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June 27, 2017  
HEART NEWS: Feature Archives

wine September 02, 2014
Heart Disease Patients Need to Exercise to Benefit from the Protective Effects of Wine:
Wine only protects against cardiovascular disease in people who exercise, according to results from the In Vino Veritas study.

molecule August 12, 2014
Effective Treatment for Heart Failure Possible Following Discovery of Heart Molecule:
Researchers have discovered a previously unknown cardiac molecule that could provide a key to treating, and preventing, heart failure.

prison July 08, 2014
Significant Decrease in Heart Disease after Prison Smoking Bans:
Prison smoking bans are associated with up to 11% decrease in smoking related deaths in state prisons with long-term bans in place.

sleep April 08, 2014
Heart Failure Patients Who Sleep Poorly Are at Double the Risk for Hospitalization:
Poor sleep doubles hospitalizations in heart failure, according to new research in nearly 500 patients.

children January 09, 2014
Long-Term Survival Possible for Pediatric Heart Transplant Patients:
Infants and children who undergo heart transplantation are experiencing good outcomes after surgery and may expect to live beyond 15 years post-surgery with reasonable cardiac function and quality of life.

diabetes December 12, 2013
Potential for Prevention and Treatment of Heart Failure in Diabetics:
Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have discovered one of the pathogenic components of diabetes in the heart.

corn November 14, 2013
Some "healthy" vegetable oils may actually increase risk of heart disease:
Recent evidence suggests that allowing a health claim for vegetable oils rich in omega-6 linoleic acid but relatively poor in omega-3 a-linolenic acid may not be warranted.

troublesleeping August 08, 2013
Poor Sleep Schedules Put Women at a Greater Risk for Heart Disease:
Study finds that poor sleep, particularly waking too early, appears to play a significant role in raising unhealthy levels of inflammation among women with coronary heart disease.

cancer July 02, 2013
Heart Failure Survivors At Increased Cancer Risk:
Heart failure patients are surviving more often with the heart condition but they are increasingly more likely to be diagnosed with cancer.

tick June 04, 2013
Using Tick's Spit to Fight Heart Disease:
There really is such a thing as tick spit - that is, the saliva of a tick. And there's something about it that might help fight heart disease and stroke.

May 07, 2013
Pet Owners May Have Reduced Risk Of Heart Disease:
Pet ownership, particularly dog ownership, is probably associated with a decreased risk of heart disease.

March 05, 2013
Childhood Depression Linked To Cardiac Risks Later In Life:
Research suggests that depression, even in children, can increase the risk of heart problems later in life.

February 05, 2013
Snoring May Be Early Sign Of Future Health Risks:
Snoring may put you at a greater risk than those who are overweight, smoke or have high cholesterol.

January 08, 2013
The Importance Of Fat Location And How Belly Fat Differs From Thigh Fat:
Even though many women hate having large hips and thighs, that pear shape actually reduces their risk of heart disease and diabetes.

December 04, 2012
Treadmill Testing Can Predict Heart Disease In Women:
UC Davis researchers have found that the test can accurately predict coronary artery disease in women over the age of 65.

September 07, 2012
Cardiometabolic Risks And Sexual Health:
Assessment of sexual function should be incorporated into cardiovascular risk evaluation for all men, regardless of the presence or absence of known cardiovascular disease.

August 07, 2012
Why Heart Attacks Cause So Much More Damage In Late Pregnancy:
Heart attacks occurring in the last trimester or late months of pregnancy result in worse heart function and more damaged heart tissue than heart attacks among non-pregnant females.

July 03, 2012
Some Dieting Increases Heart Disease Risk:
A 25 year study is the first to show that the popular low carbohydrate diet was paralleled by an increase in cholesterol levels.

June 05, 2012
Death Risks Higher For Heart Attack Survivors Living Near Major Roadways:
Heart attack survivors who live about 100 meters (328 feet) or less from a major U.S. roadway face increased risk of death from all causes

May 01, 2012
Optimism May Help Protect Cardiovascular Health:
Over the last few decades numerous studies have shown negative states, such as depression, anger, anxiety, and hostility, to be detrimental to cardiovascular health.

April 03, 2012
New Ability To Regrow Blood Vessels Holds Promise For Treatment Of Heart Disease:
Researchers have demonstrated a new and more effective method for regrowing blood vessels in the heart and limbs

March 27, 2012
New Blood Test Could Predict Heart Attacks:
Landmark research study shows a promising new blood test may be useful in helping doctors predict who is at risk for an imminent heart attack.

February 28, 2012
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs May Offer Novel Treatment For Heart Disease:
A large international study indicates that anti-inflammatory drugs may become a new tool for preventing and treating coronary heart disease.

January 10, 2012
Higher Risk of Heart Disease from Cigarettes than Previously Believed:
A new UCSF analysis of tobacco industry documents shows manipulated data on the effects of additives in cigarettes obscuring actual toxicity levels and increasing the risk of heart disease for smokers.

August 29, 2011
Five Things Women Should Know About Heart Disease:
Heart disease looks different in women than it does in men. As a woman, here are five things that you should know about heart disease.

