March 19, 2012 |
Chronic constipation, heart disease and death Q: I had always believed that Elvis Presley died at 42 from a heart attack. However, I've recently read that his longtime physician George Nichopoulos believes Elvis died from chronic constipation. How does someone die from that? A: According to the autopsy report, hypertensive cardiovascular disease and a "colon problem" were the likely contributing factors to his premature death from a heart attack. It has been reported by his now-retired personal physician that Elvis suffered for years from chronic constipation and that his colon was markedly distended at autopsy.
October 6, 2011 |
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed a bill designed to protect student athletes with undetected heart ailments from sudden death while playing sports. House Bill 1610 passed unanimously on Monday. Known as the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act, it was sponsored by Rep. Mike Vereb (R., Montgomery). "I anticipate its moving through the Senate in October, and I'd love to have it to the governor by the end of November," Vereb said by phone from Harrisburg. The bill requires a coach, game official, or school-certified athletic trainer or doctor to be vigilant for signs of sudden cardiac arrest among student athletes.
September 26, 2011 |
Flyers winger Scott Hartnell had an elevated heart rate during the team's last exhibition game and will see a cardiologist Tuesday, general manager Paul Holmgren said after Sunday's practice in Voorhees. Hartnell's heart rate has since gone down, Holmgren said, but the Flyers do not want to take any chances, and the 29-year-old forward will sit out Monday's exhibition against the visiting New York Rangers as a precaution. In Friday's 3-1 win in Detroit, Hartnell picked up an assist, but he did not play in the third period because of an elevated heart rate between the second and third periods, Holmgren said.
September 26, 2011 |
SCOTT HARTNELL felt a strange twitching motion in his right arm on Friday night in Detroit. Then he noticed that his heart seemed to be racing a little more than it should have been, considering he was sitting on the bench in Joe Louis Arena. Those two symptoms, which led to the discovery of an alarmingly elevated heart rate, may keep Hartnell off the ice indefinitely, as doctors try to figure the root of the problem. "It wouldn't go down, even after rest, during the intermission," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said of Hartnell's heart rate.
April 21, 2011 |
The airline passenger was in deep trouble - not breathing, no heart rate - when a fellow passenger, Raina Merchant, then a resident in emergency medicine, tried to save his life. "The patient survived the flight, but, sadly, not much longer," said Merchant, who performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the passenger. That was seven years ago. Now Merchant, a University of Pennsylvania physician whose research centers on resuscitation, is developing a mobile-phone app that would, with one push of a button, provide oral instructions for CPR. The app would even say, "Press, press, press," to allow the right rhythm for chest compressions.
August 11, 2010 |
Next time, bring a glove As any reader of MLB.com knows by now, a guy named Bo is the sorriest dude in Houston right about now. Bo was at the Astros-Braves game on Monday night with his girlfriend Sarah. A foul ball screamed into their section and headed straight for Bo. Sensibly enough, he ducked. Sarah, perhaps not as wise to the ways of spectating, sat still. And got creamed. I wonder how jolly the ride home was. Silva has heart procedure On a more somber note, Cubs righthander Carlos Silva underwent a cardiac ablation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Monday to correct a problem with his heart rate.
April 26, 2010 |
My patient needed to be delivered. She had just developed eclampsia, a potentially fatal disease that afflicts women in the second half of pregnancy. She had suffered a seizure and dangerously high blood pressure, and was at risk for far worse, including a stroke. No one knows why this condition arises, but delivery sure clears it up in a hurry. So we gave medication to start labor, and the nurses placed a fetal heart monitor. Worn like a belt, but higher on the abdomen, the ultrasound monitor would play a crucial role in the hours to come.
December 2, 2009 |
Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson was taken to the hospital in Montreal with an elevated heart rate following the first period of the Leafs' 3-0 victory over the Canadiens last night. Gustavsson made eight saves before he was taken to the hospital as a precaution. The Swedish rookie had minor heart surgery during training camp after he experienced a racing heartbeat. Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke said Gustavsson is expected to be fine. "We're just being ultracautious," Burke said.
May 1, 2008 |
LADIES, IF YOU'RE going to date a minor, make sure your ex is cool with it. TMZ.com reports that Billy Bob Thornton's 15-year-old son, Willie Thornton, is being questioned by Los Angeles law enforcement officials as the alleged victim of "unlawful sex. " TMZ.com says that Willie has been dating a 22-year-old woman whose ex-boyfriend apparently became jealous and called the L.A.P.D. today to rat her out as a predator. Willie is reportedly cooperating with the sex-crimes unit.