Heart Disease

One tough run
Jay Kline, owner of Kline Funeral Homes, went out last August on his usual run. Even though the weather was hot and sticky, 52-year-old Kline pursued his run like it was any other day. Until it wasn’t.

“I was running, and I just couldn’t seem to get any air into my lungs. I blamed it on the August humidity,” Jay said.

Read how a stress test changed Jay’s life.
Paying it forward
Being a young heart patient, Hiliary Chisholm learned very quickly that having a heart condition at her age was not the “norm.” But since then, she has tried to live her life without limitations. So instead of taking it easy, Hiliary took on a triathlon. Read Hiliary’s story.

'Yo-Yo' Cardio Readings May Signal Heart Risks

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 -- If your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar levels fluctuate, you may have a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and premature death than people with more steady readings, new research suggests.

According to the study, during nearly six years of follow-up, men and women whose readings changed the most were 127 percent more likely to die, 43 percent more likely to have a heart attack and 41 percent more likely to have a stroke, compared with those whose readings remained stable.

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Will a Defibrillator 'Vest' Protect Recent Heart Attack Patients?

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018 -- Wearable defibrillators do not lower the chances of dying from sudden cardiac arrest among high-risk patients who've just had a heart attack, a new investigation concludes.

Worn externally as a vest, these defibrillators are a noninvasive alternative to surgically implanted defibrillators. Both are designed to deliver a corrective electric shock to the heart if a heartbeat rhythm goes out of whack.

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Could Too Much 'Good' HDL Cholesterol Be Bad for Your Heart?

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 -- When it comes to protecting one's heart, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol -- or HDL -- has long had a reputation of being the "good" cholesterol, compared to the "bad" cholesterol -- LDL (low-density lipoprotein).

But new research suggests that there could be too much of a "good" thing. Very high blood levels of HDL cholesterol may actually be bad for you. The research 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.

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