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08 Jun
New Approach to Transplants Could Boost Supply of Donor Hearts

New Approach to Transplants Could Boost Supply of Donor Hearts

A new transplant method that "reanimates" donor hearts appears safe and effective, a new clinical trial has found — in an advance that could substantially expand the supply of donor hearts available in the United States.

The trial tested an approach that allows doctors...

08 Jun
Experts Warn of Heart Dangers From Smoke of Canadian Wildfires

Experts Warn of Heart Dangers From Smoke of Canadian Wildfires

As a huge plume of smoke from over 400 Canadian wildfires swept south and turned New York City into a landscape that resembled Mars more than Earth, heart experts warned that air pollution can damage your heart as much as it damages your lungs.

It's obvious that wildfir...

31 May
What Is Avascular Necrosis and How Does It Affect Bones?

What Is Avascular Necrosis and How Does It Affect Bones?

What happens when the blood supply to your bones is somehow damaged?

The condition has a name, avascular necrosis, and it can trigger the death of bone cells.

Other common names are osteonecrosis or bone infarction. Bone is alive and requires nourishment from the ...

24 May
Large Study Supports Less Invasive Way to Treat 'Leaky' Heart Valves

Large Study Supports Less Invasive Way to Treat 'Leaky' Heart Valves

When one of the heart's valves springs a big leak, that can spell big trouble.

The good news: The condition, known as degenerative mitral regurgitation (DMR), is treatable using a minimally invasive intervention known as TEER (transcatheter edge-to-edge repair), a proced...

23 May
CT Scans Beat Gene Scores at Predicting Mid-Life Heart Risk

CT Scans Beat Gene Scores at Predicting Mid-Life Heart Risk

When it comes to predicting heart trouble down the road, the arteries may say a lot more than the genes do, according to a new study.

Researchers found that CT scans of the heart arteries were better than genetics at predicting middle-aged adults' risk of heart disease i...

18 May
Fat Growing Around Muscles Could Be a Silent Killer

Fat Growing Around Muscles Could Be a Silent Killer

It's well known that it's unhealthy to have belly fat accumulating around your abdominal organs, but there's a more insidious form of fat that could be even more hazardous to your health, a new study says.

Fat that infiltrates your muscles appears to dramatically increas...

16 May
Even Decades After Use, Anabolic Steroids Could Take Big Toll on Health

Even Decades After Use, Anabolic Steroids Could Take Big Toll on Health

Lured by promises of bigger muscles and better performance on the field, many athletes and bodybuilders turn to anabolic steroids despite their well-known side effects, including increased risk for heart disease and mood issues.

Now, two new studies show these harms...

12 May
Whether or Not You Get Heart-Healthy Statins May Depend on Race

Whether or Not You Get Heart-Healthy Statins May Depend on Race

Millions of Americans take cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins, but a new study finds Black and Hispanic adults get the drugs less often than white people do.

“This adds to the known racial and ethnic disparities already highly prevalent in heart disease,” said...

09 May
Head-to-Head Study Finds Which Diabetes Meds Are Best for the Heart

Head-to-Head Study Finds Which Diabetes Meds Are Best for the Heart

There are many medications for type 2 diabetes, but one class may stand out for protecting the heart, a new study suggests.

The study, of thousands of U.S. veterans with diabetes, found that those who added drugs called GLP-1 receptor agonists to their usual regimen were...

05 May
Autism in Older Adults: Studies Show Higher Rates of Mental, Physical Ills

Autism in Older Adults: Studies Show Higher Rates of Mental, Physical Ills

While a lot of research has focused on autism in children, much less effort goes toward studying adults with autism.

Now, two new reports find this group is at substantial risk for age-related physical conditions and injuries, as well as being particularly susceptible to...

04 May
U.S. Death Rate Declined in 2022, COVID Deaths Fell by Almost Half

U.S. Death Rate Declined in 2022, COVID Deaths Fell by Almost Half

Preliminary mortality data for 2022 finds America making its way back from the devastation of the pandemic, with a significant 5.3% decline in deaths compared to 2021.

And although COVID-19 remained the fourth leading cause of death in the United States last year, the nu...

04 May
Do All Heart Attack Survivors Need Long-Term Beta Blocker Meds?

Do All Heart Attack Survivors Need Long-Term Beta Blocker Meds?

It's standard for heart attack survivors to take beta blocker medications for years afterward, but a new study suggests that may be unnecessary for people who've had a milder heart attack.

Researchers found that among heart attack survivors whose hearts still had n...

