American Heart Association

Scientific statement: Understand the radiation risks before having heart imaging

People should understand why a heart-imaging test is needed before undergoing the procedure, including the benefits and risks involved, such as the potential long-term risk from radiation exposure, advises a new scientific statement in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

“When medical imaging is being considered, patients should feel very […]

Boston students, school employees honored for saving teacher

Joan Eacmen was in the middle of a routine day teaching math at Boston’s O’Bryant School of Math & Science, when suddenly she went into cardiac arrest and crumpled to the ground.

The ninth-graders were stunned silent. But not for very long.

Within seconds they alerted assistant principal Bettie Nolan and […]

Massachusetts to screen all newborns for congenital heart defects

Massachusetts has joined a growing list of states that have passed legislation requiring that all newborns be screened for congenital heart defects using pulse oximetry.

Gov. Deval Patrick signed Massachusetts’ bill into law last week. It will go into effect on Jan. 1.

Pulse oximetry is a low-cost, highly-effective and painless […]