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March 12, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
Evidence has been mounting for a few years that raising "good" cholesterol levels is not necessarily helpful in preventing heart disease. A new study led by University of Pennsylvania researchers explains a piece of that complicated puzzle, at least for people with a particular genetic quirk. Good cholesterol is called that because it is a measurement of how much of the waxy, artery-clogging stuff is being shuttled to the liver for disposal, carried by high-density lipoprotein (HDL)
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August 19, 1995 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr. and Dianna Marder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS Inquirer Staff Writer Peter Nicholas contributed to this article
State Rep. David P. Richardson Jr. - a relentless advocate for African Americans, the impoverished and the disenfranchised - died suddenly yesterday of a heart attack. He was 47 and had a history of heart disease and diabetes. From the time he was a teenager - when he fought to make African American history part of the public school curriculum - through more than 20 years in the House of Representatives, Richardson threw his heft and his voice into causes he saw as just. In his own neighborhood of Germantown, he had a reputation as the community's moral compass, said U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah.
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April 17, 2016
A daily dose of aspirin can help prevent both heart disease and colorectal cancer in adults age 50 to 69 who are at an increased risk for cardiovascular problems, an independent panel of medical experts said Monday. The final recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said that low-dose aspirin - typically, 81 mg - is most beneficial for people age 50 to 59. For adults 60 to 69, a decision should be made with their doctors because aspirin can increase the risk of bleeding, the panel said.
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July 3, 2016
The patient's doctor referred him to a cardiologist, because of his multiple cardiac risk factors. His initial exam in my office was unremarkable. His EKG was abnormal, but consistent with his history of high blood pressure. His aortic calcifications, noted on the CAT scan, raised a flag because calcium in blood vessels can suggest atherosclerotic disease. I asked him to have a nuclear stress test, which involves receiving a small amount of a radioactive material that can help detect coronary blockages.
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June 2, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A woman whose body was found on a Society Hill street on May 7 died of natural causes, the Medical Examiner's Office said Tuesday. Lorraine Grant, 58, suffered from heart disease, Jeff Moran, the office's spokesman, said. She was found unresponsive on South Fifth Street near Lombard about 10:35 a.m. Saturday, May 7, and was pronounced dead 10 minutes later by medics at the scene, police have said. shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592 @julieshawphilly  
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November 19, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
Smoking causes about half of all heart attacks among young and middle-aged women, and even three or four cigarettes a day sharply increase the risk, researchers conclude in a newly published study. In a separate study, a scientist reported that living in a home where one or both parents smoke may accelerate the development of hardening of the arteries in young boys and raise their risk of coronary heart disease as adults. The results of both studies should provide more incentive for smokers to quit, researchers said.
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August 10, 2001 | Daily News staff report
Three city residents died yesterday as the result of the heat wave, according to the Philadelphia medical examiner's office. The three were: Robert Chandler, 71, of 76th Avenue near Ogontz; Dorothea Gledhill, 66, of Wagner Avenue near 10th Street, who also suffered from heart disease and cancer; and Elda diMaria, 79, of 16th Street near Reed, who suffered from heart disease. These deaths bring the total heat-related deaths this week to four and the total for the summer so far to nine, according to Health Department spokesman Jeff Moran.
NEWS
November 19, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
On the eve of today's Great American Smokeout, two studies released yesterday reported that smoking and exposure to cigarette smoke increases the danger of heart attacks and heart disease among women and boys. According to the Nurses Health Study, smoking causes about half of all heart attacks among young and middle-aged women, and even three or four cigarettes a day sharply increase the risk. Until a few years ago, many experts believed that cigarettes did not contribute to heart disease in women.
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January 18, 1995 | by Mary Flannery, Daily News Staff Writer
Breast cancer. That we know about. From the pink ribbons pinned on jacket lapels to the graphic photographs of defiant, one-breasted women to the next-door neighbor who's wearing a bandanna on her balding head, we are all too familiar with the ravages of this killer of women. But as much as we know about breast cancer, that's how little we know about heart disease, the No. 1 killer of American women: We aren't aware that one in nine women ages 45 to 64 have some form of heart disease.
NEWS
April 19, 2013
A woman found dead inside her burning South Philadelphia home Monday afternoon died of heart disease before the fire occurred, the Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday. Jeff Moran, a spokesman for the medical examiner, identified the woman as Dorothy Powell, 84, of the 2100 block of Pierce Street in Point Breeze. - Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman
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