5 ways to tackle mental health after a heart attack

CVD and depression are a two-way street, capable of inflicting considerable damage on one another. So how do heart patients protect their mental health after a life-threatening event like MI? According to a blog post from the Cleveland Clinic, it’s normal for a person to not feel like themselves after a heart attack or heart disease diagnosis,…

Heart attacks growing more common among people in their 20s and 30s

The proportion of heart attack patients who are 40 or younger has steadily increased over the last decade, according to research set to be presented March 17 at the American College of Cardiology’s scientific sessions in New Orleans. Senior author Ron Blankstein, MD, and colleagues studied 2,097 patients age 50 or younger who were admitted…

Heart risk raised by sitting in front of the TV, not by sitting at work, finds study

Sitting for long periods of time has been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and early death, but a new study suggests that not all types of sitting are equally unhealthy. The study, led by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, found that leisure-time sitting (while watching TV)—but not sitting…

Researchers spot tell-tale signs of potentially fatal cardiac arrest

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young people (such as the unexpected near fatal cardiac arrest suffered by the-then 23 year old footballer Fabrice Muamba), but the microscopic heart muscle abnormalities behind these tragic events can only be picked up in a post-mortem. Now, in a study published in the Journal…

Is this chest pain from GERD or a heart attack?

Chest pain can be a sign that a person is having a heart attack. However, chest pain is also a common symptom of other, less serious conditions, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease. Doctors refer to pain from heart attacks and other conditions that affect the cardiovascular system as cardiac chest pain. Pain that does not come from…