02 May
New 'E-Tattoo' Is Worn on Chest to Track Your Heart Health

New 'E-Tattoo' Is Worn on Chest to Track Your Heart Health

Could an electronic chest “tattoo” -- wireless, lightweight and razor-thin -- upend heart monitoring and lower the odds of heart disease for folks who are at high-risk?

Just possibly.

The clear patch in question is not quite 4 by 5 inches in size, weighs less ...

27 Apr
Midday Naps & Health: How Long You Nap May Be Key

Midday Naps & Health: How Long You Nap May Be Key

If you're longing for a nap, try to keep it short.

Researchers found that siestas of 30 minutes or more in Murcia, a region of Spain, where it's common to nap, were linked to a higher risk of obesity, a group of conditions called metabolic syndrome and high blood press...

24 Apr
Psychotherapy's Hidden Bonus: Healthier Hearts

Psychotherapy's Hidden Bonus: Healthier Hearts

Treating depression with talk therapy may provide protection against heart disease, new research suggests.

As depression lifts, people may begin to engage more in healthy eating and exercise, investigators believe.

In

20 Apr
Got PAD? Income, Race Could Affect Outcomes Such as Amputation

Got PAD? Income, Race Could Affect Outcomes Such as Amputation

Patients with a common vascular disease that causes blockages in their leg vessels had both worse symptoms and outcomes if they were Black or poor, new research finds.

The study from Michigan Medicine looked at more than 7,000 patients with peripheral arterial disease (...

19 Apr
Depression Around Pregnancy Could Raise Women's Heart Risks

Depression Around Pregnancy Could Raise Women's Heart Risks

Depression during pregnancy may be linked to heart disease as soon as two years later, new research suggests.

This is true even when patients don't have high blood pressure during pregnancy, the research team reports April 19 in the Journal of the American Heart Ass...

14 Apr
U.S. Prison Inmates Aren't Getting Medical Care They Need: Report

U.S. Prison Inmates Aren't Getting Medical Care They Need: Report

U.S. prison inmates may be severely undertreated for common chronic health conditions, such as asthma, type 2 diabetes, HIV and mental illness, new research suggests.

While researchers lacked complete inmate data, they reached this conclusion through a variety of sources...

14 Apr
Black Cancer Patients Much More Prone to Chemo-Linked Heart Trouble

Black Cancer Patients Much More Prone to Chemo-Linked Heart Trouble

Sometimes cancer, and the treatments meant to eradicate it, can damage the heart and blood vessels. Now, a new analysis finds that damage may be much more likely if the patient is Black.

Black patients had 71% higher odds of developing what is known as cardiotoxic...

13 Apr
Statins Cut Heart Risks for Folks Living With HIV

Statins Cut Heart Risks for Folks Living With HIV

As people with HIV live longer they're at risk of premature heart disease. But a new study finds statin drugs can cut the risk of serious heart problems by more than one-third.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health trial found the cholesterol-lowering drugs so effective...

12 Apr
High Blood Pressure in 30s, Worse Brain Health by 70s?

High Blood Pressure in 30s, Worse Brain Health by 70s?

Be forewarned: High blood pressure in your 30s may lead to poorer brain health in your 70s.

A new study suggests that treating the condition in young and middle-aged adults...

06 Apr
Genes or Lifestyle? How a Person Becomes Obese Could Influence Heart Health

Genes or Lifestyle? How a Person Becomes Obese Could Influence Heart Health

It's well known that being overweight or obese can increase health risks.

But a new study finds that the reasons why a person is obese may have some impact on heart disease risk.

Specifically, being obese because of lifestyle carried higher risks than it...

05 Apr
AI Beats Trained Staff in Spotting Heart Trouble on Sonograms

AI Beats Trained Staff in Spotting Heart Trouble on Sonograms

It's machine: 1, man: 0 in the latest battle between artificial intelligence (AI) technology and human health care pros.

This time researchers set out to see if cardiologists could tell the difference between AI and a sonographer's assessments of a key measure of heart h...

03 Apr
Which Diets Really Raise Your Life Span? Two Come Out on Top

Which Diets Really Raise Your Life Span? Two Come Out on Top

People at risk of heart disease could extend their lives by going Mediterranean or low-fat, according to a new analysis of popular diets.

In the world of nutrition and disease, dietary fat is an often confusing subject. And in general, experts say, recent years have seen...

30 Mar
How Round Is Your Heart? It Might Matter for Health

How Round Is Your Heart? It Might Matter for Health

Assessing heart roundness may be a new way to diagnose cardiovascular conditions, new research suggests.

