Research: The effect of happiness on heart health

Most of us associate stress with heart disease, and recent research indeed suggests that people who are happy, more optimistic and have meaning in their lives tend to have better cardiovascular health. Julia Boehm, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Chapman University, shares her findings within this area of study.

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Saunas: Good or bad for your heart?

Is sitting in the heat and steam within a sauna good or bad for your heart? Do saunas help you lose weight? Larry Santora, M.D., answers these questions and explores the health benefits of relaxing in a sauna.

 

 

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Hypothermia can be a good thing for heart attack patients

It may come as a surprise that hypothermia can actually be a life-saving treatment. In fact, a new body-cooling procedure can potentially help cardiac arrest patients return to a normal life. Shahid Hayat, M.D., demonstrates the hypothermia process.

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Avoiding open-heart surgery with a valve implant

Kathy Bruce’s life was in jeopardy when one of her heart valves was failing. Fortunately, the implantation of a valve from a cow allowed her to avoid a fifth open-heart surgery. Bruce and Farhouch Berdjis, M.D., director of the Adult Congenital Heart Program at St. Joseph Hospital, discuss the procedure that saved her life.

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Dick Butkus and Deacon Jones talk football

Pro Football Hall of Fame legends Dick Butkus and Deacon Jones came together May 4, 2012, for a lively discussion about their storied football careers — from Jones’ famed head slap and his historic coining of the term “quarterback sack” to Butkus’ singular “mean” style for playing the game and how that competitive attitude helped him after his pro football career. Jones, who was known as the “Secretary of Defense,” passed away June 3, 2013.

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“I may not be as proud of the ‘head slap’ as I once was.”

Part 1: Pro Football Hall of Fame players Dick Butkus and Deacon Jones engage in a very lively discussion about their extraordinary pro football careers, including the health risks associated with the game and how their playing days compare with today’s NFL. Both players have channeled their legendary status toward helping the community: Jones supports urban youth through the Deacon Jones Foundation, and Butkus focuses on student athletes and steroid awareness with his I Play Clean program.

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“If you’re going to take a bribe, then take a bribe.”

Part 2: Pro Football Hall of Fame players Dick Butkus and Deacon Jones continue their high-spirited conversation about the pros and cons of playing professional football — including their opinions on today’s bounties for defensive players.

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“No symptoms at all, but I required a five-way bypass.”

Part 3: Legendary football players Dick Butkus and Deacon Jones share the same birthday; both were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and each had life-saving heart surgery.

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Future is now: Implantable early warning device for heart attacks

It’s a portable, implantable EKG monitor for patients with a very high risk of heart attack. This Angel Alert System is what long-time cardiologists Kelly Tucker, M.D., and Larry Santora, M.D., say is some of the best, game-changing technology they’ve seen in years.

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“Health Matters” wins a Telly Award!

2014 35th annual Telly logo“Health Matters with Dr. Larry Santora” has received a Telly Award, which honors the best in film and video. “Health Matters” was recognized from among more than 12,000 entries across the United States. Congratulations!

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