Health Alert 8-27-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

August 27, 2012 - People whose spouses suffer a sudden heart attack have an increased risk of anxiety, depression, or suicide, even if their spouse survives. The study found that men were at greater risk for those conditions than women. Researchers suspect it's the unexpected nature of a heart attack that causes an extreme impact on the spouse. If your partner dies suddenly from a heart attack, you have no time to prepare psychologically for the death, whereas if someone is ill with, for example, cancer, there is more time to grow used to the idea. The study is published online in the European Heart Journal.

Also, a specific scan may save your life. Doctors at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found a heart calcium scan is the most effective way to predict heart disease in patients who are currently classified at intermediate risk. The test uses a CT scan to detect calcium build up in the areas around the heart. Doctors say they still need to evaluate costs and risks associated with radiation exposure.

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