Heart(y) News, 12 Nov: the famous and the rich



This Friday, we are bringing you some heart(y) news on celebrities…

Sudden death of Argentina’s past president six weeks poststenting prompts questions, fears
A well-known statesmen died from cardiac arrest following stenting, bringing up questions about the procedure. Néstor Kirchner was the president of Argentina from 2003 to 2007. He was also the husband current president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. He underwent stenting in September and received a drug-eluting stent. He suffered from a fatal cardiac arrest 6 weeks later. He was only 60 years old.

Kirchner’s narrowed carotid was detected during a carotid ultrasound screening in February, which prompted an increased demand among Argentineans for the procedure, indicating increased awareness of coronary heart disease. Unfortunately, his death may have also prompt increased fears.

First ladies join The Heart Truth to raise women’s heart disease awareness
Currently on display at The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Texas are the latest additions to the First Ladies Red Dress Collection as part of the Heart Truth campaign. Two ex-First Ladies, Laura and Barbara Bush officially opened the exhibition.

About the campaign: The Heart Truth is a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease and is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

About the collection: The exhibit features red dresses and suits on loan from the presidential libraries and personal collections of 14 of America’s first ladies—including a Jacqueline Kennedy dress that was last displayed in 2003. Other featured dresses and suits include those worn by Lou Hoover, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama.

Chilean miner wins NY hearts by finishing marathon
Edison Pena was not the fastest during the New York City Marathon last weekend but he was definitely a favourite among the crowd. He finished the run in 5 hours 40 minutes 51 seconds, more than 3 hours behind the winner but for the New Yorkers, he is a winner, too. Just a few weeks ago, Pena was trapped in a mine in Chile. During his several months underground, Pena kept fit by jogging through the tunnels of the mine – in his miner boots. A sad note is the dropping out of Haile Gebrselassie, running legend and marathon world record holder, due a knee injury.

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