October 29, 2013 Older people who are active every day appear to lower their risk of heart disease and death by almost a third, even if they're not doing the kind of exercise that breaks a sweat. Gardening and puttering around the house qualify. And don't overlook berry-picking, a popular pastime in Sweden, where the study was done.
October 9, 2013 Doctors know who's had a stroke, but they often know a lot less about those people's quality of life afterward. A study of the long-term effects finds that even people with very mild strokes report declines in their quality of life. Anxiety about another stroke and the need for ongoing medical care are two factors.
October 8, 2013 There's the war on cancer and the war on heart disease. But investing in delaying the aging process may have a better payoff, economists say. Adding two years of healthy living to lifespans would result in $7 trillion in benefits over 50 years, an analysis says. But Medicare and Social Security would cost more, too.
September 30, 2013 Increasingly, high quality oils have a harvest date stamped on the label. Why? Olive oil goes rancid and loses many of the beneficial compounds in just a few months. If the oil stings the back of your throat, the beneficial compounds are there, experts say.
September 3, 2013 If you have health coverage, you're more likely to go to the doctor. And that's one reason to think that the rollout of the federal health law could help bring down death rates from cardiovascular disease.
September 1, 2013 Preventive treatment of partially blocked arteries in patients suffering a particular kind of severe heart attack reduces future heart attacks, cardiac deaths and cases of recurrent chest pain by about two-thirds.
August 27, 2013 Many stroke patients are getting treatment with a drug that dissolves blood clots. The approach was once controversial. But giving the drug to eligible patients within a few hours of a stroke's first symptoms can prevent disability.
June 25, 2013 Researchers were surprised to find that people with Type 2 diabetes who lost a lot of weight didn't lower their risk of heart attacks or strokes. They did have better control of their blood sugar and saw other health benefits.
June 6, 2013 Improvement in just one factor affecting the risk of stroke can make quite a difference, researchers say. The factors that matter are smoking, body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, physical activity and diet.
May 24, 2013 Treatments with drugs and implanted devices have made it much less likely that people with heart failure will die suddenly. But this chronic disease is still a common killer, researchers say.
May 23, 2013 When researchers challenged people with heart disease to perform some stressful tasks, those who took a popular antidepressant had fewer symptoms related to low blood flow to the heart. The findings, though preliminary, suggest another avenue for treatment.
April 24, 2013 When gut microbes break down certain foods like red meat and eggs, they produce a compound tied to risks for heart attack, stroke and death, a study found. The research could lead to new ways to prevent heart disease by shifting the mix of gut bacteria.
April 3, 2013 A study of statin use in the real world found that 17 percent of patients taking the pills reported side effects, including muscle pain, nausea, and problems with their liver or nervous system. Many of those people quit taking the pills, at least temporarily.