June 7, 2016 |
Each year, more than 359,000 cases of cardiac arrest - in which the heart suddenly stops working properly - occur across the United States. In Philadelphia, about 1,100 people died from cardiac arrest just last year. Many of those out-of-hospital deaths could have been avoided with a simple solution. Hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique that is useful in many emergencies when someone's heart stops beating, including sudden cardiac arrest or near-drowning.
June 5, 2016
Q. How can I protect myself from a second heart attack? A. After you experience a heart attack, your chance of having another is higher. Most people survive their first heart attack and can return to their normal routine, but they will need to make a few changes. Depending on how badly your heart was damaged and the degree of your heart disease, your doctor will recommend specific medications and lifestyle changes that are right for you. However, it is up to you to follow those recommendations to make a full recovery.
April 22, 2016 |
Samantha Quinones bought kale for the first time this week - and ate it raw in a salad mixed with some spinach. Chalk it up to a class on food and nutrition that the 25-year-old single mother of two boys is taking at Congreso de Latinos Unidos in North Philadelphia. Quinones, who lives in the Mayfair section of Northeast Philadelphia, said the class, sponsored by the food-service giant Aramark and the American Heart Association, is making a big difference to her. "I'm more aware of what I buy at the grocery store," Quinones said.
March 2, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney's proposed tax on sugary soft drinks is designed to raise money for several ambitious plans, including universal pre-kindergarten. If the tax is approved by City Council (and survives challenges from the soda industry), reduced consumption might mean not just more money for Philadelphia, but fewer health problems, too, in the following areas: Obesity. Sugary drinks are major culprits in the obesity epidemic. Non-diet soda, sweetened ice teas, and sports and energy drinks can have 16 teaspoons or more in just one 20-ounce serving.
February 22, 2016
More than 725 attended the American Heart Association's annual Heart Ball on Feb. 6 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. The black-tie event offered an evening of glitz, glamour, and fun for all and included cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner, and dancing. Awards were given to Philip L. Rinaldi, CEO of Philadelphia Energy Solutions, the 2016 Heart of Philadelphia honoree; and Mariell Jessup, cardiologist with Penn Medicine, the Edward S. Copper, M.D., honoree. But the real highlight of the evening was the $2 million raised to support the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association, with proceeds going to fund research and education to combat heart disease and stroke.
February 14, 2016
Q: How can I stay safe while shoveling snow? A: The blizzard of 2016 behind us, take the time to ask yourself, "How can I prepare my body for the next snowstorm?" Whether you see the snow as a workout opportunity or a nuisance, you should follow several general rules to avoid a heart attack. The American Heart Association warns that the risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling may increase for some, and the combination of colder temperatures and physical exertion increases the workload on the heart.
May 6, 2015 |
John C. McGraw, 66, of Springfield, Delaware County, a former metallurgist at the U.S. Mint, died of complications from heart disease Friday, May 1, at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Mr. McGraw began his career as an engineer at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard before joining the mint in 1974. He worked in engineering and management until 1983, when President Ronald Reagan appointed him chief assayer. As chief assayer, Mr. McGraw tested the metals used for making coins to ensure they met the federal government's standards.
November 9, 2014 |
Women, racial minorities, and people over 75 are underrepresented in the clinical trials that help determine the way all cardiac patients are treated, a study from Lankenau Medical Center researchers has found. This means that the recommendations that doctors use to treat heart problems may not be the best for all groups, said senior author Peter Kowey, head of Cardiology for Main Line Health. A team at Lankenau Heart Institute and Lankenau Institute for Medical Research laid out the disparities in a research letter published online by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
October 22, 2014
ISSUE | RACY E-MAIL With robes, change Courtesy of Justice Seamus P. McCaffery, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has become a laughingstock anew, a comedian's punchline ("Swift justice," Oct. 17). McCaffery, a former Philadelphia police officer, asserts that coarse language and crude jokes were part and parcel of his former job. I do not doubt it, but that type of comportment is something that a Supreme Court justice must shed long before ascending to the bench. |Oren M. Spiegler, Upper St. Clair Didn't even peek?