Topic: heart-attack

Rosie O’Donnell Suffered Scary Heart Attack; Do You Know These 8 Warning Signs?

Rosie O'Donnell Suffered Scary Heart Attack; Do You Know These 8 Warning Signs?

Yesterday, Rosie O’Donnell wrote on her blog that she had a heart attack last week. After she helped an “enormous” woman get out of her car (not that we believe that caused her heart attack), she began developing chest pains, which she ignored at first. But this is something that could have killed her, she admits now. That’s why it’s important to know the warning signs that you may be having a heart attack (and remember, the symptoms are often different for women):
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Alex Trebek Had A Mild Heart Attack–What Does That Even Mean?

Alex Trebek Had A Mild Heart Attack--What Does That Even Mean?

Over the weekend, news broke that Alex Trebek, the slightly-awkward, sometimes mustachioed long-time host of “Jeopardy!” suffered what is being called a “mild heart attack.” Which lead me (and probably a few other people in America, as heart disease remains our number one killer) to ask, in the form of a question: what is a “mild” heart attack? Aren’t all heart attacks pretty serious? More »

It’s American Heart Month; Do You Know These 4 Warning Signs For Women?

It's American Heart Month; Do You Know These 4 Warning Signs For Women?

Did you know that February is American Heart Month? Organizations like Go Red for Women, the American Heart Association, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the CDC are teaming up to remind us that heart disease is still the number one cause of death in the United States–and yes, that includes women. In fact, more women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. That’s why you need to know these four warning signs. More »

Is Kara Kennedy’s Death A Wake-Up Call?

Is Kara Kennedy's Death A Wake-Up Call?

When the word got out this weekend about the death of Kara Kennedy, daughter of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, my first thought was that it must have been due to a recurrence with lung cancer. Then I heard that she actually died of a heart attack (after a workout, no less). And she was only 51.

Whenever I hear news like that, I have to wonder: Is this a wake-up call? For me? For all of us? Granted, reports seem to indicate that her heart was already in a weakened state due to the cancer she was diagnosed with at age 42 and the subsequent chemotherapy and surgery she endured. Not that any age is acceptable to get cancer or have a heart attack, but 42 and 51 respectively are just so young.
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The ‘Heart Attack-Proof’ Diet: Healthy, Or Too Hard To Follow?

The 'Heart Attack-Proof' Diet: Healthy, Or Too Hard To Follow?

One out of every two American men and one out of three American women will have some form of heart disease over the course of their lifetime. Like many American physicians, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn witnessed increasing numbers of patients suffering from heart disease, and he couldn’t understand why more doctors, including himself, couldn’t do more to prevent this from happening. More »

Why Our Readers Rock: “What If You Stopped Smoking Right Now?” Video from David Carnegie

Why Our Readers Rock: "What If You Stopped Smoking Right Now?" Video from David Carnegie

We feel flattered every time a we get a reader comment, and we jump up and down when we get new fans on Facebook, so you can imagine how elated we were when we discovered that one of our readers created an entire video inspired by one of our posts about quitting smoking. David Carnegie, aka @CreelmanKid on Twitter, posted a link to his video, inspired by the Blisstree post, “What Happens to Your Body If You Stop Smoking Right Now?” in a tweet: More »

April Fool’s Day Is Good for Your Health – Unless You Have a Heart Attack

April Fool's Day Is Good for Your Health â Unless You Have a Heart Attack

Yesterday, Fox News’ website ran a post that claimed April Fool’s Day is good for your heart, and cited studies indicating that laughter reduces stress hormones, may help reduce blood pressure, and may even potentially help prevent a heart attack or stroke. That’s all well and good if your April Fool’s Day prank (or the one someone plays on you) actually makes you laugh, but what if instead the ruse scares the crap out of you, so much so that you have a heart attack out of sheer fright and terror? Then, not so good for your health.

In my experience, April Fool’s Day is less about laughing than it is about trying really hard to fake out and potentially terrify the other person or people, however briefly. A few of my innocent past April Fool’s pranks have included telling people I eloped with someone I barely knew, telling people I was pregnant, telling people I’d been kicked out of school, telling people I’d joined the military, telling people I was moving to Mongolia the following week, telling people I’d been offered a recurring role on a soap opera, et cetera. Sure, the laughs came later, but the real electric charge came from the period of time when the other (gullible) person or people actually bought your story and were fooled into a sudden state of total shock and surprise. More »