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Johns Hopkins cardiac surgeons team up with Costa Rica Children's Hospital
The Costa Rica News
A group of Johns Hopkins physicians, led by cardiac surgeon Dr. Luca Vricella, met with their counterparts at the Costa Rica Children's Hospital to provide training and advice for improving the Costa Rican cardiac surgery program.

Heart attacks account for nearly half of firefighter deaths
According to a study done by a group of doctors at Johns Hopkins University, cardiovascular events account for 45 percent of deaths in on-duty firefighters, compared to 15 percent of all deaths on conventional jobs. "It dawned on me, I really didn't know why firefighters had such a high risk of heart disease. And most people don't know," said Dominique Ashen, who works with the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for Prevention of Heart Disease. Ashen works in preventive cardiology and took part in the recent study.

Exercise may guard against irregular heartbeat in older women
U.S. News & World Report, August 20, 2014
Regular exercise may help guard against atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat, in older women. The research appears in the August 20 issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association. "This study shows that moving, keeping a body in motion, is a good thing even if you have risk factors for heart disease" says Dr. Gordon Tomaselli, Chief of cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, professor of cardiology at Johns Hopkins Medical School and spokesman for the American Heart Association. The new findings address concerns that exercise could increase the risk for atrial fibrillation.

Can you die from a broken heart?
BBC News, August 13, 2014
This is different from a heart attack, which is a stopping of the heart because the blood supply is constricted, perhaps by clogged arteries. "Most heart attacks occur due to blockages and blood clots forming in the coronary arteries, the arteries that supply the heart with blood," says an FAQ on broken heart syndrome published by Johns Hopkins University.

Exercise is a huge protector for your heart. Aim for 150 minutes a week.
The Washington Post, June 16, 2014
Gordon Tomaselli, chief of cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, points out that exercise alone can make the heart stronger as it would for any muscle. But it also benefits the rest of your cardiovascular system by lowering blood pressure and inflammation. For those just contemplating an exercise program, some important tips for getting off to a safe (and successful) start.

You probably know less about cholesterol than you think you do. Here’s some help.
The Washington Post, June 16, 2014
Surveys of adults around the world show that although most people are concerned about their cholesterol, fewer than half know recommended cholesterol levels or understand what those numbers mean for their health. Although the research is complex, the gist of it is simple, says Michael Blaha, director of clinical research at the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease: “HDL is good—the more you have, the lower your risk of heart disease. Everything else, you want to keep the levels low.”

The runner's ticking time bomb?
Outside, May 5, 2014
In a report on Fox News, Gordon Tomaselli, a cardiologist at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center, explained an athlete’s ability to run right through all the warning signs. “In order to have symptoms, it’s a supply-demand situation. You only get chest pains when the demand on the heart outstrips its ability to supply blood and nutrients to other organs,” he says. “So you can be totally asymptomatic, and your first symptom is sudden death.”