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The Clean-Up Crew in Your Arteries
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Almonds help your good cholesterol rid your body of bad cholesterol. Read more >


Do It in Your Twenties
Neil Wagner

The best way to avoid brain shrinkage in middle age is to take these steps in your 20s. Read more >


Vegetarian Heart Problems
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Not all largely vegetarian diets are especially good for you. Some plant-based diets are bad for your heart. Read more >


A Big Fat Controversy
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The American Heart Association's new advisory should help clear up confusion about which fats to eat and which to avoid. Read more >


Long Live Coffee Drinkers
Charlotte LoBuono

Two big studies find that coffee's benefits know no racial or ethnic boundaries. Coffee drinkers live longer, period. Read more >


Heart Benefits for Women Who Breastfeed
Charlotte LoBuono

Everyone knows how good breastfeeding is for babies. It may benefit moms as much as it does infants. Read more >


Blood Pressure Control
Aditya Khetan MBBS, Richard A Josephson MS MD, and Sri Krishna Madan Mohan MBBS, MRCP, FACC

Keeping hypertension under control protects your health. So why do so many fail to do it? Part 2. Read more >


New Sources of an Overlooked Nutrient
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It's good for the heart, seniors' bones and helps the blood. Now we know full-fat dairy is a good way to get it. Read more >


Good Potato, Bad Potato
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Potatoes can be good for you, but they can also send you to an early grave. How you cook them is what counts. Read more >


It's a Not-So-Small World After All
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

About a third of all the people on the planet are overweight or obese. These countries have the highest average BMIs. Read more >


Chocolate Therapy
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A little chocolate every day or so can reduce your risk of atrial fibrillation. Best to be sure it's dark chocolate. Read more >


The Downside of Going Gluten-Free
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The are a number of reasons to go gluten-free. Heart health is not one of them. Read more >


Shifting the Blame for Heart Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

Is our focus on reducing saturated fat blinding us to the importance of a healthier lifestyle? Some think so. Read more >


Commuting on Two Wheels
Neil Wagner

Walking to work is good for your health, but biking to work packs an even bigger health punch. Read more >


A Bombshell on Salt
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

What if everything we thought we knew about salt and blood pressure turns out to be wrong? Read more >


To Prevent Alzheimer's, Start Early
Esther Entin, M.D.

In your 40s and worried about dementia? Try to reduce these cardiovascular risk factors. Read more >


Saturated Fats Damage Joints
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Diets high in saturated fats actually damage cartilage and joints. Other fats appear to be protective. Read more >


Smoke Screen
Esther Entin, M.D.

Bigger, more graphic, warnings on cigarette packs reduce smoking. But the U.S. tobacco industry is blocking them. The public is not pleased. Read more >


Trans Fat Bans Pay Big Dividends
Neil Wagner

Heart attacks are down; so are strokes. But trans fats still lurk in some of our favorite foods. Here's how to find them. Read more >


Be Flexible: Eat Peanuts
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A handful of peanuts with a meal can keep fatty deposits from sticking to your arteries. Read more >


African Americans Less Likely to Receive Statins
Charlotte LoBuono

Competing guidelines for the use of statins in people with atherosclerosis may leave African Americans less protected. Read more >


Heart Patients Need Exercise
Charlotte LoBuono

Too few heart attack patients exercise the way they should. Sure, they're worried, but they still need rehab. It can make a big difference. Read more >


High Risk Hearts
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Not eating enough food high in nutrients harms the heart as much as eating too much food high in empty calories and fat. Read more >


The Dieter's Dilemma
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

People who are really, seriously, trying to lose weight often find their willpower tested in this situation. Avoidance is one strategy. Read more >


Changing the World, One Hamburger at a Time
Neil Wagner

Reducing the amount of red meat you eat isn't just good for your health, it's good for the environment, too. Read more >


Low T? More News
Neil Wagner

A new series of studies of testosterone therapy and bone health, anemia, heart risks and memory have just been published. Read more >


Doctors Against Nutritional Hype
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Time to get smart about nutritional fads like juicing and gluten-free diets. Doctors stand up for what is and isn't proven to work. Read more >


A Cure for Glaucoma?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A study done in mice finds that niacin — vitamin B3 — not only prevents destruction of the optic nerve, it reverses it. Read more >


Four Unhealthy Eating Habits That Make You Gain Weight
Esther Entin, M.D.

The American Heart Association offers way to tweak your eating habits to keep the pounds off. Read more >


Making Good Cholesterol Even Better
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Olive oil super-charges HDL -- good -- cholesterol, so it is even more helpful to your heart. Read more >


Stop Fat Shaming
Charlotte LoBuono

When overweight people are stereotyped as incompetent, lazy or ugly, it's bad for their mental and physical health. Read more >


Don't Know Much about Obesity
Neil Wagner

Obesity's effects on health cut across medical areas, so doctors tend not to be trained or tested about it. Read more >


Four Reasons to Join a Gym
Neil Wagner

If you are struggling with weight loss or fitness goals, check out the nearest gym. It could make all the difference. Read more >


Under 50 and Under-Treated
Charlotte LoBuono

People in their 30s and 40s can have high LDL cholesterol, too. Yet often they don't get the treatment they need. Read more >


Smartphone-Assisted Health
Neil Wagner

Fitness apps are getting better at tracking our health and activity. It's like having an MD by your side. Read more >


The Nutritional Mother Lode
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Magnesium can cut your chances of a heart attack or stroke, as well as making other healthy contributions. Here's how to get it. Read more >


Holiday Heart Syndrome
Esther Entin, M.D.

Don't let Holiday Heart Syndrome land you or a loved one in the ER this season. Read more >


Health By The Handful
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Want to lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, or death by up to 25 percent? Grab some nuts. But not too many. Read more >


How Good Is "Good" Cholesterol?
Charlotte LoBuono

High density lipoprotein is not as bad for your heart as LDL cholesterol. But it may not be as good we think. Read more >


New Dosing Guidelines for People on Statins
Esther Entin, M.D.

Higher doses statins can significantly prolong life, even for those over 75. Read more >


Slow Food for The Heart
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Food cooked over low heat does not develop the dangerous trans fats that grilled, broiled and fried foods do. Read more >


Puff, Puff, Puff Yourself to Death
Neil Wagner

Putting graphic warnings on cigarette packs helps smokers quit and saves lives. Read more >


Get a Bike, Change Your Life
Esther Entin, M.D.

When people over 40 start bicycling — even a little — a variety of heart-protective measures improve. Read more >


Focus on Food, Not “Nutrients”
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Rather than telling people to eat less fat, the guidelines suggest foods to eat. Read more >


Helping Bones, Harming the Heart
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Many men and women take a calcium supplement to strengthen their bones, not knowing the damage they are doing to their hearts. Read more >


Good-Hearted Chocolate Lovers
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The news on chocolate keeps getting better. Now we know more about why it is so good for you. Read more >


The Soda Lobby's Unhealthy Influence
Neil Wagner

A new report shows how Coca Cola and Pepsi spend millions lobbying to keep soda consumption high. Read more >


A Double Whammy to the Heart
Esther Entin, M.D.

First heart attacks are most likely to occur when these two triggers occur together. You can bring both under better control. Read more >


Testosterone, No Magic Bullet
Neil Wagner

Studies of testosterone treatment paint a murky picture of what has become a billion dollar industry. Read more >


Cost Savings for Kidney Patients
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A simple change in diet can greatly reduce drug costs in people with kidney disease. Read more >


Big Sugar
Charlotte LoBuono

How the sugar industry bankrolled a Harvard professor's studies minimizing the effects of sugar on heart disease. Read more >


Heart Problems Plague Food Deserts
Charlotte LoBuono

Poor neighborhoods around the country tend to lack access to fresh foods. Policy changes can help. Read more >


You Need to Eat More Plants
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Meats are killers. Here's a game plan to help you begin to move to a more plant-based diet. Read more >


Why Latinos Live Longer
Leslie Carr

Latinos age more slowly and live longer than members of other ethnic groups do. It's called the “Hispanic Paradox.” Read more >


Women's Heart Attacks Dangerously Under-Treated
Charlotte LoBuono

Women in cardiac arrest are 30% less likely to have an angiogram or angioplasty than men. Now the question is, why? Read more >


Walk with A Doc
Neil Wagner

We all know we should walk more, but many find it hard to do. What if your cardiologist joined you? Read more >


A Healthy Reason to Love Carbs
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Of all the factors researchers explored, fiber intake made the biggest difference in how well a person aged. Read more >


The FDA vs. Frito Lay
Alice G. Walton

The FDA wants snack food makers to cut the salt in their products. Good luck with that. Read more >


Everyone's Favorite Vegetable
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Potatoes are vegetables, but they are starchy and can lead to high blood pressure. Read more >


Silent Heart Attacks
Esther Entin, M.D.

They are more common that even doctors believed, and are likely to be missed — unless you know what to look for or check an EKG. Read more >


Meat and Mortality
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A Mayo Clinic study finds that eating meat regularly shortens life spans. Read more >


Butter's Bum Rap
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Vegetable oils are not as heart-healthy as we thought. Read more >


Bad to the Brain
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Fructose damages genes in the brain, leading to a variety of problems. Luckily, one nutrient offsets its effects. Read more >


Ease Depression, Help the Heart
Neil Wagner

Depression is not good for your cardiovascular system, but there is a way to erase the risk. Read more >


Bleeding, Hearts and Aspirin
Neil Wagner

Recommendations regarding taking low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks have changed. Read more >


Time to Be Fruitful
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating a baseball-sized serving of fresh fruit every day is the quickest way to cut your risk of heart attack and stroke. Read more >


Don't Let Digestive Problems Become Kidney Problems
Esther Entin, M.D.

Certain drugs for gastric problems like GERD or ulcers can cause permanent kidney damage, especially if used for long periods of time. Read more >


Patients Turn to Social Media
Charlotte LoBuono

Social networking sites like Yelp can help you pick a hospital as well as a restaurant. Read more >


Hormones For The Heart
Charlotte LoBuono

Hormone replacement therapy can help reduce atherosclerosis if it is started early in menopause. Read more >


Mammograms Could Be Good For Your Heart
Alice G. Walton

Mammograms may predict coronary arterial calcification. Read more >


Using Ultrasound to Prevent Strokes
Neil Wagner

A new non-invasive approach to finding coronary plaques that are likely to cause a stroke. Read more >


Tweaking Food Costs Could Save Lives
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Taxing unhealthy foods like soda and chips and subsidizing the cost of fruits and vegetables would have a big impact on health. Read more >


A Sweet Way to Keep Your Blood Pressure Down
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Yogurt and other dairy products can help lower blood pressure. The effect is especially strong in women. Read more >


Put Some Barley in Your Life
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Barley reduces blood sugar, the risk of diabetes and heart disease, and it leaves you feeling full. Read more >


A Good Egg After All
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Contrary to decades of advice, eggs don't appear to raise blood cholesterol. An egg a day should be fine. Read more >


Why We Miss So Many Heart Attacks in Women
Esther Entin, M.D.

