July 18, 2016 |
David Willis Johnson, 83, of Solebury, who led the Campbell Soup Co. with infectious optimism in the 1990s, died of heart failure in Doylestown on Sunday, June 19. Mr. Johnson, a native of Australia, served as president and chief executive officer of Campbell from 1990 to 1997, and again from March 2000 to January 2001 after coming out of retirement as the company sought a new leader. He was brought in by Campbell's at a time when the Dorrance family, which had dominated the company for decades, had considered selling its shares.
July 9, 2016
By George Heyrich When it comes to a heart attack, minutes matter most. With today's modern medicine, hospitals can stop a heart attack in its tracks. However, if you wait too long to seek care, your risk of permanent heart damage is higher, which could lead to heart failure or death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 735,000 Americans experience a heart attack every year. The clock starts at the onset of the first heart-attack symptom. This is where rapid intervention saves lives.
July 1, 2016 |
In 1992, John A. DiFiori, a retired South Philadelphia High School biology teacher, rode his bicycle from Manhattan Beach, Calif., to Revere, Mass., as part of an annual seven-week group event, Pedal for Power Across America. The former League of American Wheelmen ran the tour as a fund-raising event, with Mr. DiFiori cycling for an environmental program at his former school. He had retired in 1991, the year he turned 59, but long-distance cycling had been in his bones for years.
June 25, 2016 |
Scott Shapiro treats patients with clogged arteries, heart failure, and other classic cardiovascular diseases that strike millions of adults. Yet over the next year, the cardiologist says, he will spend dozens of hours cramming to learn intricate details about other conditions that he does not treat in his Abington practice, such as rare congenital heart defects. He and other leaders of the Pennsylvania Medical Society are part of heated national debate over how to ensure that physicians maintain their skills.
June 11, 2016 |
Richard Ferry had been retired for only a short while in the early 1990s when he met and began golfing with another retiree, Robert F. Keddie. "He was a very good golfer," Ferry said, and perhaps Mr. Keddie's workday had something to do with it. "He worked the night shift," from 4 p.m. to midnight, Ferry said, making tanker deliveries for Texaco to gasoline stations in South Jersey. That schedule had allowed him morning tee times on any workday he chose. In retirement, the two men were in a foursome that played public courses, including Rancocas Golf Club in Willingboro, Willowbrook Country Club in Delran, and Hanover Golf Club in North Hanover Township, three times a week.
May 28, 2016 |
James J. Matour, 91, of East Falls, a World War II veteran and a retired executive with the Philadelphia Gas Works, died Monday, May 23, of heart failure at home. Mr. Matour grew up in Germantown. He graduated second in his class at Simon Gratz High School in 1942 and entered what is now Drexel University to major in mechanical engineering. In 1943, he interrupted his studies to enlist in the Army Air Corps. He was a B-17 bomber pilot, and flew 19 bombing missions over Nazi Germany in 1944 and 1945.
May 22, 2016 |
A woman in her early 70s received a call from her son one night to tell her his recent colonoscopy results: The screening showed he had colon cancer. Very upset over the news, she awoke that night with severe, crushing chest pain and labored breathing. She called 911 and was taken to the emergency room in the middle of the night. I was on call that night and received a call from the emergency department. I saw that her electrocardiogram and evaluation were consistent with a heart attack.
May 20, 2016 |
Donald Wesley Huddle, 90, of West Philadelphia, a former assistant highway chief and one of the city's first African American civil engineers, died Monday, May 9, of heart failure at his home. Born in Pittsburgh to Ernest and Helen Walker Huddle, he moved with his family to New Castle, Pa., and graduated from high school there. He received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1948 from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Huddle served in the Army before being honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.
April 24, 2016 |
A woman in her 50s went to her family doctor with a variety of symptoms that could have indicated any number of conditions. She had shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, nausea, stomach pains, dizziness, and fatigue. Her doctor, noting that she also was significantly overweight and out of shape, believed she was suffering from asthma, and prescribed asthma and antinausea medications. Still, the symptoms persisted for several months. Looking for an answer, the woman went to both a respiratory specialist and digestive specialist, but neither offered treatments that helped her. Finally, one of her doctors, on the theory that she might have a heart problem, sent her to my office.
February 17, 2016 |
Inside the 6-foot-7, 170-pound frame of Jake Wilson beats a heart that belongs to basketball. Unfortunately, the Bonner-Prendergast sophomore can't play - for now - the game he loves. At 12, Wilson, now 15, was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, an inherited disorder that affects the fibers that support and anchor organs and other structures in the body, according to the Mayo Clinic. A related heart valve issue led Wilson's parents and doctors to keep him off the court this season, and Wilson - considered a Division I talent - may never play competitively again.