Why do hospital bills get so expensive?
Annual health care spending in the U.S. is estimated to be at $3.5 trillion, and hospital costs make up almost a third of that total. Kaiser Health News, in partnership with NPR, uncovers inconsistencies in its "Bill of the Month" series. This month, the series looks at Drew Calver who was hospitalized last year in Austin,Texas, for a heart attack and needed four stents in his arteries. His health insurance covered $55,000, but a month after treatment, he and his wife, Erin, got a bill for nearly $109,000. Kaiser Health News editor-in-chief Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal joins "CBS This Morning" to break down ...
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

LT breathing tubes after cardiac arrest could save 10,000 more lives
(UT Southwestern Medical Center) Heart attack patients given a different type of breathing tube by paramedics had better survival rates than those treated by traditional intubation breathing tube methods -- findings that could potentially save more than 10,000 lives annually, researchers report. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study of teenage drinkers and smokers shows 'significant damage' to arteries
Teenagers who smoke or consume alcohol have much stiffer arteries than those who don ’t, putting them on the path to heart disease and strokeThe arteries of teenagers who binge drink or smoke are already stiffer by the age of 17 than in those who abstain, new research has revealed.Arterial stiffness indicates damage to the blood vessels. Research in older adults has previously shown that the stiffening of arteries is linked to heart and circulatory disease and an increased risk of events such as heart attack or stroke. While our arteries stiffen as we age, it is known that a host of behaviours are linked to the effec...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 29, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Medical research Alcohol Health Smoking Science Society Children Source Type: news

A heart attack left him with a $109,000 bill. His story aired, and now he owes $782.
A man with health insurance still got an exorbitant bill for a four-day hospital stay. What he owed later plummeted. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eli Rosenberg Source Type: news

Anaemia drug could be repurposed to help heart attack patients
Drugs currently undergoing development to treat anaemia could be repurposed to help prevent people with Type 2 diabetes from developing heart failure, according to new research funded by the BHF and Diabetes UK. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 29, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Anxiety, depression tied to higher risk of heart attack, stroke
(Reuters Health) - Adults with mood disorders like anxiety and depression may be more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than people without mental illness, a new study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Middle-aged adults with depression are up to 45% more likely to have a heart attack
The findings, led by Scottish and Australian scientists and based on almost 222,000 participants over the age of 45, add to a plethora of evidence that shows a link between the two. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Distress boosts heart attack and stroke risk
Experiencing high levels of psychological distress has an important impact on a person's risk of heart attack and stroke, new research warns. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychology / Psychiatry Source Type: news

Eating unprocessed meat, dairy products reduces risk of heart attack
Contrary to popular opinion, researchers from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, found that eating meat and dairy may be good for you by lowering the risk of heart-related events and death. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘Game-changing’ high-tech scans could predict risk of a heart attack YEARS before they occur
Oxford University experts developed the technology, which assesses a CT scan of the heart. They found the system could spot dangers that are missed by the tests and scans currently used. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More Evidence Ties Stress to Heart Trouble
Even after accounting for variations in smoking, drinking and dietary habits, a new study finds that the risk of heart attack rose by 18 percent among women and 30 percent among men coping with a high or very high degree of mental distress. (The risk faded somewhat among men 80 and older.) (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Surprise: It's a $109K Bill!
(MedPage Today) -- That's what one hospital charged a school teacher after he had a heart attack (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - August 28, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CCTA biomarker may predict mortality from heart disease
The use of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) to measure fatty tissue around arteries...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: SCOT-HEART: CCTA cuts risk of heart attack, death by 41% CCTA biomarker spots high-risk plaques in heart disease Cardiac hybrid imaging predicts adverse cardiac events CCTA reduces unnecessary invasive coronary procedures CCTA usage rate rises sharply, but still eclipsed by MPI (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - August 28, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Radiologist use of CCTA continues its upswing
The utilization rate of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) by radiologists has...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: SCOT-HEART: CCTA cuts risk of heart attack, death by 41% CCTA biomarker spots high-risk plaques in heart disease CCTA reduces unnecessary invasive coronary procedures CCTA usage rate rises sharply, but still eclipsed by MPI Radiologists now use CCTA more than cardiologists do (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - August 28, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

