Fortunately, Donna got the treatment she needed and is alive to share these stories. I appreciate her willingness to let me use these details because they paint a powerful cautionary tale.
The notion of sleep was formerly revered and also used to help treat health issues for the upper classes until the Industrial Revolution when we did a complete 360 and saw sleep not just devalued but actively scorned.
As people watched our story unfold on the news and on social media, many have contacted me to say they registered for CPR training, making me wonder, "How many others will Gerow save with his one act?"
As I am writing this post, I am accutely aware that in a month, I will be acknowledging a milestone in my life. Two years ago, while on my way home fr...
As I recognize the second anniversary of my heart attack, I will do the same thing. Appreciate all the smallest moments we tend to glance over, forgive the wrongdoings as the pain of remembering them weighs on our hearts and live every moment! Breathe in, breathe out. Smile. Hug. Love. Laugh. Live.
On a recent overnight shift in the emergency room, a woman who was having vague abdominal pain and chest discomfort for several days was referred to me. When her symptoms began, after searching google, she came up with a diagnosis list that included everything from influenza, to Zika, to lupus.
("My Heart" by Foox) I learned at cardiac rehab this week that my artery that was 90% blocked was the infamous "Widow Maker," so named because it i...
As an ER doctor, I've seen countless patients whose lives were saved by a quick-thinking and knowledgeable bystander or loved one. We never know where life may lead -- and every single one of us can learn these life-saving techniques. (Cue ER theme music).
Less than seven minutes into an NHL game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Dallas Stars, Rich Peverley of the Stars was sitting on the bench waiting to return to the ice when his heart stopped beating. He was in cardiac arrest.
As American Heart Month winds down, it's great to know that people like Rod Carew are driving toward our mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, every day of every month. He's also living proof of the progress we're making.
Heart attack patients should ask their doctors about the risk of sudden cardiac arrest and how best to prevent it. Ray's doctors recognized the risk, and he is alive today because of it: "I did what the doctors told me, and it saved my life."
Chest pain is still the most common sign of a heart attack, but studies have shown that women are more likely than men to have other symptoms instead.
Americans experience an average of 935,000 heart attacks and 383,000 people suffer from cardiac arrest -- when the heart stops pumping entirely. Both heart attacks and cardiac arrests carry with them the serious risk of death and disability. In fact, the survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest in this country is less than five percent.
"You're not leaving here with your blood pressure that high," the doctor said. It was 189 over something equally ridiculous. It was not interested in ...
Many were left wondering, is the sex wait four weeks? Six weeks? 10 weeks? Does someone have to wait until they can climb two flights of before getting busy in the bedroom?
I think there are many things you could call me. You could call me stubborn. You could call me opinionated. You could even call me anxious -- when I am anxious. Just don't let that be the benchmark for my health care, or a convenient thing to write when you can't find anything else wrong, or are so intent on not listening to me that you can't hear me.