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Soda's Shot to the Heart
You wouldn't eat a pound of bacon, but drinking soda daily may wreak havoc on your lipid levels in much the same way. Read more >

Meat and the Microbiome
As meat is digested in the gut, it breaks down into a metabolite that increases the risk of heart disease. Plant-based foods don't do this. Read more >

The Pepperoni Papers
Conflicting recommendations about eating meat have generated confusion and controversy. A massive new study makes things clearer. Read more >

Pick Three -- or Four
Five lifestyle factors have been found to lead to a disease-free old age. The more of them you put into practice, the better your odds. Read more >

Tea Time
Tea drinkers live longer and healthier lives than those who rarely drink the brew. Green tea has a particularly strong effect. Read more >

Prehab to Avoid Rehab
If you are older and facing surgery, consider getting in shape before the big day. It could help you avoid rehab and speed recovery. Read more >

Escape From the Food Desert
Online grocery shopping can be more than a convenience. It can be a way to get fresh, foods to people who live far from a supermarket. Read more >

Oral Health's Impact on the Body
Gum disease and cavities are bad news for more than your mouth. They can release bacteria that put seniors' health in danger. Read more >

Dangerously Thin
Blood thinners and certain painkillers and supplements can be a dangerous combination. Know which interactions to watch out for. Read more >

Timing Is Everything
When you take blood pressure medications may make a big difference in your risk of heart problems or stroke. Read more >

Your Weight Over the Years
People who maintain a relatively stable weight over their lives tend to live longer than those who gain -- or lose -- too much. Read more >

Heart Patients and Cardiac Rehab
Heart patients benefit mentally and physically from exercise. So why is it so rarely prescribed after a heart attack? Read more >

A Nutty Diet Plan
People who ate nuts regularly were far less likely to become obese over the years. What the nuts help keep them from eating is part of it. Read more >

A United Front Against E-Cigs
E-cigarettes are dangerous, especially for teens. Schools, parents and taxes can play a role in reducing their availability and allure. Read more >

What If Doctors Prescribed Food?
When healthcare providers "prescribe" fruits and veggies and the means to obtain them to patients in need, health improves dramatically. Read more >

Big Gulp, Shorter Life
Soft drink consumption averages 39 gallons per person in the U.S. Bigger drinkers, even of diet sodas, tend to have shorter lives. Read more >

Low-Fat Is Not a Fad
It's easy to become confused about diet claims, but if you needed proof of the value of a low-fat diet to health, here it is. Read more >

Even Your Fat Gets Old
Most of us gain weight as we age, and now we know why this is: fat cells don't turnover the way they used to. One thing works. Read more >

In Line at the Drug Store
Chronic diseases often mean multiple prescriptions and trips to the pharmacy. Medication synchronization programs streamline the process. Read more >

Hospital Stays Can Bring Blood Pressure Problems
People who are sent home on higher doses of blood pressure meds after a hospital stay are at far great risk for readmission -- and fainting. Read more >

Unraveling a Diet Mystery
What kind of diet is better for your heart -- low carb or low fat? Neither, it turns out. Something else matters more. Read more >

Malnourished Young Men
Too many young men don't eat enough fruits and veggies. Cooking is one issue; shortsightedness about health is another. Read more >

Red Wine, Chocolate, Berries, Nuts
Flavonoids are compounds that cut the risk of cancer and heart disease. It's easy to add them to your diet. Read more >

Prevent Diabetes...with Plants
Eating a plant-based diet can give your body a leg up against type 2 diabetes. But not all diets are the same. Read more >

Baseball Players Lead in Longevity
MLB players tend to live longer than the rest of us. Early fitness and ongoing exercise and diet discipline may be the reason. Read more >

Blood Pressure: Both Numbers Matter
Diastolic pressure, the lower number in a blood pressure reading, is often viewed as insignificant. New findings say that's far from true. Read more >

A Magic Metabolic Bullet
Reducing the number of calories you take in daily unleashes a "magic" metabolic process that cuts the risk of heart disease, diabetes. Read more >

Chew on This
If you can't chew well, you can't eat well. Tooth problems can lead to heart problems and poor nutrition. Read more >

