While anyone can face a broken heart, broken heart syndrome (also known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy or stress cardiomyopathy) is a condition almost unique to women between the age of 50-80. The cause of the heart condition is not completely known, but is thought to be triggered by adrenaline which surges in stressful situations. When someone’s … Continue reading Broken Heart Syndrome: Can you die from a broken heart?
The human body is composed of between 20,000 and 25,000 different genes that make us into who we are today. Some of the genes we inherit determine the color of our hair, while others are responsible for the development of the heart. Unfortunately, sometimes a faulty gene can be present, leading to a life-threatening genetic heart … Continue reading Genetic heart conditions could cause sudden death
Sternotomies — the medical term for splitting open the chest to reach the heart — get the headlines. Transplants, bypasses and other open-heart surgeries are amazing, dramatic and lifesaving, the stuff of riveting documentaries and poignant narratives. By many measures, including transplants, Baylor Scott & White Health is one of the nation’s leaders in healing … Continue reading Leading the nation in healing hearts: The evolution of heart surgery
Heartburn can be a pain, especially following the holiday season. To find relief, millions of Americans have relied on a class of drugs called Protein Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)—medications that bind to stomach cells to reduce acid, often associated with conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and ulcers. But a new study casts doubt on … Continue reading Popular heartburn medications associated with stroke: Should you be concerned?
As far back as she can remember, Laurie Aten, MD, wanted to be part of the space program. Instead, she pursued a career in medicine. Then opportunity knocked. After practicing family medicine for four years, Dr. Aten applied for a residency in aerospace medicine at Wright State University in Ohio. “I decided if I was … Continue reading A physician trained in space medicine brings skills to wound care
For four decades, people have been taking aspirin to ward off strokes and heart attacks. But is the commonly used “baby aspirin” dose of 81 milligrams better, or the regular dose of 325 milligrams? To help settle the issue, an unusual clinical trial is underway at Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute at Baylor University Medical Center … Continue reading An aspirin a day: Clinical trial aims to find cheaper ways to research medicine
If you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan, chances are you’ve had your heart broken more than once over the years. Watching your favorite team on game day can be stressful — but can it literally hurt your heart? Fan: Cowboys’ “Heart-Stopping Finish” Saved My Life Some researchers have shown that big games like the Super Bowl are … Continue reading 6 ways game day can hurt your heart
This time of year, many of us are worried about putting on pounds from all those holiday treats and cocktails. But we should also consider how we could be harming our hearts. A phenomenon called “holiday heart syndrome” — alcohol-induced atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat — is something we see this time of year in … Continue reading Holiday heart syndrome: Seasonal celebrations can cause irregular heartbeat
One moment Caring Hearts volunteer Norbert Schulz was standing. Then, he felt light-headed and couldn’t move his feet. As he crumbled to the floor, Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital staff came running to start CPR. When he regained consciousness, Norbert saw the anxious faces of hospital people he knew. “I calmed way … Continue reading Heart hospital volunteer collapses from heart attack, revived by cardiac medical staff
What if a twice-a-year injectable medication could replace popping a pill every day to help fight high cholesterol? According to new research presented at the November 2016 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in New Orleans, a clinical study suggests that a drug called inclisiran drastically reduces cholesterol by cutting the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) by half … Continue reading Could twice-a-year shots replace daily cholesterol medication?