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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 »

Man Runs 7.5-Mile Race... While Having a Heart Attack

But Wolfgang Zech is determined to run at least 24 more

(Newser) - Just 100 yards into Wolfgang Zech's 44th consecutive Dipsea Race—a challenging 7.5-miler that involves lots of steep terrain and three 50-story flights of stairs in California's Marin County—the 72-year-old just did not feel right. "My chest was really, really aching and I basically couldn’... More »

Daylight Saving Linked to Heart Attack Risk

Spring forward ... drop dead?

(Newser) - If you've got a weak heart, you might have a good excuse for taking Monday off next time clocks go forward in spring, researchers say. A new study finds that the daylight saving time switch is associated with a shocking 25% rise in the risk of heart attacks on... More »

Conn. Pastor Admits Affair, Drops Dead

Bishop Bobby Davis collapsed as parishioner shouted

(Newser) - A Connecticut pastor managed to get a long-ago infidelity off his chest before he died—but only just. Parishioners say Bishop Bobby Davis asked them to stay behind after a Sunday service at Bridgeport's Miracle Faith World Outreach church so he could confess something to them. After he came... More »

Man Dies of Heart Attack Caused by ... Nail Biting

Nails bleed, infection turns septic and travels to heart

(Newser) - It's a good thing you listened to your mom when she told you not to bite your nails: The bad habit ended up costing one UK man his life. John Gardener, a 40-year-old amateur football referee, bit his fingernails so badly that they bled—leading to an infection that... More »

Bad Temper? You May Be at Higher Risk of Heart Attack

After angry outbursts, risk of heart attack, stroke increase: study

(Newser) - Angry? You may want to calm down, or you could put yourself at higher risk of a heart attack or stroke, a new study finds. Researchers found that there's a two-hour "danger zone" following an outburst of rage during which people are nearly five times more likely to... More »

Report: Saudi Woman Dies After School Blocks Aid

Male paramedics weren't allowed on female-only campus: report

(Newser) - Thousands of Saudis vented their anger online over a report yesterday that staff at Riyadh's King Saud University had barred male paramedics from entering a women's-only campus to assist a student who had suffered a heart attack and later died. The Okaz newspaper said administrators impeded efforts by... More »

Study Reveals Just How Sick Sugar Can Make Us

Get 25% of calories from added sugar, see triple the risk of heart disease death

(Newser) - When it comes to sugar, Americans need to be a lot more careful, a study finds. Even two cans of soda a day can significantly boost the risk of death from heart disease. If a quarter of your daily caloric intake comes from added sugar—in processed foods, for instance—... More »

Firefighters Refuse to Help Man, He Dies

77-year-old collapsed across street from DC firehouse

(Newser) - Marie Mills' father collapsed Saturday afternoon in a shopping center parking lot across the street from a Washington, DC, firehouse—but firefighters didn't rush to his aid, despite repeated pleas for help, and Medric "Cecil" Mills, 77, died of a heart attack. Marie Mills tells WTTG that bystanders... More »

Nurses Rescue Pilot After Mid-Flight Heart Attack

Amy Sorenson and Linda Alweiss hailed as heroes

(Newser) - If there's one question you don't want to hear over the loudspeaker in the middle of a flight, it would probably be "Does anyone on board have any medical experience?" That heart-stopping question became a reality on a United Airlines flight last month when the pilot had... More »

Multivitamins All Hooey

The vitamin industry is taking us for a ride: Edgar Miller

(Newser) - Those multivitamins sitting on your counter are a waste of money perpetuated by little more than anecdotal evidence, according to a professor of medicine and epidemiology at John Hopkins University, CNN reports. The vitamin and supplement "industry is based on anecdote, people saying 'I take this, and it... More »

Cheney: I Thought I Had Reached 'End of My Days'

Describes health struggles, near-death experience in 2010

(Newser) - Dick Cheney's 2011 memoir may have delved into his many health problems, but it barely scratched the surface compared with his latest book. Written with his cardiologist, Heart: An American Medical Odyssey explains that Cheney was so near death in 2010—after five heart attacks and multiple surgeries—he... More »

New Use for Drones: Fixing Your Heart

Defikopter would drop defibrillators to heart attack victims

(Newser) - If all goes according to plan, a German nonprofit could soon be introducing a drone that doesn't spy on you—it could save your life. Definetz has proposed a drone, built by Height-Tech, that would carry a defibrillator, Fast Company reports. The 10-pound Defikopter would be meant for remote... More »

Woman 'Dead' for 42 Minutes Brought Back to Life

Thanks to high-tech CPR machine

(Newser) - An Australian woman was brought back to life after being clinically dead for 42 minutes, the Herald Sun reports. Vanessa Tanasio, a 41-year-old mother of two, collapsed while getting her kids ready for school a week ago. She'd had a heart attack, and was declared clinically dead soon after... More »

Man Dies as Airport Security Doors Keep EMTs Away

Two teams of responders have trouble getting to him

(Newser) - Emergency responders trying to get to a man inside Kennedy Airport's Delta terminal were twice thwarted at the security doors, and the New Jersey man ended up dying after a heart attack Saturday. Gunseye Adekunle, 50, was waiting to board a flight to Nigeria when he collapsed inside the... More »

Guy Has Heart Attack While Driving, Gets 3 Tickets

And court will only dismiss 2

(Newser) - It sounds like a joke: a doctor's note reading, "Please forgive Mr. Langley's tickets due to his unfortunate experience of having a heart attack seconds prior to having his car accident." But no, this note really was delivered to a New Jersey municipal court, the Asbury ... More »

Man Freed From Prison After 23 Years Has Heart Attack

David Ranta was cleared in murder of rabbi

(Newser) - A man cleared of murder charges after 23 years in prison rejoined his family, ate a steak dinner, and had a heart attack, the Daily News reports. David Ranta, 58, is in stable condition in a New York hospital after doctors began procedures to clear up his arteries. Ranta was... More »

Chavez's Last Words: 'Please Don't Let Me Die'

Venezuelan leader died of a heart attack: official

(Newser) - Hugo Chavez died of a massive heart attack, the head of his presidential guard said last night, and with his last words the Venezuelan leader expressed his desire to live. "He couldn't speak but he said it with his lips ... 'I don't want to die. Please... More »

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