July 31, 2011
Healthy Gums for a Healthy Heart:
Recent studies show that gum disease is a major component in the development of circulatory system diseases, including heart disease and stroke.

June 30, 2011
Sitting: The Silent Killer :
Even for those who exercise regularly, too much sitting can be detrimental to heart health.

June 27, 2011
Smoking-Cessation Drug Chantix Linked to Heart Problems :
The quit-smoking drug Chantix may lead to a small but increased risk of heart problems in people with cardiovascular disease

June 14, 2011
Heart Failure Risk Lowered for Women Eating Baked/Broiled Fish :
A recent analysis produced results showing that women who eat fish have less of a risk for heart failure.

May 25, 2011
Consider Heart Health When Ordering Fish:
Broiled or baked fish lowers heart failure risk - fried fish raises risk

April 24, 2011
Too Much Screen Time Can Predispose Children to Heart Disease:
Six-year-olds who spent the most time watching television, using a computer or playing video games had narrower arteries in the back of their eyes — a marker of future cardiovascular risk.

April 12, 2011
Pinpointing Air Pollution’s Effects on the Heart:
Scientists are untangling how the tiniest pollution particles affect our health, making people more vulnerable to cardiovascular and respiratory problems.

March 15, 2011
Benefits of bariatric surgery may outweigh risks for severely obese:
Bariatric surgery may result in long-term weight loss and significant reductions in cardiac and other risk factors for some severely obese adults

February 15, 2011
New Guidelines Help Prevent Heart Disease in Women:
Updated heart disease prevention guidelines for women focus more on “real-world” recommendations than clinical research

December 20, 2010
Risk of Heart Attack Decreases but Costs Remain High:
America is winning a battle against heart disease and stroke mortality, but is still losing the war, according to the American Heart Association.

September 18, 2010
New Focus On 'Sudden Death' Heart Disorder Recommended:
An abrupt, fatal heart attack in a young athlete on the playing field is a tragedy destined to repeat itself over and over until more is understood about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

August 09, 2010
A Healthy Heart Prefers Seven Hours of Sleep:
People who sleep more or less than seven hours are at a greater risk of developing cardiovascular diseases than those who sleep seven hours.

July 12, 2010
Recommended Blood Pressure Level Differs For Heart Patients With Diabetes:
The best blood pressure range for patients with diabetes and heart disease appears to be slightly higher than what is recommended for healthy adults.

July 02, 2010
Too Much TV Contributes to Risk of Heart Attack:
Researchers from the MRC Epidemiology Unit have discovered that every hour a day spent in front of the television multiplied the risk of death from heart disease by a factor of 7%.

June 14, 2010
Short people are more likely to develop heart disease than tall people :
Short adults are approximately 1.5 times more likely to develop cardiovascular heart disease and die from it than are tall people

May 28, 2010
Newer Infant Heart Surgery Technique Yields Better Survival In First Year Of Life:
Pediatric researchers report that a recently introduced surgical procedure offers infants with severely underdeveloped hearts a better chance at surviving during their first year of life.

May 10, 2010
Diagnosing Heart Attacks May Be a Lick and a Click Away:
A diagnostic tool developed by Rice University scientists to detect heart attacks using a person's saliva is currently being tested.

February 22, 2010
Daily Cheer May Help Your Heart:
After a decade-long study, researchers at Columbia University found that happier people were less likely to suffer heart attacks.

February 01, 2010
Go Red for the American Heart Association’s Fight Against Heart Disease:
February is Go Red for Women! Month

December 30, 2009
New Studies Challenge FDA Heart Device Regulations:
The Associated Press reported on two recent studies that found the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation of medical heart devices to be insufficient. These heart devices, like pacemakers and stents, were often approved without proper scientific testing.

December 04, 2009
Tests for Assessing Cardiovascular Health- Considerations for People with Diabetes:
Having diabetes is considered a risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease. In fact, people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke...

October 21, 2008
Occasional Smokers Face Real Risks:
The occasional smoker may want to think again before lighting another cigarette. According to a study in the journal Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology, smoking, even occasionally, can chronically weaken artery. . .

September 11, 2008
Bone Marrow for Broken Hearts:
Bone marrow stem cells may be the secret to improved heart attack recovery.

May 13, 2008
The Silent Destroyer – Part Four:
We’ve covered all the lifestyle change bases related to hypertension except diet and activity. While most of us have a general idea of what we need to eat and how to stay moving, actually going from wherever we are to getting blood-pressure friendly meals on the table...

March 07, 2008
Diabetes and Joint Surgery Increases Heart Risk:
Patients with diabetes who undergo either knee or hip replacement surgery are more likely to suffer complications than patients without diabetes...

February 14, 2008
The Silent Destroyer: Part Three :
In this installment of our update on hypertension, the silent destroyer, we will offer some approaches to behavior changes that increase your chances of keeping blood pressure readings within acceptable ranges.

December 10, 2007
Screening For Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm:
It is usually just recommended for men ages 65 and up, unless you have other risk factors...

