Treating depression with medication appears to help lower the risk of a repeat heart attack, according to a study published last year in JAMA.
If you are obese and have atrial fibrillation (AF), shedding some pounds may help you reverse the course of the condition. It's known that weight loss is important for obese people with AF, by helping with lowering blood pressure, managing sleep apnea, and reducing the frequency of AF episodes. Now there is evidence that weight loss can reverse AF.
Is there scientific evidence that taking a multivitamin/mineral supplement helps prevent heart attacks and strokes? Recent studies point to no.
There's no reason to routinely use electrocardiograms (ECGs) to screen people for signs of coronary heart disease, even if they have risk factors for the condition. That's according to the latest recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).
For people with extensive coronary artery disease, bypass surgery may beat stents when it comes to boosting quality of life, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Statin medications can sometimes cause side effects, such as muscle pain or digestive problems. But what are the risks of stopping the medication because of those adverse effects?
Modifying your lifestyle is an effective way to reduce the risk of heart disease. Yet many people at high risk feel no need to alter their lifestyle habits, a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests. That's concerning, because it's estimated that modifiable risk factors account for the majority of the risk for heart attack among the general population. In other words, people have the power to make a huge difference in their heart health.
Nitric oxide is a chemical compound in the body that relaxes the blood vessels and keeps them flexible, allowing them to dilate, boosting blood flow, and helping to control blood pressure. It also has anti-inflammatory effects and helps reduce the risk of plaque development. But too much nitric oxide can be harmful. Here's the best way to maintain a heart-healthy level.
Most people with abnormal heart rhythms (atrial fibrillation or ventricular arrhythmias) can safely consume coffee and other caffeinated beverages in moderation—despite the common concern that caffeine can trigger arrhythmias—a recent study finds.
Emotional or physical stress can trigger worrisome symptoms that are similar to those of a heart attack. Here's what you need to know about this condition, known medically as stress cardiomyopathy.
The American Heart Association (AHA) continues to recommend eating two 3.5-ounce (100 grams) servings of cooked fish each week to reduce cardiovascular disease risk. But is mercury a concern, and what should you do if you don't like fish?
While low-fat diets were once all the rage, they are no longer considered a heart-healthy choice. In fact, when you cut saturated fat, such as that in meat and butter, out of your diet, you should replace it with the healthier fats found in vegetable oils, nuts, and fish. A presidential advisory from the American Heart Association drives that point home.
Researchers have found that sugar impacts heart health in several key areas. Here's a sprinkling of recent research.
Some adults ages 75 and older wait far too long before seeking medical help for heart attack symptoms. Here's why the delay could put their health—and life—in jeopardy.
An interesting diet study was published earlier this year, this one from Italy, comparing a Mediterranean diet with a lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet. Both diets are widely promoted as being healthful, and previous research has shown that each can improve aspects of cardiovascular health and help with weight control, but no clinical trial has compared them until now.