Heart attacks in women can be sneaky. Know the warning signs. Read more >


Good Old Garlic
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Good Old Garlic Aged garlic extract can not only slow the advancement of atherosclerosis, but also reverse the early stages of heart disease Read more >


Health Risks May Remain After Losing Weight
Neil Wagner

Being overweight takes a toll on your body that may last longer than we expect. Read more >


The Fats You Need For a Healthy Heart
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It's better for heart health to focus on eating enough polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) than to worry about cutting out saturated fats. Read more >


It's Time for Heart Patients to Take a Stand
Neil Wagner

Sitting is, of course, bad for those with heart problems, too. Learn from the ways women over 60 are more active than men. Read more >


Like Magic: A Quick Turn-Around For Kids’ Health
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Simply reducing sugar in the diets of children who are overweight changes their metabolism for the better. Read more >


Sweet Hearts
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Drinking too many sugary beverages can seriously increase a man's likelihood of heart problems. Read more >


Parents, Keep Pushing The Fruits And Veggies
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

What kids eat in childhood makes a big difference in what their hearts look like 20 years later. Read more >


Dialing Down Medication for the Elderly
Sabriya Stukes

Some seniors on blood pressure and diabetes medications can end up dangerously over-medicated. Read more >


Full Of Beans
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

You don't have to go hungry to be healthy. You can feel full — and satisfied — without meat. Try it for one meal a week. Read more >


Fats Rise and Fall And Rise Again
Alice G. Walton

There’s been a lot of flip-flopping on dietary fats in recent years. Here’s where we really are. Read more >


You Snooze, You Win
Neil Wagner

Lowering blood pressure may be as simple as taking a nap. It's good for your heart, too. Read more >


The Damage Sugary Drinks Do To Kids’ Hearts
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Soda and sports drinks don't just encourage obesity. They can raise blood fats to dangerous levels. Read more >


Back to School? Keep Moving
Alice G. Walton

Kids sit for hours and hours a day. Breaking up that time with a little activity can make a big difference. Read more >


Walking Away from Heart Failure
Neil Wagner

Would you walk 20 minutes a day to prevent heart problems? That's all it takes. Read more >


Workaholics, Overtime May Be Killing You
Neil Wagner

Working 10 to 15 hours of overtime each week greatly increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Read more >


Southern Food: Good, But Not Good For You
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Registered dietitian Beth Fontenot knows Southern cooking...and why it's one of the tastiest and unhealthiest cuisines around. Read more >


A Not-So-Secret Weapon Against Cardiovascular Disease
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating fruits and vegetables raises the vitamin C in your blood and reduces your risk of heart disease. Read more >


New FDA Warning on NSAIDs
Esther Entin, M.D.

You may be taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs without knowing it. The heart complications can be serious. Read more >


Forget How Old You Are — How Fast Are You Aging?
Neil Wagner

Biological age can be twice (or half) that of chronological age. Why some age faster. Read more >


There's No Place Like Home
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When you eat out, you consume far more fat, calories, and salt than when you eat at home. Fast food isn't even the biggest culprit. Read more >


New Plastics Are As Bad As the Old
Neil Wagner

Phthalates enter the body through cans and plastic bottles,containers and wrap. Two new forms, supposed to be safer, aren't. Read more >


Nut Case
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating nuts is even better for you than previously thought. But more is not better, and peanut butter may not count. Read more >


Reducing Gastric Acid, But Raising the Risk of Heart Attack
Esther Entin, M.D.

People taking certain acid-reducers for heartburn or other digestive problems may be doubling their risk of heart attack. Read more >


Time to Stop Blaming Fat
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Four decades of nutrition wisdom may be overturned when the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are released later this year. Read more >


Clogged Hearts and Minds
Alice G. Walton

Trans fats slow your memory just the same way they clog your heart. Read more >


FDA Bans Trans Fats
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The FDA has banned partially hydrogenated oils starting in 2018. What to look for until then. Read more >


About That Box of Chocolates...
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

You may not have to restrict yourself to dark chocolate — milk chocolate appears to have heart benefits, too. But... Read more >


A Plan of Action for Desk Jockeys, Couch Potatoes
Neil Wagner

Guidelines for workers and employers to help get more people off their seats and on their feet. Read more >


Potassium's Blood Pressure Protection Racket
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The culprit in high blood pressure may not be salty foods. It may be a different mineral. Read more >


Should 400,000 More Teens Be on Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Over 400,000 more teens would be on heart medications if pediatric guidelines were followed. Read more >


Gratitude Helps the Ailing Heart
Neil Wagner

Gratitude appears to reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of a second heart attack. Read more >


Health Benefits Increase with Exercise Intensity
Charlotte LoBuono

It pays to exercise as vigorously as you can. Being winded and sweaty is a very good thing. Read more >


Vitamin D in Health and Disease
Malcolm D. Kearns, M.D. and Vin Tangpricha, M.D., Ph.D.

Nearly half of the population is deficient in Vitamin D. Age, skin color and weight can put you at risk. Read more >


Scientists Find Ways to Boost the the Health Benefits of Chocolate
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Healthier chocolate? Scientists have found a way to amp up the nutritional benefits of cocoa. Read more >


Being Lonely is Bad for Your Health
Neil Wagner

Loneliness can be a health hazard, just like being sedentary, or overweight. Read more >


Treating Depression is Good for the Heart
Neil Wagner

People who are depressed improve more than their emotional state when they seek treatment. Read more >


Atypical Antipsychotics: What Parents Need to Know
Esther Entin, M.D.

Antipsychotic drugs can be lifesavers for kids. But parents, you have a major role to play. Read more >


Drinking Coffee Can Reduce Coronary Artery Calcium
Charlotte LoBuono

Moderate coffee consumption is good for the heart, especially the coronary arteries. Read more >


Health for Peanuts and Peanuts for Health
Alice G. Walton

They're cheap, heart-healthy and provide antioxidants. Health food for the rest of us. Read more >


You Don't Need to Go to Extremes, Go Semi-Veggie
Esther Entin, M.D.

You don't have to go completely meatless to enjoy the major health benefits vegetables bring. Read more >


Saunas’ Benefits for The Heart Become Apparent
Charlotte LoBuono

Heading to the sauna a few times a week offers health benefits far beyond purging toxins. Read more >


Bouts of Anger, Stress, Can Bring on A Heart Attack
Alice G. Walton

Anger management may be good heart attack prevention. Read more >


Children's Heart Health Begins at Home
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It's not just what you feed your kids that makes them healthy adults. Intangibles like impulse control and friends have a big effect, too. Read more >


Dietary Guidelines for Fructose Questioned in Light of Diabetes Rise
Charlotte LoBuono

The dietary guidelines for fructose-based sugars are way too high, researchers have discovered. Read more >


When It Comes to Lowering Cholesterol, Start Early
Neil Wagner

High cholesterol begins to take its toll at an early age. Read more >


Moderate Drinkers at Lower Risk for Heart Failure
Charlotte LoBuono

Drinking offers health benefits, particularly for the heart, that rapidly give way to health risks if you drink too much. Read more >


Six Healthy Habits for Women’s Heart Health
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Heart problems begin when you are young. Six lifestyle choices can make a difference into old age. Read more >


Beet Juice May Not Be So Great for Muscles after All
Alice G. Walton

Beetroot juice may not help muscles during exercise quite as expected. Read more >


Stand Up Routine: Sitting Linked to Cancer, Heart Disease, and Diabetes
Charlotte LoBuono

Get up on your feet. Sitting is bad for your health, even if you are physically active. Read more >


Blueberries Keep Arteries Flexible and Blood Pressure Down
Neil Wagner

Go Blueberries! They even lower blood pressure in people at risk for heart problems. Read more >


Avocados Are Good for Your Bad Cholesterol
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Avocados help your body process fats, reducing the risk of atherosclerosis. Read more >


Yoga's Benefits Go Straight to the Heart
Neil Wagner

Yoga doesn't get enough respect as exercise. It's not just for relaxation -- it's good for your heart. Read more >


Eating Whole Grains Lowers Mortality Rates
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

For every ounce of whole grains you eat, you could extend your life by 5%. Seems like a bargain. Read more >


Lifestyle is Key to Conquering A-Fib
Neil Wagner

People with atrial fibrillation have more control over their heart irregularity than they realize. Read more >


Semen Quality Is a Reflection of General Health
Neil Wagner

Poor semen quality and fertility problems tend to be a reflection of other health issues. Read more >


Sugar, Not Salt, Intake Behind Rising Blood Pressure
Neil Wagner

When it comes to high blood pressure, sugar has an even worse effect than salt. Read more >


For Younger Women, Daily Aspirin May Do More Harm than Good
Alice G. Walton

For women under 65, aspirin’s risks may outweigh its benefits. Read more >


Marriage Problems Take Their Toll on the Heart
Annie Sofield Reed, LCSW

Elderly couples with marital problems are more likely to have cardiac problems as well. Counseling can help. Read more >


The Perils of the Night Shift
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Shift work affects your body's ability to process energy, making it more likely you will gain weight. Read more >


CPR Phone Coaching Saves Lives
Neil Wagner

Bystanders can save lives when 911 operators give them CPR instruction over the phone. Read more >


Fasting Can Be Good for Many Areas of Health, Not Just Your Weight
Alice G. Walton

Intermittent fasting can reduce inflammation, spur antioxidant enzymes and improve your metabolism. Read more >


Discovery Paves Way for Early Detection of Blood Cancer
Sami Hocine

Two new studies identify the genetic mutations that lead to some cancers and offer hope for treating precancerous conditions early. Read more >


Running Keeps the Cellular Engines Purring
Neil Wagner

Running improves the functioning of mitochondria in our cells, enabling them to use energy far more efficiently. Read more >


Heart Score Helps Predict and Protect from the Risk of Cardiac Arrest
Alice G. Walton

A new online calculator from Harvard will tell you just how healthy your heart is. Read more >


Energy Drinks Land Young Children in The ER
Neil Wagner

The amount of caffeine in energy drinks is dangerous to children. It can cause seizures and abnormal heart rhythms. Read more >


Health is a Partnership, Not Solely Physicians' Responsibility
Neil Wagner

When a doctor tells a patient to exercise or take a medication and the patient doesn't, who is responsible? Read more >


Cholesterol Levels Reflect Number of Meals Eaten Away from Home
Charlotte LoBuono

The number of meals you eat away from home has a big effect on body mass and cholesterol levels. Read more >


An Apple A Day May Keep Obesity at Bay
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When it comes to keeping the beneficial bacteria in your colon happy, one apple stands above the rest. It may even help keep weight off. Read more >


What’s Good for the Heart is Good for the Brain
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

One of the best ways to guard against dementia is to protect your heart. Read more >


Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Real Metabolic Problems
Charlotte LoBuono

Artificial sweeteners may cause the problems, such as glucose intolerance and diabetes, their use was intended to prevent. Read more >


Smokers Need the Right Message to Quit
Charlotte LoBuono

Some smokers need to be scared into quitting; others do best with a gentler, more positive approach. Figuring out who needs what. Read more >


Tea Drinkers Live Longer — Why?
Charlotte LoBuono

Tea drinkers tend to be healthier than coffee drinkers. Read more >


Aspirin: Fever, Aches and Cardiovascular Protection
Sami Hocine

Anticoagulant drugs can cause side effects and dangerous bleeding, so for some people, aspirin is the better treatment. Read more >


Good Neighbors — and Neighborhoods — Make Good Health
Esther Entin, M.D.