GPs are letting down heart failure patients
Patients receive limited follow-up care after leaving hospital and insufficient doses of life-saving medicines Related items fromOnMedica Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction Report says hospital discharge must improve Oxygen therapy after heart attack does not prevent heart failure Women more likely to survive heart attack if treated by female doctor (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 28, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Oxygen therapy after heart attack does not prevent heart failure
Researchers say their findings indicate that routine use of oxygen is unnecessary and should be stopped Related items fromOnMedica Acute coronary syndrome - part 2 Acute coronary syndrome - part 1 Migraine may be linked to heightened cardiovascular disease risk Protease inhibitors may increase risk of death in people with HIV and heart failure Heart attack protocol eliminates gender gap in outcome (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 28, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Oral anticoagulants after hospital discharge reduce non-fatal blood clots
Study suggests that oral anticoagulants should be continued after discharge to prevent blood clots Related items fromOnMedica New oral anticoagulants (NOACs) Diabetes growth will cause surge in cardiovascular disease Marriage protects against cardiovascular disease, study finds Erectile dysfunction increases cardiovascular risk Women more likely to survive heart attack if treated by female doctor (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 28, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Fish oils do not prevent heart attack or strokes with diabetes
Randomised controlled trial did not find that fish oil supplements protected against cardiovascular events Related items fromOnMedica Gestational diabetes raises long-term CVD risk HbA1c improves just as much on dieting only two days a week 'Healthy' obese patients still have higher risk of heart disease Taxing unhealthy products may help tackle chronic diseases Sugar not saturated fat is the major issue for CVD (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 28, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Could Too Much 'Good' HDL Cholesterol Be Bad for You?
Very high blood levels of the “good” HDL cholesterol may actually be bad for you, new research suggest. The study linked it to a higher risk for heart attack, and even death, among patients who already had heart problems or who faced a higher risk of developing heart disease. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ESC: MI Redefined in International Guidelines
(MedPage Today) -- Fourth " Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction " issued (Source: MedPage Today Surgery)
Source: MedPage Today Surgery - August 27, 2018 Category: Surgery Source Type: news

Weight loss drug does not increase heart health risks, study says
People who take the weight loss drug lorcaserin do not have increased risk for heart attack, stroke or death from heart disease, according to a study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Daily aspirin use may not prevent first heart attack
A daily aspirin did little to lower the probability of a stroke or heart attack in people who had not had a previous vascular event, new research shows. The study, conducted by Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, gave aspirin or a placebo to 12,546 people who were thought to have a moderate risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years, the Associated Press reported.  "Aspirin did not reduce the occurrence of major cardiova scular events in this study. However, there were… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 27, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

Daily aspirin use may not prevent first heart attack
A daily aspirin did little to lower the probability of a stroke or heart attack in people who had not had a previous vascular event, new research shows. The study, conducted by Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, gave aspirin or a placebo to 12,546 people who were thought to have a moderate risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years, the Associated Press reported.  "Aspirin did not reduce the occurrence of major cardiova scular events in this study. However, there were… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 27, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

Anaemia drugs could also aid recovery after heart attack, says study
Findings suggest trial drugs may reduce chance of heart failure for diabetic patientsHopes have been raised that drugs being trialled to treat anaemia could also be used to aid recovery after a heart attack and help decrease the chance of future heart failure.Initial results suggest the drugs could be given to people with Type 2 diabetes immediately after a heart attack, according to research funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Diabetes UK.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 27, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ben Quinn Tags: Diabetes Heart attack Science Heart disease Medical research Society Source Type: news

Heart attack warning - five common signs of the deadly condition you must know about
HEART attack symptoms vary from person to person, but you should always phone for an ambulance if you see someone having a myocardial infarction. These are the most common signs of a heart attack. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aspirin disappoints for avoiding first heart attack, stroke
New studies find most people won't benefit from taking daily low-dose aspirin or fish oil supplements to prevent a first heart attack or stroke (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Aspirin disappoints for avoiding first heart attack, stroke
New research takes a closer look at the effects of aspirin on risk of heart problems (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Studies: Low-Dose Aspirin May Not Prevent Initial Heart Attack, Stroke
Taking a low-dose aspirin every day has long been known to cut the chances of another heart attack, stroke or other heart problem in people who already have had one, but the risks don’t outweigh the benefits for most other folks, major new research finds. Although it’s been used for more than a century, aspirin’s value in many situations is still unclear. The latest studies are some of the largest and longest to test this pennies-a-day blood thinner in people who don’t yet have heart disease or a blood vessel-related problem. One found that aspirin did not help prevent first strokes or heart attacks...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch aspirin Source Type: news

WATCH: Aspirin disappoints for avoiding first heart attack, stroke
New studies find most people won't benefit from taking daily low-dose aspirin or fish oil supplements to prevent a first heart attack or stroke. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: 'Good' cholesterol: How much is too much?
According to new research, after a certain point, ‘good’ cholesterol becomes bad for you, raising the risk of heart attack and cardiovascular death. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cholesterol Source Type: news

Daily Vaping Tied to Doubling of Heart Attack Risk
Title: Daily Vaping Tied to Doubling of Heart Attack RiskCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/24/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/27/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - August 27, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Aspirin disappoints for avoiding first heart attack, stroke
New studies find most people won't benefit from taking daily low-dose aspirin or fish oil supplements to prevent a first heart attack or stroke (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Fourth Universal Definition Separates MI From Myocardial Injury Fourth Universal Definition Separates MI From Myocardial Injury
A new multisociety definition of myocardial infarction distinguishes it from myocardial injury but retains the five types of MI.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

