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Do You Need More Aggressive Blood Pressure Goals?

Preliminary findings from a landmark NIH study show that lowering blood pressure goals could reduce the rates of major heart events, such as heart attack, and death by 25 to 30 percent as compared to current blood pressure recommendations. More...

Fighting Back Against Metabolic Syndrome

Lifestyle measures are key in delaying or even preventing metabolic syndrome. Here's what you can do. More...

A Flu Shot Bonus: AFib Protection

Not only does getting an influenza vaccination protect you from getting the flu, it may also lower your risk of developing atrial fibrillation, an arrhythmic disorder that causes the heart to beat irregularly and rapidly. More...

Treating Sleep Apnea May Help AF

Getting sleep apnea under control can help prevent recurrent episodes of atrial fibrillation (AF), a research review suggests. More...

The Risks of Statin Use -- and How Likely You Are to Experience Them

From diabetes and memory loss to muscle pain and liver injury, being aware of the potential for side effects can help you spot any issues early. More...

Avocado a Day to Keep Heart Disease Away?

A small study found that a moderate-fat diet, which included one avocado per day, cut participants’ LDL cholesterol levels by an average of 13.5 points in just five weeks. More...

New Treatment Option for Heart Failure Reduces Risk of Hospitalization

A drug called ivabradine (Corlanor) can help prevent hospitalizations in certain people with heart failure—namely, those whose heart rate remains high despite standard treatment with beta-blockers. More...

Study: Exercise Can Be As Effective As Stents in Patients With PAD

Of patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD), supervised exercise gradually increased people’s capacity to walk without pain. More...

Fast Facts: Heart Attack Versus Cardiac Arrest - There is a Difference

You may often hear the terms “cardiac arrest” and “heart attack” used interchangeably. In fact, they are distinct conditions. More...

Studying a Promising Option for Stubborn Angina

The hourglass-shaped implant is akin to a stent, but instead of being placed in a heart artery, it is inserted via catheter into a large coronary vein, where it alters blood flow out of the heart. More...

When Heart Attacks Are Silent

As its name suggests, a silent heart attack occurs when oxygen flow to your heart is reduced in the absence of obvious symptoms like chest pain. And it's not as rare as it may seem. More...

A Goodbye to Trans Fats

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered food manufacturers to phase out their use of artificial trans fats in an array of processed foods over the next two years. More...

Are Wearable Devices That Track Steps Accurate?

Overall, wearable devices as well as smartphone applications do a good job of tracking physical activity, though a 2015 research letter in JAMA suggests that smartphones may have a slight edge. More...

Advice for Safely Taking Pain Medication

It’s been clear for some time that pain relievers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can raise the risk of heart attack or stroke. That includes such widely used medications as ibuprofen, naproxen and celecoxib. The issue returned to the spotlight recently, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it was strengthening existing label warnings on NSAIDs. More...

Can Multivitamins Protect Against Heart Disease?

A recent study finds that they do not lower the long- or short-term risk of having cardiovascular problems. More...

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