Heart Care

  1. ‘Silent,’ Irregular Heartbeat Raises Stroke Risk

    Even when a person has no obvious symptoms of atrial fibrillation (AF) - palpitations or a racing heart - AF may still make a stroke more likely. This is especially true if the person has other stroke risk factors, such as high blood pressure.

  2. Americans’ Blood Levels of Trans Fats on the Decline

    Thanks to a push by public health agencies like the CDC, some Americans are eating less trans fats. That's good news for heart health, because trans fats raise the risk for cardiovascular disease.

  3. Heart Association Severs ‘Link’ Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease

    A new American Heart Association (AHA) statement debunks a century-old belief that untreated gum disease leads to heart disease or stroke. The AHA says no convincing evidence exists proving the tie.

  4. Hormone Combo in Contraception Boosts Heart Risk

    Women who use birth control products that contain a combination of estrogen and progestin may double their risk for heart attack and stroke.

  5. Larger Waist Size Boosts Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

    People with a "spare tire" around their middle are at increased odds for sudden cardiac death, especially if they are obese.

  6. Medication Mix-ups Common in Heart Patients

    Half of people in the hospital for a heart attack or heart failure make a mistake with their medications within a month of going home. This is true even among people who get counseling and guidance from a pharmacist.

  7. Moderate Drinking Linked to Heart Rhythm Problem

    When it comes to your heart, you can do a lot to keep it healthy. For instance, you can stop smoking and exercise more. Past research has also shown that an occasional drink may boost heart health. But older people with cardiovascular disease or diabetes may want to reconsider how much they drink. A recent study found that even moderate drinking for these people may raise their risk for atrial fibrillation.

  8. New Strategy May Find Heart Attacks Quickly

    Millions of Americans end up in the ER each year with chest pain, and doctors need to know as soon as possible if that chest pain means a heart attack. A common blood test may be able to provide a definitive answer within an hour.

  9. Pain Relievers May Raise Risk for 2nd Heart Attack

    Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers after a heart attack may raise your risk for a second heart attack, even several years afterward, a new study says.

  10. Some Signs of Aging Linked to an Unhealthy Heart

    The old adage "You should never judge a book by its cover" may not hold up when it comes to your heart. Researchers recently reported that people with certain physical features related to aging, such as a receding hairline, may have unhealthier hearts.

  11. Statins May Lower Cancer Risk, Too

    If you have high cholesterol, chances are your doctor has prescribed you a type of medication called a statin. By lowering cholesterol, these pills help prevent heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. Some research suggests statins may also play a surprising role in preventing another major health condition. They may lower your risk for cancer.

  12. Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Tied to Heart Disease

    Men who drink one 12-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage a day have a 20 percent higher risk for heart disease than those who don't drink any sugar-sweetened beverages, a new study says.

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