How Medicaid Expansion Improves Care For Heart Attack Patients
Heart attack sufferers are less likely to be uninsured for hospital stays thanks to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, research in JAMA Network Open shows. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 26, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Source Type: news

Why Medicaid Expansion Is Good For Your Heart
Heart attack sufferers are less likely to be uninsured for hospital stays thanks to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, research in JAMA Network Open shows. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 26, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Source Type: news

Oxygen therapy for patients suffering from a heart attack does not prevent heart failure
(Karolinska Institutet) Oxygen therapy does not prevent the development of heart failure. Neither does it reduce the long-term risk of dying for patients with suspected heart attack. This has been proven for the first time by researchers at Karolinska Institutet as a result of a major Swedish study. The study is to be presented at the European Society of Cardiology's (ESC) cardiology congress in Munich and published at the same time in the journal Circulation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Patients with high blood pressure unlikely to reduce salt
(European Society of Cardiology) Patients with high blood pressure are relying solely on medication to reduce their risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure, rather than decreasing salt intake as instructed by their physicians, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2018, the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Impaired mental status is associated with doubled death risk after heart attack in elderly
(European Society of Cardiology) Impaired mental status is associated with a doubled risk of death one year after a heart attack in elderly patients, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2018. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

SCOT-HEART: CCTA cuts risk of heart attack, death by 41%
Patients with chest pain who underwent coronary CT angiography (CCTA) with...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: CCTA biomarker spots high-risk plaques in heart disease CCTA reduces unnecessary invasive coronary procedures CCTA predicts heart events in stable chest pain patients CCTA increases emergency room costs, length of stay CCTA halves adverse events in SCOT-HEART trial (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - August 25, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

I have had a heart attack. Do I need open heart surgery or a stent?
(European Society of Cardiology) New advice on the choice between open heart surgery and inserting a stent via a catheter after a heart attack is launched today. The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) Guidelines on myocardial revascularization are published online in European Heart Journal, and on the ESC website. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Do doctors really know how to diagnose a heart attack?
(European Society of Cardiology) Confusion over how to diagnose a heart attack is set to be cleared up with new guidance launched today. The 2018 Fourth Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction is published online in European Heart Journal, and on the ESC website. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Scans cut heart attack rates and save lives, major study finds
(University of Edinburgh) Heart scans for patients with chest pains could save thousands of lives, research led by the University of Edinburgh suggests. The life-saving scans -- called CT angiograms -- helped to spot those with heart disease so they could be given treatments to prevent heart attacks. Researchers say current guidelines should be updated to incorporate the scans into routine care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Too much of a good thing? Very high levels of 'good' cholesterol may be harmful
(European Society of Cardiology) Very high levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or 'good') cholesterol may be associated with an increased risk of heart attack and death, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2018. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Danger: Good cholesterol ‘is really a killer’
TOO much “good” cholesterol can raise the risk of a heart attack by almost 50 per cent, say scientists. Researchers found that in large amounts the lipoprotein promoted as protective turns from being healthy to harmful – increasing death rates. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

06.07.12 -- Miracor Granted U.S. Patents To Treat Severe Heart Attack Patients
06/07/12 Medical Design Online Newsletter (Source: Medical Design Online News)
Source: Medical Design Online News - August 24, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Source Type: news

Heart attack symptoms: The common problem you could confuse having a heart attack with
A HEART attack is a very serious medical emergency, which can be life-threatening. But scarily, one symptom of the condition can feel strikingly similar to this common everyday problem. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No Amount Of Alcohol Is Safe For Overall Health, According To New Global Study
This study is a stark reminder of the real, and potentially lethal, dangers that too much alcohol can have on our health and that even the lowest levels of alcohol intake increase our risks,” Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners in the UK, said in a statement. She was not involved in the study. However, countered David Spiegelhalter, the Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, “Given the pleasure presumably associated with moderate drinking, claiming there is no ‘safe’ level does not seem an argument for abstention. &...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Alcohol CNN The Lancet Source Type: news

Daily Vaping Tied to Doubling of Heart Attack Risk
FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 -- People who puff electronic cigarettes every day have twice the risk of heart attack, and the odds increase almost fivefold for those who use them along with traditional cigarettes, a new study suggests. " Using both products... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 24, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Decline in uninsured hospitalizations for cardiovascular events after ACA Medicaid expansion
(JAMA Network) Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was associated with a decline in the proportion of uninsured hospitalizations for major cardiovascular events such as heart attack, stroke and heart failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Heart rehab pays off in fewer hospitalizations and deaths
(Reuters Health) - Heart attack survivors who participate in cardiac rehabilitation programs may survive longer and be less likely to have repeat hospitalizations than they would without follow-up care, a recent study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news