Good relationships with your neighbors and a feeling that you belong to a community are good for heart health. Read more >


Digoxin Increases Risk of Death in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation
Charlotte LoBuono

This common drug Increases the risk of death in patients with atrial fibrillation. Luckily, there are plenty of good alternatives. Read more >


Enlisting Community Pharmacies to Improve Healthcare Delivery and Savings
Esther Entin, M.D.

Your local pharmacist just may be one of the best healthcare cost-containment strategies around. Read more >


Are Electronic Cigarettes A Threat to Public Health?
Leslie Carr

Electronic cigarettes may help some smokers go smokeless. But kids are picking them up like they're harmless consumer products. Read more >


Running, Even for Just Five Minutes a Day, Helps the Heart
Alice G. Walton

Even just five minutes of running each day can boost heart health. Read more >


Generic Drugs Can Create Problems for Patients
Charlotte LoBuono

Generic meds can confuse patients because the same drug comes in different shapes and sizes. Read more >


Outdoor Time Breeds Fitness in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Time outside translates into more physical exercise. That brings better health. Read more >


Omega-3 Fatty Acids Appear to Ease Osteoarthritis Symptoms
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Saturated fats worsen the symptoms of osteoarthritis, but omega-3 fats seem to help. Read more >


Why Gum Disease Leads to Heart Disease
Alice G. Walton

The link between gum disease and heart disease is clear. In fact, flossing may be as important as exercising. Read more >


Details Emerge on The Link Between Stress and Heart Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

Chronic stress — the kind faced by doctors in the ICU — increases white blood cells that can cause life-threatening plaques to form. Read more >


High Cholesterol Appears Linked to Breast Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

Women with high cholesterol are more likely to develop breast cancer. But there's a possible treatment. Read more >


Skip the Hotdogs; Help Your Heart
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Processed red meats raise the risk of heart trouble — and death — by a lot. Have a fish taco. Read more >


Dark Chocolate Shows Promise for Circulation Problems
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

People with peripheral artery disease were able to walk farther and faster after eating chocolate. Only certain kinds helped. Read more >


Tomatoes Could Improve Blood Flow in Those with Heart Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

An antioxidant found in tomatoes and red sauce may explain the heart health of people around the Mediterranean. Read more >


How A Dash of Olive Oil Helps Lower Blood Pressure
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When olive oil is eaten with leafy greens, it sets in motion a process that lowers blood pressure. Read more >


Researchers Dispute Claims that Supplements Offer Little or No Benefit
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Several studies find nutritional supplements provide little or no benefit. But not everyone agrees. Read more >


Sugar Exerts Lasting Effects on the Heart
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Sugar isn't just about gaining weight -- it's bad for your heart, too. Read more >


Blood Pressure Medications Raise Macular Degeneration Risk
Leslie Carr

Lowering your blood pressure is a good idea, but some drugs appear to increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Read more >


Flour Power May Lower Cholesterol and Fight Metabolic Syndrome
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When a community substituted a modified form of wheat fiber for the flour in their diets, they saw a big reduction in cholesterol. Read more >


Even Seniors with High Blood Pressure Live Longer by Getting Active
Alice G. Walton

Men with high blood pressure — not to mention those with normal BP — cut their risk of death simply by walking. Read more >


Sugar-Sweetened High Blood Pressure
Esther Entin, M.D.

Sugar-sweetened beverages have a direct effect on blood pressure. The more you drink, the higher it -- and your risk of heart attack -- go. Read more >


Fiber Adds Years to Heart Attack Survivors' Lives
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A cup or two of whole grain pasta may be all it takes to reduce your risk of another heart attack. Read more >


The Keys to Life after a Heart Attack: Medication and Lifestyle Changes Part 2
Richard Josephson, M.D., and Sri K. Madan Mohan, M.D.

For many people, having a heart attack is a wake-up call that sets them on a healthier path. Read more >


Insomniacs Found to Have a Far Greater Risk of Stroke
Esther Entin, M.D.

If you often have trouble sleeping, consider it a serious health risk. Read more >


The Keys to Life after a Heart Attack: Medication and Lifestyle Changes Part 1
Richard Josephson, M.D. and Sri K. Madan Mohan, M.D.

More and more people are surviving heart attacks, but follow-up care is crucial. Know your options. Read more >


Cholesterol Screening Offers Benefits for At-Risk Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Almost a third of children 11 and under had problems with their cholesterol levels. Luckily, such early information means they can be improved. Read more >


Too Little Salt is Bad for You
Leslie Carr

Good news, salt lovers: A huge study has found that reducing sodium intake, even to recommended levels, can be bad for your health. Read more >


Doctors Help Patients Compute the Risk of a Heart Attack
Charlotte LoBuono

Find out if your lifestyle at 40 has left you with the heart of a 20-year-old or a 60-year-old. Read more >


Weight Gain During and After Pregnancy Signals Serious Health Problems
Esther Entin, M.D.

It's not a problem to gain weight when you are pregnant, but you need to lose it after the baby arrives. Read more >


Secondhand Smoke Is A Heartbreaker, Literally
Alice G. Walton

Children exposed to secondhand smoke at home had thickened artery walls as adults. There were other problems, too. Read more >


New Mothers Face An Increased the Risk of Stroke
Esther Entin, M.D.

New moms are at higher risk for having a stroke, but too often the signs go unnoticed. Read more >


Are Saturated Fats Really The Enemy? Maybe Not
Charlotte LoBuono

Several research studies say saturated fats may have gotten a bad rap. The real cardio culprits are sugars and... Read more >


New Guidelines Are First To Look At Stroke Risk in Women
Charlotte LoBuono

Because women's risk for stroke is far greater than that for men, it is important women follow the new guidelines designed for them. Read more >


Two Studies Expand Treatment Options for Menopausal Symptoms
Esther Entin, M.D.

Women can suffer the symptoms of menopause for years, even decades. New treatments may help. Read more >


Exposure to Ultraviolet Rays Lowers Blood Pressure
Esther Entin, M.D.

A little time in the sun significantly lowered blood pressure. But what about skin cancer? Read more >


Exercising More and Sitting Less, A Winning Combo for Heart
Alice G. Walton

OK, guys, time to stagger away from the tube and the nachos. There are risks associated with being a sedentary man. Read more >


Heart Disease and Stroke Are Still the Top Killers in the U.S.
Alice G. Walton

Heart disease and stroke are still top killers in the U.S. And they can be largely prevented. Read more >


Preventing Diabetes with The Mediterranean Diet
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Cut your risk of diabetes the Mediterranean way. Read more >


New Blood Pressure Recommendations May Mean You Don't Need Meds After All
Alice G. Walton

If you have borderline high BP, around 140/90 mm Hg, it may be better to hold off on treatment depending on your age and other factors. Read more >


Just an Extra 2,000 Steps per Day
Alice G. Walton

Simply walking an extra mile a day can reduce the risk of heart disease by about 10%. Read more >


Santa Claus, Aging Successfully
Neil Wagner

How healthy is Santa Claus? He surely has some belly fat. But he's actually in pretty good shape. Read more >


Dementia, Alzheimer's, on the Decline
Neil Wagner

The rates of dementia and Alzheimer's disease are declining. Read more >


Vitamin Supplements Offer Few, If Any, Health Benefits
Charlotte LoBuono

We spend billions on nutritional supplements every year. Three studies say it's money down the drain. Read more >


When It Comes to Milk, Organic Really May Be Better
Alice G. Walton

When it comes to milk at least, organic really does seem to be better. Read more >


The Myth of “Healthy Obesity”
Charlotte LoBuono

It's all bad news: you can't be overweight and healthy. Period. Read more >


A Cholesterol - Breast Cancer Connection
Alice G. Walton

Having high cholesterol raises the risk of breast cancer and appears to fuel its spread. Read more >


A Handful of Nuts Daily Lowers Heart Disease and Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

Eating a handful of nuts regularly can cut the risk of heart attack by almost a third. Cancer, too. Read more >


Statins Do Not Contribute to Cognitive Decline
Charlotte LoBuono

Cholesterol-lowering statins appear to have no ill effects on mental functioning. Read more >


Blueberries Really Are "Superfoods" for the Heart
Alice G. Walton

Eating blueberries can improve cardiovascular functioning. Read more >


Vitamin D Alone Does Little For Bone Health
Charlotte LoBuono

Vitamin D may not be necessary for older women seeking to protect their bones. Read more >


Do It Yourself: Simple Chores Around the House Boost Health
Alice G. Walton

Do-it-yourself work around the house can help keep the heart in shape. Read more >


From Sleep Apnea to Beauty Sleep
Neil Wagner

Sleep apnea patients' looks were visibly improved when they were treated to a deeper sleep. Read more >


Some Reassurance Regarding Mercury in Fish
Neil Wagner

Little of the mercury in our blood actually comes from fish. Go for those omega-3s! Read more >


Experts Urge Doctors to Treat Unhealthy Lifestyles Just Like a Disease
Alice G. Walton

Preventive medicine means treating unhealthy lifestyles just as you would treat disease. Read more >


The Future of Medicare: The Great Divide
Neil Wagner

Medicare is running out of money. Is it misuse of benefits, or too few doctors offering services? Read more >


Hormone Replacement Therapy Offers Little Protection from Disease
Alice G. Walton

Hormone replacement therapy doesn't seem to offer many health benefits beyond easing the symptoms of menopause. Read more >


Certain Fruits Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Certain fruits greatly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. But drinking juice increases it. Read more >


A Sign that Doctor-Patient Continuity Still Matters
Neil Wagner

Follow-up with a doctor is important as heart patients recover, and a familiar one can make even more of a difference. Read more >


