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December 31, 2005

Angioplasty Best Therapy for Heart Attack Survival

Emergency angioplasty to reopen a blocked artery is the best thing to do when clot-dissolving therapy doesn't work for a heart attack, British cardiologists report.

It's a finding of major importance to a large number of Americans who are rushed to a hospital emergency room when they have a heart attack, a U.S. expert said. (HealthDay News)

Posted by news editor at 08:09 AM

December 10, 2005

Richard Pryor Dies of Heart Attack at the Age of 65

Comedian Richard Pryor died Saturday morning after suffering a heart attack at his home in the San Fernando Valley. He was transported to Encino Hospital and died shortly thereafter. Pryor had been living with multiple sclerosis for many years.

"He was able to turn pain into comedy," his wife said. "He let the world see it, and that was his inspiration too.

Washington Post

Posted by news editor at 01:52 PM

December 09, 2005

Don Ho Recovering from VesCell Stem Cell Therapy

Hawaiian singer Don Ho is recovering in a Thailand hospital after undergoing an experimental stem cell procedure to treat a type of weakened heart muscle called nonischemic cardiomyopathy.

It involves multiplying stem cells taken from his blood and injecting them into his heart in hopes of strengthening the organ ... The singer had "an extremely weak" heart that was pumping far less blood than a healthy organ before the surgery, his doctor said. (Washington Post)

Posted by news editor at 04:33 AM

December 04, 2005

Red Wine Heart Disease Benefit Questioned

Drinking two to three glasses of wine a day may not be such good medicine for the heart after all, a team of experts say in a leading medical journal.

Under a heading "no such thing as a free lunch," The Lancet says experts in a new study have concluded that "coronary protection from light to moderate drinking will be very small." (CNN)

Posted by news editor at 06:03 AM