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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.

The Portfolio Diet Lowers Cholesterol, Reduces Heart Disease Risk

If you have high cholesterol, one thing you can do is change your diet to see if that lowers your numbers enough so that you don't need to take medication. And one dietary approach-the Portfolio Diet-involves limiting foods that raise blood cholesterol and adding foods that lower it. But does it work? New research says yes-and…

Updated Advice on Fasting Before a Cholesterol Test

In the past, a test for measuring cholesterol levels was typically done by drawing blood after you fasted overnight. According to the latest guideline from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC), most people who don't take statins or other cholesterol-lowering drugs no longer need to fast (though it's still OK…

Better ‘Health Literacy’ Is Essential to Managing Heart Disease

Health literacy is key to preventing and managing heart disease-yet few patients have all the knowledge they need. Here are a few steps you can take to make sure your care is optimal.

Does Air Pollution Cancel the Heart Health Benefits of Exercise?

Even when air quality is not ideal, outdoor physical activity can still benefit your heart, suggests a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association in 2018.