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TPR Lifeline: Heart Attack Symptoms Can Vary By Sex

When Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died suddenly last year after suffering a cardiac arrest on an airplane at the age of 60, many women wondered: would they know if they were in the midst of a heart problem? In today’s TPR Lifeline, Bioscience-Medicine reporter Wendy Rigby talks to Dr. James Watts, Chief of Cardiology at Brooke Army Medical Center about what women and men need to know when it comes to symptoms of a life-threatening problem. Here's a transcript of the interview.

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Erie woman fights AFib for 20 years

Susan Carey’s 20-year fight with atrial fibrillation has included expensive drugs, powerful shocks, open-heart surgery and a new medical procedure. Top NewsClick Now and Read Later. Some of these efforts have worked at keeping her heart in rhythm, while others have not. But the 64-year-old Erie woman feels as good now as she has at any time since the early 1990s.

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Large Harvard Study Adds to Evidence That Chocolate Could Have Heart Health Benefits

A new study from Harvard researchers suggests moderate chocolate intake is associated with a significantly lower risk for irregular heartbeats.

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Breast implants 'could affect ECG results'

New research has revealed that breast implants may impede an electrocardiogram (ECG), which could result in a false heart attack diagnosis.

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Cardiac tachyarrhythmias and patient values and preferences for their management

Cardiac tachyarrhythmias are recurrent or chronic and in some cases life-threatening conditions. Heart rhythm disturbances are often highly symptomatic and the psychological impact of the disease can be significant. Patients' beliefs and knowledge about their health (and illness), medications, and healthcare they receive are important determinants of whether or not they accept recommended treatments; influence their coping responses to their illness and treatment; adherence to recommended therapy; and ultimately affects health outcomes. Incorporation of patients' values and preferences for therapy should now be considered as an integral part of the decision-making process and treatment strategy. It is important to acknowledge and understand the impact of cardiac tachyarrhythmias on the patient. To address this issue, a Task Force was convened by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), and endorsed by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), Asia-Pacific Heart Rhythm Society (APHRS), and Sociedad Latinoamericana de Estimulación Cardíaca y Electrofisiología (SOLEACE), with the remit to comprehensively review the published evidence available, to publish a joint consensus document on patient values and preferences for the management of cardiac tachyarrhythmias, and to provide up-to-date consensus recommendations for use in clinical practice.

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'On the Last Day of High School, I Almost Died. CPR Saved My Life.'

It was the last day of high school. With one exam left to go, a group of us were sitting in the senior class hangout, some watching Netflix, some cramming for the test. I was braiding my friend Jackie Acierno’s hair. I'd gotten midway down her back when I started to feel dizzy.

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Early cardiology care linked to lower risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation

Patients with the irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation who got early cardiology care had a reduced risk of stroke, probably because they were more likely to be prescribed anticoagulants, Stanford researchers found.

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Bartlesville man critical after ‘cardiac arrest’

Time really is of essence, especially when it comes to life and death. That’s the message of one Bartlesville resident whose friend is in a medically-induced coma after a heart attack.

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Zamboni driver helps rescue man suffering cardiac arrest

A Zamboni driver at a Massachusetts ice rink has helped save a man suffering a heart attack during a hockey game.

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‘It Saves People’s Lives’

Andrea Lewis doesn't think of herself as someone with the bottomless drive to tackle any problem. But she also won't back away from issues she deems important. Those include navigating a winding process to secure a valuable piece of lifesaving medical equipment, in order to ensure the safety of one of her students.

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