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Another Valve Problem: Mitral Valve Regurgitation

The aortic valve is the heart valve most likely to cause problems as we get older. But another valve, the mitral valve, can also cause trouble. For people in their 60s, the most common mitral valve problem is regurgitation.

What Your Heart Rate May Be Telling You

Your heart rate during exercise, as well as at rest, can tell you a lot about how fit you are-and perhaps even some other things about your health. Here's what to know about your heart rate.

New Options for Worn-Out Heart Valves

A minimally invasive procedure can help provide patients with a speedy recovery--and satisfaction.

Even Light Smoking Carries Cardiovascular Risks

Smoking as little as one cigarette a day may be enough to substantially raise the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to research published online in 2018 in the BMJ.

Clarifying the Advice on Daily Aspirin Therapy

Should you take a daily aspirin to help prevent a heart attack? It depends.

A New Device to Ease Heart Failure Symptoms

For people with moderate to severe chronic heart failure, treatment options are limited, especially if a person is not a good candidate for other devices used to treat heart failure. But now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new device for those patients. The device can be used to treat heart failure in…

Testosterone Replacement and Heart Disease: Are You Ignoring the Risks?

Men with heart disease continue to use prescription testosterone despite FDA warnings that the drugs are associated with cardiovascular risks, according to a 2018 study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Anticoagulants May Reduce Dementia Risk in A-Fib Patients

People with atrial fibrillation, or a-fib, are at increased risk for cognitive decline and dementia, but not if they take an anticoagulant, suggests a study in Neurology.

Don’t Just Sit There-Your Heart Will Thank You for It

Being sedentary for long uninterrupted periods throughout the day increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, a federally funded study of older women, published in Circulation, has confirmed. But that doesn't mean men are off the hook.

Vaping Plus Smoking Nearly Quadruples Heart Attack Risk

Dual use of electronic and regular cigarettes increases heart attack risk more than either smoking or "vaping" alone, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.