November 17, 2013 |
Cases of flu had begun to be reported here and around the country when the patient awoke on a crisp, late-fall morning feeling miserable. He had a fever and his aches were intense. He had absolutely no appetite. He went to his doctor, who thought the patient's illness seemed consistent with flu, or seasonal influenza. Though the patient hadn't been around anyone he'd known to be infected, because people shed the flu virus for about a day before they feel sick themselves, it was possible he had gotten ill from a colleague on the verge of going under himself.
August 19, 2013 |
One in an occasional series on attempts to solve a medical mystery. It was supposed to be a routine surgery. At least, as routine as surgery can be on the aorta - the largest blood vessel in the body, one connected directly to your heart, the one that carries all the blood going to every part of your body other than your lungs. The story started about two years ago, when a CT scan done for chest pain and difficult breathing showed that M.E. had an aortic aneurysm. An aneurysm is a dilation of a blood vessel - basically, part of the blood vessel begins to balloon and get wider.
April 30, 2012 |
VERSAILLES, Ky. - Dynaformer, the sire of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, died Sunday at Three Chimneys Farm two weeks after suffering a heart attack in his stall. The 27-year-old stallion was one of the most successful sires in the thoroughbred industry with 21 crops that have earned more than $105 million, including 130 stakes winners and 18 millionaires. Three Chimneys president Case Clay said in a news release Sunday that "Dynaformer impacted the industry in a way that few ever have or will" and called him an awe-inspiring horse to be around.
August 29, 2011 |
Question: I was disappointed in your response to a recent question pertaining to the death of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke from a ruptured thoracic (chest) aortic artery dissection. You failed to mention that a bicuspid aortic valve, found in 1 to 2 percent of the population, is found in 7 to 14 percent of all thoracic aortic dissections. Could you please let your readers know about the seriousness of bicuspid aortic valves? Answer: While there is an increased risk of rupture to the aorta in a person with a bicuspid aortic valve, I do not have any information that indicates Holbrooke had the anomaly of a bicuspid valve.
September 3, 2009 |
Happy Holliday The Cardinals began yesterday 26-9 and had added nine games to their lead in the NL Central since acquiring third baseman Matt Holliday from Oakland in late July. Holliday has found much more success against NL pitching than he did during his season and a half in the AL. When St. Louis acquired him on July 24, he'd batted .286 with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs in 93 games with the A's. With the Cards, he went into last night hitting .371 with nine homers and 35 RBIs in 35 games.
July 6, 2009 |
Should a 97-year-old man undergo an expensive, dangerous open-heart operation to repair a lethal tear in a main artery of his heart? No, concluded the patient, Michael DeBakey, the world-famous cardiovascular surgeon who pioneered the operation. Yes, said his family and surgeons, who prevailed after DeBakey lapsed into coma. DeBakey later said they did the right thing. After a long, touch-and-go recovery, he resumed a busy schedule before his death last July at age 99. DeBakey was a visionary, a genius, but his dilemma has become increasingly ordinary.
March 19, 2009 |
Houston Astros third baseman Aaron Boone will have open heart surgery to replace an aortic valve. Boone made the announcement yesterday in Kissimmee, Fla., saying he has known about his heart condition since college but tests after his routine physical determined he needed surgery. It is not an emergency, but doctors indicated the procedure was needed. He said doctors told him he could play baseball when he recovers, but he's not sure whether he will. An emotional Boone delivered the news flanked by general manager Ed Wade and manager Cecil Cooper and in front of a somber room filled with teammates and Astros officials.
October 11, 2007 |
Washington Wizards center Etan Thomas will have open-heart surgery today to repair an aortic-valve leak, a procedure that requires months of recovery time but might not mean the end of his NBA career. Thomas missed the start of training camp Oct. 2 after a routine physical revealed an abnormality in his heart. The Wizards said they wouldn't comment or make the doctor available until after the surgery. Dr. Ammar Bafi, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Washington Hospital Center and an expert on the procedure, said the operation isn't career-ending for most people.
September 18, 2005 |
Sprinter Mary Kate Phelan, a record holder at Council Rock North High School, struggled this spring with a tough decision: give up running competitively or undergo open heart surgery. The demure 17-year-old, who loves "the adrenaline rush from racing," opted for the aortic valve transplant. Eleven days ago, she laced up her red Pumas, stepped on the high school track for the first time since surgery, and flashed an optimistic smile. After a light workout - twice around the 400-meter track followed by four easy 100s - Phelan pronounced, "It's good to be back.