Heart Disease

Heart Disease
Cardiac Arrest Risk Low in Marathons, Study Finds
When a runner dies during a marathon because their heart stops, it's big news -- and can be scary to the 2 million runners who participate in U.S. long-distance events each year.
4 Simple Steps to a Healthy Heart
Having a healthy heart may be as easy as four simple steps: don't smoke, lose weight, exercise regularly, and eat vegetables.
U.S. Heart Health: Lots of Room for Improvement
The American Heart Association has just issued America's annual heart health report card. While there is good news, much of it is overshadowed by bad news, and we definitely have room for improvement.
Study Finds Benefits in Selective Use of Drug-Coated Stents
Cardiologists can save the health care system hundreds of millions of dollars annually without increasing patients’ risk of heart attack or death by using drug-eluting stents selectively, according to a study published today in the journal Circulation.
Fat Around Heart May Be Linked to Clogged Arteries
Fat packed around the heart may predict narrowed arteries, even in people who have don't have symptoms of heart disease, a new study shows.
Is Calcium Test the Best Way to Check Heart Risk?
An imaging test that identifies calcium in the coronary arteries of the heart is a more accurate indicator of heart attack risk in seemingly healthy people than a widely used test that measures inflammation, a new study shows.
Quicker Angioplasty Times for Heart Attack Patients
More than 90% of patients who have a heart attack and need an emergency treatment to open the artery now have it within the recommended 90 minutes after they get to the hospital, new research finds.
FDA Warns of Celexa Heart Risk
FDA: The antidepressant Celexa should be taken at doses no higher than 40 milligrams per day because of the risk of potentially fatal changes to the heart's electrical activity.
Chocolate Good for the Heart
Chocoholics have reason to celebrate today: A large new study helps confirm that chocolate may be good for the heart and brain.
Home Monitoring of Heart Device May Be Safe
Home monitoring of a device that protects the heart is safe, suggest two French studies presented at the European Society of Cardiology meeting.
Shorter Plavix Treatment May Be Equally Effective
Taking the blood thinner Plavix for six months after receiving a stent is sufficient, a new study suggests.
Diet May Cut Heart Risk Due to 'Bad' Genes
We know eating a very healthy diet appears to make heart disease less likely, but now that even goes for people whose genes put them at a higher-than-normal risk of heart trouble, according to a new study.
Coronary Heart Disease Rates Are Dropping in the U.S.
The CDC says that the overall rate of coronary heart disease in the U.S. is on the decline, dropping from 6.7% in 2006 to 6% in 2010.
New Guidelines on Frequent Cause of Sudden Death in Athletes
New guidelines aim to shine a light on the diagnosis and treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) – a disorder that affects an estimated 600,000 Americans.
New Research Calls Salt Guidelines Into Question
Reducing dietary sodium (salt) helps lower blood pressure a little, but it also may increase levels of some hormones and unhealthy blood fats, a new review of studies shows.
Childbirth May Cut Women's Heart Disease Risk
Women who give birth to four or more children may have a slightly lower risk of dying from heart disease later in life compared to women who have no children, new research shows.
Increase in Resting Heart Rate Over Time Linked to Heart Disease Death
Something as simple as your resting heart rate or pulse may provide important clues about your current and future heart health.
Sensitive Blood Test Rules Out Heart Attack
Researchers from Germany’s University Heart Center Hamburg who used the newly developed test were able to accurately rule out a heart attack close to 99% of the time by repeating the test.
Aspirin Therapy for Heart Disease, Stroke Prevention Not for Everyone
Many people who have never had a heart attack or stroke take an aspirin every day to lower their risk for these events. While some may benefit, for many others the benefits appear to be outweighed by an increased risk for potentially serious and even life-threatening bleeding, a new study shows.
AHA: Sex Safe for Most Heart Patients
Most patients can safely resume sexual activities one week after having an uncomplicated heart attack, according to a new report from the American Heart Association.
Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke May Be Underestimated
The method doctors have been using to determine men and women's risk for heart disease could be underestimating people's future odds of heart attack and stroke.
All Beans Aren't the Same in Gassy Side Effects
New research suggests that all beans are not created equal when it comes to your risk of flatulence.
Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke May Be Underestimated
The method doctors have been using to determine men and women's risk for heart disease could be underestimating people's future odds of heart attack and stroke.
Childless Men May Have Higher Heart Risk
Men who remain childless throughout their lives may be more likely to die from heart disease and stroke than men who become fathers, a new study suggests.
Anger, Stress May Provoke Heart Attacks
Heart attack survivors who anger easily or who are often stressed-out may be setting themselves up for another, potentially fatal heart attack, a new study suggests.

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