heart attack http://michiganradio.org en Michigan's Upper Peninsula has high heart attack rates, CDC says http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-upper-peninsula-has-high-heart-attack-rates-cdc-says <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's some pretty unsettling data that has come out about the health of the people who call the Upper Peninsula home.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The Centers for Disease Control numbers say heart attack rates for the entire western and eastern UP for 2008-2010 are right up there at the highest level for the top five categories the CDC tracks.</p><p>What does the high rate of heart attack and heart disease say about health care and health habits in the UP? And what can bring those high rates down?</p><p>Dr. Teresa Frankovich, medical director for the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, joined us.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 20:01:48 +0000 Stateside Staff 17495 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Upper Peninsula has high heart attack rates, CDC says Michigan credit unions adding defibrillators http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-credit-unions-adding-defibrillators <p>The Michigan Credit Union League wants to get automatic defibrillators into every credit union in the state.</p><p></p><p>Jon Looman is the CEO of Community West Credit Union.&nbsp;&nbsp; He had a heart attack and collapsed while teaching an indoor cycling class last year.</p><p></p><p>He says he survived thanks to an AED, and plans to order one for every one of his credit union's branches.</p><p></p><p>“They save lives, plain and simple. They just save lives,” says Looman, “And even better than that, they improve the quality of life after a heart attack if you act right away with one.”</p> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 20:26:00 +0000 Vincent Duffy 15480 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan credit unions adding defibrillators Air pollution linked to increased heart attack risk http://michiganradio.org/post/air-pollution-linked-increased-heart-attack-risk <p>Air pollution is a serious problem in Michigan. It's already linked to health risks like asthma and autism, but now there's evidence it may also be behind the rise in heart attacks.</p><p>Sara Adar&nbsp;is one of the researchers at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health releasing this new study. She says, "<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every increase in air pollution, it increases the likelihood that your arteries are </span>gonna<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> thicken. We see the same for risks of heart attack and strokes."</span></p><p>Adar&nbsp;says no air is completely clean, but that the Clean Air Act has led to fewer fatalities due to air pollution.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"So when we breathe these particles into our lungs, our bodies respond to those. And it triggers an inflammation response, because you know, it's not enjoying those particles in our lungs."</span></p><p>These new findings suggest even if you eat healthy food and get regular exercise, you still have a slightly greater risk of early heart attack if you live near lots of pollution.</p><p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:52:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12321 at http://michiganradio.org Air pollution linked to increased heart attack risk Henry Ford doctors test stem cell treatment for heart attacks http://michiganradio.org/post/henry-ford-doctors-test-stem-cell-treatment-heart-attacks <p>Doctors at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit are looking into how well stem cells can repair damaged hearts.</p><p>It’s part of a national study looking into potential new treatments for people who have suffered severe heart attacks.</p><p>“We extract the patient’s stem cells directly from them themselves. And then select for a specific population of stem cells,” said Dr. Gerald Koenig, a Henry Ford cardiologist. “And then re-inject them into the heart, by way of the heart blood vessels.”</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 22:16:07 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10696 at http://michiganradio.org Henry Ford doctors test stem cell treatment for heart attacks U of M researchers study 'Hope' & 'Heart' http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-researchers-study-hope-heart <p>A new University of Michigan study finds a connection between <a href="http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/spiritual-heart-0801">spirituality and recovery</a> for cardiac patients. U of M researchers took cardiac patients for a four day non-denominational spiritual retreat.&nbsp;</p><p>During the retreat, the patients were encouraged to engage in meditation, guided imagery, drumming, journal writing and outdoor activities.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sun, 07 Aug 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 3632 at http://michiganradio.org U of M researchers study 'Hope' & 'Heart'