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Let's Train a New Generation of Lifesavers

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 10.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

As a cardiologist and physician-scientist, and former President of the American Heart Association and World Heart Federation, I have dedicated my life to promoting cardiovascular health and wellness for youth. Health education and basic lifesaving training are important ways to invest in their future health and well-being, and to make our communities safer.

Cardiology in the Next Ten Years

Valentín Fuster | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Valentín Fuster

What I hope will happen in the next decade is that we will become ever more responsible for our own health, that we will pay attention to our cardiovascular health, and that we will reduce our chances of suffering these kinds of events.

Gratitude Journaling May Enhance Health in Cardiac Patients

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

In a recent cross-sectional study on over 180 asymptomatic heart failure patients, we reported that more gratitude was associated with less depression, better sleep and less peripheral inflammation.

Engineering a Better Heart

Dr. Cynthia Thaik | Posted 05.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cynthia Thaik

Last week, my post started a conversation between myself and Dr. Adam Feinberg. In this week's post, our conversation continues, and we'll outline some of the exciting developments that are on the horizon for heart treatment.

So You've Had Cancer and a Heart Attack -- What Now?

Bret Hoekema | Posted 05.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

I sat up and as much as I could, gathered the heart monitor's leeds to the side, and brought Aura's body sort of close to mine. I pressed her ear against my chest. We were speechless, so she might as well just listen to my heart, and I might as well just breathe.

An Affair of the Heart: The Untold Story of Google Glass in Cardiology

Jordan Safirstein, MD | Posted 04.28.2015 | Technology
Jordan Safirstein, MD

As more people began to experiment with Glass, one could sense a shift in opinion about Glass and the criticisms were growing louder. I had seen the signs, and now my worst fears were being realized.

How Saving a Child's Heart Is Crossing Boundaries In the Middle East

Jessica Katz | Posted 04.05.2015 | Impact
Jessica Katz

"I love you too" I told her, as I hugged her back. We both meant those words, even though we didn't know each other's names. She had a large scar that ran across her chest, poking out from her blue tribal print dress.

Heart Palpitations in Women: Is It 'Just Anxiety,' or Something More?

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

Women -- who are at higher risk than men for certain dangerous arrhythmias, and subsequent stroke in some cases -- are often told that their palpitations are "just due to anxiety." But even though they can be triggered by anxiety, it is important for doctors to rule out any dangerous arrhythmias before dismissing the palpitations as only the result of worrying.

What's So Bad About Too Much Salt?

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

Researchers, who analyzed data from 187 countries, reported that more than 1.6 million cardiovascular-related deaths per year can be attributed to sodium consumption above 2 grams per day. Almost no country or region is immune. Salt is fueling the global hypertension epidemic.

The Slow Medicine Incentive: Healthy People Have More Fun

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

In my case 15 years ago, I wanted to be a better father and raise a healthy son. This motivation empowered me to make a lifestyle change that ended up transforming my life for the better.

I'm Alive Today Because Strangers on the Subway Knew CPR

Michael Kiernan | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Michael Kiernan

As the train left 125th St., I had collapsed on the floor, started foaming at the mouth and turned blue. A few seats away, Dr. Sonia Tolani, a cardiology fellow, quickly realized I had gone into sudden cardiac arrest.

What Causes Obesity? Top Cardiology Journal Spreads Confusion

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 07.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

There doesn't seem to be any way around the latest inconvenient truth. Sugar kills. We need to drastically decrease consumption.

If She Steals Your Heart, Please Help Heal Her Heart

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

All these lovely children have one thing in common: They were or are in desperate need of delicate and risky open-heart surgery to correct life-threatening heart defects -- specialized treatment that is either scarce or nonexistent where they live.

Happy 100th, Norm

Mark I. Pinsky | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Mark I. Pinsky

Off he drove to the local library, one of his favorite haunts, to drop off and pick up some books. Then he went home, swam laps in his pool -- and died. That's the way to go: alive mentally and physically until the last instant, still thinking about the future.

Statins, Static and the Status Quo: Is Anyone Getting the Signal?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If it were truly clear exactly what criteria for statin use were best, there would be no controversy in the first place. There appear to be strengths and weaknesses to both sets of criteria, the old and the new.

The Statin Insanity

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

We currently have a statin epidemic, with 25 percent of adults over the age of 45 taking the pills, a large majority of whom do not have heart disease and have not seen the numbers.

Success: Are We Measuring the Right Elements?

Courtney Jordan Baechler | Posted 07.22.2013 | Business
Courtney Jordan Baechler

We are constantly measuring the success of women by their salaries and their occupancy of c-suites compared to men. But is that all there is for women? For any of us?

Is Fasting Good For Your Heart? American Heart Month: Day 22 (Part 2)

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

Eat fat and stay fit? Seriously? Yes, according to Dr. Alan Goldhamer who explored the idea of fasting as a medicine.

Nicholson Crying? Post-Heart Attack Depression -- Heart Month: Day 19

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

Actor Jack Nicholson realistically acted the post-heart attack depression that 50 percent of survivors experience following a heart attack. His character experiences an unusual (for him) emotional moment in Nancy Meyer's 2003 comedy "Something's Gotta Give" with Diane Keaton.

Watch: Man Survived 96 Minutes Without A Heartbeat

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.24.2011 | Home

In January, 54 year-old Howard Snitzer suffered a heart attack outside of a grocery store in Goodhue, Minn. Luckily, two first responders were across ...

WATCH: This Man Survived After 96 Minutes With No Pulse

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 07.17.2011 | Home

In January, 54 year-old Howard Snitzer suffered a heart attack outside of a grocery store in Goodhue, Minn. Luckily, two first responders were across ...

S.J. Perelman, Humorist, Cardiology a Specialty

Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Stephen J. Gertz

So, you wake up at 12:20 AM in a sweat, dizzy, pressure in your chest. You've been here before, twenty-one years ago, when you were thirty-eight: you ...

PLAY > SKIP: New Music for Nov. 2

Shawn Amos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

This week Elvis Costello pretends to be American, N.E.R.D. plays with the beat, Neil Diamond picks apart other people's songs, and Black Dub is quite possibly the coolest band you've never heard. Until now.

Fast Food Restaurants Contemplating Offering Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs With Meals

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A recent editorial proposes that fast food restaurants consider giving out a cholesterol-lowering statin drug with each meal, just as they give away little packets of ketchup. Surely, this must be a joke, right?

Help Us Keep Hearts Healthy This Valentine's Day

Andrew Van Tosh | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Andrew Van Tosh

An arbitrary rule put into effect by the federal Center for Medicare threatens the progress we have made on heart health by slashing reimbursement for cardiology office visits and imaging by as much as 35%.