March 6, 2000 |
About five years ago, I noticed an occasional few moments of breathlessness after climbing a flight of stairs. I shrugged it off, mostly because I was physically fit. I bike, swim and walk - last October in Ireland, I walked 26.2 miles in seven hours in the Dublin Marathon, after training six days a week for four months, a total of 700 miles. Eight weeks ago, two days after my 60th birthday, I finally checked out the condition with a doctor. I expected to be told nothing was wrong.
May 5, 1991 |
"Atrial fibrillation," the term used to describe the medical problem that sent President Bush to the hospital yesterday, sounds much more frightening than it is, at least in a person with no underlying heart disease. Atrial fibrillation is an abnormally fast and chaotic beating of one or both of the upper, or atrial, chambers of the heart. It usually stops on its own or, if it does not, can be effectively treated with a variety of drugs and methods. In any case, it is unlikely to damage the heart or brain.
January 26, 2015 |
Three stories of life on blood-thinning medication: Matthew Klug of Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J., cut back on his beloved pastime of surfing when his doctor warned that if he hit his head, he could suffer internal bleeding. Paul Cirielli of Montvale, N.J., stopped woodworking, leery of the sharp tools, and he also carries around a packet of special powder that can be applied to bad cuts to stanch the flow of blood. And Arlene Geise of Miami has stopped taking blood thinners after a bout of severe gastrointestinal bleeding sent her to the hospital.
May 9, 1991 |
President Bush yesterday started taking blood-thinning medicine to reduce the chance of a stroke, after suffering another bout of irregular heartbeat, White House officials said. Bush underwent more tests to determine the cause of a thyroid condition that doctors believe is the easily treatable cause of his heart problem. White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater revealed that on Tuesday evening, for the fourth day in a row, Bush's heart beat irregularly. This lasted for only a few moments.
March 22, 1990 |
CHOLESTEROL AND CANCER There's bad news about "good cholesterol. " Researchers say there is evidence linking the fatty substance in blood, thought to protect against heart disease, to an increased risk of breast cancer. If the evidence reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute is upheld in later studies, the new finding would mean women would be damned if they do and damned if they don't when it comes to their levels of good cholesterol - also known as high- density lipoprotein or HDL. ASPIRIN AND STROKES If you suffer from the heart ailment known as atrial fibrillation, both ordinary aspirin and a blood-thinning drug known as warfarin are effective in preventing strokes.
December 4, 1995 |
What prevented Derrick Coleman from playing for the New Jersey Nets before he was traded to the 76ers last week? The term is atrial fibrillation, a relatively common heart condition, not life-threatening and generally easily treatable. Two cardiologists at teaching universities in the area explained the condition this way: The heart has four chambers, two atria, two ventricle. Blood from above and below the chest flows through the right atrium to the right ventricle. That sends the blood to the lungs, where it picks up oxygen, then returns through the left atrium and left ventricle, delivering oxygenated blood to the body.
September 1, 1999 |
Larry Bird reveals in an upcoming book that he has a heart problem, one that surfaced occasionally in the offseason while he was with the Celtics and still requires medication. In an interview with the Boston Globe yesterday, Bird declined to talk about the condition, but indicated this would be his last season as head coach of the Indiana Pacers. The heart condition, known as atrial fibrillation, is controllable with medication, proper attention to diet, exercise, and moderated alcohol consumption, Celtics team physician Arnold Scheller said.
October 20, 1998 |
NEW YORK Tickle thyself? Brain says not Why is it so hard to tickle yourself? Because one part of the brain tells another: "It's just you. Don't get excited," say researchers who watched the brains of people trying to tickle themselves. The killjoy is the cerebellum, found in the lower back of the brain, the researchers suggest. The brain is already known to predict what a person will feel when his or her body does something. That way, it can ignore expected sensations like pressure on the soles of the feet while walking, and save its attention for more important things, like the feeling of a foot bumping a stone.
May 6, 1991 |
The electric-shock treatment that President Bush may undergo today to return his heartbeat to a normal rate is described by doctors as a common procedure that entails little risk to his health. "If the drug treatment he is undergoing doesn't work," said George Bren of George Washington University Hospital, "he'll get the shock to reset the electrical activity in his heart. That will allow his heartbeat to start over again from scratch. " Cynthia Tracy, a Georgetown University Hospital heart specialist, said the procedure involved "very, very little risk" and was commonly used to correct the ailment, called atrial fibrillation, that Bush suffers.
December 8, 2004 |
After a delay of more than a year, the Food and Drug Administration has approved publication of new patient warnings for a potentially risky heart drug that millions of Americans are taking. Patients taking the drug, amiodarone, can read the new warnings online at www.wyeth.com beginning next week and will soon start receiving paper copies when they get or refill prescriptions. Amiodarone, also sold under the brand names Cordarone and Pacerone, has numerous serious and fatal side effects, including lung toxicity, thyroid problems and liver damage.