While doctors now use measures like heart chamber size and systolic function to diagnose and monitor cardiomyopathy and other related heart issues, cardiac sphericity...

29 Mar
Missed Getting Your Steps Today? You're Still on Track for Health

Missed Getting Your Steps Today? You're Still on Track for Health

For those who want to get active but feel that joining a gym or exercising on a daily basis is a bridge too far, new research may have found the sweet spot: walking.

After stacking the walking habits of 3,100 adults up against a decade's worth of health outcomes, in...

28 Mar
Weight Loss Helps Your Heart Even If Some Weight Come Back

Weight Loss Helps Your Heart Even If Some Weight Come Back

It can be downright discouraging to work hard to lose 10 pounds, only to regain a few later.

But don't be downhearted -- a new evidence review says the important heart health benefits of weight loss are sustained even if some of the weight comes back.

People who dr...

28 Mar
Hidden Heart Disease Can Raise Your Odds for Heart Attack 8-Fold

Hidden Heart Disease Can Raise Your Odds for Heart Attack 8-Fold

Millions of middle-aged folks may be walking around with no symptoms of heart disease, and yet they still face a higher risk for a heart attack, new research shows.

What gives? Subclinical or silent heart disease may be responsible. This is the early thickening or h...

22 Mar
Similar Processes Could Link MS With Heart Disease

Similar Processes Could Link MS With Heart Disease

Multiple sclerosis (MS) and atherosclerosis both involve an abnormal hardening of body tissue, and recent research suggests they may be linked.

MS is a neurodegenerative disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord. Atherosclerosis is hardening of the arteries.

S...

21 Mar
Health in a Nutshell: Daily Nut Consumption Could Help Your Heart

Health in a Nutshell: Daily Nut Consumption Could Help Your Heart

One way to reduce the risk of heart disease: Eat more nuts and seeds, according to a new review of 60 studies.

Scandinavian researchers found that eating nuts could reduce the risk of a heart attack.

“If you eat a handful of nuts every day, that is a...

15 Mar
Mediterranean Diet Cuts Women's Odds of Heart Disease, Early Death by Nearly 25%

Mediterranean Diet Cuts Women's Odds of Heart Disease, Early Death by Nearly 25%

Steering clear of red meat, dairy and processed foods in favor of vegetables, fruits, nuts, extra virgin olive oil and whole grains will do a woman's heart good, a new review shows.

How much good? Australian investigators concluded that women who most closely followed th...

13 Mar
Chest Scans for Respiratory Ills Can Also Spot Heart Trouble

Chest Scans for Respiratory Ills Can Also Spot Heart Trouble

Ordering special heart scans before a major surgery to gauge risks may be unnecessary, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that surgeons can instead estimate patients' risk of heart attack or death by reviewing existing images of the chest captured months earlier dur...

06 Mar
Young Americans Face Rising Rates of Obesity, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes

Young Americans Face Rising Rates of Obesity, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes

Young adults in the United States carry an increasing burden of heart health risk factors, making it more likely they'll suffer a heart attack and stroke as they age, a new study warns.

More adults ages 20 to 44 are obese and diabetic than a decade ago, and they are more...

06 Mar
Nexletol Could Be Alternative Cholesterol Med for Folks Who Can't Take Statins

Nexletol Could Be Alternative Cholesterol Med for Folks Who Can't Take Statins

Not everyone can tolerate statins to reduce their high cholesterol, but now a new study finds the medication bempedoic acid (Nexletol) reduced the combined rate of bad cardiovascular events by 13%.

“We're very pleased with the results,” said study chair

02 Mar
70 or Older? An Extra 500 Steps a Day Could Do Wonders for Your Heart

70 or Older? An Extra 500 Steps a Day Could Do Wonders for Your Heart

While the idea of getting 10,000 steps a day is bandied about as a good walking goal, that can be intimidating to some people, depending on how fit they are.

Now, new research in adults between the ages of 70 and 90 finds that a much smaller number of steps can ma...

28 Feb
1 in 5 Folks at High Heart Risk Refuse to Take a Statin

1 in 5 Folks at High Heart Risk Refuse to Take a Statin

Twenty percent of folks who are at high risk for heart disease refuse statins that could help prevent it, researchers report.

They found that women were about 20% more likely than men to decline statin drugs when they were first recommended and about 50% more likely to n...

