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Patients should talk to doctors before changing dosage on anti-clotting drug

A recent report questions whether more could be done to prevent side-effects and improve effectiveness of the anti-clotting drug dabigatran, but medical experts urge people to continue taking the medication as prescribed unless their physician says otherwise.

The drug, sold under the brand name Pradaxa, is one of a relatively […]

Questions raised about managing dabigatran’s risks

Q. What did the British Medical Journal article say about dabigatran/Pradaxa and its manufacturer?

The journal released a report questioning whether drugmaker Boehringer-Ingelheim fully disclosed all it knew about how doctors could possibly lower the risk of bleeding side effects of Pradaxa by measuring blood levels or the anti-clotting effects […]

Stephanie Dempsey testifies about the personal toll of chronic diseases

American Heart Association volunteer Stephanie Dempsey of Blairsville, Georgia, testified Tuesday in Washington about the impact of chronic disease.

The hearing was to begin a conversation on chronic care, according to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden, D- Oregon.

Dempsey, age 44, said she has suffered from multiple chronic conditions for […]

National CPR tour promotes keeping a steady beat to save lives

The American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR mobile tour is underway, traveling the country to spread the word about Hands-Only CPR in an upbeat way.

The tour began in 2012 and will conclude on Oct. 1. The tour has visited 20 cities and its final four stops will be in Louisville, […]

High stress, hostility, depression may up stroke risk

Having a lot of stress, hostility and depression was associated with a significantly higher risk of stroke or transient ischemic attack in middle-aged and older adults, according to new research.

A TIA is a stroke caused by a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain.

Researchers studied how psychological factors […]

Utah joins states requiring CPR for high school graduation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utah has become the 18th state to require high school students to take CPR training, adding to the more than one million graduates who will be equipped with this lifesaving skill every year.

Gov. Gary Herbert signed legislation into law in April that allocated $200,000 a year for hands-on CPR […]

Severe obesity, heart risks common in young Hispanic adults

Obesity is common among Hispanics in the U.S. and is particularly severe in young adults, according to a new study of body mass index and cardiovascular disease risk factors in adult Hispanic/Latino populations.

BMI is a ratio of weight to height. A BMI of 30-39.9 indicates obesity, and 40 or more […]

Heart transplants give two generations a second chance at life

Albert Kurtyka and his family rallied around his mother, Diane Kurtyka, for years as she battled heart disease and, later, when she underwent a life-saving heart transplant.

Surprised and overjoyed, the family learned on New Year’s Eve of 2011 that after months of waiting Diane would receive a donor heart.

By the […]

Peyton Manning helps fight heart disease in women

Peyton Manning, storied NFL quarterback, spoke out against heart disease this week at an American Heart Association luncheon in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The luncheon is part of an annual event supporting the AHA’s Go Red For Women program, which helps spread the word about the threat heart disease poses to the health and lives of women […]

Too much TV may mean higher risk of early death

Adults who watch TV three hours or more daily may double their risk of premature death compared to those who watch less, according to a new study.

“Television viewing is a major sedentary behavior and there is an increasing trend toward all types of sedentary behaviors,” said Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez, M.D., […]