June 17, 2013
The world's oldest Jewish person, Evelyn Kozak, whose family fled Russia to escape anti-Semitism in the 1880s, died Tuesday at 113. Mrs. Kozak had suffered a heart attack the day before, her granddaughter Brucha Weisberger said. She was buried next to her parents in a Brooklyn cemetery. Mrs. Kozak was the world's oldest documented Jewish person and the world's seventh-oldest person, said Robert Young, a senior database administrator at the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, an organization of physicians, scientists, and engineers who validate supercentenarians, people 110 or older.
May 30, 2013 |
Is there a doctor on board? Surprisingly often, there is - in half of in-flight medical emergencies - and sick airline passengers almost always survive, a new study finds. The research is the largest look yet at what happens to people who develop a medical problem on a commercial flight - 44,000 of the 2.75 billion passengers worldwide each year, researchers estimate. Most cases do not require diverting a plane as the study's leader, Christian Martin-Gill, advised a pilot to do two years.
May 28, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Ed Shaughnessy, the jazz drummer who for nearly three decades anchored the rhythm section of Doc Severinsen's "Tonight Show" band, has died in Southern California. He was 84. William Selditz, a close family friend, told the Los Angeles Times that Shaughnessy had a heart attack Friday at his home in Calabasas, outside Los Angeles. The New Jersey native began his jazz career as a teenager, playing with Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman and Count Basie. From 1963 to 1992, Shaughnessy was a late-night television fixture as part of the house band on NBC's "Tonight Show.
May 16, 2013
STAR JONES is a lawyer, author and celebrated TV personality who is perhaps best known for her larger-than-life personality and "tell it like it is" candidness. She once tipped the scales at more than 300 pounds, underwent gastric-bypass surgery 10 years ago and has maintained her weight loss. But in 2010, at age 47, she faced her biggest health crisis so far when she was diagnosed with heart disease and had open-heart surgery to repair her aortic valve. Now a proud spokeswoman for the American Heart Association, Star was in Philly recently as the keynote speaker at the 10th annual Go Red For Women Luncheon.
May 12, 2013 |
Calvin G. Connett, 93, who retired as a Philadelphia regional sales manager for Pitney Bowes, the manufacturer of postage meters and computer software and hardware, died of a heart attack Monday, May 6, at his home in Cinnaminson, where he had lived since 1973. Born on Staten Island, N.Y., Mr. Connett worked for Pitney Bowes after graduating from high school. He served in the Army from May 1941 to November 1945, mostly in a supply unit. A son-in-law, John McElhinney, said Mr. Connett landed in France 10 days after D-Day and fought in Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.
May 10, 2013 |
Eating fish is good for your heart, but taking fish-oil capsules does not help people at high risk of heart problems who are already taking medicines to prevent them, a large study in Italy found. The work makes clearer who does and does not benefit from taking supplements of the good oils found in fish such as salmon, tuna, and sardines. Previous studies have suggested that fish-oil capsules could lower heart risks in people with heart failure or who have already suffered a heart attack.
May 9, 2013 |
I can only imagine what happened when my father died unexpectedly of a heart attack just after midnight. We lived on a narrow street of two-story twins, and the ambulance lights must have spun red through the bedrooms that night. The uncharacteristic hubbub on our quiet block surely brought neighbors to their windows, if not their porches. I can only imagine, because I wasn't there. At the time, I was a sophomore at Temple University. After spending most of the day and evening at the Temple News, putting out our student daily, I had just returned to my dorm room when the call came.
May 6, 2013
DIOCESE OF HARRISBURG officials say Bishop Joseph McFadden died of a heart attack last week after suddenly falling ill while attending a meeting of the Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania. McFadden, 65, died Thursday morning at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Huntingdon Valley. Officials say McFadden awoke feeling ill and was taken to a hospital. McFadden was an Overbrook native and well-known locally as a longtime coach and teacher in Philadelphia's Catholic school system. Church officials say McFadden's funeral is scheduled for Wednesday following several days of services.
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.
February 27, 2013 |
HOW DO WE prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the next five years? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the Million Hearts initiative in 2012 to answer this question. And it's as simple as the ABC'S: A spirin for risk reduction. B lood-pressure control. C holesterol-lowering. S moking cessation. Since February is Heart Month, this is a great time for Philadelphia to start working on its share of the goal - preventing 5,000 heart attacks and strokes among city residents by 2017.