"White Coat Hypertension"
High blood pressure readings at the doctor's office used to be seen as nothing much to worry about. Not any more. Read more >

Reconsidering Chicken
White meats like chicken and turkey may not be any better for your cholesterol levels than beef. Now what should you put on the grill? Read more >

A Hedge Against A-Fib
This medication for atrial fibrillation has the added bonus of reducing anger- and stress-triggered attacks. Read more >

Guacamole Power
Avocados may be one of the best ways to cut calories, satisfy your appetite and lower cholesterol at the same time. Read more >

Choose Foods, Not Supplements
Nutritional supplements have some concerning associations with heart disease, cancer and health in general. Buy good food instead. Read more >

Bad News for Egg Lovers
Eggs are the perfect protein, but eating more than three or four eggs a week is risky for your heart. Read more >

Low-Carb Raises the Risk of A-Fib
Cutting carbs can seem like a good diet plan, but it can raise your risk of atrial fibrillation. Know what carbs to cut. Read more >

Nuts Lower Heart Risk Associated with Diabetes
Diabetes raises a person's risk of heart disease, but eating nuts -- in moderation -- cuts it down to size. Read more >

Diet Help, In Your Grocery Store
What if a dietitian was available in your local market to help you choose foods to lower blood pressure? Here's the answer. Read more >

Invasion of the Belly Fat
Fat around your middle means fat is overwhelming your organs. Heart and metabolic problems are often the result. There is one cure. Read more >

Over 80? Cholesterol Might Help
High levels of "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides can actually make it more likely that people in their 80s will remain fully functional. Read more >

Another Reason to Worry about Air Pollution
Counties with dirtier air have a higher risk of stroke and shorter life expectancies. There are ways to protect yourself. Read more >

The Most Dangerous Form of Hormone Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy helps women transition to menopause. But the risks are different for patches, pills and creams. Read more >

An Exercise Snack
You don't need the gym. Nibbling at exercise works, too. A few flights of stairs will give you a cardiovascular fitness boost. Read more >

Lower Your Cholesterol: Eat Less at Night
Cutting your consumption of fats at night can have a big effect on your "bad" cholesterol. It's an easy way to help your heart. Read more >

The Carb Chronicles
A massive review of carbohydrate studies finds that one quality distinguishes the good carb from the bad. Read more >

Exercise Takes Years Off the Mind
Seniors who exercised and ate well had significant cognitive improvements – in as little as six months. Read more >

Sex and The Senior Citizen
Sex is good medicine as you age. It doesn't need to be world-class; closeness is what's required. Read more >

Nature's Healing Power, Written in Your Blood
When you're stressed, it shows in your blood. Those markers improve when you spend time in greenery. Read more >

The Heart of a Meat Eater
Eating meat raises your levels of a by-product of digestion that may be the missing link when it comes to red meat and heart disease. Read more >

CPR Training -- At the Airport
The American Heart Association has come up with a good way to spend your time when you're stuck at the airport: Learn how to save a life. Read more >

Going to Church to Lower BP
Programs offered in churches help African American parishioners lower their blood pressure. Read more >

A Diet with Special Benefits for Women
Men and women both enjoyed a reduced risk of stroke when they followed its basic outlines, but women got an extra boost. Read more >

Reconsidering Daily Low-Dose Aspirin
A five-year study found no benefit and a bit of a downside to taking aspirin daily if you are generally healthy. Check with your doctor. Read more >

Teens with the Arteries of a 50-Year-Old
Teens who smoke or drink have an advantage over their adult counterparts: Their arteries can recover. Read more >

Air Pollution Enlarges the Heart
Even relatively light air pollution -- the kind most governments don't regulate -- causes the heart walls to stretch and thin. Read more >

Women's Survival Rates Better with Women Doctors
There are a number of reasons why women heart patients are more likely to die if their doctor is a man. Read more >

It's Not the Salt
Surprised researchers didn't find blood pressure problems in people around the world who ate high salt diets. Here's why. Read more >

A New Take on Full-Fat Dairy
A glass of whole milk or piece of cheese provides important fatty acids. But the calories they add are another matter. Read more >