A Flu Shot to the Heart
Neil Wagner

Putting off getting a flu vaccine? Think again. They can cut the risk of heart attacks by nearly half. Read more >


Could Your Sweet Tooth Be Killing You?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Our ideas about the "right" amount of sugar in the diet may need adjusting. Weight is not the issue. Read more >


Certain Antihypertensive Drugs Increase Breast Cancer Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Certain blood pressure medications significantly raise a woman's risk for breast cancer. Read more >


Breakfast May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Coronary Disease Death
Charlotte LoBuono

Having a good breakfast reduces the risk of heart disease and can even help you lose weight. Read more >


Living Longer With Obesity Increases Heart Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The longer you remain overweight, the greater the likelihood of cardiovascular disease. Read more >


Vigorous Exercise a Few Times a Week Reduces the Risk of Stroke
Alice G. Walton

Exercising vigorously enough to sweat a few times a week can help you lower your risk for stroke. Read more >


Even Young, Healthy Smokers Show Signs of Lung Damage
Neil Wagner

Even very early on, smoking causes changes to stem cells that set the stage for cancer. Read more >


Singing with Others Synchronizes Hearts and Minds
Alice G. Walton

People who sing together also share changes in heart rate. Read more >


How You Think About Stress Can Affect Your Heart
Neil Wagner

Not everyone feels their health is threatened by stress, but if you do, it's bad news for your heart Read more >


A Gene Behind the Body's Clock Affects Aging
Alice G. Walton

Maintaining a regular sleep-wake cycle keeps you healthy, and may help you live longer. Read more >


Too Much Time on Your Hands? Volunteering Reduces Hypertension Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Volunteering is not just good for the soul. It's good for your blood pressure. Read more >


Vegetarian Diets Cut Risk of Death from Chronic Diseases
Charlotte LoBuono

The risk of death from any cause is less among those whose diets are meatless. Read more >


Making Smoking Cessation Part of a Routine Health Assessment
Charlotte LoBuono

Doctors often don't address the obvious when it comes to smokers with lung disease. But remedies exist. Read more >


iPods in the ICU
Neil Wagner

Listening to music — or noise-canceling headphones — can ease patients' anxiety. Read more >


Surgeons Embrace New, Safer Route for Unblocking the Heart
Leslie Carr

The best route to your heart is through your wrist...really. Read more >


Heart Problems That Create More Heart Problems
Neil Wagner

Having a heart condition is stressful and can make heart problems worse. It looks like some antidepressants can help. Read more >


Restaurant Meals Could Be Wrecking Your Diet
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The average restaurant meal serves up half the calories you need in a day. Read more >


Pet Ownership Linked to Decreased Risk of Heart Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

Having a pet can be good for your heart, but that's not a good enough reason to get one. Read more >


Game-Changing New Report on Sodium Stirs Controversy
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

While eating too much salt can be dangerous, taking in too little is perhaps even riskier. The IOM and AHA face off. Read more >


HRT Linked to Improved Muscle Function in Postmenopausal Women
Charlotte LoBuono

Hormone replacement therapy has risks, but what it does for women's muscles and strength is all good. Read more >


Deep Relaxation Brings Immediate Genetic Changes
Leslie Carr

Meditation, yoga, and other practices that bring deep relaxation can actually alter your genes. Read more >


The Benefits of Community Gardens Go Beyond Good Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Gardening work is good for your weight. Ask any community gardener. It's truly a hoe-down. Read more >


The Fat-Autoimmunity Connection
Alice G. Walton

What being overweight does to your immune system is not good. Read more >


Substance in Red Meat Linked to Heart Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

TMAO, a substance found in abundance in the guts of meat eaters, has artery-clogging effects. But is meat the problem? Read more >


Making Sure Heart Patients Get Treated for Depression
Charlotte LoBuono

Depression is common after a heart attack. Treating it not only works, it saves lives and cuts costs. Read more >


Walking Just as Good for the Heart As Running
Alice G. Walton

Walking can be just as good as running for the heart. Read more >


Vitamin D Reduces Hypertension Risk in African Americans
Charlotte LoBuono

African Americans suffer disproportionately from hypertension. A lack of vitamin D may the cause. Read more >


Barefoot Running Shoes: Go Slowly
Neil Wagner

Minimalist or barefoot running shoes may be more natural, but switching to them is tricky. Stress fractures are not uncommon. Read more >


A Shift Away from Fast Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Americans are eating less fast food. You can guess what group eats the most. Read more >


Acute Decompensated Heart Failure: Definitions, Symptoms, and Treatment
Joel Schilling, M.D., Ph.D.

Heart failure is one of the most common and life-threatening conditions in the U.S. What to do when things go from bad to worse. Read more >


Processed Meat Increases Risk for an Early Death
Alice G. Walton

Processed meats like bacon and sausage have been found to shorten life, especially if eaten frequently. Read more >


A Troubling Pattern in End-of-Life Care
Alice G. Walton

When a person is dying, it is important to discuss hospice care with doctors to avoid unnecessary treatments and offer more hospice time. Read more >


Confirmed: The Cardiovascular Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Olive oil, nuts, a glass of wine, what's not to love about the Mediterranean diet? It prevents heart attacks, too. Read more >


Small Reductions in Salt Intake Would Have a Big Impact on Health
Charlotte LoBuono

Cutting our salt intake by just a few grains a day would have an enormous impact on our collective health. Read more >


Vitamin D Content Varies Widely in Supplements
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When you take a vitamin, each pill contains the amount listed on the label, right? Think again. Read more >


Stroke Recovery: It May Never Be Too Late
Neil Wagner

Many brain cells that have been damaged by stroke are not dead. Hyperbaric treatment helps them regenerate even years later. Read more >


Taking A Second Look at Polyunsaturated Fats
Charlotte LoBuono

Certain kinds of polyunsaturated fatty acids appear not to offer the heart protective benefits we expect. Read more >


Vegetarians' Hearts Are Healthier than Those of Meat Eaters
Alice G. Walton

A vegetarian diet lowers heart risk by a third, a huge decrease. Read more >


Eating Your Biggest Meal Earlier in the Day Can Boost Weight Loss
Alice G. Walton

People who eat their biggest meal earlier in the day are more successful at losing weight. Read more >


Whole Grain Stamp Doesn't Tell the Whole Story
Neil Wagner

The ratio of fiber to carbs is what you want to look for when choosing whole grains. Read more >


Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Menopausal Symptoms
Charlotte LoBuono

Complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies may provide relief for women transitioning to menopause. HRT helps, too. Read more >


Ash Borer Beetles Destroy More than Trees
Neil Wagner

Ash borer beetles have killed 100 million trees. The impact on health is also serious. Read more >


Special Flavonoids in Berries Reduce Heart Attack Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

You can reduce plaque build-up in arteries just by eating the flavonoids found in deeply red- and blue-colored berries and vegetables. Read more >


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Sedentary Nation: Too Little Walking, Too Much Sitting
Neil Wagner

Sitting too much and moving too little can shorten life. They are also easy to remedy. Read more >


Confused About Omega-3s? Just Eat Fish
Neil Wagner

To eat omega-3s or not, that is the question. Read more >


Digoxin Raises Death Rate in Some Heart Patients
Neil Wagner

For patients with the heart arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, one heart drug is the opposite of a lifesaver. Read more >


Simply Cutting Down on Fat, without “Dieting,” Brings Weight Loss
Alice G. Walton

Cutting down on fat, without actually dieting, might be the easiest way to lose weight. Read more >


Aromatherapy Can Lower Heart Rate, Blood Pressure
Neil Wagner

Exposure to certain scents can lower heart rate and BP. Just don't inhale them for too long. Read more >


Tea's Many Health Benefits
Charlotte LoBuono

Tea is a plant food. And much like a serving of fruit or vegetables, it provides important health benefits. Read more >


Doctors Often Misdiagnose Patient Preferences
Charlotte LoBuono

Patients often surprise their doctors by choosing different treatments than their doctors expect. Knowing all the options helps. Read more >


Deficiency of Vitamin D in Diabetics May Lead to Clogged Arteries
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Good levels of vitamin D prevent the sticky buildup that causes heart problems in diabetics. Read more >


Are You Teflon or Velcro When It Comes to Stress?
Leslie Carr

Some people find it pretty easy to shed a stressful day, but for others, it lingers... Read more >


Hormone Replacement Offers a Benefit When Started Soon After Menopause
Charlotte LoBuono

A new study finds HRT has protective benefits. But another study found it to be risky. Who can keep up? Read more >


New Discoveries Overturn Old Assumptions about Cholesterol
Alice G. Walton

Recent discoveries about cholesterol overturn old assumptions and may lead to new treatments. Read more >


Omega-3 Intake Not Linked to Lower Heart Disease Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Can taking Omega-3 fatty acids through foods or supplements help prevent heart disease? A new study casts doubt. Read more >


The Link Between Blood Type and the Risk of Heart Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

Certain blood types carry a significant and inherent risk of CVD. If you know the risks... Read more >


Simple Shoe Lift Improves Stroke Patient Balance, Strength
Neil Wagner

Putting an insole in the shoe of a stroke patient on the unaffected side can improve balance and strength almost immediately. Read more >


Newborn Screening
Esther Entin, M.D.

Screening newborns for a variety of conditions saves lives. But finding care can be difficult. Read more >


A "Polypill" Could Help Save Many Thousands of At-Risk Hearts
Alice G. Walton

Combining four medications into one pill to reduce heart disease could work wonders for the aging... Read more >


Hypertension on the Rise in Children and Adolescents
Esther Entin, M.D.

Hypertension in children has doubled in the past ten years. Obesity is a major factor. Read more >


Potent, Natural Anti-Clotting Agent Found
Neil Wagner

Rutin, a flavonoid, helps block clot formation. It may provide a lower-risk alternative to Warfarin. Read more >


Right Salad, Wrong Dressing?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Fat-free salad dressings prevent the absorption of nutrients. But certain heart-healthy oils do not. Read more >


Calcium Supplements: Is It Time To Question Accepted Practice?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Calcium supplements cause a spike in blood calcium levels which may deposit too much of the mineral in the body at one time. Read more >


Belly Fat May Not Be All Bad
Alice G. Walton

Belly fat has a lot of negative effects, but researchers may have a found at least one benefit. Read more >


Heart Benefits of Chocolate Good for A Decade
Charlotte LoBuono

A little dark chocolate every day may actually offer some heart benefits for those with metabolic syndrome. Read more >


MicroRNAs Repair Heart Damage
Neil Wagner

MicroRNAs turned the scar tissue in damaged hearts of mice into muscle, suggesting a whole new way.. Read more >


Teens Showing Ominous Signs of Cardiovascular Trouble to Come
Esther Entin, M.D.

