April 13, 2014 |
Sandra Smith sat on a gurney in the hallway of the emergency room for the second time in two weeks, feeling light-headed and unsure of what was going on. A healthy 70-year-old, she had had her only brush with a hospital two months earlier, when she had a laparoscopic repair of a hiatal hernia, a condition that gave her heartburn, but was fixed easily. "Your blood pressure drops significantly when you stand up, which is making you light-headed," the ER doctor said, explaining her symptoms.
March 13, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - One of the scariest parts of bypass surgery - having your heart stopped and going on a heart-lung machine while doctors fix your clogged arteries - does not cause mental decline, as many people have feared, and is safe even in the elderly, two landmark studies show. Bypass surgery is one of the most common operations in the world. There is debate about the best way to do it, and patients often are given a choice. Usually doctors stop the heart to make it easier to connect new blood vessels to detour around blocked ones.
January 1, 2013 |
First of two parts on strokes in younger people. The second part will appear next Monday in Health & Science. Brent Wylie was arguing with the doctors in the emergency room at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. They said he had just had a stroke; he insisted that he had had a few beers and was probably drunk. That's why he had fallen on the sidewalk and was slurring his words. "I had just graduated from college two months earlier, and I was totally healthy," Wylie, then 23, said.
November 15, 2012 |
BIANCA PATTERSON told herself not to panic. She had just received word that her husband, Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson, had collapsed with a seizure on the practice field during a training-camp session at Lehigh University in 2011. No one could give her any more information, except that he was undergoing tests at Lehigh Valley Hospital. But Bianca remained calm as she drove there from Cherry Hill, N.J. And she prayed. She wondered what it could have been. Nothing had ever happened like this before.
September 4, 2012 |
Question: What's a good strategy for improving my memory? I don't think I have Alzheimer's, but my memory at 74 years of age isn't quite what it used to be. Answer: Millions of older people find that while they're not getting senile, it's taking longer to find the precise piece of information within their vast library of accumulated knowledge. Learning new information also seems to be a challenge for many older folks. Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and other word games are one way folks try to keep their brain active.
July 29, 2012 |
A heated, computer-controlled nozzle glided smoothly back and forth, then up and down, depositing a thin trail of sugar in the shape of a delicate, miniature cage. A scene from a high-tech pastry kitchen? A 21st-century reboot of Willy Wonka's candy factory? Far from it. The sugar cage was a first step toward manufacturing blood vessels for artificial organs, made with a custom-built 3-D "printer" in a bioengineering lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Once they harden, these crisscrossing lines of sugar can be surrounded with a gel that contains cells from the desired type of organ - say, a liver.
March 19, 2012 |
At 7:30 a.m. on a frigid winter day, the amputation-prevention team gathered in a conference room at Temple University Hospital for their weekly review of the most difficult cases. Podiatrist Andrew Meyr and blood-vessel surgeon Eric T. Choi - the "toe and flow" doctors - led a discussion with five other colleagues. Choi used his laptop computer to project a slide showing the feet of a 68-year-old African American diabetic. The right foot had a gaping wound on the heel. The toes of the left foot were black and shriveled by gangrene.
December 29, 2003 |
Winter may be hazardous to your cardiovascular health, even if you spend it in a place that feels like summer. A well-known phenomenon - an increase in heart attacks during the winter months - has been documented even in such warm, sunny climates as Hawaii, Florida and Southern California. In Los Angeles, for instance, a study found 33 percent more heart attack deaths in December and January than June through September. "We used to think it [an increase in heart attacks] was related to the first snow of winter.
September 16, 2003 |
University of Pennsylvania researchers are testing a nonsurgical technique for repairing severe mitral-valve leaks that may spare patients the ordeal of open-heart surgery, the standard treatment. About four million Americans have a mitral valve that fails to close properly, allowing blood to leak back into the upper chamber of the heart. Although mild leaks are harmless or treatable with drugs, about 250,000 people develop such serious mitral-valve regurgitation each year that their hearts begin to weaken.
February 13, 1999 |
Listen, Tess, we need to have a heart-to-heart here. It's about that chocolate heart you are selling at your stand at the Reading Terminal Market. "It's a little too weird looking," said Elizabeth Bryson, who works in a law office in Center City, checking out the heart yesterday at Theresa Mueller's Chocolate by Mueller booth. "But each to his own thing. That's why we don't have just vanilla ice cream. " The heart to which Bryson is referring is no ordinary Valentine-shaped chocolate.