Andrew T. Ho, MD
- interventional cardiology
Location and Office HoursRiverside Cardiology Associates
Riverside, CA 92501
- Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
- Blue Shield of California
- Health Net
- United Healthcare
- Inland Valley Medical Center
- Loma Linda University Medical Center, East Campus
- Riverside Community Hospital
What are the heart health benefits of being in a good marriage?
HealthyWomen answeredWomen who are in satisfying marriages have a health advantage over unmarried women or those in unsatisfying marriages, according to a 2003 study published in Health Psychology. The study, which followed 493 women age 42 to 50 over 13 years, found that women in good marriages were less likely to develop risk factors leading to cardiovascular disease compared to other middle-age women.
How common is sudden cardiac death in young athletes?
Sudden cardiac death in young athletes is very rare. The estimated yearly rate varies from one country to another, however. In the United States, it is estimated that 1 out of 200,000 to 1 out of 100,000 high school athletes dies suddenly while participating in sports. By comparison, in Italy the rate of sudden death among athletes is estimated to be about 3 in 100,000, while in Norway the rate is estimated to be just under 1 in 100,000.
The differences in rates of sudden death may be due to differences in the mix of ages or genders in the groups studied, or it may reflect population-wide differences in the genetic make-up of the athletes.
Participation in sports does seem to increase the risk of sudden death, however small. For example, a study from Italy found that teens and young adults who play sports were nearly three times as likely to die suddenly when compared to people of a similar age who did not play sports.
What is diastolic heart failure?
Diastolic heart failure is a condition in which the pumping chambers (ventricles) of the heart become thickened, grow stiff and cannot relax enough to adequately fill the heart’s lower chambers (ventricles) with blood. The fluid then backs up into organs and causes swelling (edema) (especially in feet and ankles) and congestion even though the heart's pumping function (ejection fraction) is normal. This type of heart failure is caused by conditions such as acute ischemia, systolic hypertension with enlargement of the left ventricular muscle, restrictive cardiomyopathy and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
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