Pacemaker Powered by Gene Therapy Shows Promise
Feb 27, 2013 | If your heart doesn't beat correctly, you can get an electronic pacemaker and live happily ever after -- or at least until it wears out and you need another one. Now, the results of an animal study add to existing evidence that people may one day have an alternative to... [Full Story]
Statin-Niacin Combo Causes Side Effects in Heart Patients
Feb 27, 2013 | Combining the vitamin niacin with a cholesterol-lowering statin drug appears to raise side effects in heart patients, a new study indicates. Muscle, skin and gastrointestinal problems were among the side effects that caused one-quarter of patients to stop treatment in a... [Full Story]
Volunteer Work Boosts Heart Health
Feb 26, 2013 | Volunteer work has long been touted as good for the soul, but the practice is also good for your heart, according to a study out Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver wanted to find out how volunteering might... [Full Story]
Aspirin, Fish Oil: A 1-2 Punch Against Heart Attack
Feb 25, 2013 | Aspirin and omega-3 fatty acids, contained in fish and fish oil, deliver a molecular one-two punch that has can reduce the risk of heart disease. [Full Story]
Landmark Study: Mediterranean Diet Cuts Heart Risks
Feb 25, 2013 | Pour on the olive oil, preferably over fish and vegetables: One of the longest and most scientific tests of a Mediterranean diet suggests this style of eating can cut the chance of suffering heart-related problems, especially strokes, in older people at high risk of them. ... [Full Story]
Gene Therapy to Repair Heart Shows Promise
Feb 22, 2013 | When it comes to treating heart failure, the ultimate hope is to develop a therapy that repairs the damaged heart muscle. Now, an early study hints at a way to do that by harnessing the body's natural capacity for repair. Heart failure is a chronic, progressive condition... [Full Story]
New Blood Thinner Better Than Warfarin for Leg Clots
Feb 21, 2013 | People who need to take a blood thinner because they've had a clot in the deep veins of their legs appear to do better with the new drug Pradaxa (dibigatran) than with the older drug warfarin, researchers report.Long-term treatment of these blood clots is safer and more... [Full Story]
Study: Breathing Smog Boosts Heart Attack Risk
Feb 17, 2013 | Levels of ozone and of air pollution are directly linked to heart attacks, according to a new study from Houston. For both ozone and airborne fine particulate matter (tiny solid and liquid pollutants such as those emitted by cars and factories), peak exposure was found to... [Full Story]
Butter vs. Margarine: New Research Reveals Which is Healthier
Feb 15, 2013 | Margarine isn't better for your heart than butter it's worse, according to a new analysis of a 40-year-old study. For 50 years, health experts and organizations, including the American Heart Association, have urged people to replace butter and other saturated fats in... [Full Story]
Many Women Underestimate Heart Risks
Feb 15, 2013 | Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, accounting for more deaths than all cancers combined, yet many still underestimate the risks. [Full Story]
Mayo Clinic’s Heart Attack Prevention Steps
Feb 14, 2013 | Simply adding 10 minutes of physical activity to your day can greatly cut your heart attack risk, the Mayo Clinic says. [Full Story]
Heart Attack Grill Spokesman Dies of Heart Attack
Feb 13, 2013 | The unofficial spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas has died of a heart attack. He was the second unpaid mascot to die in the past two years. John Alleman, 52, suffered an attack while waiting at a bus stop in front of the diner last week. He was taken off... [Full Story]
High Calcium Intake May Double Heart Death Risk
Feb 13, 2013 | Women eating a high-calcium diet and taking calcium supplements adding up to more than 1,400 milligrams a day may be running nearly twice the risk of dying from heart disease, a large Swedish study suggests. Both men and women take calcium supplements to prevent bone loss.... [Full Story]
Big Food Makers Quietly Removing Salt
Feb 12, 2013 | Salt has quietly been slipping out of dozens of the most familiar foods in brand-name America, from Butterball turkeys to Uncle Ben's flavored rice dishes to Goya canned beans. A Kraft American cheese single has 18 percent less salt than it did three years ago. The salt in... [Full Story]
Overcrowded ERs Hike PTSD Risk in Heart Patients
Feb 12, 2013 | Chaotic, overcrowded emergency rooms may cause some heart patients to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition commonly associated with combat on the battlefield that can shorten life spans. Patients suffering from chest pain who came to the emergency room of a... [Full Story]
Study: Cutting Excess Salt Would Save 500,000 Lives
Feb 12, 2013 | Reducing salt in Americans' diets would save hundreds of thousands of lives over 10 years, according to a new study. Excess salt, the primary source of sodium, contributes to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, the leading killer in the United States. ... [Full Story]
Genetic Cause Found for Clogged Arteries
Feb 07, 2013 | A genetic variation doubles the risk of developing calcium deposits in the heart, a common condition that, in severe cases, can narrow or block the aorta, according to a study published Wednesday. The genetic variation, found in 7 percent of the population, provides... [Full Story]
Advice on Replacing Animal Fats With Vegetable Oils Challenged
Feb 06, 2013 | Replacing animal fats with vegetable oils, a mainstay of modern health advice, may lead to an increased risk of death among people with heart disease, according to an analysis of data gathered 40 years ago. In a study of 458 men, those who had experienced a heart attack... [Full Story]
Calcium Pills Linked to Heart Death in Men
Feb 04, 2013 | In a new analysis from the National Institutes of Health, men who took calcium tablets were more likely to die of heart disease over more than a decade than those who didn't get extra calcium in supplement form. The effect of supplemental ordietary calcium on heart disease has... [Full Story]
Study: Extra Selenium No Help Against Heart Disease
Feb 04, 2013 | Taking extra selenium supplements offers no protection against heart disease - at least among people who already get enough of the mineral in their diets,according to a new analysis of past research. In the review of 12 studies that included close to 20,000 people, there... [Full Story]
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