August 24, 2011 Britain's health-quality institute says the good old blood pressure cuff is no longer good enough to accurately diagnose hypertension. The British now recommend that people with a high reading should also have an ambulatory test, wearing a blood-pressure monitor for 24 hours.
August 23, 2011 In just five years hospitals and doctors across the country have made remarkable progress in speeding up treatment. The median time for patients to get a potentially life-saving treatment dropped to 64 minutes in 2010 from 96 minutes in 2005.
August 20, 2011 Former President Bill Clinton was once renowned for his love of all foods fried and greasy. In the past year, he has gone meat- and dairy-free in an effort to fend off heart disease – and dropped more than 20 pounds. Quite a turnaround for a guy whose penchant for McDonald's was immortalized in a famous comedy skit.
August 11, 2011 Pharmaceutical companies have been working hard to make drugs to elbow out warfarin as the stroke-prevention drug for 2.3 million Americans with atrial fibrillation. A new study finds one of the contenders, rivaroxaban, is as effective as warfarin in preventing stroke, and doesn't require monitoring.
August 5, 2011 As many as 70 percent of 8-month-old babies consumed too much sodium, according to a study in the U.K. Many infants are eating the wrong kinds of foods — like canned, processed fare, researchers say. But even seemingly healthful options like bread and cereals can be loaded with salt.
August 2, 2011 Even modest amounts of physical activity reduce the dangers of heart disease, a new analysis finds. And the biggest benefits come from doing something rather than nothing.
July 6, 2011 An analysis of treatments for more than a half-million heart patients found many got stents when standardized criteria suggested they were unwarranted. There were also wide variations in treatment approaches by hospital.
June 22, 2011 People taking high doses of statins were more likely to develop diabetes than those taking moderate doses of the drugs. The increase amounted to 2 additional cases of diabetes per 1,000 patients taking high doses of the medicines compared with those getting lower doses.
June 16, 2011 French researchers found an association between liberal use of olive oil and a lower risk of stroke for elderly people. The findings suggest consumption of the oil could have a health benefit, but the claim needs to be proved in more rigorous study, other researchers say.
June 13, 2011 Doctors have been puzzled about why 40 percent of people who receive pacemakers to treat heart failure don't improve. A new analysis concludes that a patient's heart must beat out of sync quite a bit to make the devices worthwhile.
June 8, 2011 The agency says the highest approved dose of simvastatin has been linked to an increased risk of muscle injury, a risk that is greatest during the first year of use. The FDA is telling doctors not to prescribe the 80 milligram dose to new patients.
May 27, 2011 A federal study testing prescription-strength niacin as an add-on to cholesterol-lowering statins to prevent heart disease was stopped early because the niacin did not work. There was also a slight increase in stroke risk for people taking the prescription-strength niacin.
May 4, 2011 A provocative European study suggests that moderate salt intake might be no problem and that diets very low in salt could be a recipe for trouble. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sticking to its low-salt guns.
April 26, 2011 Getting the best heart attack care is still something of a crap shoot –- in the United States as well as Sweden, where a new study shows deaths from heart attacks dropping after best practices were implemented.
April 26, 2011 It's hard to exercise when you have heart failure; shortness of breath and lack of energy are common. Tai chi, the ancient Chinese exercise, seems tailor made for people with this chronic condition. New research shows boosts mood, and improves quality of life.