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    A Patient’s Courageous Decision Saves His Life

    April 18, 2018

    “It was a 10+-year ordeal.” That’s how 59-year old Tom Giangiulio described his sometimes ups – and often downs – of battling heart disease.

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    Show Your Heart Some Love & Know Your Numbers

    February 26, 2018

    Each February, the American Heart Association (AHA) encourages every American to celebrate Heart Month by learning about their risks for cardiovascular diseases and by taking steps to reduce those risks with a commitment to healthier, heart-conscious lifestyle choices.

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    Inherited But Not Fatal: Changing the Course of Heart Disease

    February 21, 2018

    Krysten Ollice lost her mother to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in 2009. Krysten was 23 years old; her mom was 48. She recalled her mom had typical symptoms of a potential heart problem, including breathlessness, dizziness, and fatigue. But it took a long time for her to get diagnosed with a heart condition.

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    The Connection Between Blood Type and Heart Health

    February 19, 2018

    It’s a question that has been vexing researchers for more than half a century but have yet to fully answer: Does having a certain blood type – AB or O, for example – increase your risk for heart disease?

  • Starr and a Century of Change

    Isaac Starr and the Rise and Fall of the Ballistocardiograph

    February 16, 2018

    Here’s a weird observation: If you stand on an old bathroom scale—not a digital one, but one with a needle that points to the number for your weight, based on the pressure your body exerts on its interior springs—hold your breath, stand up straight, and don’t move a muscle. While in that perfect stillness, watch the needle. It will oscillate, thump, thump, thump, in time with your heartbeat.

  • Heart Health

    Health System Collegiality Inspires Outpatient Treatment for Heart Failure

    February 14, 2018

    In an effort to answer that question, CCH launched an Outpatient Diuretic Program in November 2017. “This outpatient treatment solution was introduced to help prevent hospital readmissions and to also keep patients in their own environment while recovering.”

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    A Tale of Two Toms

    October 11, 2017

    This is the tale of two Toms. One Tom is famous, a singer, an international legend. The other Tom is local, a tech guy, an avid cyclist. Other than their first names, they don’t seem to have much in common, except one big thing – they both suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

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    What Becomes of the Broken Hearted

    September 29, 2017

    The term “heart surgery” carries with it a certain amount of baggage: mostly some combination of grisly imagery and long, difficult recoveries. Thankfully, recent developments to both the technology and technique have resulted in a field rapidly evolving to improve the safety and comfort of one particular procedure that had, until recently, been hugely invasive.

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    Crowdsourcing for CPR

    February 24, 2017

    The chance of a bystander stepping in to perform CPR on someone who goes into cardiac arrest out in public hovers around 40 percent. In Philadelphia, the numbers are far worse. Nonprofits like the American Heart Association are working hard to help turn that around with more CPR outreach, training, and better technological approaches. Yes, there’s an app for it.

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    New Ways on the Horizon to Fix a Broken Heart

    February 20, 2017

    During a heart attack, blocked arteries cause the heart muscle to become starved for oxygen, and eventually some muscle cells die. Many of the more than one million Americans who have heart attacks annually will survive—but the damage done to the heart is permanent, and causes survivors to be at increased risk for further maladies. We need new ways to repair and protect a broken heart.

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