Overweight adolescents show early warning signs of cardiovascular disease. Read more >


Why Tai Chi Makes Sense for the Elderly
Neil Wagner

Seniors need to be careful that strength training doesn't also stiffen arteries. Tai Chi can help. Read more >


Pedometers Increase Exercise
Esther Entin, M.D.

Using a pedometer can motivate seniors to walk farther and exercise longer. Read more >


Patients With No Post-MI Counseling Needlessly Delay or Avoid Sex
Charlotte LoBuono

It is generally safe to resume sex after a heart attack. Don't be afraid to raise the issue with your doctor. Read more >


Longer Commutes, Poorer Health
Neil Wagner

Longer commutes are associated with poorer health. Prolonged sitting is partly to blame, but traffic also takes a toll. Read more >


Low-Fat Dairy May Reduce Stroke Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating and drinking low-fat dairy products reduced the risk of stroke in a large study... Read more >


Injections Could Help Reduce LDL ("Bad") Cholesterol
Alice G. Walton

A new antibody injection could lower your "bad" LDL cholesterol. Read more >


Looking through the Eyes Helps Doctors See into the Brain
Alice G. Walton

Measuring degeneration of the eye could tell us if it is also occurring in the brain. Read more >


The Easiest Way to Lose Weight
Neil Wagner

Replacing your can of soda with water or a diet drink is one of the best diet strategies around. Read more >


The Human Heart Can Grow New Muscle after a Heart Attack
Neil Wagner

Heart attack patients' damaged heart muscles improved after being injected with stem cells... Read more >


The Y Chromosome May Be Responsible for the Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Men
Alice G. Walton

The Y chromosome may affect more than men's sex organs... Read more >


Berries Are Beneficial To The Brain
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Berries change the way that neurons in the brain communicate. This may prevent inflammation in the brain that can damage neurons. Read more >


Are Fried Foods Back on the Table?
Neil Wagner

The kind of oil you fry foods in has a big effect on how unhealthy it is. Read more >


Bad Air Days Mean More Heart Attacks, Strokes
Neil Wagner

Air pollution can trigger heart attacks and strokes. Read more >


Bad News for Red Meat Lovers
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating red meat, particularly processed meats like bacon and hot dogs, is associated with a greater risk of early death. Read more >


The Body's Clock And Its Role in Health
Alice G. Walton

Jet lag and seasonal depression are just two ways our bodies remind us that we have an inner clock that affects our health. Read more >


Dietary Magnesium Cuts Stroke Risk
Esther Entin, M.D.

Being deficient in magnesium raises your risk of stroke. It's better to eat foods with this mineral than take a supplement. Read more >


A Sign to Take the Stairs
Neil Wagner

Simple reminders can improve health behavior in important ways, whether it's washing one's hands more often or taking the stairs. Read more >


Citrus Fruits May Have Special Benefit For Women
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A medium orange contains approximately 60 calories while a cup of orange juice contains twice that amount. Read more >


Heart Risk Redefined: You May Not Be As Immune As You Think
Alice G. Walton

A new formula for figuring heart and stroke risk is sobering, but luckily many of the risk factors are largely within our control. Read more >


A Closer Look at Over-the-Counter Painkillers
Alice G. Walton

Turning to acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin now and then is fine, but long-term use can damage organs. Read more >


For Most Heart Patients, No Need to Avoid Sex
Susan H. Scher, M.D.

Sexual activity is safe for most heart patients, like any form of moderate exercise. Read more >


Ending the Low Fat Muffin Myth
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A typical low-fat muffin may sound heart-healthy, but its downfall is its size and the sugar, sodium, and calories it contains. Read more >


Preference For Salt Shaped Early in Life
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When introducing solids, parents should try to avoid giving infants cereals and crackers with... Read more >


Possible Role for Lipid-Lowering Statins in Clearing Arteries
Susan H. Scher, MD

These lipid-lowering drugs may provide another heart-healthy benefit, according to a new study. Read more >


Hope for Overweight Children
Neil Wagner

If obese or overweight kids lose the weight as they become adults, the associated health risks also seem to vanish. Read more >


Kids and Cholesterol: New Guidelines for Screening
Esther Entin, M.D.

Current recommendations call for children to first be screened for high LDL cholesterol between age 9 and 11. Read more >


Nitroglycerin Poses Risks to the Heart... But There's a Fix
Alice G. Walton

Nitroglycerin is a century-old treatment for heart attacks, but it can make future cardiovascular events more severe. Read more >


Say Cheese! It May Be Good for Your Heart
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A study finds cheese consumption didn't raise total cholesterol. The same was not true for butter. Read more >


Vitamin and Mineral Supplements: Risks As Well As Benefits
Neil Wagner

Some studies of supplements actually found they increase the risk of death. But it may depend on how you crunch the numbers. Read more >


Human Papillomavirus Linked to Heart Disease
Neil Wagner

The sexually-transmitted human papillomavirus raises women's risk of heart disease. Read more >


Stressful Life Events Can Up Death Risk: But There's a Limit
Alice G. Walton

Going through a string of difficult life events in middle age raises one's death risk. Read more >


The Secret Life of Saturated Fat Exposed
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Researchers have discovered just why unsaturated fats are so heart healthy. Now to get people... Read more >


Impotence Can Lead to Heart Disease
Neil Wagner

Erectile dysfunction can be one of the early warning signs of heart disease. Read more >


Omega-3s: Not So Heart Healthy?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The men in a Danish study did not seem to benefit from the fatty acids in fish. Is something else... Read more >


Study Questions Effectiveness of Stents at Preventing a Second Stroke
Neil Wagner

Brain stents are not nearly as effective as aggressively treating stroke patients' high blood pressure and cholesterol. Read more >


Chocolate: Good for the Heart and Brain
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Chocolate, but not fat or sugar that so often go along with it, appears to improve cardiovascular health. Read more >


High Cholesterol? Maybe It's What You're NOT Eating
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Adding cholesterol-lowering foods to our diets is just as important to our hearts as reducing our intake of fat. Read more >


Spicy Foods May Reduce the Effects of a High Fat Meal
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A study has found that eating fatty foods seasoned with herbs and spices can reduce triglycerides... Read more >


More Public Health Spending Means Fewer Deaths
Neil Wagner

A study of public health spending between, found spending a little more saves money and lives... Read more >


BPA-Free Water Bottles Pass the Test, Some Aluminum Bottles Don't
Neil Wagner

It pays to do a little research to be sure that water bottle is BPA-free, especially if you plan to drink hot liquids from it. Read more >


Too Much Salt, Too Little Potassium Linked to Heart Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating too much salt and too little potassium is an especially dangerous combination. It doubles your risk of a heart attack. Read more >


New Stroke Treatment Works by Reducing Inflammation
Neil Wagner

Alpha-B-crystallin limits damage by soaking up the toxic and inflammatory compounds that... Read more >


Social Causes Kill as Many as Heart Attack, Stroke and Lung Cancer
Neil Wagner

Proof that public health must be seen in a broader light than it currently is... Read more >


Soluble Fiber Trims Belly Fat
Neil Wagner

Soluble fiber is helpful in reducing the visceral fat that accumulates around the waist and belly. Read more >


Healthy Lifestyle Reduces the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death in Women
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

SCD is sudden cardiac death. It is the largest cause of natural death in the United States and is responsible for half of all cardiac deaths Read more >


Olive Oil May Offer Stroke Protection
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Olive oil's heart protective benefits are well known, and using it for cooking may also help prevent strokes. Read more >


New Proof the Exercise Really Does Wonders for the Heart
Alice G. Walton

Even light exercise can have a significant effect on the health of your heart and blood vessels. Read more >


Patients with Stents May Benefit from Omega-3s
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the likelihood of blood clots forming in patients who have received stents. Read more >


Beyond LDL: Ultra-Bad Cholesterol
Neil Wagner

Sugar seems to make bad (LDL) cholesterol worse. Read more >


At-Home Stroke Therapy: Simpler, Cheaper and Just as Effective
Neil Wagner

Working at home to recover from a stroke can be as effective as rehabilitation in a special center. Read more >


Paxil and Pravachol Taken Together Raise Blood Sugar
Neil Wagner

Drug interactions can be surprising. Alone, neither Paxil nor Pravachol raise blood sugar... Read more >


Third-Line Diabetes Drugs May Be Needed
Alice G. Walton

A third-line diabetes medication may help manage blood sugar when other treatments aren't enough. Read more >


ACE Inhibitors May Increase Breast Cancer Recurrence Risk
Neil Wagner

A popular blood pressure medication appears to increase the risk of recurrence among survivors. Read more >


"Health Literacy" Might Predict Hospitalization, Death Risk
Alice G. Walton

The more you know about your own health, the less likely you are to be hospitalized. Read more >


Craving Fast Food? Skip the Coffee!
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Coffee and donuts may be a bad idea. Caffeine interferes with the body's ability to clear sugars from the blood. Read more >


Long Workdays May Raise Heart Risk
Neil Wagner

Working over 11 hours a day regularly can raise your risk of heart disease significantly. Read more >


Fitness May Predict Heart Risk Better than Weight
Alice G. Walton

For people with heart trouble, their fitness level may be a better predictor of mortality than their weight. Read more >


Atrial Fibrillation Can Be Prevented
Neil Wagner

More than half of all cases of atrial fibrillation, an erratic heartbeat, are preventable. Read more >


Stem Cells Heal Hearts Years After Damage Occurs
Alice G. Walton

Injecting stem cells into hearts reduces enlargement and scar tissue, and boosts heart function... Read more >


Heart Drug Raises Breast Cancer Risk in Women
Neil Wagner

The heart drug digitalis raises the risk of breast cancer... Read more >


High Disease Rate May Not Mean Poor Health
Neil Wagner

We tend to think a low disease rate means that doctors are doing a good job... Read more >


The Tomato: A Multi-Talented Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Tomatoes are one of the few fruit and vegetables that are even better for you when cooked. Read more >


US Unhealthier Than UK, But Cause Is Unclear
Alice G. Walton

Americans' health is worse than their British counterparts' in everything from asthma to angina. Read more >


Belly Fat May Not Predict Heart Disease As Once Believed
Alice G. Walton

Belly fat may not be as big a predictor of heart disease as once thought. Read more >


Potassium-Rich Diet May Reduce Stroke Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A diet rich in potassium can reduce the risk of stroke, but some need to be careful. Read more >


Obesity Alone Raises Death Risk from Heart Attack
Alice G. Walton

Obesity alone dramatically raises the risk of dying from a heart attack. Read more >


Can Trans-Fats Cause Depression?
Neil Wagner

Trans-fats, or hydrogenated oils seem to raise the risk of depression. Read more >


