Poison control data show energy drinks and young kids don’t mix

More than 40 percent of 5,156 calls about energy drinks to U.S. poison control centers involved children younger than 6 with some suffering serious cardiac and neurological symptoms, according to a new study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

This disproportionate representation of children is concerning given […]

Active asthma may significantly raise risk of heart attack

Recent asthma symptoms or asthma that requires daily medication may significantly raise the risk of heart attack, according to two research papers presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

“Physicians should do all they can to control every other modifiable cardiovascular risk factor in patients with asthma,” said […]

EMT used stroke warning signs to save her son’s life

It was a snowy January day and Alex Newton was home from school watching cartoons when he felt the entire right half of his body start tingling.

Soon after, the 10-year-old told his mother that his face also felt tingly.

“The hair on the back of my neck stood up because […]

O’Donnell to women: ‘You’re worth it, take care of yourself and know the symptoms’ of heart disease

In retrospect, Rosie O’Donnell realizes she put herself at risk of heart disease.

She was very overweight at 220 pounds, and admittedly “was not exercising at all.” Plus, she had a strong family history of heart disease. Even when symptoms started, she failed to take them seriously.

“Since my mom died […]

SimpleScience@Heart: After ER visit for chest pain, trip to heart doctor may save your life

A lot of folks treated for chest pain in emergency rooms don’t follow up with a heart doctor — possibly increasing their chance of dying.

That’s the finding in a new Canadian study that revealed a quarter of high risk chest pain patients didn’t seek follow-up care after leaving the […]

Keep Heart Safe In The Heat!

As we head into this holiday weekend which is the official start of the summer,  it’s important to keep your heart safe while exercising or participating in any type of outdoor activity. Heat-related deaths and illness are quite preventable yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat. While the elderly, […]

Simple Science @Heart: Worst headache of your life could be a stroke — get to the ER!

A sudden, severe headache — so powerful it’s like a thunderclap inside your head — is a classic symptom of a less common type of stroke.

Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) is a bleeding stroke. Survivors often describe the “thunderclap headache” as “the worst headache of my life.” It occurs most […]