Greenspace Is Good Medicine
Spending time in nature can protect you from diabetes and heart disease. Maybe it's time your doctor prescribed a trip to to the park. Read more >

Supplements Can't Help Your Heart
Taking vitamins and minerals to help your heart is a waste of money. Some can even cause harm. Eating right is a smarter plan. Read more >

Thank You for Not Driving
Commuting by car raises your risk of stroke and heart attack. Public transportation or a bike are both healthier options. Read more >

A Fountain of Youth for Your Heart
We all know exercise is good for us, but how much do we really need? Read more >

A Clearer Picture of Atherosclerosis
Magnetic resonance images of the cardiovascular system offer a surprising view of how early atherosclerosis starts. Read more >

Pregnancy and Heart Failure
A woman's chances of having a heart attack go up when she is pregnant. Learn the risks and warning signs. Read more >

Not All Protein Is Created Equal
Get most of your protein from vegetables and legumes, and your risk of cardiovascular disease goes way down. Read more >

Eat Your Broccoli
Eating vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower can prevent plaques from forming and causing strokes. Read more >

The Bottom of the Healthcare Heap
Healthcare in the U.S. costs way more than it does anywhere else, and it delivers less. Read more >

Spin Class As a Hedge Against Dementia
Women who are highly active in their 40s have a much lower risk of dementia later in life. Read more >

Heart Attacks and Influenza
A respiratory infection from the flu also raises your risk of a heart attack. Another good reason to get vaccinated. Read more >

Fish Oil = Snake Oil?
The jury is still out on whether omega-3 supplements help the heart. Better to eat fish and exercise. Read more >

New Guidelines for Staying Sharp
The American Academy of Neurology has a new set of guidelines designed to keep memory problems at bay. Read more >

The Heart Elastic
A heart without exercise is like a stiff, old rubber band. It can regain flexibility -- you just need to get moving.. Read more >

What They Don't Tell You about Activity Trackers
That fitness monitor you got over the holidays can give you a false sense of security. Here's how to get the most out of it. Read more >

Hormone Replacement Therapy's Cloudy Record
A task force finds that hormone therapy carries more health risks than benefits, but what about short-term treatment? Read more >

A Cannabis-Like Drug to Treat Sleep Apnea
A CPAP device can successfully treat sleep apnea, but few use it full-time. Dronabinol works differently. Read more >

A Protection Racket for Your Heart
Nuts are seeds, so they pack a major nutritional punch, with special benefits for your heart. Read more >

Women, Up Your Game
There's walking and then there's walking. A stroll around the block is not necessarily going to yield the health benefits you want. Read more >

A Spicy Tale
Lowering your blood pressure doesn't have to mean food tastes blah. Cultivate a taste for spice instead. Read more >

A Heartbreaking Case of Drug Denial
There's a new cholesterol-lowering drug available, but most people's insurers won't pay for it, even when it would clearly help. Read more >

A New Look at HRT
Good news for women suffering from hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Read more >

The Perks of Moderate Drinking?
Moderate drinkers seem to enjoy certain health benefits. But heavy drinkers are considerably less fortunate. Read more >

The Clean-Up Crew in Your Arteries
Almonds help your good cholesterol rid your body of bad cholesterol. Read more >

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

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

New Sources of an Overlooked Nutrient
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
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 >

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

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

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

Smoke Screen
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 >

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

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

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

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

Stop Fat Shaming
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
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
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
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
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
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 >

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

Slow Food for The Heart
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
Putting graphic warnings on cigarette packs helps smokers quit and saves lives. Read more >

Get a Bike, Change Your Life
When people over 40 start bicycling — even a little — a variety of heart-protective measures improve. Read more >

Focus on Food, Not “Nutrients”
Rather than telling people to eat less fat, the guidelines suggest foods to eat. Read more >

Helping Bones, Harming the Heart
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
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
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
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
Studies of testosterone treatment paint a murky picture of what has become a billion dollar industry. Read more >

Cost Savings for Kidney Patients
A simple change in diet can greatly reduce drug costs in people with kidney disease. Read more >

