Heart Disease

Culprit in Heart Disease Goes Beyond Meat’s Fat

April 16, 2013

It was breakfast time and the people participating in a study of red meat and its consequences had hot, sizzling sirloin steaks plopped down in front of them. The researcher himself bought a George Foreman grill and the nurse assisting him did the cooking. For the sake of science, these six men and women ate […]

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Calcium Supplements May Be Bad for Your Heart: Study

July 20, 2012

Many older Americans take calcium supplements to prevent bone loss, but they may be significantly increasing their risk for a heart attack, a new study suggests. These supplements do not help prevent heart attacks or stroke as some previous research has suggested, the study authors say. But dietary calcium might reduce the risk, they noted. […]

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Daily aspirin use too risky for many

July 10, 2012

Unless you’re at high risk for cardiovascular disease, you probably shouldn’t take a low-dose aspirin every day, a new study suggests. Researchers report that daily low-dose aspirin use may significantly increase the chance of major gastrointestinal or cerebral bleeding. Any benefit of low-dose aspirin in preventing heart disease could be offset by that risk, the […]

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Serious Exercise May Benefit Middle-Aged Arteries

June 28, 2012

High levels of exercise help prevent stiffening of the arteries in middle-aged people, a small new study says. The highly active people had far less arterial stiffness than the others. The researchers also found little difference between men and women in the highly active group, but considerable difference between men and women in the inactive […]

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Asthma Meds May Be Linked to Irregular Heartbeat

June 12, 2012

New research suggests that young asthma patients who use drugs known as inhaled anticholinergics — such as ipratropium [Atrovent] — could be more likely than others to suffer from potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat. “Obviously, this finding raises concern because of the recent interest in use of anticholinergics in asthma,” study author Todd Lee of the […]

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7 Superfoods That Help Improve Cholesterol

March 6, 2012

If you have high cholesterol you aren’t alone: Nearly half of all American adults have high cholesterol. Not all cholesterol is bad, though (find out what you can do to raise your “good” HDL cholesterol). Your body makes its own and uses it for important functions, such as producing cells and certain hormones. But too […]

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Low Vitamin D May Increase Stroke, Heart Attack Risk in Women – HealthDay – By Mary Elizabeth Dallas – (Tuesday, November 15, 2011) –

November 30, 2011

TUESDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) — Low levels of vitamin D may put women at greater risk for heart attack and stroke, according to one of several new studies on the important nutrient.  After analyzing 16 years of data on more than 2,000 healthy, postmenopausal white women aged 45 to 58, researchers found that the […]

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Even Without Weight Loss, Mediterranean Diet Helps Heart: Study – HealthDay – By Robert Preidt – (Wednesday, November 16, 2011) –

November 23, 2011

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16 (HealthDay News) — A new study offers further evidence that a Mediterranean-style diet is good for your heart. The research found that unsaturated fats from foods such as avocados, olive oil and nuts increase the body’s ability to use insulin. Reduced insulin action can lead to diabetes, which is a risk factor […]

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New Research Questions Wisdom of Cutting Down on Salt – HealthDay – By John Amanda Gardner – (Wednesday, November 9, 2011)

November 15, 2011

 WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) — Although cutting back on salt does lower blood pressure, new research finds that it may also increase levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and other risk factors for heart disease.  At this point, though, it’s not entirely clear what the findings mean for long-term health, according to the study, which appears […]

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Divide over when to use in-depth cholesterol tests – Associated Press – By Lauran Neergaard – (Tuesday, October 25, 2011) –

November 3, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — For heart health, you’re supposed to know your numbers: Total cholesterol, the bad LDL kind and the good HDL kind. But your next checkup might add a new number to the mix.  More doctors are going beyond standard cholesterol counts, using another test to take a closer look at the bad fats […]

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