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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...

New Drug Counteracts Anticoagulant's Bleeding Risk

Until Praxbind’s approval, patients had to have a transfusion or dialysis to reverse Pradaxa's blood-thinning effects. More...

Can You Exercise with an Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD)?

People with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) often avoid activity out of fear it will trigger an arrhythmia, resulting in an electric shock from the device to restore a normal heartbeat. But a recent clinical trial offers some reassurance. More...

What You Need to Know About Triglycerides

An analysis published last year in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology examined data from two studies involving more than 17,000 patients who were taking statins after suffering a heart attack or unstable angina. It found that the higher the patients’ triglyceride levels were, the greater their risk of a repeat heart attack or other complications in the short term (about four months) and long term (about three years). More...

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...

A New Class of Heart Failure Drug

The drug, Entresto (sacubitril/valsartan), is being hailed by some doctors as a “game-changer” in the treatment of heart failure. More...

Heart imaging - Is It Helping Or Hurting Your Health?

While the results of cardiovascular imaging tests can be invaluable, experts have expressed concerns about the potential cancer risks from the radiation required to perform these tests, as well as the negative emotional impact for some patients. More...

Drug Interaction Can Trigger Dangerous Heart Arrhythmia

Mixing certain hepatitis C drugs and the arrhythmia drug amiodarone can lead to a life-threatening heart rate. More...

The Promising Alternative to Statins: Part 1

Alirocumab (Praluent) and evolocumab (Repatha) are making headlines for their ability to drastically lower cholesterol levels. A Johns Hopkins Medicine expert answers 7 questions you may have about the new drugs. More...

The Promising Alternative to Statins: Part 2

Alirocumab (Praluent) and evolocumab (Repatha) are making headlines for their ability to drastically lower cholesterol levels. A Johns Hopkins Medicine expert answers 7 questions you may have about the new drugs. More...

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