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

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

Everyone's Favorite Vegetable
Potatoes are vegetables, but they are starchy and can lead to high blood pressure. Read more >

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

Butter's Bum Rap
Vegetable oils are not as heart-healthy as we thought. Read more >

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

Bleeding, Hearts and Aspirin
Recommendations regarding taking low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks have changed. Read more >

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

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

Mammograms Could Be Good For Your Heart
Mammograms may predict coronary arterial calcification. Read more >

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

Tweaking Food Costs Could Save Lives
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
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
Barley reduces blood sugar, the risk of diabetes and heart disease, and it leaves you feeling full. Read more >

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

Good Old Garlic
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
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
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
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 >

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

Parents, Keep Pushing The Fruits And Veggies
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
Some seniors on blood pressure and diabetes medications can end up dangerously over-medicated. Read more >

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

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

Southern Food: Good, But Not Good For You
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
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
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?
Biological age can be twice (or half) that of chronological age. Why some age faster. Read more >

There's No Place Like Home
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
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
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
People taking certain acid-reducers for heartburn or other digestive problems may be doubling their risk of heart attack. Read more >

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

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

Potassium's Blood Pressure Protection Racket
The culprit in high blood pressure may not be salty foods. It may be a different mineral. Read more >

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

Health Benefits Increase with Exercise Intensity
It pays to exercise as vigorously as you can. Being winded and sweaty is a very good thing. Read more >

Scientists Find Ways to Boost the the Health Benefits of Chocolate
Healthier chocolate? Scientists have found a way to amp up the nutritional benefits of cocoa. Read more >

Being Lonely is Bad for Your Health
Loneliness can be a health hazard, just like being sedentary, or overweight. Read more >

Treating Depression is Good for the Heart
People who are depressed improve more than their emotional state when they seek treatment. Read more >

Drinking Coffee Can Reduce Coronary Artery Calcium
Moderate coffee consumption is good for the heart, especially the coronary arteries. Read more >

Health for Peanuts and Peanuts for Health
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
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
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
Anger management may be good heart attack prevention. Read more >

Children's Heart Health Begins at Home
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
The dietary guidelines for fructose-based sugars are way too high, researchers have discovered. Read more >

When It Comes to Lowering Cholesterol, Start Early
High cholesterol begins to take its toll at an early age. Read more >

Six Healthy Habits for Women’s Heart Health
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
Beetroot juice may not help muscles during exercise quite as expected. Read more >

Stand Up Routine: Sitting Linked to Cancer, Heart Disease, and Diabetes
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
Go Blueberries! They even lower blood pressure in people at risk for heart problems. Read more >

Yoga's Benefits Go Straight to the Heart
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
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
People with atrial fibrillation have more control over their heart irregularity than they realize. Read more >

Semen Quality Is a Reflection of General Health
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
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
For women under 65, aspirin’s risks may outweigh its benefits. Read more >

Marriage Problems Take Their Toll on the Heart
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
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
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
Intermittent fasting can reduce inflammation, spur antioxidant enzymes and improve your metabolism. Read more >

Running Keeps the Cellular Engines Purring
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
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
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
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
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
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
One of the best ways to guard against dementia is to protect your heart. Read more >

Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Real Metabolic Problems
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
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?
Tea drinkers tend to be healthier than coffee drinkers. Read more >

Aspirin: Fever, Aches and Cardiovascular Protection
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
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
This common drug Increases the risk of death in patients with atrial fibrillation. Luckily, there are plenty of good alternatives. Read more >

Are Electronic Cigarettes A Threat to Public Health?
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
Even just five minutes of running each day can boost heart health. Read more >

Generic Drugs Can Create Problems for Patients
Generic meds can confuse patients because the same drug comes in different shapes and sizes. Read more >

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Appear to Ease Osteoarthritis Symptoms
Saturated fats worsen the symptoms of osteoarthritis, but omega-3 fats seem to help. Read more >

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

Dark Chocolate Shows Promise for Circulation Problems
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
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
When olive oil is eaten with leafy greens, it sets in motion a process that lowers blood pressure. Read more >

Sugar Exerts Lasting Effects on the Heart
Sugar isn't just about gaining weight -- it's bad for your heart, too. Read more >

