Fifty years ago, diastolic pressure—the bottom number in your blood pressure reading—was considered a primary measure of heart health. But in recent years, systolic pressure—the top number—has been thought to be a better predictor of heart concerns. Here’s why it’s critical to pay attention to both.
Deaths from coronary artery disease have plummeted in recent decades, and cholesterol-lowering statin drugs have played a major role in this success story. Yet many people fear statins and refuse to take them—or start and then stop taking them. The American Heart Association (AHA) issued a Scientific Statement to set the record straight about statin safety.
For a variety of reasons, many people report an inability to act on or identify heart attack symptoms as they’re experiencing them. But getting treatment as soon as possible can help prevent the most severe damage to the heart muscle after a heart attack.
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.
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.
A minimally invasive procedure can help provide patients with a speedy recovery--and satisfaction.
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.
Should you take a daily aspirin to help prevent a heart attack? It depends.
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…
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.