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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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    Tackling Heart Disease on a Global Scale

    February 15, 2017

    Seventeen million people worldwide die from cardiovascular disease each year. Globally, it's the number one cause of death. Seventy percent of the U.S. population will experience it or have a family member experience it—and the numbers only get worse in low- and middle-income countries. So what can be done?

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    The Little Algorithm That Could

    February 01, 2017

    The Penn Medicine Heart Failure Solution has come a long way over the last two years; what started as an equation involving 30-some patient characteristics has been whittled down to an almost exact science. Today, that little algorithm has developed into a whole new strategy for managing heart failure patients—and it’s keeping them healthier and out of the hospital longer.

  • Pregnancy and Heart Disease – Expanding the SCOPE of our Understanding

    February 29, 2016

    Today marks the last day of Heart Month, an annual campaign raising awareness about cardiovascular disease, a condition including heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure that is responsible for one out of every three deaths, and is the leading cause of death in both men and women. In all...

  • Of Heartbreak, Octopus Traps, and One Fast Horse

    February 15, 2016

    February being American Heart Month just kinda makes sense. Cobwebs and carved pumpkins are, culturally, how we recognize October. Cornucopias and cooked turkeys are how we recognize November. Pretty lights and wintry decorations are how we recognize December (and also October and November). And in February, we put hearts absolutely...

  • The Plate Debate: Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease

    February 05, 2016

    In the past few months, there has been a lot of controversy over what Americans should be eating in order to protect themselves against cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer and obesity. From the October 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) report that sent bacon-lovers into a tailspin and the latest US Department...

  • The Latest Chapter in the Great Egg Debate

    February 20, 2015

    Throughout the month of February, affectionately known as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting news and stories related to cardiovascular health from across Penn Medicine. There may not be a more tortured tug-of-war in the food world as that of whether eggs are beneficial or harmful to our...

  • The Best Way to a Woman’s Heart

    February 09, 2015

    Chileshe Nkonde-Price (third from left) with members of Penn Medicine's cardiovascular team on "Go Red" Friday. Most women fear breast cancer more than heart disease but, in fact, cardiovascular disease is the more deadly. Indeed, more women die from a cardiac condition than all cancers combined. “More men are diagnosed...

  • Heart Transplantation: The Gift of Normalcy

    February 02, 2015

    Throughout the month of February, affectionately known as American Heart Month, the News Blog will highlight news and stories related to cardiovascular health from across Penn Medicine. In April of 2011, Navaz Mehta, a 43-year-old busy sales operations director from Dresher, Pa., was getting ready for work when her stomach...

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