Vegans, What's Missing from Your Diet
Neil Wagner

Vegans should be aware that their diet may mean they need to boost their B12 and omega-3 consumption. Read more >


The Good News About Beer
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Beer really is good for you - more isn't better, but the nutritional benefits are many and real... Read more >


Too Much Screen Time Takes Toll on Heart
Alice G. Walton

Too much screen time is linked not only to greater risk of heart disease, but also risk of death from any cause. Read more >


Antibiotics and Blood Pressure Medicines Can Be a Dangerous Mix
Neil Wagner

People on calcium channel blockers need to steer clear of certain types of antibiotics because they can cause a severe drop in BP. Read more >


The Skinny on Fat: How to Tell the Healthy from the Harmful
Alice G. Walton

"Fats" is not just a 4-letter word. It pays to be able to tell the good from the bad. Read more >


Lowering Cholesterol: Statins Are a Last Resort, Not a Magic Bullet
Neil Wagner

If you are on cholesterol-lowering drugs, don't assume you can eat anything you want. Read more >


Olive Oil and Leafy Greens Help Women's Hearts
Alice G. Walton

Leafy greens and olive oil help protect women from heart disease. Read more >


Men and Medicine
Neil Wagner

Men tend not to go to the doctor, leaving high blood pressure and cancer untreated until they become more serious. Read more >


Whole-Grains as Effective as Medication for High Blood Pressure
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating whole grains can reduce systolic blood pressure. Read more >


Daily Aspirin May Lower Cancer Risk
Neil Wagner

A study found that low daily doses of aspirin greatly reduced the risk of several types of cancer. Read more >


Increased Risk of Heart Disease Seen in Women with High Job Strain
Neil Wagner

No surprise: women facing job stress have a greatly increased risk of heart disease. But what to do? Read more >


Gaining a Few Pounds Significantly Ups Heart Disease Risk
Alice G. Walton

Gaining just a few pounds can up your risk for heart disease by as much as 50%. Read more >


Cell Phones May Help Keep BP in Check
Alice G. Walton

"Telemonitoring" blood pressure via cell phone seems to help because it requires an active partnership between doctor and patient. Read more >


How Low Fat Diets Increase Heart Disease Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Having some fat in your diet is actually good for your heart. What matters is what kind of fat you eat. Read more >


Drug Thought to Protect Kidneys During Imaging Is Ineffective
Alice G. Walton

The dye used in heart imaging can harm the kidneys. Doctors thought acetylcysteine could protect us. Read more >


Fat Build-Up in the Eye May Signal More Than Just Eye Problems
Alice G. Walton

What can a common eye condition reveal more about our overall health? Read more >


New Glue Speeds Recovery from Open Heart Surgery
Neil Wagner

A new bone cement called Kryptonite may be able help people recovering from open heart surgery... Read more >


Adding Monounsaturated Fats to Diet May Boost Heart Health
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Monounsaturated fatty acids in nuts, avocados, seeds and olive oil can help you raise your good — HDL — cholesterol. Read more >


Whole Grains May Reduce the Belly
Alice G. Walton

Eating more whole grains (and fewer refined grains) can help reduce belly fat, and your risk for diabetes and heart disease. Read more >


New Guidelines Simplify CPR
Neil Wagner

If you see someone who needs help breathing, call 911 and then start using chest compression to keep the blood flowing. Read more >


FDA Gives Thumbs Down to New Weight Loss Drug, Lorcaserin
Alice G. Walton

A panel of FDA experts says the risks outweigh the benefits of Lorcaserin. What's next? Read more >


Taking Blood Pressure Meds at Night Before Bed Boosts Effectiveness
Alice G. Walton

Taking blood pressure meds before you go to sleep at night boosts their effectiveness by working with your body's natural rhythms. Read more >


Bringing Recess to the Workplace
Neil Wagner

Two quick exercise programs aim to get office workers moving, no matter what their fitness level. Read more >


Fighting Back Against Diabetes
Neil Wagner

Simple lifestyle changes in diet and exercise can greatly reduce the health impact of Type 2 diabetes. Read more >


Metabolic Syndrome Seriously Raises Heart Risk
Alice G. Walton

Metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance, high blood pressure, blood fats and sugar) doubles the risk for heart attack and stroke. Read more >


Magnesium Reduces Diabetes Risk
Alice G. Walton

More magnesium in your diet, such as that found in whole grains, can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. Read more >


FDA Restricts Diabetes Drug
Alice G. Walton

The FDA has issued restrictions on who can be prescribed the type 2 diabetes drug Avandia®... Read more >


A New Treatment for Stroke Victims
Neil Wagner

A small study has found that stroke patients recover better when they receive magnetic pulses... Read more >


Much Confusion Over Angioplasty
Neil Wagner

Opening clogged arteries with angioplasty is useful for relieving angina, but it doesn't prevent heart attacks. Read more >


New Evidence that Stress Kills
Neil Wagner

Look at the hair of cardiac patients and you can see that in the months before the attack... Read more >


Omega-3 Fatty Acids Reduce Inflammation, Boost Insulin Sensitivity
Alice G. Walton

Eating omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce inflammation that's linked to diabetes. Read more >


Some Blood Pressure Medications May Raise Blood Pressure
Neil Wagner

Renin, an enzyme, may offer a way to figure out which blood pressure meds a patient may best respond Read more >


Alcohol Disrupts the Biological Clock
Neil Wagner

Reduced messenger RNA activity appears to be behind the sleep and mood problems in drinkers. Read more >


Metabolic Syndrome May Be Reversible by Tweaking the Diet
Alice G. Walton

You may be able to reverse metabolic syndrome completely by making some important changes to your diet. Read more >


Reduce Your Anger, Reduce Your Heart Risk
Alice G. Walton

Relax. Being angry may cause your arteries to thicken and increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. Read more >


Proteins Other Than Red Meat Are Better for Women's Hearts
Alice G. Walton

Women who get their protein from sources other than red meats have healthier hearts. Read more >


Better Blood Flow Linked to Larger Brain Size
Neil Wagner

People with hearts that pump most effectively tend to have larger brains. Coincidence? Not likely. Read more >


Think It's OK to Gain a Few Pounds? Not for Blood Vessels, Researchers Say
Alice G. Walton

Losing just a few pounds, especially around your middle, may help your blood vessels work better. Read more >


Women's Cholesterol Levels Affected by Time of the Month, Study Says
Alice G. Walton

Doctors testing a woman's cholesterol may want to ask when her last period was, since estrogen level Read more >


Stem Cells May Help Repair Hearts After Attack
Alice G. Walton

Stem cells to the rescue. Read more >


Calcium May Help the Bones, but Does It Hurt the Heart?
Alice G. Walton

Calcium supplements may strengthen the bones, but they may also raise the risk of heart attack... Read more >


CPR Good Enough Without Mouth-to-Mouth, Studies Find
Alice G. Walton

Chest compressions alone are just effective as CPR with mouth-to-mouth in a heart attack emergency. Read more >


PCBs Appear Linked to High Blood Pressure As Well As Cancer
Alice G. Walton

People who have higher levels of the chemicals PCBs in their bodies also seem to have higher BP. Read more >


Stroking to Prevent Strokes
Neil Wagner

Researchers relieved blocked arteries in rats by stroking a whisker. Can this be applied to humans? Read more >


Sitting May Lead to Earlier Death
Alice G. Walton

Researchers find that the longer you sit, the shorter your lifespan. Read more >


The American Heart Association Reviews the Best Ways to Get Healthy, Stay Motivated
Alice G. Walton

Heart disease hits 1 in 3 people. The first step to heart health is to set realistic behavioral rather than physiological goals. Read more >


Beet Juice as a Natural Blood Pressure Medicine
Neil Wagner

People who drank a glass of beet juice had a maximum drop of 10.4 points systolic blood pressure. Read more >


Only 10% of Americans Are Eating the Right Amount of Salt, Reports CDC
Alice G. Walton

Most Americans are getting too much salt, and most of it comes from processed foods. Read more >


High Tea Consumption Linked to Heart Health
Alice G. Walton

A study of 37,000 people over 13 years found that drinking 3 to 6 cups of tea a day reduced the risk of heart disease by over 40%. Read more >


Age at Menopause May Predict Cardiovascular Risk
Alice G. Walton

Women who go through early menopause – before age 46 – may be at double the risk for cardio events. Read more >


HDL or "Good" Cholesterol May Reduce Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

HDL, the “Good” cholesterol, has been linked to lower cancer risk in addition to its contribution to heart health. Read more >


Heart Attacks in California Are Way Down
Neil Wagner

A recent study among members of a California HMO shows a huge decrease in serious heart attacks. Read more >


Tiny Vacuum Removes Blood Clots from the Brain
Neil Wagner

Early studies using a tiny vacuum to remove blood clots in the brain show promise... Read more >


Mediterranean Diet Helps Hearts That Have Already Had Trouble
Alice G. Walton

Eating a Mediterranean-style diet helps protect the heart from a second attack. Read more >


Less Sugar, Lower Blood Pressure
Neil Wagner

Drink one less serving of sugar-sweetened beverages (such as sweet tea, lemonade or soda) and you can lower your blood pressure. Read more >


Don't Forget to Brush Your Teeth - It Might Save Your Life
Alice G. Walton

One very simple way to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 70% is to brush your teeth twice a day. Read more >


High-Fat Meals May Impair Breathing, Worsen Asthma
Neil Wagner

High fat meals appear to increase inflammation and decrease lung function. Blame immune responses. Read more >


End of Life Decisions: Defibrillators and Pacemakers
Neil Wagner

Patients with implanted heart devices like pacemakers or defibrillators may want to establish a directive for their deactivation. Read more >


High-Bran Diets May Help Diabetics Live Longer
Alice G. Walton

Eating diets high in bran may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with type 2 diabetes. Read more >


Overtime Ups Risk of Death from Heart Disease
Alice G. Walton

People who work a great deal of overtime are at greater risk of heart-related death. Type A behavior may be partly to blame. Read more >


To Lower Cholesterol, Researchers Say, Go a Little Nuts
Alice G. Walton

Eating a handful of nuts every day is a good way to reduce your cholesterol and blood fat levels. Read more >


Get to a Doctor Soon after a Mini-Stroke to Avoid Having a Real One
Alice G. Walton

A TIA or transient ischemic attack is a mini-stroke, but with no lasting damage. It is often a warning sign and should be treated. Read more >


Warfarin and Supplements Don't Mix
Neil Wagner

Be sure to let your doctor know of the various supplements you may be taking. They can interfere with the action of many different drugs. Read more >


