Heart Attack

The Secret Pain Of Caretakers

Staring up at the constellation Orion on a crisp winter's night, I wonder how much longer I can bear the pain. The pain of watching my husband cringe and suffer. While he can dull his chronic physical...
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How Microbes Could Give You a Heart Attack

Twenty years ago, heart disease was the number one killer of Canadians. That number has dropped over the years thanks in part to research examining the causes of heart attacks and recommendations for better preventative behaviours. Despite this drop, there is still much to be learned about how heart attacks happen. One of the most studied causes is the atherosclerotic lesion, better known as plaque. This accumulation of cells, fats, minerals, and other organic material tend to accumulate in the arteries as we age. If buildup happens to occur in the coronary artery, cardiac arrest may inevitably happen.
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How Good Oral Hygiene Can Protect Your Heart

As with many scientific and medical breakthroughs, the discovery of the link between gum and cardiovascular diseases started off rather unexpectedly. Back in 1989, a group in Finland wanted to find out if heart disease could be linked to other chronic diseases. They did the usual blood analysis to detect heart problems and also conducted other medical examinations not unlike what a family doctor might do. They expected something but never imagined they would find a link between the inevitably fatal problems with a rather common condition many of us have: gum disease.
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Bacteria Could Increase Your Risk of a Heart Attack

Heart health is a complex study and requires a proper lifestyle to maintain. Yet, as the researchers have shown, should there appear to be signs of problems, such as continual chest pains, palpitations, lightheadedness, shortness of breath and fatigue; there may be yet another option for diagnosis and treatment to avoid a heartbreaking end.
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The Shocking Sexism Inherent To Heart Attack Diagnoses

This is a study about gender differences and the first of its kind to look at sex-related differences in and determinants of access to care within a population of younger people who have had heart attacks, McGill University psychologist Dr. Roxanne Pelletier, lead author, told me. "In the last decade the incidence of heart attacks have been increasing in younger people and even more quickly in women compared to men. Our team thinks that gender-related characteristics play a role in that."
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The Simple Step That Could Save Your Life During Heart Attack

In January 2005, when I was only 11 years old I was told that my dad had suffered a heart attack. It took nearly half an hour for the ambulance to arrive and unfortunately, no one knew about the benefits of chewing ASA/Aspirin or had any available. Sadly, he passed away in the ambulance before it could reach the hospital. Since then, my brother Andrew and I have been on a mission to help other families by spreading awareness about the importance chewing ASA in the event of a heart attack.
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How to Love Your Heart this February

February is Heart Month in Canada. For those of you who pledge to lose weight and get in better shape this year, I encourage you to stay true to your resolution -- make sustainable changes in your lives so you can achieve the goals you know you should.
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Alzheimer's: Goodbye, My Love

What Nancy Reagan called the long goodbye has, for me, come to an end. My beloved husband has died, peacefully, in his own home, surrounded by people who loved him. It was indeed, a long goodbye. Seven years spent with Alzheimer's. And a final year, playing hide and seek with death.

Dancing With Death

A close family member recently had a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital. She passed away last Sunday. Ten days after suffering the heart attack. She had her last dance. Her name was on death's dance card that day.
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Alzheimers: Caregiving, Seven Years Later

This month, my husband and I enter the seventh year of living with Alzheimer's (AD). The past seven years have been years of learning, of facing the inevitability of age, and what aging means, of stretching myself to accept new responsibilities. I am no longer the only caregiver.

What My Dad Taught Me Before He Died

When my dad passed away it was by far the worst day of my life. All the anti-rejection drugs that were keeping his heart pumping were slowly deteriorating his other organs. We knew this day would eventually come, but none of us really wanted to accept it. Really, how can anyone be prepared to lose their parent?