June 21, 2012

“Time is muscle,” cardiologists say. When someone has a heart attack, they don’t have much time. The longer blood flow through a coronary artery is blocked, the more heart muscle dies, and delays can mean permanent heart damage or death. [Read more]

A Long Journey of the Heart

August 8, 2011

By Dianna Douglas Ozzie Rivero found out early Tuesday afternoon that a young patient at a community hospital in Chicago had died on life support. The patient’s heart was still beating as a machine filled his lungs with air, but he would never [Read more]

Reversals of Fortune and Misfortune

July 19, 2011

Salt is bad for you. According to a 2010 article in the New England Journal of Medicine, lowering dietary salt intake by 3 grams per day could “reduce the annual number of deaths from any cause by 44,000 to 92,000.” Or maybe not. A 2011 [Read more]

Two Public Health Wrongs Make It Worse

May 11, 2011

Today, nearly everyone is aware of the dangerous health effects of smoking cigarettes. Even fewer people would deny the harmful effects of drinking water contaminated with arsenic. But when these two toxic influences are mixed together, is the sum [Read more]

Sickle Cell on the Football Field

January 17, 2011

In 2006, Rice University football player Dale Lloyd II collapsed during a practice and later died. The cause of death was acute exertional rhabdomyolysis, a sudden breakdown of muscle tissue into the blood brought on by strenuous exercise. But the [Read more]

Your Heart in 3D

November 30, 2010

Ultrasound imaging is best known for pictures of developing fetuses; 3D is typically associated with monster movies. But when you put the two together and aim the technology at the heart, they create a valuable tool that is changing the way heart [Read more]

The Aspirin Paradox, Unraveled

November 9, 2010

Originally developed in 1897 as a painkiller, aspirin has become a valuable cardiology tool in the 21st century for preventing and treating cardiovascular disease. Because of the drug’s ability to reduce blood clotting, doctors commonly [Read more]