One of the most successful efforts in modern medicine, cutting the time it takes to treat heart- attack patients after they arrive at a hospital, has failed to deliver on its most highly anticipated benefit: saving lives.
People with damaged mitral valves, which allow blood to flow backward in the heart, live longer and healthier lives if they get immediate surgery to repair a severe defect rather than wait for symptoms to appear.
Tissue from the hearts of mice morphed into muscle cells with the ability to beat and form electrical connections, in an experiment that may lead to new therapy for more than 5 million Americans with heart failure .
Israeli scientists for the first time succeeded in transforming the skin cells of heart-failure patients into healthy heart-muscle cells, suggesting that it may be possible to repair the organ with a person’s own tissue.
An implantable defibrillator using wires that may pose less risk than widely sold devices shocked faulty hearts back into rhythm in almost all cases, according to a 60-patient study funded by the product’s maker.
Suffering from painful nerve damage in his feet, Charles Groomes was prescribed a daily dose of 205 milligrams of Oxycontin and oxycodone in 2007. His doctor wrote that it was the most he was comfortable prescribing -- more, he said, than anyone without cancer should take.