They are normally used to track running distances and count calories. But one man's fitness tracker may have saved his life - by allowing doctors to determine the best way to treat his heart problem. The 42-year-old man arrived at the Accident and Emergency room of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey, after having a seizure. His heart rate was soaring up to 190 beats per minute (bpm) and was irregular, said doctors describing his case in the Annals of Emergency Medicine journal. They gave him drugs and managed to slow his pulse down to normal, but the irregular heartbeat - known medically as atrial fibrillation - remained.
In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon disaster saw 172 million gallons of oil leaked into the sea. Now, deformed fish that were affected have helped scientists establish how air pollution could be damaging human hearts. Researchers found traces of pollutants capable of disrupting heart function in the body tissue of mutant fish living in the Gulf of Mexico, the site of a major oil spill. The pollutants are also present at high levels in the air surrounding cities, and scientists have warned that the chemicals could be posing a major threat to our health. Deformed fish affected by the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010 are helping scientists understand how pollution is damaging human hearts.
A Japanese research team said Monday it has confirmed that yellow dust increases the risk of acute myocardial infarction. The risk was 1.46 times higher than normal on the next days of the arrivals of yellow sand, according to the team, including Sunao Kojima of Kumamoto University and researchers mainly at the National Institute for Environmental Studies. Exposure to air pollutants mixed with yellow dust may trigger the heart disease, the team said. In the survey, the team checked 3,713 residents of Kumamoto Prefecture who developed acute myocardial infarction in the prefecture between April 2010 and March 2015. For patients who also suffer from chronic renal diseases, the risk on the next days of yellow sand arrivals was even higher, at 2.07 times the normal, the survey also showed.
Ricki Lake's ex-husband Christian Evans died Tuesday and the actress mourned his death by sharing an emotional message on her Instagram account. Lake said that he "succumbed to his life long struggle with bipolar disorder." "It is with a heavy heart that I share that my beloved soulmate, Christian Evans has passed," Lake, 48, wrote on the post along with their photo. "The world didn't understand this man, but I did. He succumbed to his life long struggle with bipolar disorder."
An 18-year-old was diagnosed with silent kidney failure after her Apple Watch declared her spiking heart rate a medical emergency. Deanna Recktenwald was sitting in a pew at The Crossing Church in her hometown of Lithia, Florida, on April 22 when her watch advised her to'seek medical attention' because her heart rate was spiking. A normal resting heart rate is anywhere between 60 to 100 beats per minute - Deanna's was 160 beats per minute. Her mother, Stacey, a registered nurse, took her daughter's pulse and realized the watch was right so the family rushed to the emergency room about 10 miles away from the church. Deanna Recktenwald, 18 (left and right, in the hospital), from Lithia, Florida, was sitting in Church on April 22 when her Apple Watch advised her to'seek medical attention' because her heart rate was spiking The teenager's heart rate eventually hit 190 beats per minute.