George W. Bush Gets Heart Stent for Blockage

Former president George W. Bush is a physically fit guy, an avid bicyclist, and — unlike his post-presidential pal Bill Clinton — has never had a weight problem. So why would he need a heart stent? Because, say cardiologists, “even very active people” can develop heart disease if they have other risk factors, according to Samin Sharma, M.D., a cardiologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York who was not involved in the former president’s care, but who specializes …

Bypass or Stents: Which Is Best for Older Patients?

If you’re a Medicare patient facing either heart bypass surgery or having stents inserted in your blocked arteries, the deciding factor may have a lot to do with the rest of your health, a new study suggests. Overall, the average patient did slightly better with bypass surgery, living about 19 days longer over the course of five years, according to a team of Stanford University researchers. However, when researchers separated out the patients who were otherwise healthy (no diabetes or …

Saga of a Wounded Heart

  Welcome to the land of bad news and statistical misery and to the prospect that you might drop dead of a heart attack at any moment if you are fat, old, smoke cigarettes, drink too many martinis or refuse to eat your broccoli and your collard greens. I mention that today because I fit into just about every one of those categories and am a good bet to becoming one of the Americans who die every 40 seconds from …