Keep fat healthy, and your heart will thank you.
March 23, 2010 Skip saturated fats — the kind in butter, cheese and meat — in favor of the kind found in soybeans and safflower seeds. Even doctors have underestimated the heart benefits of eating polyunsaturated fats.
March 16, 2010 A California cardiology group is adding annual patient fees for ancillary services to make up for steep Medicare cuts. It's a unusually vivid instance of how costs are shifted within the health system when a source of funding shrinks.
March 11, 2010 Most patients without known heart disease who get coronary angiograms don't have clogged arteries after all, a large study finds. The results cast doubt on the usefulness of the expensive test in about 200,000 cases a year.
February 24, 2010 Improvements in care have helped the former vice president in his decades-long battle with heart disease. A look at his medical history illustrates the steady progress in treatment.
February 22, 2010 Hypertension is the leading cause of death in the United States, despite the fact that it's easy to prevent and inexpensive to treat. The Institute of Medicine is asking doctors, what gives?
February 22, 2010 In July, the agency is expected to review the safety of the GlaxoSmithKline's Avandia, a diabetes drug dogged by cardiovascular risks. A Senate Finance Committee report that was just released resurrected questions about the medicine.
February 19, 2010 Scientists found that for every point someone scored on a standardized scale of happiness, his risk for a heart attack fell by more than 20 percent.
February 17, 2010 Commonly prescribed medicines called statins increase the risk of diabetes by 9 percent, but the change isn't large enough to outweigh the prevention of heart attacks and strokes.
February 16, 2010 Researchers found less than half of women are likely to call 911 if they feel signs of a heart attack. And many women believe that unproved therapies --like taking vitamins-- will reduce their chances of heart disease.
February 12, 2010 President Clinton's condition has fueled discussions about heart health. But, the episode has also cued pundits to speculate that he must be glad his own health reform effort didn't squeeze by Congress back in 1994.
February 9, 2010 A study of people over the age of 65 has found fewer small strokes among people who ate a diet rich in fish, grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables. The benefits of the Mediterranean diet on mental status jibe with similar research on heart health.
February 9, 2010 A cholesterol-lowering drug called Crestor was just approved by the FDA for people whose cholesterol looks OK but who have other risks for heart disease, including a bad score on a lab test for inflammation.
South Korean women dig up ginseng from a field in 2002.
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February 2, 2010 Many people assume that herbal supplements are inherently safe. But doctors say some remedies can interfere with prescription medicines. If you take supplements, be sure to fill your doctor in.
January 22, 2010 Government researchers say 20 percent of the nation's children have high cholesterol. Bad eating habits, lack of exercise and weight problems are largely to blame.
January 21, 2010 If everyone in the country ate just a half a teaspoon less salt each day, it could save the lives of between 44,000 and 92,000 people a year. The savings would come through the reduction of heart attacks and strokes.
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