March 3rd, 2007 - Open Knowledge
Mar. 3rd, 2007
Shortness Of Breath Without Chest Pain Can Signify The Presence Of High Risk Heart Disease
Science Daily — While most people know that chest pain can signify the presence of heart disease, it is less well known that shortness of breath can also be a serious cardiac symptom.
Now, researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have found that patients with shortness of breath can have a higher risk of dying from cardiac disease than patients without symptoms, and even than patients with typical cardiac pain.
Authors of a study published in the November 3 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine reported that shortness of breath was a significant predictor of death from cardiac causes, as well as death from any cause.
The study was based on a retrospective evaluation of medical records of nearly 18,000 patients referred for cardiac stress testing who were then followed-up later. Researchers found that when compared to patients without shortness of breath, those with shortness of breath were significantly more likely to experience death from cardiac cause than patients without shortness of breath. More than 1,000 of the patients denied having chest pain but answered "yes" to the question, "Do you experience shortness of breath?"
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11:14 pm - Shadow Puppets
Does anyone know where I can find a copy of Chuck W. Gamble's short animated film, Shadow Puppets? A search of google turned up references to it, but no video, and a search of Youtube, Google video turned up nothing.
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