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Demographics and Epidemiology of Sudden Deaths in Young Competitive Athletes (video)

  Sudden deaths in young, seemingly healthy competitive athletes are tragic events, often with wide media coverage and high public visibility. There is substantial interest in establishing the cause of these deaths and the roles that race and gender may play. In a new study published in The American Journal of Medicine, investigators report that […]

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New Year’s Resolution: Only Exercise on the Days You Eat

How often should I exercise, doc? “Only exercise on the days you eat,” is the advice Dr. Joseph S. Alpert, editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Medicine, gives his cardiology patients. In the spirit of this advice, here is a compilation of recent research and commentary on the importance of regular exercise. Exercise Is Just […]

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‘Doctor, I Think That I Might Be Having a Heart Attack’

In this issue of The American Journal of Medicine, Kahn et al report on closely observed and studied patients with eosinophilic esophagitis who presented with exertional chest discomfort that might have led to a diagnosis of angina, or possibly even myocardial infarction. This is one more entity in a long list of diseases that can […]

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Beta-blocker Use in ST-segment Elevation MI

Beta-blocker Use in ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction in the Reperfusion Era (GRACE) Early administration of oral beta-blockers were associated with fewer cases of cardiogenic shock, ventricular arrhythmias, and new-onset heart failure, but compared with delayed beta-blocker administration, both oral and intravenous beta-blockers were associated with increased in-hospital mortality. Abstract Background Current guidelines recommend early oral […]

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Mortality Rates for Black Males

United States Counties with Low Black Male Mortality Rates In only 66 out of 1307 US counties, black men have a lower mortality than white men. What makes these counties different? Abstract Objective In the United States, young and middle-aged black men have significantly higher total mortality than any other racial or ethnic group. We […]

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