Posted 2:00 PM 6/18/2013 by Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- For stroke victims, 15 minutes can mean the difference between life and death, a new study finds.
Rapid treatment with a clot-dissolving drug reduces stroke patients' risk of in-hospital death and increases their chances of being able to walk and return (More)
Posted 3:00 PM 6/17/2013 by By Steven Reinberg
MONDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors should avoid ordering certain antibiotics for older patients who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, such as Lipitor, Canadian researchers say.
Statins, which are taken by many millions of people, don't mix well with the antibiotics (More)
Posted 10:00 AM 6/12/2013 by Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Participants in one of the world's most grueling cross-country ski races are at increased risk of developing a heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia), according to a new study.
Researchers looked at nearly 53,000 people who completed the 90-kilometer (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 6/11/2013 by By Kathleen Doheny
TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep apnea raises the risk of sudden cardiac death, according to a long-term study that strengthens a link doctors have suspected.
"The presence and severity of sleep apnea are associated with a significantly increased risk of sudden cardiac death," (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 6/10/2013 by Robert Preidt
MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- As they attempt to open clogged heart arteries, more U.S. doctors are taking a new route and threading a catheter through the wrist, rather than the groin, a new study finds.
This is because entering the radial artery in the wrist is linked to fewer (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 6/7/2013 by Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Anxiety-related sexual problems occur among young adults with congenital heart disease who have implanted heart defibrillators, a new study finds.
Their anxiety about the possibility of receiving a shock from their implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (More)
Posted 3:00 PM 6/6/2013 by Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Low breast-feeding rates in the United States are a serious threat to women's health and a drain on the nation's health dollars, according to a new study.
Researchers concluded that low breast-feeding rates may be linked to as many as 5,000 cases of (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 6/5/2013 by By Steven Reinberg
WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Older people who suffer from a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation may also be more likely to experience mental declines sooner, a new study suggests.
"Problems with memory and thinking are common for people as they get older," said (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 6/4/2013 by By Serena Gordon
TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- For the extremely obese, the benefits of weight-loss surgery generally outweigh the risks of the procedure. Now, new research suggests that the same might be true for less-obese people as well.
For those who are mildly or moderately obese, weight-loss (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 6/3/2013 by By Steven Reinberg
MONDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- People taking statin drugs to lower their cholesterol may slightly increase their risk for muscle and joint diseases as well as strains and sprains, a new study suggests.
Statins, such as Zocor and Lipitor, are widely used to reduce cholesterol levels and (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 5/30/2013 by Mary Elizabeth Dallas
THURSDAY, May 30 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with advanced heart failure have much better survival odds today than 20 years ago, but one in three still dies within three years of their diagnosis, researchers report.
"We are doing a good job of ensuring that (More)