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Heart Disease

How do you mend a broken heart?

How do you mend a broken heart?

“When it comes to heart disease, the No. 1 cause of death for both men and women, there are so many more options than ever before,” says George Ruiz, M.D., medical director of the MedStar Heart Institute at MedStar Union Memorial. “It’s changing the landscape for maintaining and improving heart health.”

Thirty-five years ago, little could be done for someone having a heart attack. They’d be given morphine for pain and lidocaine to treat ventricular tachycardia (irregular heartbeat). Since 1967, when the first heart transplant took place, an average of 2,000 transplants take place each...