April 28, 2010 A study of a dozen long-term steroid users found profound heart damage. Though small in size, the study suggests problems loom for people who took the drugs when they were young.
Your heart isn't sweet on sugar added to food.
April 20, 2010 A new study finds that diets with lots of the sugar found in many processed foods raise the risk of heart disease.
Reducing salt intake requires more than cutting out the shaker.
April 20, 2010 A report by independent experts recommends that the Food and Drug Administration regulate and reduce salt in foods, steps the agency seems prepared to take.
April 16, 2010 Robots programmed to do physical therapy with stroke patients are precise and they don't get tired. But that doesn't mean they're any better for the patients than their human counterparts.
April 9, 2010 Sleep apnea increases the chances you'll have a stroke. The hazard is independent of other known stroke triggers such as being overweight, smoking, or having high blood pressure or diabetes.
Keep on eating these for your heart, just don't expect cancer-prevention miracles.
April 6, 2010 Eating five servings of fruits and vegetables daily doesn't do much to lower cancer risk, a large study finds. The evidence still supports cardiovascular benefits, though.
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.
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