Blood Pressure Medications Raise Macular Degeneration Risk
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
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
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
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
A cup or two of whole grain pasta may be all it takes to reduce your risk of another heart attack. Read more >

Insomniacs Found to Have a Far Greater Risk of Stroke
If you often have trouble sleeping, consider it a serious health risk. Read more >

Cholesterol Screening Offers Benefits for At-Risk Children
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
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
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 >

Secondhand Smoke Is A Heartbreaker, Literally
Children exposed to secondhand smoke at home had thickened artery walls as adults. There were other problems, too. Read more >

Are Saturated Fats Really The Enemy? Maybe Not
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
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
Women can suffer the symptoms of menopause for years, even decades. New treatments may help. Read more >

Exercising More and Sitting Less, A Winning Combo for Heart
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.
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
Cut your risk of diabetes the Mediterranean way. Read more >

New Blood Pressure Recommendations May Mean You Don't Need Meds After All
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
Simply walking an extra mile a day can reduce the risk of heart disease by about 10%. Read more >

Dementia, Alzheimer's, on the Decline
The rates of dementia and Alzheimer's disease are declining. Read more >

Vitamin Supplements Offer Few, If Any, Health Benefits
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
When it comes to milk at least, organic really does seem to be better. Read more >

The Myth of “Healthy Obesity”
It's all bad news: you can't be overweight and healthy. Period. Read more >

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

Blueberries Really Are "Superfoods" for the Heart
Eating blueberries can improve cardiovascular functioning. Read more >

Vitamin D Alone Does Little For Bone Health
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
Do-it-yourself work around the house can help keep the heart in shape. Read more >

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

Some Reassurance Regarding Mercury in Fish
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
Preventive medicine means treating unhealthy lifestyles just as you would treat disease. Read more >

The Future of Medicare: The Great Divide
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
People who sing together also share changes in heart rate. Read more >

How You Think About Stress Can Affect Your Heart
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
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
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
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
Doctors often don't address the obvious when it comes to smokers with lung disease. But remedies exist. Read more >

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

Surgeons Embrace New, Safer Route for Unblocking the Heart
The best route to your heart is through your wrist...really. Read more >

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

HRT Linked to Improved Muscle Function in Postmenopausal Women
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
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
Gardening work is good for your weight. Ask any community gardener. It's truly a hoe-down. Read more >

The Fat-Autoimmunity Connection
What being overweight does to your immune system is not good. Read more >

Making Sure Heart Patients Get Treated for Depression
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
Walking can be just as good as running for the heart. Read more >

Vitamin D Reduces Hypertension Risk in African Americans
African Americans suffer disproportionately from hypertension. A lack of vitamin D may the cause. Read more >

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

Processed Meat Increases Risk for an Early Death
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
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 >

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

Sedentary Nation: Too Little Walking, Too Much Sitting
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
To eat omega-3s or not, that is the question. Read more >

Digoxin Raises Death Rate in Some Heart Patients
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
Cutting down on fat, without actually dieting, might be the easiest way to lose weight. Read more >

Aromatherapy Can Lower Heart Rate, Blood Pressure
Exposure to certain scents can lower heart rate and BP. Just don't inhale them for too long. Read more >

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

A "Polypill" Could Help Save Many Thousands of At-Risk Hearts
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
Hypertension in children has doubled in the past ten years. Obesity is a major factor. Read more >

Potent, Natural Anti-Clotting Agent Found
Rutin, a flavonoid, helps block clot formation. It may provide a lower-risk alternative to Warfarin. Read more >

Right Salad, Wrong Dressing?
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?
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
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
A little dark chocolate every day may actually offer some heart benefits for those with metabolic syndrome. Read more >

MicroRNAs Repair Heart Damage
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
Overweight adolescents show early warning signs of cardiovascular disease. Read more >

Why Tai Chi Makes Sense for the Elderly
Seniors need to be careful that strength training doesn't also stiffen arteries. Tai Chi can help. Read more >

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

Looking through the Eyes Helps Doctors See into the Brain
Measuring degeneration of the eye could tell us if it is also occurring in the brain. Read more >