Secrets of the Mediterranean Diet May Lie in the Olive Oil
Alice G. Walton

Olive oil is a big reason why the Mediterranean diet is healthful. The phenols in it suppress genes involved in inflammation. Read more >


Earplugs and Eye Masks Help Hospital Patients Sleep Better
Neil Wagner

Patients in intensive care units often experience interrupted sleep. Finding ways to block noise and light can help. Read more >


B-Vitamins May Help Protect from Heart Disease and Stroke
Alice G. Walton

Increasing your intake of vitamin B6 and folate may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Read more >


Walking Shelter Dogs Helps Heart Patients Recover Faster - and Makes the Pups Happy, Too
Alice G. Walton

Volunteering at their local animal shelter is one good way for cardiac patients to get the exercise they need to recover. Read more >


Don't Replace Saturated Fats with Carbs If You Want to Help Your Heart, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

Replacing saturated fats with low-glycemic foods - not high-glycemic foods - may be a good way to reduce heart attack risk. Read more >


Blood Pressure Meds Might Reduce the Spread of Breast Cancer, Study Says
Alice G. Walton

Beta-blockers appear to help reduce the spread of cancer. Read more >


Chocolate Cuts Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke, Lowers Blood Pressure
Alice G. Walton

Eating the equivalent of a square of chocolate every day can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke Read more >


An Alternative to Heart Surgery for Leaky Valves
Neil Wagner

A clothespin-like clip, inserted through a vein in the groin, is an alternative to heart surgery... Read more >


Blood Vessels Rebound After People Quit Smoking
Alice G. Walton

Quitting smoking improves FMD, or flow mediated dilation of blood vessels, a strong indicator of heart health. Read more >


Under Acute Stress, Higher Blood Pressure May Not Be Such a Bad Thing
Alice G. Walton

High blood pressure is not a good thing, but it does appear having high BP in times of heart stress is an advantage. Read more >


Interrupting Blood Supply May Help Patients during Heart Attack
Alice G. Walton

Interrupting the blood flow when someone has a heart attack may help protect the heart from damage. Read more >


Don't Worry, Be Active
Neil Wagner

Exercise can reduce the anxiety people may feel when living with a chronic illness. Read more >


Diet and Cholesterol in Middle Age and Beyond
Neil Wagner

Even older adults, including those taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, can lower their cholesterol further by cutting down on butter and satu Read more >


Six Months of Nicotine Patches Work Better Than Two
Neil Wagner

Nicotine patches tend to be more effective when used for longer periods of time. Read more >


Stressed Out: The Behavior and Biology of Stress
Alice G. Walton

Stress is a feeling, but it is also a biological response that is both helpful and harmful. Read more >


High Blood Pressure Associated with Dementia, Alzheimer's
Alice G. Walton

High blood pressure is connected to an increase in the number of white matter brain lesions connected to mental decline. Read more >


Heart Rate May Predict Heart-Related Death, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

If your heart rate at rest is over 100 beats per minute, you are at far higher risk of death from heart disease. It is not too late to act. Read more >


Antipsychotic Users Not Being Tested for Side Effects
Neil Wagner

Second generation antipsychotic drugs, like clozapine, olanzapine, and risperidone, can raise the risk of diabetes and heart problems. Read more >


Heart Attack Survival Rate Unchanged in 30 Years
Neil Wagner

Heart attack survival rates will only improve if more bystanders know CPR and the use of devices to shock the heart increases. Read more >


Watching TV May Shorten Your Life
Neil Wagner

Spending too much time sitting in front of the TV or computer, rather than moving, raises the risk of cardiovascular disease. Read more >


Researchers Identify Risk Factors to Predict Second Stroke
Alice G. Walton

Having a second stroke soon after the first makes disability much more likely, so it is important to be aware of factors that raise the risk Read more >


Stem Cells Help Heal Heart after Attack
Alice G. Walton

Adult stem cells may help speed patients' recovery from a heart attack by spurring the growth of new blood vessels. Read more >


Diet, Cognitive Ability, and Heart Health Interlinked in Seniors, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables helps seniors' hearts and their cognitive function. Read more >


High-Carb and High-Protein Diets Both Effective in Maintaining Weight-Loss
Alice G. Walton

carb and high protein diets both seem equally effective at producing weight loss. Read more >


The Impact of “Good” and “Bad” Cholesterol on Heart Disease
Alice G. Walton

Having high HDL, the "good" cholesterol actually seems to help reduce the chances of heart failure. Read more >


Can Exercise Make You Smarter?
Neil Wagner

Aerobic exercise in adolescence has been found to raise intelligence test scores and lead to better work. Read more >


Selenium Supplements May Increase Cholesterol
Alice G. Walton

Supplementing the diet with selenium can raise blood cholesterol as much as 8 percent. Read more >


Telephone Intervention Helps Post-Surgery Heart Patients
Alice G. Walton

Phone contact with a nurse practitioner can help reduce depression and the likelihood of re−hospitalization in heart surgery patients. Read more >


Low Cholesterol May Signal Undiagnosed Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Low cholesterol may be a sign of undiagnosed cancer. Read more >


Heart Drug Outperformed by High-Dose Niacin in Head-to-Head Trial
Neil Wagner

A recent study found that a drug offering a high dose of the B vitamin, niacin, performed much better than the much-prescribed ezitimibe (Zetia®). Read more >


Diet and Exercise Stave off Diabetes Better than Meds
Alice G. Walton

Diet and exercise are the best way to prevent type 2 diabetes, even better than medication. Read more >


Cocoa May Help Keep the Heart Healthy, Study Says
Alice G. Walton

The polyphenols in cocoa — among other foods — reduce risk for heart disease and cancer. Read more >


Boosting Fiber May Help Thwart Belly Fat
Alice G. Walton

fat is associated with an increased risk of heart problems and diabetes. Read more >


Protein in Blood Could Predict Heart Attack and Death, Not Stroke
Alice G. Walton

The presence of high levels of a protein in the blood may predict the likelihood of a heart attack, according to a new study. C−reactive protein increases in response to infection. Read more >


Flexible Bodies, Flexible Arteries
Neil Wagner

The narrower and stiffer the artery, the faster blood flows, raising blood pressure. Read more >


Researchers Find A Way to Help Keep Heart Young
Alice G. Walton

A gene, P13K, appears to play a big role in aging in the heart, reducing thickening of heart tissue and offering better overall function... Read more >


Whole Grains Good for Men's Heart Health
Alice G. Walton

Eating whole grains can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Read more >


High Sugar Diet Raises Blood Pressure
Neil Wagner

Uric acid, produced by the breakdown of fructose, can raise blood pressure and the risk metabolic syndrome. Read more >


Doctor-Patient Communication: Race Matters
Neil Wagner

African American patients tend to have less informative communication with their healthcare providers than do whites. The good news is that patients.. Read more >


Losing Weight Helps the Heart Return to Normal
Alice G. Walton

Once a significant amount of weight is lost, the heart actually restructures into a healthier, more productive version of itself. Read more >


Optimism is Linked to Less Heart Trouble, Better Life Expectancy
Alice G. Walton

Studies show that cynical and hostile people have a higher mortality rate than those who are optimistic and trusting. Read more >


Little Lifesavers: Children Can Learn CPR
Neil Wagner

Children as young as 9 years old have been able to learn to apply CPR effectively. Read more >


“Silent” Strokes May Put Seniors at Risk for Memory Loss and Cognitive Problems
Alice G. Walton

People over 60 may be at risk of experiencing "silent" strokes, those which go unnoticed... Read more >


Kids and Cholesterol: To Screen Or Not To Screen?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children are starting to show dangerously high cholesterol, triglycerides and lipid levels. How to prevent life-long damage to young hearts. Read more >


Vegetable Protein Linked to Lower Blood Pressure
Alice G. Walton

Glutamic acid, found in vegetable protein, can lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Read more >


Red Yeast Rice — Not Coming to a Town Near You
Neil Wagner

When red yeast is grown on rice, it produces an effective, natural statin that lowered cholesterol by 31 points without side effects. Read more >


High-Glycemic Foods May Up Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Alice G. Walton

High-glycemic index carbs reduce or inhibit endothelial function, which is one of the risk factors leading to atherosclerosis. Read more >


Tongue and Throat Exercises Help Ease Sleep Apnea
Alice G. Walton

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of the nighttime sleep disorder. Read more >


Why It's So Hard to Eat a Low-Salt Diet
Neil Wagner

The best way to begin to reduce the amount of salt in your diet is to reduce your consumption of processed foods. Read more >


Slow, Frequent Walks Better for Heart Health
Alice G. Walton

After a heart attack, longer, slower, and more frequent exercise is better for your heart than vigorous, three-times-a-week programs. Read more >


Drinking Alcohol May Lengthen Life, Ward off Dementia
Alice G. Walton

Moderate alcohol consumption, particularly wine, can lengthen life and reduce the risk of dementia. Read more >


Secondhand Smoke Exerts Ill Effects Quickly, Researchers Say

Even a brief exposure to cigarette smoke can have a negative cardiovascular effect. Read more >


Drinks Sweetened with Fructose May Pose Heart Risk
Alice G. Walton

Fructose, in contrast to its relative, glucose, appears to have a negative effect on heart health. Read more >


Human Heart Cells Are Capable of Regenerating After All, Say Researchers
Alice G. Walton

Heart cells can regenerate, according to a study that used a an approach more common to archeology than biology. Read more >


3 Grams Less Saves Lives
Alice G. Walton

Limiting salt by even a half-teaspoon a day could have a significant impact. Read more >


Putting the Facts in Drug Ads How to Improve Drug Ads
Neil Wagner

Direct-to-consumer advertising needs to present the benefits of drugs, as well as side effects, so consumers can make decisions with their doctors. Read more >


Pick a Guideline, Any Guideline
Neil Wagner

Exercise guidelines differ on particulars, but in generally, they agree that 30 minutes a day, four or five days a week is the goal. Read more >


Can Potassium Counteract High Sodium?
Neil Wagner

Healthy 19-50 year olds should consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of salt a day, about one teaspoon. Read more >


A New Weapon to Lower Cholesterol Levels?
Neil Wagner

Cholesterol is carried by different transport proteins classed according to their densities. High density(HDL)is good; low (LDL)is bad. Read more >


Walking is Good Medicine for Blocked Leg Arteries
Neil Wagner

Peripheral artery disease is estimated to affect one out of every 16 adults over the age of 40, but often goes undiagnosed. Read more >


Sleep More, Live Better
Neil Wagner

Sleep deprivation may be a risk factor for many common medical problems, including weight gain, diabetes and hypertension. Read more >


Music May Be Good for the Heart, Literally
Alice G. Walton

Listening to pleasurable music helps dilate blood vessels significantly, just as blood pressure medications like statins do. Read more >


Risks for Metabolic Syndrome
Neil Wagner

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of factors that increases the chance of contracting heart disease, diabetes or stroke. Read more >


Triglycerides and Stroke
Neil Wagner

As triglyceride levels go up, so does the risk of stroke. Read more >


Obese Children's Arteries Are Just as Bad as Middle-Aged Adults'
Alice G. Walton

The vascular "age" of obese children is like that of middle-aged adults, based on the amount of plaque build-up. Read more >


Ultrasound as Clot Buster
Neil Wagner

If a clot or part of it dislodges and travels to the lung and blocks an artery, a pulmonary embolism can occur. Read more >


Can Aspirin Help Prevent a First Heart Attack?
Neil Wagner

People who have diabetes are two to five times more likely to suffer from heart disease than the general population. Read more >


Location, Location, Location: Surviving Cardiac Arrest
Lindsey Harle, M.D.

