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Very low levels of 'bad' cholesterol may raise stroke risk

NEWS - Thu, 07/04/2019 - 14:00
New research in a large sample of participants finds that too little low-density lipoprotein cholesterol correlates with a higher risk of bleeding stroke.

Cardiovascular risk linked not to weight, but to body fat storage

NEWS - Mon, 07/01/2019 - 14:00
Research in a large cohort of women over the age of 50 suggests that body shape, resulting from fat distribution, is associated with cardiovascular risk.

What are some slow-release carbs?

NEWS - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 22:00
Slow-release carbs include quinoa, vegetables, and white bread alternatives. They provide a gradual supply of energy for the body. Learn more about slow-release carb foods and the Glycemic index (GI) here.

Sitting at home or at work: Which is worse for heart health?

NEWS - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 10:00
New research in an African American cohort suggests that not all types of sedentary behavior are equally risky for cardiovascular health.

Statins may double the risk of type 2 diabetes

NEWS - Wed, 06/26/2019 - 11:00
New research examines the risk of receiving a type 2 diabetes diagnosis among those who are taking statins to lower their cholesterol.

Hypertension: Looking beyond the classic risk factors

NEWS - Wed, 06/26/2019 - 07:00
In a recent study, scientists have investigated the impact of the environment where we live on the risk of developing hypertension and metabolic syndrome.

What causes shortness of breath when lying down?

NEWS - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 21:00
Some potential causes of shortness of breath when lying down include heart failure, obesity, and emphysema. Learn more about the causes of shortness of breath when lying down here, along with their treatment options.

How calcium in coronary arteries can predict future heart health

NEWS - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 10:00
According to a recent study, higher levels of calcium in the coronary artery could put middle-aged and black people at risk of serious heart problems.

What to know about cardiac muscle tissue

NEWS - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 04:00
Cardiac muscle tissue exists only in the heart. Here, it is responsible for keeping the heart pumping and relaxing normally. Conditions that affect this tissue can affect the heart’s ability to pump blood around the body. Doing aerobic exercise can help keep cardiac muscle tissue strong and healthy. Learn more here.

Why do women face higher heart disease risk after breast cancer?

NEWS - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 15:00
New research confirms that women who have undergone breast cancer therapy are more at risk of cardiovascular disease, and it also shows why this may be.

Atrial fibrillation may raise dementia risk by 50%

NEWS - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 07:00
According to the largest research of its kind yet, atrial fibrillation may raise the risk of dementia even in people who did not experience a stroke.

What is end-diastolic volume?

NEWS - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 18:00
End-diastolic volume is how much blood is in the ventricles after the heart fills up with blood, but before it contracts to pump the blood around the body. Doctors use end-diastolic volume to calculate several different measurements of heart function. Certain conditions can affect these measurements. Learn more here.

Coronary heart disease may speed up cognitive decline

NEWS - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 16:00
A study of adults aged 50 and over found that decline in memory and thinking was faster after a heart attack or angina, but not before.

What to know about cardiorespiratory endurance

NEWS - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 00:00
Cardiorespiratory endurance provides an indication of a person's physical fitness and measures how well the heart, lungs, and muscles perform during physical activity. People can improve their cardiorespiratory endurance through regularly moderate to high-intensity aerobic exercise. Learn more here.

What to expect during a physical exam

NEWS - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 22:00
Physical exams are routine checkups of a person’s general health. A healthcare professional will visually inspect, feel, or listen to different areas of a person’s body to look for potential health conditions. They may also ask about any problems and take a detailed medical history. Learn more here.

Hundreds of current medical practices may be ineffective

NEWS - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 10:00
A new meta-analysis of over 3,000 studies finds that almost 400 medical practices are currently being used despite being ineffective.

What are the perks and problems of being a night owl?

NEWS - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 16:00
Many recent studies suggest that people who are 'night owls' may face higher health risks. But why is that, really? Our Spotlight feature investigates.

Low fruit and vegetable intake may account for millions of deaths

NEWS - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:00
New research estimates that an insufficient intake of fruits and vegetables is likely to be behind millions of cardiovascular deaths worldwide.

Estrogen, vitamin D may protect metabolic health after menopause

NEWS - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 16:00
A study of postmenopausal women in China has found that those at highest risk for metabolic syndrome were those with low levels of estrogen and vitamin D.

Common acne drug could prevent artery hardening

NEWS - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 16:00
Scientists have identified the mechanism that causes artery hardening and have shown that the antibiotic minocycline can prevent the process in rats.

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