November 11, 2015 |
A large national study suggests that patients at risk of heart disease can reduce their chances of heart attack, stroke, and death by lowering their systolic blood pressure by even more than what is currently recommended. Authors of the widely anticipated research, published Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine, said the more aggressive approach makes sense despite an increased risk of fainting and kidney problems. Currently, patients at risk of heart disease are told to lower their systolic pressure - the higher of the two numbers from the measurement in the doctor's office - to 130. Study authors said patients who lowered that number to about 120 by taking additional drugs were better off than those who made it only to the low- to mid-130s.
November 10, 2015 |
Statins are proven to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, yet as many as half of patients with prescriptions eventually stop taking the pills. A possible solution, says a team of University of Pennsylvania researchers: Pay the patients. And for those whose good pill-taking habits lead to lower levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol, give their physicians a bonus as well. While the field of medicine has moved increasingly toward paying doctors for performance, there has been little controlled research on whether it works.
September 21, 2015 |
Mike Otto tried to stay calm. He tried to sit still in that yellow director's chair on the Delran boys' soccer sideline. He tried to resist the urge to jump to his feet, to shout some instructions, to offer some encouragement to his players. But it was no use. There was a game going on and his Bears needed him. "It's in the blood," Otto said after Delran's clash with rival Burlington Township on Thursday afternoon. "I'm an Otto. I don't like to lose. I like to win. "I give 100 percent, and I want my guys to give 100 percent.
August 28, 2015 |
AS TOUGH as things have been on the basketball court in the past couple of years for the 76ers, there has been absolute heartbreak away from the floor for the organization. Just over two months ago, legendary stat man Harvey Pollack succumbed to injuries he suffered in a New Year's Day car crash at the age of 93. Pollack had worked with the organization since the beginning of the NBA, in 1946. Last September, center Caldwell Jones died of a heart attack while taking practice golf swings near his suburban Atlanta home at the age of 64. So well-liked was Jones that, when the Sixers were going to trade him in order to bring in dominating Moses Malone from Houston in the summer of 1982, Malone threatened to not come to Philly unless Jones stayed.
August 7, 2015 |
Pete Mackanin returned to his hotel room in Maracaibo, Venezuela, in 1988. He was managing a team in the winter league and was stewing about a late-season loss. The Phillies interim manager said he "was really going off. " "Then my wife said, 'Are you going to have a heart attack over this? What are you doing?' " Mackanin said. "And it stuck with me. I said, 'You know what? I'm not going to have a heart attack over this. We're either going to win or lose. When I bring in the closer, he's either going to pitch well or he's not going to pitch well.' There's nothing else I can do about it. " Mackanin said that night changed his outlook on baseball.
August 7, 2015 |
IT MIGHT BE hard to believe, but Pete Mackanin wasn't always the mild-mannered, player-friendly manager he is today. Eight years after finishing his big-league playing career in 1981 with the Minnesota Twins, Mackanin, then 38, found himself storming back to his hotel room in a fit of rage one night after a tough loss as the manager of Aguilas del Zulia, a team in the Venezuelan Winter League. "I was just really going off and I was losing it, and my wife said to me, 'Are you going to have a heart attack over this?
June 14, 2015 |
If you have a chronic medical problem, you may be taking a prescription medication daily for the rest of your life. This can prove costly and often causes long-term adverse side effects. But did you know there are alternatives to medications? Though some people will need prescription drugs long-term, others may find that with their doctors' help they can reduce dosages or even get off one or more medications entirely by making simple lifestyle changes. Let's take a look at some of the most-prescribed medications, what they are designed to treat, and how to get started on a path for life with fewer or no medications.
May 14, 2015 |
A FATHER of eight who was shot by police after his car allegedly struck four cops yesterday in Olney was disoriented because he had experienced a seizure while driving, according to the man's family members and a woman who was in the car with him. Rudolph "Blue" Keitt Jr., 46, of West Oak Lane, remained in a medically induced coma last night after undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to his chest at Einstein Medical Center, his family said....
May 10, 2015 |
If you asked 100 random people on the street whether they would like to be in good physical shape, most would answer with a resounding "yes. " Though many people want to exercise, too many of us reason our way off the treadmill and onto the couch. Spring is here and summer is approaching, so I have compiled a list of the top 10 excuses I have heard from patients, and how to overcome them. 1. I don't have time. Planning out time to exercise at the start of the week is crucial.
May 7, 2015 |
GEORGE HETTENBACH had a lifelong love of automobiles, so it was considerably trying for him when he wasn't allowed to drive while recuperating from a heart attack in 2011. "Neurologically, he's fine," his wife, the former Alyson Walsh, said at the time. "I'm not dealing with any other issues, other than his complaints about my driving, which he believed could cause him to have a heart attack. " George's life was saved by a dedicated team of doctors and nurses when he suffered cardiac arrest at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in September 2011.