When it comes to cardiac arrest, where you live that can make a difference. Read more >


Mediterranean Diet Wins Again
Neil Wagner

A Mediterranean diet is a diet that's rich in grain, fruits, vegetables, nuts, olive oil and includes a moderate amount of red wine. Read more >


Statins Do Not Protect Women from Heart Attacks
Neil Wagner

Statins are effective for men, but it is not clear they are effective for women. Read more >


Salt Still Raises Blood Pressure
Neil Wagner

It is very simple: increased salt consumption increases your risk of hypertension (high blood pressure). Read more >


Coffee Drinkers Live Longer
Neil Wagner

Coffee drinkers have a lower mortality rate, even from cardiovascular disease, according to a long-term study. Read more >


Treatment Twofer: Depression, Hypertension Respond to Integrated Therapy
Jordana Bieze Foster

Depression is a risk factor for hypertension. Patients with both conditions are less likely to take their anti-hypertensive medications. Read more >


Optimism Pays Off for Heart Patients
Neil Wagner

Having a positive outlook can improve a heart patient's outcome. Read more >


How to Increase "Good" Cholesterol
Tom Gilbert

Higher levels of HDL are associated with lower risk of heart attack or stroke. Read more >


Treating Heart Risk in the Obese — Pills Are Not Enough
Linda Hepler

Prevention, not handing out pills, is the key to improving risk for heart disease. Read more >


Aspirin and Hypertension
Tom Gilbert

Taking aspirin before bedtime is more effective for preventing hypertension. Read more >


Using Breakfast to Stabilize Blood Sugar
Tom Gilbert

What you eat for breakfast can reduce the insulin rollercoaster and your risk for heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes and heart failure. Read more >


Good News from Fat Rats: Lipoic Acid Lowers Triglycerides
Tom Gilbert

Lipoic acid supplements lowered blood triglyceride levels by up to 60% in a study of... Read more >


Fixing the Gait
Tom Gilbert

More than 700,000 Americans have a stroke each year, many never fully recover. Read more >


CHD Patients: Exercising the Least and Needing It Most
Tom Gilbert

Medical guidelines suggest a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least 5 days each week. Read more >


Seeing It Coming
Tom Gilbert

Many of us know one or two of the warning signs of heart attack, but few know all the symptoms or have a clear idea of what them. Read more >


U.S. Leads Europe in Strokes
Tom Gilbert

Mediterranean countries have a lower rate of stroke compared to the US, which may reflect the influence of the "Mediterranean diet." Read more >


Getting Our Children off the Road to Heart Disease
Tom Gilbert

We spend 18 years teaching our children how to walk, talk, read and drive, but many of us drop the ball when it comes to teaching them how to eat right. Read more >


Triglycerides: the New Cholesterol?
Tom Gilbert

Triglycerides are a strong predictor of cardiovascular disease and should be routinely monitored. Read more >


The 30-Minute Solution
Leslie Carr

Add another finding to the growing list of studies telling us how important exercise is in reducing the impact of aging. Read more >


Eat Less Or Exercise More? A Little of Either Will Help Your Heart
Tom Gilbert

The heart is not picky. Whether you eat less or exercise more, it responds to weight loss. Read more >


Calcium & Heart Attack in Older Women
Tom Gilbert

For some older women, calcium may increase the risk of heart attack. Read more >


Men, Women and Aspirin
Tom Gilbert

Taking a low-dose aspirin once a day can help prevent heart attacks, but new research suggests that this may only be true for men... Read more >


Vitamin E: Yes and No
Tom Gilbert

Vitamin E appears to help some people avoid heart disease. But it may make others more vulnerable to it. Read more >


Heart Disease and Anger Mismanagement
Tom Gilbert

Men who are hostile and given to fits of anger and depression may be harming their immune systems and putting themselves at risk for heart disease, as well as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Read more >


Low Cholesterol Associated with Cancer?
Tom Gilbert

Many studies show that lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad" cholesterol) is one of the most important things we can do to prevent heart disease. Read more >


Women and the Mid-Life Stroke
Tom Gilbert

Middle-aged women have a far greater risk of stroke than do men. Read more >


What Do You Know About Stroke?
Tom Gilbert

Stroke kills over 160,000 Americans each year. Read more >


Belly Fat and Disease
Tom Gilbert

As scientists learn more about the role of inflammation in diabetes, heart disease and other disorders, new research suggests that fat in the belly may be an important contributor to that inflammation. Read more >


St. Valentine's Gift from Medicare
Tom Gilbert

Routine screenings can make a big difference in the early detection of aneurysms. Read more >


Acute Pulmonary Embolism
Christopher Kabrhel, M.D.

Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common and potentially deadly disease, which occur when arteries become blocked, PE is part of a family of diseases that occur when veins become blocked. Read more >


USA #1 — in Treating Hypertension
Tom Gilbert

Treating hypertension early may actually save healthcare dollars by avoiding expensive procedures later. Read more >


Heart Failure: Fatter Is Better?
Tom Gilbert

There is an obesity paradox in cardiovascular health. Heavier people tend to survive health crises better, but are more at risk. Read more >


Folic Acid Cuts Heart Disease Risk
Tom Gilbert

For years, mounting research has indicated that consumption of folic acid is associated with a lower risk of developing heart disease and stroke. Read more >


Pregnant Smokers May "Program" Their Kids to Smoke
Tom Gilbert

Pregnant smokers may "program" their children to become smokers suggests the latest research. Read more >


Does Prostate Cancer Treatment Cause Diabetes and Heart Disease?
Tom Gilbert

A common treatment for prostate cancer puts men at increased risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. Read more >


It Is the Humidity
Tom Gilbert

Humidity appears to raise the risk of heart attack. Read more >


"Good" Fat Protein May Protect Blood Vessels
Tom Gilbert

Adiponectin stops white blood cells from the immune system from attaching to blood vessel walls. Read more >


For Seniors: What to Do About High Blood Pressure
Abbas Ali, M.D.



A New Look at Stroke Prevention
Tom Gilbert

The eye is part of the brain and the same blood vessels feed both organs. Read more >


Hypertension in the Elderly: Too Little, Too Late
Abbas Ali, M.D.

Cut down on salt, alcohol and lose weight to help lower your blood pressure. Read more >


Breaking Up (Exercise) Is Good to Do
Tom Gilbert

Short bursts of intense exercise may be better for the heart than endurance training. Read more >


Anti-Heart Attack Antibiotics?
Tom Gilbert

Inflammation within the blood vessels plays a key role in the development of coronary heart disease. Read more >


Carotid Artery Repair: Stent Or Scalpel?
Joseph G. Salloum, M.D., Morgan Campbell, M.D., and Richard W. Smalling, M.D., Ph.D.

Successful carotid artery surgery can reduce the risk of stroke. Read more >


Reversal Therapy, a Better Treatment for Heart Disease
K. Lance Gould, M.D.

Cholesterol-lowering drugs are more effective than cardiac bypass surgeryfor the treatment of heart disease. Read more >


A Narrowing Question: Do Clogged Arteries Secretly Re-Clog After Treatment?
Tom Gilbert

Restenosis, the narrowing of an artery after angioplasty or other form of surgery, is all too common. Read more >


Good Health to Diet For: Blood Pressure and Nutrition
Robert M. Russell, M.D. and Paolo M. Suter, M.D.

Some people are "salt sensitive." If they increase their salt, they increase their blood pressure. Read more >


"Time is Brain": Treating Stroke as an Emergency
Morgan Campbell, M.D.

Aspirin, taken every day (81-325 mg dose), can help prevent a stroke. Read more >


Less is Less: the Undertreatment of High Blood Pressure
Eli A. Friedman, M.D.

If your doctor says your blood pressure is "a little high," you should betreated with anti-hypertensive drugs. Read more >


A New Treatment for Congestive Heart Failure?
Frank A. Laws, M.D., and Richard W. Smalling, M.D., Ph.D.



A New Way of Looking at Atherosclerosis
Felicita Andreotti, M.D., Ph.D., Ignatios Ikonomidis, M.D., Stefano Sdringola, M.D., and Petros Nihoyannopoulos, M.D.



Going With The Flow: Exercise And Healthy Blood Vessels
Tom Gilbert

The blood vessels of older athletes tend to function just as well as those younger group. Read more >


Low Cholesterol and Heart Problems
Tom Gilbert

You cannot depend on your cholesterol level alone to indicate heart disease. Read more >


Traumatic Aortic Rupture
Lynn Schrader, M.D., and Martin J. Carey, M.D.

Car crash victims who have difficulty speaking or swallowing may havea torn aorta, a life-threatening medical emergency. Read more >


Sleep Apnea: The Noisy Killer
Ahmed Syed Ali, M.D., and John E. Morley, M.D.

If you are often sleepy during the daytime, you may have sleep apnea and should see your doctor. Read more >


Coronary Heart Disease in Women
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Two common conditions that can produce chest pain and are frequently confused with angina are esophageal reflux disease and panic attacks. Read more >


Lasering the Heart When Coronary Bypass Isn't Possible
Ran Kornowski, M.D., and Martin B. Leon, M.D.



Diet and Heart Disease
Robert M. Russell, M.D., and Alice H. Lichtenstein, D. Sc.

Alice H. Read more >


Current Treatments for Heart Attacks
Richard W. Smalling, M.D., Ph.D.

The most common symptom of a heart attack is chest pain; but sometimes,the pain starts in the arm, neck or back. Read more >


Emerging Treatments: Unstable Angina
Brian M. Go, M.D., and H. Vernon Anderson, M.D.

Calcium antagonists have been found to be very beneficial in preventing heart attacks inpatients with unstable angina who are unable to use beta blockers. Read more >


Why Doctors Use Echocardiography
Eddy Barasch, M.D.

Echocardiography is so sensitive that it can detect mild murmurs not otherwise heard, alerting your doctor to potential problems. Read more >





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