Heart Health

VITAL News About Supplements for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

Can vitamin D help prevent cardiovascular disease or cancer in healthy people? Can omega-3s help prevent them? Findings from the long-awaited VITAL trial were recently published in ...

Exercise May Curb Genetic Risk of Heart Disease

If you have a higher-than-average risk of heart disease because of family history, exercise won't erase it. But findings from a study in ...

Eating Cruciferous Vegetables May Help Arteries

Eating a lot of vegetables-especially the cruciferous type-is associated with healthier carotid arteries among older women compared with those who eat fewer vegetables, according to a report in ...

Treating Depression May Lower Repeat Heart Attack Risk

Treating depression with medication appears to help lower the risk of a repeat heart attack, according to a study published last year in JAMA.

Can Multivitamins Help Prevent a Heart Attack or Stroke?

Is there scientific evidence that taking a multivitamin/mineral supplement helps prevent heart attacks and strokes? Recent studies point to no.

Should You Get an ECG During Your Annual Wellness Exam?

There's no reason to routinely use electrocardiograms (ECGs) to screen people for signs of coronary heart disease, even if they have risk factors for the condition. That's according to the latest recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

Bypass Surgery vs. Stents: Which is Better for Quality of Life?

For people with extensive coronary artery disease, bypass surgery may beat stents when it comes to boosting quality of life, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

What to Do About Statin-Related Side Effects

Statin medications can sometimes cause side effects, such as muscle pain or digestive problems. But what are the risks of stopping the medication because of those adverse effects?

Heart Health: Facing the Facts About Lifestyle Changes

Modifying your lifestyle is an effective way to reduce the risk of heart disease. Yet many people at high risk feel no need to alter their lifestyle habits, a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests. That's concerning, because it's estimated that modifiable risk factors account for the majority of the risk…

The Best Way to Maintain Heart-Healthy Nitric Oxide Levels

Nitric oxide is a chemical compound in the body that relaxes the blood vessels and keeps them flexible, allowing them to dilate, boosting blood flow, and helping to control blood pressure. It also has anti-inflammatory effects and helps reduce the risk of plaque development. But too much nitric oxide can be harmful. Here's the best way…