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NEWS
March 28, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Robert Goodman says a new heart hasn't made him a new man. Not yet, anyway. "I haven't quite gotten to the point of waking up every day and saying, 'I'm glad I'm alive,' although I do think about that," says the Westampton resident, 62. "I'm more amazed that I was almost dead, and nobody really knew it. Not even me. " Goodman, who's married and has a daughter in college, is a longtime runner and fitness buff. He wanted to avoid the fate of his dad, who died of a heart attack, at 50, "five months before my bar mitzvah.
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THE FAMILY of the late radio legend and civic leader E. Steven Collins has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Chestnut Hill Hospital, saying its staff failed to immediately diagnose and treat the heart attack that killed him last fall. Collins, 58, arrived at the hospital at 9 p.m. Sept. 8, with the classic symptoms of a heart attack - pressure and pain in his chest, high blood pressure, labored breathing, clammy skin and related complaints, said attorneys Tom Kline and Dean Weitzman, who filed the complaint in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court yesterday morning.
NEWS
January 6, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sixty-six days after his father died in bed of a massive heart attack, Geno Vento counted backward from 10 in an operating room in South Jersey. Rattled by his father's death and haunted by a family history of heart disease, Vento had decided to enlist a surgeon's help in his lifelong battle with obesity. Heir to one of South Philadelphia's cheesesteak empires, Vento was 40, 5-foot-8, and 366 pounds. He could not bend over to tie his shoes. He could barely hoist himself off a toilet.
NEWS
November 24, 2013 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
Carmen Quinones wasn't feeling well when she got home one day last month after getting some blood work done to monitor her diabetes. She was short of breath and pale. She had to lie down. Then her chest started vibrating. About a year earlier, soon after her first heart attack, Quinones had a device implanted that would warn her when she was having another heart attack. Now, the alarm was going off, telling her to call her doctor. (If her heart problem had been more severe, a more urgent alarm with more vibrations would have told her to call 911.)
NEWS
November 14, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Catherine McCollum Mattson, 71, of Glassboro, an English teacher for more than two decades at Overbrook High School in Pine Hill, died of a heart attack on Friday, Nov. 8, at Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury. Born in Philadelphia, she lived in Camden and Pleasantville and earned a bachelor's in 1964 and later a master's, both in English, at what is now Rowan University. Mrs. Mattson taught at Washington Township High School in Sewell before beginning her Overbrook career in the early 1970s, her husband Charlie said.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2013 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
How big is Big Data? Big enough that it may someday justify all the hype it has generated over the last few years - and big enough to have stirred a flurry of economic activity visible almost anywhere, from the lowliest start-ups to the nation's largest companies. That was the message delivered Wednesday by Jeanette Horan, IBM's chief information officer, and her smaller-company counterparts who followed her to the stage at the Software and Information Industry Association's "Data Is Destiny" conference this week at Philadelphia's Hyatt Regency Hotel.
NEWS
September 27, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
TOMMY "TJ" Ramos, a 9-year-old catcher on the Torresdale Boys Club baseball team, had just stepped onto the field on Leon Street near Eden for practice at about 6 p.m. Sept. 12 when he collapsed for no explicable reason. "He went down on his face. It looked like a seizure," said his mother, Micki Ramos. "I completely freaked. " But it wasn't a seizure. TJ's small, young heart was undergoing cardiac arrest. He was having a heart attack. Luckily, two off-duty Philadelphia cops - K-9 Officer John Callahan, a coach with TJ's team, and Gang Unit Officer John Pasquarello, who was watching his son practice - jumped into action while another coach called 9-1-1.
NEWS
September 16, 2013 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A half-century after a U.S. Surgeon General's report raised the alarm on tobacco, most Americans know that smoking may eventually cause lung cancer. Far less appreciated is what can happen just minutes - 60 seconds, according to some research - after taking in a breath of smoke, even secondhand. In the bloodstream, platelets are activated and become sticky. They clump together to form clots that can cause a heart attack or stroke. They stick to artery walls, ripping the lining when blood flow increases and interfering with the vessels' ability to expand and contract as needed.
NEWS
August 7, 2013 | By Curtis Skinner, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you show up to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's emergency room but aren't in serious trouble, get ready to wait. New federal data show that the prestigious university hospital has the highest median ER wait times in the city at 81 minutes to see a doctor. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which publish the data from hospital submissions, say long waits can be a sign of understaffing or gridlock elsewhere in the hospital. And they can lead to lower quality care and more stressful stays for patients and families.
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