noticed a defibrillator nearby ... not being used. When another passenger asked why, a flight... More »

Marijuana Implicated in 2 Fatal Heart Failures

Pair of young men in Germany both suffered arrhythmias

(Newser) - Marijuana has a reputation for being a safe drug, but some researchers say there is mounting evidence that the drug is associated with adverse heart complications. In two new case studies, two young men in Germany—ages 23 and 28—with no drugs other than THC in their systems and... More »

Here's How Stress Causes Heart Attacks

It turns out your body thinks you're sick or wounded

(Newser) - It's common knowledge that stress can lead to a heart attack, but scientists have never actually known how—until now. It turns out that when you're stressed, your body starts overproducing white blood cells, or leukocytes, as if you had a wound or infection, researchers from the Harvard... More »

Mom Blames Energy Drinks for Girl's Fatal Heart Attack

Arizona 16-year-old dies while on vacation in Mexico

(Newser) - A 16-year-old Arizona girl is dead after an apparent heart attack, and her mother thinks energy drinks are to blame, reports WFSB-TV . Lanna Hamann died over the weekend while vacationing in Rocky Point, Mexico, with friends and at least one set of parents. Her friends tell mom Kris Hamann that... More »

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