Current estimates are that nearly 6.5 million Americans over the age of 20 have heart failure. Public perception is that heart failure occurs when one’s heart stops beating completely. It’s seen as a single point in time when the heart simply fails to operate. The truth is far more complicated. Heart failure is a chronic, … Continue reading 4 discoveries that are transforming heart failure care
Doctors and patients forge personal connections in different ways, for different reasons. Molly Szerlip, MD, an interventional cardiologist on the medical staff at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, and Fletcher Harris, a 90-year-old veteran of World War II, found they had a unique bond. Her daughter was about to take an emotional, educational trip to … Continue reading After 2 heart procedures, WWII vet shares his incredible story
When you think of boxing, you may picture the greats duking it out in the middle of a ring. But boxing isn’t just a sport. It’s recognized as a critical part of the rehabilitation process for older adults who are recovering from heart surgery and living with a cardiovascular condition. The bulky battery pack visible on 67-year-old Tarulata Patel’s waist … Continue reading Boxing provides strength to woman living with heart condition
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?
When Bryan Tyo suffered a heart attack in January, he was too sick to receive a heart transplant. A surgical team at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas instead removed his damaged heart and implanted a total artificial heart, a portable device designed to pump blood throughout the body when both sides of the patient’s … Continue reading Surgeons perform first Total Artificial Heart “bridge to transplant” in North Texas
A brutal case of pneumonia four years ago put Richard Powell on a path that would eventually lead him to a Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas operating room for a heart transplant weeks before Christmas. When Powell first got sick in early 2010, he was treated at a hospital in his home city of Monroe, Louisiana, for … Continue reading Baylor Dallas heart transplant a ‘Christmas miracle’
This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. Congestive heart failure. Even the name of this chronic heart condition sounds scary. Though heart failure is certainly a very serious disease, advances in prevention and treatment has made it more manageable than ever before. A few decades ago, individuals … Continue reading WATCH: Treatment Options Help Half a Million Americans Live With This Heart Disease
Heart failure is a condition that affects nearly 5 million Americans and is the cause of more hospitalizations than all forms of cancer combined. Additionally, 25 percent of patients admitted to the hospital with heart failure will readmit within 30 days, and approximately 550,000 cases of heart failure are diagnosed each year. Yet many people … Continue reading Heart Failure: America’s Silent Epidemic
A recent study titled “The Obesity Paradox in Men Versus Women With Systolic Heart Failure” published in the American Journal of Cardiology had some very interesting results. The authors from UCLA looked at patients over a couple of decades that were treated with significant advanced congestive heart failure and calculated their body mass index or … Continue reading Could Obesity Protect You From Congestive Heart Failure?
Eight weeks after Christy Pfeifer-Gamez gave birth to her fourth child, Lillian, on the Fourth of July, she started feeling ill. One morning she couldn’t even get out of bed. The doctors thought it might be pneumonia. They never expected it to have anything to do with her heart. After all, she was too young … Continue reading The Truth Behind 4 Common Heart Disease Myths