April 25 (UPI) -- Use of a blood thinner after heart failure can protect against future thrombosis, a new study says. The risk of thromboembolic episodes declined by 17 percent in patients with coronary artery disease, irregular heart rhythms and worsening heart failure who used the drug rivaroxaban, according to findings published in the April issue of JAMA Cardiology. Rivaroxaban, marketed as Xarelto, is a widely used blood thinner prescribed to patients for treatment and prevention of blood clots, as well as the prevention of health events related to clots. "We initially wanted to know if we could improve outcomes in patients after an episode of worsening heart failure using a low dose of blood thinner," Barry Greenberg, a researcher at the University of California San Diego and study author, said in a news release. "What we found was that, while this strategy didn't accomplish that goal, it was associated with a significant reduction in the risk of clinically important events that … [Read more...] about Study: Blood thinner may reduce chance of later heart failure
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This story was originally published by Reveal and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Three days after the Camp Fire erupted, incinerating the Northern California town of Paradise and killing 85 people, Katrina Sawa found herself struggling to breathe. But Sawa wasn’t anywhere near Paradise. She lives almost 100 miles away in Roseville, a suburb northeast of Sacramento. Sawa puffed on her emergency asthma inhaler over and over again. “Usually, I use it once a month,” said Sawa, a 48-year-old businesses coach who has had asthma since she was 13. “After using it four times in one day, I knew it was time to go to urgent care.” There, doctors had her inhale a powerful steroid medication to soothe her inflamed airways. For two weeks after the fire ignited, the air in Northern California, stretching as far as 200 miles from the flames, was so full of smoke that it was deemed unhealthy to breathe, especially for people with … [Read more...] about The smoke’s gone, but hearts and lungs still may be in danger months after wildfires
The nurses on duty were long-time friends and knew something wasn’t right the moment they saw him. (iStock) Ed Covert, 46, thought he had a cold coming on when he stopped by the nurse’s station at work. His symptoms felt like chest congestion. “I was having the full feeling in my chest, like when you’ve got a chest cold,” he said. “I was coughing a lot, trying to break the stuffy feeling.” A heavy smoker at the time, he also experienced swelling in his feet that he attributed to standing for most of the day. The nurses on duty were long-time friends and knew something wasn’t right the moment they saw him. “I asked for some cold medication,” says Covert, a correctional officer for Dutchess County Jail in Poughkeepsie, New York. “The nurse gave me a quick look and said she didn’t think it was a cold and recommended I go to the hospital.” GEORGIA TODDLER DIAGNOSED WITH OVARIAN CANCER: 'WE WERE … [Read more...] about Man’s ‘cold’ was actually massive heart attack
Story highlights A heart attack is a muscle problem, but sudden cardiac arrest is an electrical problem A heart attack can lead to sudden cardiac death, leaving a patient only minutes to live unless treated (CNN)Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer around the world. It killed an estimated 17.7 million people in 2015, representing 31% of all deaths globally, according to the World Health Organization. But not all heart disease is the same. It can affect the blood vessels to the heart or brain, heart muscles and valves, and other areas of the body. Cardiovascular diseases can require long-term treatment, or they can come on suddenly and seriously. "That's why it's very important for all of us to learn how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation," said Dr. Nieca Goldberg, a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association. "That's the first step when someone collapses to help save their life," added Goldberg, who is also medical director of the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women's … [Read more...] about What are heart failure, heart attack and cardiac arrest?
Maunabo, Puerto Rico (CNN)Lourdes Rodriguez heard the scream early on the morning of January 6, before the sun rose and before the frogs began their chorus. "Lourdes! Lourdes!" She instantly recognized the voice of her father, Natalio Rodriguez Lebron, 77, a former nurse who cared for the mentally ill, people he believed society had forgotten. She darted up the stairs. Her father's health had long been troubled. He had diabetes, lung disease, sleep apnea and congestive heart failure. And in the months since Hurricane Maria battered this coastal town, Lourdes watched his condition worsen. The sleep apnea machine he needed to help him breathe was useless for months because their hilltop neighborhood in Maunabo was entirely without electric power. In December, a business had donated a generator to power the machine at night, but the family struggled to afford the gasoline needed to keep it running. Read More As Lourdes reached the top of the stairs, she felt an uneasy stillness … [Read more...] about ‘We are the forgotten people’: It’s been almost six months since Hurricane Maria, and Puerto Ricans are still dying