The Easiest Way to Lose Weight
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
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
The Y chromosome may affect more than men's sex organs... Read more >

Berries Are Beneficial To The Brain
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?
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
Air pollution can trigger heart attacks and strokes. Read more >

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

Dietary Magnesium Cuts Stroke Risk
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
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
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
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 >

For Most Heart Patients, No Need to Avoid Sex
Sexual activity is safe for most heart patients, like any form of moderate exercise. Read more >

Ending the Low Fat Muffin Myth
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
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
These lipid-lowering drugs may provide another heart-healthy benefit, according to a new study. Read more >

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

Human Papillomavirus Linked to Heart Disease
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
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
Researchers have discovered just why unsaturated fats are so heart healthy. Now to get people... Read more >

Impotence Can Lead to Heart Disease
Erectile dysfunction can be one of the early warning signs of heart disease. Read more >

Omega-3s: Not So Heart Healthy?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Proof that public health must be seen in a broader light than it currently is... Read more >

Soluble Fiber Trims Belly Fat
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
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
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
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
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
Sugar seems to make bad (LDL) cholesterol worse. Read more >

At-Home Stroke Therapy: Simpler, Cheaper and Just as Effective
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
Drug interactions can be surprising. Alone, neither Paxil nor Pravachol raise blood sugar... Read more >

Third-Line Diabetes Drugs May Be Needed
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
A popular blood pressure medication appears to increase the risk of recurrence among survivors. Read more >

"Health Literacy" Might Predict Hospitalization, Death Risk
The more you know about your own health, the less likely you are to be hospitalized. Read more >

Craving Fast Food? Skip the Coffee!
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
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
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
More than half of all cases of atrial fibrillation, an erratic heartbeat, are preventable. Read more >

Stem Cells Heal Hearts Years After Damage Occurs
Injecting stem cells into hearts reduces enlargement and scar tissue, and boosts heart function... Read more >

Heart Drug Raises Breast Cancer Risk in Women
The heart drug digitalis raises the risk of breast cancer... Read more >

High Disease Rate May Not Mean Poor Health
We tend to think a low disease rate means that doctors are doing a good job... Read more >

The Tomato: A Multi-Talented Food
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
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
Belly fat may not be as big a predictor of heart disease as once thought. Read more >

Potassium-Rich Diet May Reduce Stroke Risk
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
Obesity alone dramatically raises the risk of dying from a heart attack. Read more >

Can Trans-Fats Cause Depression?
Trans-fats, or hydrogenated oils seem to raise the risk of depression. Read more >

Vegans, What's Missing from Your Diet
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
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
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
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 >

Lowering Cholesterol: Statins Are a Last Resort, Not a Magic Bullet
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
Leafy greens and olive oil help protect women from heart disease. Read more >

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

Daily Aspirin May Lower Cancer Risk
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
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
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
"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
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
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
What can a common eye condition reveal more about our overall health? Read more >

New Glue Speeds Recovery from Open Heart Surgery
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
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
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
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
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
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
Two quick exercise programs aim to get office workers moving, no matter what their fitness level. Read more >

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

A New Treatment for Stroke Victims
A small study has found that stroke patients recover better when they receive magnetic pulses... Read more >

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

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

Some Blood Pressure Medications May Raise Blood Pressure
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
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
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
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
Women who get their protein from sources other than red meats have healthier hearts. Read more >

Better Blood Flow Linked to Larger Brain Size
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
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
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
Stem cells to the rescue. Read more >

Calcium May Help the Bones, but Does It Hurt the Heart?
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
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
People who have higher levels of the chemicals PCBs in their bodies also seem to have higher BP. Read more >

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

Sitting May Lead to Earlier Death
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
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
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
Most Americans are getting too much salt, and most of it comes from processed foods. Read more >

High Tea Consumption Linked to Heart Health
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
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
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
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
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
Eating a Mediterranean-style diet helps protect the heart from a second attack. Read more >

Less Sugar, Lower Blood Pressure
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
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
High fat meals appear to increase inflammation and decrease lung function. Blame immune responses. Read more >

