Cardiac Health

The Gold Medal Mutation

The Olympic spirit continues here at  In relation to all cardiac health matters, we were fascinated to read about the Gold Medal Mutation, a hereditary gene that stimulates bone marrow to produce red blood cells.

Olympic Lessons For Better Health

The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”  - Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee

Research Shows A Broken Heart Increases Cardiac Risk

Danish researchers analyzed data on 974,732 adults, including 88,612 people recently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, the most common type of arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). During about a 10-year span, 186,418 of the participants experienced the death of a spouse or partner. The researchers concluded those who had experienced an unexpected loss of a spouse or partner also had a 57 percent higher risk for arrhythmia than those who had not experienced such a loss.  The article can be seen in Volume 3, Issue 1 of openheart.