Heart attack

Former India cricket captain stable in hospital after heart attack

The 48-year-old president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is "responding well to treatment", the body's secretary Jay Shah said.

He developed chest pains while exercising and has now had surgery.

Ganguly played 113 Tests and 311 one-day internationals, captaining India in the longest format 49 times between 2000 and 2005.

Doctors said Ganguly had an angioplasty - a procedure to unblock a coronary artery - in hospital in Kolkata and would be monitored for 24 hours.

Can you have a silent heart attack?

The classic description of the sensation of a heart attack is that it’s like a heavy weight crushing your chest accompanied by a feeling of overwhelming anxiety. In films people clutch their chests, show panic in their eyes and then fall to the floor. And it can happen just like that. But not always.

How heart attack strikes

It actually begins in a simple process, says cardiologist Dr Suresh Venkita.

The heart muscle pumps all the time – from the day it begins in the foetus, it continues beating – day in, day out, with no rest at all.

For this, the heart requires blood to flow continuously through the coronary artery to its muscle.

Two major arteries are responsible for the blood supply to the heart. These coronary arteries are small tubes that carry oxygenated blood from the aorta to the heart muscle.

Breast implants skew heart attack test

Dr Sok-Sithikun Bun, from Monaco, did a small trial, with 48 women, and found electrocardiogram (ECG) tests, which measure the electrical activity of the heart, were often unreliable because the breast implants "got in the way".

Dr Bun is presenting his findings at a conference in Austria.

Having a pre-implant ECG for doctors to refer to would help, he said.

Firefighters have higher heart attack risk 'because of heat'

The study may explain why heart disease is the leading cause of death among on-duty firefighters, the researchers from the University of Edinburgh said.

Firefighter Simon McNally, who was physically fit, had a heart attack while at work, at the age of 36.

"The doctor said if I'd gone home instead of coming to hospital I probably wouldn't have woken up."

He had been working as an instructor in Essex for three years where he set fires inside a shipping container three or four times a day, and was exposed to temperatures of 600-1,000C.

This might be how stress and heart attacks are linked

Activity in the amygdala, a region of the brain associated with fear and stress, can predict your risk for heart disease and stroke, according to a study published in the journal The Lancet on Wednesday.

Carrie Fisher stable after heart attack

Fisher, 60, who played Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars, is in the intensive care unit of a Los Angeles hospital.

Cardiac 'bruising' may predict worse heart attack

Patients with this sign on scans more often develop serious problems like heart failure, says the Glasgow team.

It's hoped the discovery could help with preventing such complications.

Half a million UK people have heart failure and heart attacks are the leading cause.

Heart failure can leave people unable to do simple everyday tasks, such as climbing the stairs.

Symptoms occur because the damaged heart doesn't have enough strength to pump blood around the body efficiently.

Heart attack test 'cuts hospital stays'

They say the rapid test, which looks for a chemical in the blood, would reduce stress for patients, save money and ease pressure on hospital wards.

Trials on 6,304 people, published in the Lancet medical journal, suggested it was 99.6% accurate.

The British Heart Foundation said the test would produce faster answers without affecting patient safety.