Heart Attack

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Most people think of heart disease as something that only happens in old age. That’s not always the case. But younger people may not recognize symptoms of a cardiac emergency because they don’t think it could happen to them.

Each year more than 15,000 women under the age of 55 die of heart disease in the United States. And younger women are twice as likely to die after being hospitalized for a heart attack as men in the same age group.

It doesn't help that women tend to delay seeking emergency care for symptoms of a heart attack such as pain and dizziness, says Judith Lichtman, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. "We've known that for a while," she says.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Statins have long been the drug of of choice to lower cholesterol to reduce the rise of heart attacks and strokes.

But a new study — funded by Merck — finds that the drug Vytorin, which combines the statin Zocor with the drug Zetia, is more effective than statins alone at lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients who have had a heart attack or severe chest pain.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S.

But nearly half of all women don’t realize how big of a threat it is. Now there’s a new campaign to raise awareness.

It’s called Fight the Ladykiller, and legendary actress and singer Barbra Streisand is at the forefront of the campaign. She wants women to know how dangerous heart disease is, and to encourage them to get a heart exam as regularly as a dental cleaning.

It's Time To Fight Sepsis Like We Fight Heart Attack, U-M Researchers Say

Oct 7, 2014
University of Michigan Health System

A decade ago, America’s health care community took on heart attacks with gusto, harnessing the power of research and data to make sure that every patient got the best possible care.

It worked: Death rates for heart attack have dropped. The same has happened with heart failure and pneumonia. Now, say a pair of University of Michigan Medical School experts, it’s time to do the same for sepsis.

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The CDC reported this week that there is a slow down in the number of new cases of Type 2 diabetes

Perhaps we should have expected that the contradictory stories about a middle-aged man's heart attack would lead to a vigorous conversation about whether the doctors and nurses or the patient and his wife were right in their descriptions.

Sound Medicine: May 20, 2012

May 20, 2012

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Sound Medicine: December 21, 2008

Dec 21, 2008

Topics for this week include: Holiday Medical Myths Debunked; Did You Know?: Women's Heart Attacks Are More Deadly; Immune System Secrets; Hand Bacteria; Doc Chat: Cancers that Disappear; and Teen Pregnancies & TV.