If you knew you were at high risk for a stroke and that a drug might be able to prevent it, would you take that medicine?
A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that a coronary calcium scan can help people at intermediate risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) decide whether to start statin therapy.
Diets rich in plant foods are recommended for lowering heart disease risk—but that could backfire if you pick the wrong kinds of plant foods.
If you snack impulsively, eat at unusual times, or chow down before going to bed, chew on this: Irregular eating can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
People who have had shingles may face a heightened risk of heart attack, a large study now suggests. Shingles is a painful rash caused by a reactivation of the chicken pox virus, which remains dormant in the body after the initial infection. While most of the time it is not known why the virus “wakes up,” advancing age and a suppressed immune system are two known causes.
Another benefit of the Mediterranean diet: It may enhance the cardioprotective capacity of HDL ("good") cholesterol, even though it doesn't raise HDL levels.
New research has found that alcohol abuse increases the risk for atrial fibrillation, heart attack, and heart failure at least as much as already-established cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
While most women may consider weight gain a top concern, they may be overlooking a larger danger to their health. Cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes coronary heart disease, heart attacks, heart failure, and stroke, is the number one cause of death in women.
It's not common, but with wise lifestyle choices a 70-year-old can have blood vessels that look like those of someone who is 20-something, according to a study in the journal Hypertension, which was published online in August 2017.
If you have heart failure or have recently had a heart attack, omega-3 fish oil supplements could be a beneficial addition to your medicine cabinet. Taking these supplements might slightly reduce your risk of dying of heart disease, according to a March 2017 scientific advisory from the American Heart Association (AHA) published in Circulation. Supplementing with omega-3s might also help to modestly lower the chances of hospitalization if you have heart failure.
Regular exercise is good for your heart. It's a refrain often heard, but not always heeded. Now comes word that having your doctor measure your aerobic fitness level is as essential as taking your pulse when determining your heart health.
Since the 1980s, statins have been the medication of choice for lowering elevated levels of LDL cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart attack. Generally the drugs are safe and effective. For some patients, however, that’s not the case: Their LDL levels remain stubbornly high or they develop intolerable side effects
If you snack impulsively, eat at unusual times, or chow down before bedtime, chew on this: Irregular eating can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure.