Tag Archives: Myocardial infarction

Cocoa Extract Linked to Heart Health

Mars, Inc., maker of M&M’sSnickersTwix, and various other chocolaty confections, is partnering with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study whetherflavanols in cocoa can boost heart health and help prevent heart attacks and strokes. Previous studies indicate that cocoa flavanols improve blood pressure, cholesterol, artery health, and other cardiologic measures. But don’t go gorging yourself on candy bars just yet; the flavanols are often destroyed when cocoa is processed. Thus, flavanol capsules rather than chocolate bars are the preferred delivery method and will be used throughout the course of the four-year study. More… Discuss

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Vioxx Withdrawn from Market Because of Cardiovascular Concerns (2004)

Merck’s COX-2 selective nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx (rofecoxib) was approved for use in the US in 1999 and remained on the market for just five years before being pulled due to concerns that it could raise the risk of heart attack and stroke. By that time, some 80 million people worldwide had taken the drug, primarily to treat osteoarthritis, acute pain, and dysmenorrhea. Before long, the drugmaker found itself facing thousands of lawsuits. How much did it earmark for settlements? More… Discuss


Just a thought: “Give wars a chance….Do not resuscitate!”

Just a thought:  “Give wars a chance….Do not resuscitate!”

In The News: Morning Heart Attacks Do More Damage

Morning Heart Attacks Do More Damage

According to a study of over 800 heart attack patients in Spain, people who have a heart attack between 6AM and noon tend to suffer more heart damage than those who have one at other times. It is well established that one’s internal clock can influence heart attack risk, for example, people are more likely to suffer heart attacks in the morning; however, the extent to which this influences the degree of damage a person suffers has not yet been established. In this study, researchers concluded that the area of the heart damaged in morning heart attacks was, on average, 20% larger than the area damaged in heart attacks at other times. More… Discuss