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Is Coated Aspirin Really Better for You?

Posted on 12/10/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthExperts have told us for years that coated aspirin is easier on the stomach, but few have questioned whether that coating might, in fact, reduce aspirin’s heart benefits. Now, though, a new study from the University of Pennsylvania — partly funded by Bayer, a major supplier of safety-coated (also called enteric-coated) aspirin — finds that the coating may reduce or delay aspirin’s effect in the blood. The study, published last week in the journal Circulation, had been designed to discover whether some …

Winter Kills: Even Mild Ones Cause More Deaths

Posted on 11/8/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt doesn’t matter whether you spend winter shoveling snow in Massachusetts or walking on the beach in California, you’re more likely to die of heart-related issues in the winter months, a new study finds. Cardiac researchers with Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles reported this week that it’s not the climate that causes heart-related deaths to spike in the winter, it’s just the season. Basically, winter is bad for your heart. Compared to the summer months, people are 26 to …

Check the Mirror: 4 Signs of Heart Disease Risk

Posted on 11/7/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthApparently, looks really do matter, at least when it comes to health. A new study finds that if you look old for your age, it could signal that your heart is aging too quickly as well. Research presented this week at the American Heart Association’s scientific meeting in Los Angeles found that people who have three to four distinctive aging signs — a receding hairline at the temples, baldness at the crown of the head, an earlobe crease, or bumpy …

Bypass Better for Diabetics With Heart Disease

Posted on 11/5/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOlder diabetics with more than one blocked artery were much less likely to die within five years or have another heart attack if they chose bypass surgery instead of stents to treat their condition, a major new study found. Researchers said the five-year study of 1,900 patients (average age: 63) with diabetes found that those who underwent bypass surgery to improve blood flow to the heart were 30 percent less likely to die or suffer a heart attack than were …

Getting a New Hip or Knee? Your Heart Attack Risk Could Rise

Posted on 09/4/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhen Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez, 61, went in for knee surgery last month, he thought it was no biggie. After all, half a million older Americans this year will do the exact same thing — get a worn-out, aching knee joint replaced. What Lopez didn’t expect was to have his heart stop in the recovery room. A quick-thinking nurse immediately started chest compressions, and Lopez is alive to write about the experience, but a new study suggests his …

ICU Patients: Twice As Likely to Suffer Fatal Misdiagnosis

Posted on 08/29/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthYou would think that patients in a hospital’s intensive care unit would be the least likely to worsen or die simply because someone misdiagnosed their condition. Unfortunately, you would be wrong, say patient safety experts with Johns Hopkins University in a new study. Despite all the tests and close monitoring of ICU patients, researchers found that these patients face twice the risk of a fatal diagnostic error as compared with adult hospital patients overall. In fact, as many as 40,500 …