July 30, 1991
Washington. -- For a quick course in why health-care spending continually eludes stringent efforts at cost control, consider a family of wondrous mechanical devices headed for the medical marketplace to take over from failing hearts -- which now number 700,000 a year in the United States.There's a long way to go in perfecting these devices, but they are already considerably more sophisticated and effective than the cumbersome Jarvik-7 artificial hearts that created a sensation in the 1980s.
March 1, 2009
What's black and white and red all over? At the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel last weekend, that would've been the "2009 Heart Ball," the 25th annual fundraising gala for the American Heart Association Mid-Atlantic Affiliate. Its 600 guests were encouraged to add some red to their black-tie attire - a suggestion most took to heart. Event chair Ken Banks greeted folks decked out in a tux and jaunty red patterned bow tie. Interior designer Carolyn Ross looked positively divine in a ruby goddess gown, while her husband, Samuel Ross, the chief executive officer of Bon Secours of Maryland, sported a splash of red over his heart with a pocket square tucked in his tux. "I've got red studs going down the front ... red cuff links.
July 26, 2005
LANCE ARMSTRONG'S heart is, literally, a third larger than the average man's. It can pump on and on at a phenomenal 200 beats per minute. His aerobic ability - the amount of oxygen his body can consume - is off the charts. You can look all that up. For years now, the extraordinary functioning of Mr. Armstrong's lean, powerful body has been thoroughly probed and analyzed in an effort to explain how anyone could ride a bicycle as long, hard and fast - let alone after beating a cancer that not too long ago had been expected to kill him. But physiology alone can hardly explain Mr. Armstrong's accomplishments: his return from near death to pedal to seven straight victories in the world's most grueling athletic event, the Tour de France, the more than 2,000-mile, three-week-long bike race.
September 8, 2006
I'm going to have to swim in the Potomac," said Woodstock resident Ken Cornell, who is training for the Nation's Triathlon on Sept. 16 in Washington. "I'm not too thrilled with that." What is thrilling, however, is how far the 46-year-old Cornell has come since spring 2001. While on vacation in Ireland with his son, Matthew, and his wife, Karin, Cornell started experiencing an irregular heartbeat. "I felt like my heart was skipping a beat, but I didn't want to ruin the vacation," he said.
February 5, 1992
From: Jerry GietkaEllicott CityI am alive today thanks to the efforts of American Heart Association volunteers (and a very good doctor)!Several years ago, I camehome from a meeting and just "wasn't feeling well." I lay down on mybed and began to sweat profusely. It felt like someone had put a hose in each arm and as someone turned the water on, my arms began to fill up.Luckily, someone had sense enough to take me to the hospital almost immediately -- despite my vigorous objections. It seemed like they stuck things in me, gave me medication, and then asked me "chest pains?"
May 30, 2001
FOR SUCH A PROLONGED, complicated legal squabble, the disagreement between the PGA Tour and disabled golfer Casey Martin actually was pretty simple to understand. The Tour chose to view the case philosophically, as a matter of cold, hard-hearted theory. Martin viewed it realistically, emotionally - how could he not? Both sides had some valid arguments to make, which was why each felt strongly enough to dig in and take the case all the way to the Supreme Court, where Martin won yesterday when the court ruled 7-2 in his favor, upholding a 1998 lower-court decision granting him the right to use a cart in PGA Tour events.
January 29, 1992
Traveling the country over the years I came to think that the great American malady was a social disease that had nothing to do with blood pressure, doctors or such. The disease was ''aloneness,'' the flip side of all the things that make American life unique: freedom, individualism, mobility.The ties that bind are not very tight in the United States -- and most of us like it that way most of the time. We raise our children to leave the nest. We expect our old people to take care of themselves, and when they grow older than either they or we ever imagined, we ship them off to one of the less inviting of American innovations, nursing homes.
January 23, 1994
David Harper, Admiral Fell Inn; Robert Selig, Linwoods; Ron Andrews, Sheraton Inner Harbor; and Josef Gohring, Peerce's Plantation, were among the chefs who donated their time and expertise to raise money for the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease.Chicken Caesar salad, sour-mash-crusted chicken, island-spiced pork tenderloin and turkey wild-mushroom meatloaf were among the heart-healthful dishes they prepared at last weekend's Heartfest.Special guest chef was Dr. William P. Castelli, medical director of the famous Framingham Heart Study, who showed the 700 or so guests at the Sheraton Inner Harbor that good food need not be bad for you.The Ciccarone Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital is named for Henry A. Ciccarone, the Johns Hopkins University lacrosse coach, who died of a heart attack in 1988 at the age of 50. His widow, Sue, and their children Henry Jr., Steven, Brent and John, and their grandfather, Henry E. Sr., were among the guests at the third annual Heartfest.