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Heart Attack Risk Spikes After Flu

The risk of suffering a heart attack rises sharply in the days following a flu infection, a study in The New England Journal of Medicine confirms. The findings provide yet another reason to get a flu shot every year.

Energy Drinks and Your Heart

A number of studies have shown that caffeinated energy drinks can raise blood pressure. Now a small study in the Journal of the American Heart Association provides more reason to be wary of these beverages, especially if you are at elevated cardiovascular risk.

Prescription Omega-3s Get Thumbs Up for High Triglycerides

Prescription omega-3 fatty acids can effectively lower high triglycerides, according to a recent science advisory from the American Heart Association. As a result, the group recently endorsed the use of prescription, but not over-the-counter, omega-3s.

Blood Pressure from Top to Bottom

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.

When Statins are a (Muscle) Pain

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.

Why People Ignore Heart Attack Symptoms—and Why You Never Should

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.

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.