February 23, 2015 |
At Martin O'Riordan's cardiology practice in Darby and Springfield, it happens weekly. A 45- or 50-year-old patient mentions that her father had a heart attack at the same age. Worried that the same fate will befall her despite being in good health, she takes baby aspirin every day. O'Riordan's typical response: Please stop. Physicians have known for decades that daily, low-dose aspirin makes sense for patients who have had a heart attack or stroke, as it sharply reduces the chance of having a second one. But for people who have never had one of these cardiovascular "events," the thinking on aspirin is less clear, despite two recent large-scale studies.
February 16, 2015 |
Can a modified vegan diet - heavy on tofu, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and low on saturated and trans fats - significantly help with heart disease? It's a question that Robert Fischer, head of the division of infectious diseases at Einstein Medical Center, considered last October, after his second coronary event in 61/2 years. On the surface, Fischer, 65, of Elkins Park, appears to be an unlikely candidate for heart disease. He exhibits none of the usual risk factors.
January 3, 2015 |
An Army narrative describes how Jeffrey F. Zauber, a Cherry Hill native, earned a Distinguished Service Cross for "exceptionally valorous actions" in South Vietnam on Feb. 2, 1969. "While serving as company medic during a mission to relieve a sister unit engaged with an enemy force," Mr. Zauber showed "extraordinary heroism," the June 25, 1969, account reads. "Approaching the combat area, Specialist Zauber's company came under intense enemy fire and sustained several casualties.
November 16, 2014 |
A 14-year-old girl had two light-headed spells at school and "nearly fainted. " The incident quickly brought her to the attention of the school nurse, who noted that her heart rate was high at 112 beats per minute. The girl admitted that she had sensed her heart beating quickly over the last few months. Before eighth grade, she had been an A student in honors classes. But this year her grades fell considerably, with mostly Cs. She was playing field hockey but opted to pull herself off the field because she felt short of breath.
November 12, 2014
HAPPY DAYS are here again, right? Stocks are up, the recession is over and employment continues to grow (though wages remain stagnant). Perhaps it's a renewed optimism over employment growth - or is it apathy over stagnant wages? - that kept two-thirds of U.S. voters from even bothering to vote last week. You may be asking what the Pennsylvania governor's race had to do with your fitness and health. Quite a bit, if you ask me. Gubernatorial elections have a real impact on our day-to-day lives.
August 3, 2014 |
You might recall the name of Michelle Funk, the toddler who was submerged underwater in an icy creek in 1986 for more than an hour. When paramedics finally pulled her out, she was lifeless, cold and blue. Miraculously, as the American Medical Association later described it, the 21/2-year-old not only survived, she made a full recovery. No one had ever been "dead" for that long and brought back without severe brain damage. Funk's recovery is an extraordinary case of resuscitation, the act of bringing patients back to life.
July 5, 2014 |
Dan Algeo, 49, the longtime head football coach at Cardinal O'Hara High School, died Thursday morning at Abington Memorial Hospital. "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved coach, teacher, and friend Dan Algeo," the Delaware County Catholic school posted on its website. A prayer service was scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the school. Mr. Algeo suffered a heart attack Monday night and underwent surgery to open a blockage in his heart, according to the school.
June 17, 2014 |
PINEHURST, N.C. - Erik Compton has never won a PGA Tour event. He nearly picked a heckuva place to start. Many knew his story. Now it's out there for real. He had a heart transplant when he was 12. Then he had to have another 6 years ago. At 34, he's living his dreams. Or perhaps he's exceeding them. "It's a really special moment," he said yesterday at Pinehurst No. 2, after finishing a distant second to a guy who was pretty much unbeatable. "Nobody was catching [Martin Kaymer]
April 10, 2014 |
Raymond A. Jenkins II, 68, of Bristol, a Bucks County businessman, died Saturday, March 29, of a heart attack at the home of a friend in Philadelphia. With his sister, Darlette, Mr. Jenkins owned and operated Toad-Ally Snax Inc., a small company that makes chocolate-covered pretzels. Mr. Jenkins himself performed most facets of the business. He would go to the factory in Bristol, climb on a broken machine, find the problem, and fix it, said his longtime friend, Dawn Dugan. Then he would put on a business suit and fly around the country, negotiating with executives at Walmart, K-Mart, Sam's Club, BJ's, and supermarket chains about carrying the company's products.
April 4, 2014 |
Peter W. Dorsa, 71, of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., a truck driver for The Inquirer from 1987 until he retired in 2011, died at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, N.J., after a heart attack at his home. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Dorsa graduated from Roman Catholic High School and was a Marine Corps infantryman in Vietnam, a daughter, Joanne, said. He then was a member of the Army Reserve from 1974 to 1991. Mr. Dorsa began his career as a driver at Brink's, the armored car firm, she said.