End of Life Decisions: Defibrillators and Pacemakers
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Beta-blockers appear to help reduce the spread of cancer. Read more >

Chocolate Cuts Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke, Lowers Blood Pressure
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
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
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
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
Interrupting the blood flow when someone has a heart attack may help protect the heart from damage. Read more >

Don't Worry, Be Active
Exercise can reduce the anxiety people may feel when living with a chronic illness. Read more >

Diet and Cholesterol in Middle Age and Beyond
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
Nicotine patches tend to be more effective when used for longer periods of time. Read more >

High Blood Pressure Associated with Dementia, Alzheimer's
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Having high HDL, the "good" cholesterol actually seems to help reduce the chances of heart failure. Read more >

Can Exercise Make You Smarter?
Aerobic exercise in adolescence has been found to raise intelligence test scores and lead to better work. Read more >

Selenium Supplements May Increase Cholesterol
Supplementing the diet with selenium can raise blood cholesterol as much as 8 percent. Read more >

Telephone Intervention Helps Post-Surgery Heart Patients
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
Low cholesterol may be a sign of undiagnosed cancer. Read more >

Heart Drug Outperformed by High-Dose Niacin in Head-to-Head Trial
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
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
The polyphenols in cocoa — among other foods — reduce risk for heart disease and cancer. Read more >

Boosting Fiber May Help Thwart Belly Fat
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
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
The narrower and stiffer the artery, the faster blood flows, raising blood pressure. Read more >

Researchers Find A Way to Help Keep Heart Young
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
Eating whole grains can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Read more >

High Sugar Diet Raises Blood Pressure
Uric acid, produced by the breakdown of fructose, can raise blood pressure and the risk metabolic syndrome. Read more >

Doctor-Patient Communication: Race Matters
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
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
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
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
People over 60 may be at risk of experiencing "silent" strokes, those which go unnoticed... Read more >

Vegetable Protein Linked to Lower Blood Pressure
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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?
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
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
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
Listening to pleasurable music helps dilate blood vessels significantly, just as blood pressure medications like statins do. Read more >

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

Triglycerides and Stroke
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'
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
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?
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
When it comes to cardiac arrest, where you live that can make a difference. Read more >

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

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

Coffee Drinkers Live Longer
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
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
Having a positive outlook can improve a heart patient's outcome. Read more >

How to Increase "Good" Cholesterol
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
Prevention, not handing out pills, is the key to improving risk for heart disease. Read more >

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

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

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

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

The 30-Minute Solution
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
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
For some older women, calcium may increase the risk of heart attack. Read more >

Men, Women and Aspirin
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
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
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?
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
Middle-aged women have a far greater risk of stroke than do men. Read more >

What Do You Know About Stroke?
Stroke kills over 160,000 Americans each year. Read more >

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

USA #1 — in Treating Hypertension
Treating hypertension early may actually save healthcare dollars by avoiding expensive procedures later. Read more >

Heart Failure: Fatter Is Better?
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
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
Pregnant smokers may "program" their children to become smokers suggests the latest research. Read more >

Does Prostate Cancer Treatment Cause Diabetes and Heart Disease?
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
Humidity appears to raise the risk of heart attack. Read more >

"Good" Fat Protein May Protect Blood Vessels
Adiponectin stops white blood cells from the immune system from attaching to blood vessel walls. Read more >

A New Look at Stroke Prevention
The eye is part of the brain and the same blood vessels feed both organs. Read more >

Breaking Up (Exercise) Is Good to Do
Short bursts of intense exercise may be better for the heart than endurance training. Read more >

Anti-Heart Attack Antibiotics?
Inflammation within the blood vessels plays a key role in the development of coronary heart disease. Read more >

A Narrowing Question: Do Clogged Arteries Secretly Re-Clog After Treatment?
Restenosis, the narrowing of an artery after angioplasty or other form of surgery, is all too common. Read more >

Going With The Flow: Exercise And Healthy Blood Vessels
The blood vessels of older athletes tend to function just as well as those younger group. Read more >

Low Cholesterol and Heart Problems
You cannot depend on your cholesterol level alone to indicate heart disease. Read more >

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