28 Feb
Take These 7 Healthy Steps to Lower Your Odds for Dementia

Take These 7 Healthy Steps to Lower Your Odds for Dementia

If it's good for your heart, it's good for your brain, too.

This is the main message from a new study showing that seven heart-healthy habits can lower your chances of developing dementia down the road. This list includes being active, eating better, maintaining a health...

27 Feb
Could a Common Sweetener Raise Heart Risks?

Could a Common Sweetener Raise Heart Risks?

An artificial sweetener commonly used in processed foods could be increasing people's risk of heart attack and stroke, a new study argues.

Erythritol is a natural sugar alcohol found in many vegetables and fruit. Even the human body produces small amounts of erythritol.<...

27 Feb
Daily Marijuana Use Now Linked to Heart Risks

Daily Marijuana Use Now Linked to Heart Risks

New research suggests that smoking weed is far from benign: Toking every day might raise your odds of heart disease.

The increased risk is not insignificant. Daily marijuana users are about one-third more likely to develop coronary artery disease, compared with people wh...

23 Feb
Getting a Good Night's Sleep Can Add Years to Your Life

Getting a Good Night's Sleep Can Add Years to Your Life

Getting good sleep may have long-term benefits -- even extending your life span, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that young people with better sleep habits were incrementally less likely to die early. About 8% of deaths from any cause could be attributed to poor ...

23 Feb
Heart Risks Rise in People With Long COVID

Heart Risks Rise in People With Long COVID

Having the lingering symptoms known as long COVID after a COVID-19 infection more than doubles the risk of developing new heart symptoms, according to new research.

“COVID-19 is more than a simple respiratory disease — it is a syndrome that can affect the heart,” ...

20 Feb
Bad Sleep Can Raise Heart Risks for Seniors

Bad Sleep Can Raise Heart Risks for Seniors

Sticking to a consistent sleeping routine may help keep your arteries clear as you age, new research suggests.

Conversely, older adults who slept for a varying number of hours each night and tended to fall asleep at different times were more likely to develop hardening o...

14 Feb
5 Foods to Boost Your Heart Health

5 Foods to Boost Your Heart Health

Keeping your heart healthy has numerous benefits, including a reduced risk for coronary heart disease, stroke,

12 Feb
A1C: What Is It, and What Does It Mean for Your Heart?

A1C: What Is It, and What Does It Mean for Your Heart?

You might think about cholesterol when you consider your cardiovascular health.

It's also important to consider your A1C levels.

Sugar is just as bad for your heart as cholesterol -- if not worse, said

10 Feb
Sen. John Fetterman's Hospitalization From 'Lightheadedness' Wasn't Another Stroke

Sen. John Fetterman's Hospitalization From 'Lightheadedness' Wasn't Another Stroke

FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2023 (HealtDay News) -- Sen. John Fetterman, who suffered a stroke last May while campaigning for his Senate seat, remains hospitalized after being admitted on Wednesday for lightheadedness, but d...

09 Feb
What Is a Heart Attack and What Are the Symptoms?

What Is a Heart Attack and What Are the Symptoms?

In the United States alone, more than 800,000 heart attacks occur each year.

That number will likely continue to rise: The

08 Feb
Flu Shot Could Be a Lifesaver for Folks With Chronic Ills

Flu Shot Could Be a Lifesaver for Folks With Chronic Ills

The U.S. flu season is expected to extend into spring, and experts say it's not too late to get a flu shot.

Last year's flu season was mild, but this season has already seen triple the number of flu-related deaths in the United States.

“Even a minor respiratory ...

06 Feb
What Is Coronary Heart Disease?

What Is Coronary Heart Disease?

That seemingly sudden heart attack? It may have been triggered by underlying coronary heart disease.

Heart attack is a big event, but for some it might be the first sign of a problem that has been building for quite some time.

Coronary heart disease -- also known ...

02 Feb
Do You Live in a 'Food Swamp'? It Could Be Raising Your Heart Risk

Do You Live in a 'Food Swamp'? It Could Be Raising Your Heart Risk

Americans who live near a "food swamp" may have a higher risk of suffering a stroke, a preliminary study finds.

A number of studies have looked at the health consequences of living in a so-called food desert -- areas with few grocery stores or other options for buying fr...

02 Feb
Caring for Teeth, Gums May Safeguard Aging Brains

Caring for Teeth, Gums May Safeguard Aging Brains

Taking good care of your teeth -- brushing, flossing, regular dental checkups -- is, of course, important for good health. Now researchers say it's also vital for brain health.

While it was already clear that poor dental health could increase stroke and heart disease ris...