Intolerance to exercise discovered to be blockage in 35-year-old’s heart

At age 35, Adriana Oviedo started to experience an intolerance to any exercise. At times, she would become anxious and feel out of breath just walking to her car. Her chest hurt. Her arm ached, and she felt like she was breathing in cold air, which burned. Her primary care physician prescribed anti-anxiety medication and … Continue reading Intolerance to exercise discovered to be blockage in 35-year-old’s heart

72-year-old returns to active life following coronary artery bypass surgery

Danny McCoy is not your average 72-year-old. The retiree who previously worked in recreational property management in Houston completed a half-marathon without any prior training while in his fifties. He lived an active life. Prior to his race, Danny thought it wise to request a stress test through his primary care physician. Now, more than … Continue reading 72-year-old returns to active life following coronary artery bypass surgery

Heart hospital volunteer collapses from heart attack, revived by cardiac medical staff

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

New technology repairs art teacher’s ‘hole in the heart’ to reduce stroke risk

Heidi Easley was going over her Monday morning to-do list when suddenly letters and full words were missing off the page. Terrified, she grabbed her phone to search the internet for a cause, but couldn’t read anything. “One of my biggest fears came true,” she said. “I lost part of my vision for over ten … Continue reading New technology repairs art teacher’s ‘hole in the heart’ to reduce stroke risk

New guidelines expand advice on who should take statins

If you’re older than 40 and have certain risk factors for heart disease, you might need statins to prevent a stroke or heart attack. New guidelines published in the Journal of the American Medical Association are expanding recommendations on who should be taking cholesterol medications. Traditionally, doctors would treat two groups of people with statin … Continue reading New guidelines expand advice on who should take statins

67-year-old volunteer chaplain given new youth after heart surgery

“I’m 67 years old, but I feel like I’m a teenager,” said Bobby Bridges, who pastors Arlington’s Mayfield Road Baptist Church, and serves as a volunteer chaplain for Arlington Police Department. Bobby didn’t always feel this young. In fact, he had experienced shortness of breath to the point that walking up a flight of stairs … Continue reading 67-year-old volunteer chaplain given new youth after heart surgery

Ain’t no mountain high enough for 85-year-old Marilyn Mendro

Marilyn Mendro, 85, loves the outdoors and singing. For 30 years, she sang for the Dallas Symphony Chorus and enjoyed day hikes with her husband. Slender, active and ageless in spirit, one would never know she’s had heart problems. Fortunately, she knew the signs of a heart attack which led her to Baylor Jack and … Continue reading Ain’t no mountain high enough for 85-year-old Marilyn Mendro

Spectacular progress combating heart disease, but challenges remain

The progress combating death from heart disease has been nothing short of spectacular. A recent study of heart-disease deaths in the southern U.S. found that the death rate has declined by more than 50 percent in Dallas and Tarrant counties, and more than 60 percent in Collin and Denton counties, since 1973. All of the … Continue reading Spectacular progress combating heart disease, but challenges remain

WATCH: The Greatest Drug Breakthrough Since Penicillin?

This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. Some people are calling statins, a class of medications that lower bad (LDL) cholesterol, the greatest drug breakthrough since Penicillin. Others though, are cautioning about the overuse of these drugs and potential side effects. With new guidelines recommending an increase … Continue reading WATCH: The Greatest Drug Breakthrough Since Penicillin?