November 26, 2007
Preventive Antibiotics Not Necessary For Most Dental-related Heart Problems:
Precautionary antibiotics before dental work are not necessary for most people...

November 12, 2007
The Silent Destroyer: Part Two:
The connection between blood pressure and obesity is explored...

November 05, 2007
High Blood Pressure: The Silent Destroyer:
Even though hypertension is silent and usually causes no discernible symptoms, its destructive work proceeds...

October 22, 2007
Healthy Hearts: Keeping The Beat :
Heart arrhythmias are common and dangerous, but they can be treated...

October 01, 2007
Defibrillators In The Home: Giving People The Chance To Help Save Lives:
A lunchbox-sized red case sits in Art Garofalo's living room in Weston, Massachusetts, a constant reminder to him that he is a lucky man...

September 17, 2007
Women Have Poor Understanding of Cholesterol:
Only one in five women between the ages of 18 and 44 know their cholesterol level, despite the fact that cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease...

August 27, 2007
Dental Health Problems May Increase Heart Disease Risk:
A strong link between our dental health and our overall health is being made...

August 13, 2007
Young at Heart: Science Says the Old Saying May be On Target:
Recent research from the University of Pittsburgh looks at cardiovascular function and its effect on frailty...

July 23, 2007
New Heart Implant May Help Prevent Stroke:
A new heart implant device may help prevent stroke by preventing atrial fibrillation, a common type of irregular heartbeat...

July 09, 2007
Heart Health and Magnesium: Studies Suggest Link:
We all know we should eat right, but the days can slip by so easily without making the necessary changes...

June 11, 2007
Cardiologist Comments on Walnut Study and Benefits of Mediterranean Diet:
We speak with a cardiologist about what is happening and what needs to happen...

April 30, 2007
Most Angioplasties Are Unnecessary:
New research suggests that a regimen of drugs and healthy living is just as effective at relieving chest pain as angioplasty...

April 09, 2007
Mediterranean Diet Still Best Eating Plan for Heart:
The Atkins Diet, The South Beach Diet and the Mediterranean Diet – oh my...

March 05, 2007
Results Of Recent Viagra Heart Study Are Promising:
Doctors and researchers at Johns Hopkins believe that the popular Viagra drug may be useful for cardiovascular treatments...

February 20, 2007
Man Receives First Temporary Total Artificial Heart in Northeast United States:
Penn cardiac surgeons use new "bridge to transplant" technology on 46-year-old man...

February 05, 2007
Men With High Blood Pressure Who Drink Moderate Amounts of Alcohol May Have a Lower Risk of Heart Attack:
This finding is according to a study appearing in the January issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine...

November 27, 2006
Angioplasty Study Questions One-Size-Fits-All Approach for Heart Patients:
New research raises some important questions about angioplasty as a treatment for heart attack...

November 13, 2006
Walnuts Found Superior to Olive Oil in Protecting Arteries:
You may want to start incorporating a few more walnuts into your diet after reading about this new study...

October 30, 2006
New Studies Confirm Heart Health and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Connection :
For decades cardiologists around the world have asked the question: How can we best care for our hearts?

October 17, 2006
Strength Training Helps Middle-Age Women Reduce Heart Disease Risk :
There are some simple and manageable steps you can take to reduce your risk of heart attack...

October 04, 2006
Soy: Good for You but Not Magic Food:
Life is full of paradoxes. A current one is that even as epidemics in overweight, obesity, and Type 2 diabetes sweep the developed world – and heart disease kills more Americans that any other illness – we are maturing in our understanding of what it means to eat well...

September 20, 2006
Grandma’s Unplugged! – Part Three :
It was when she first got home and all the family was over at her condo that Blackwell will always remember...

August 30, 2006
Grandma’s Unplugged! – Part Two:
“Apparently they got me all sewed up and the surgeon had just taken his gloves off when I died. My heart stopped...

August 18, 2006
Grandma’s Unplugged! Mystery Pains Turn into Triple Bypass:
But there never was a correlation that Olive Blackwell could see between her activities and the onset of the horrible squeezing pains in her chest...

July 31, 2006
Watch Your Heart Health – But Maybe Not With Green Tea:
It’s good for you! It’s bad for you! These days it’s hard to keep track of what foods, herbs and supplements you’re supposed to add to, or subtract from, your diet...

July 14, 2006
B Vitamins and Rethinking Cardiovascular Health:
In the world of heart disease and stroke, there are a few axioms conventional wisdom upholds. A healthy diet is important for cardiovascular health. Regular exercise is recommended...

June 29, 2006
Irish Getting Luckier, Living with Healthier Hearts:
If healthiness is any indication of one’s luck, it seems that the Irish are getting even luckier over the past few years. But perhaps luck doesn’t have anything to do with a recent study’s reports of an almost 50 percent decrease in deaths caused by coronary artery disease...

June 16, 2006
Grape Seed Study Shows Promise for People with High Blood Pressure:
A recent study out of the University of California at Davis showed that patients who took grape seed extract significantly reduced their blood pressure and in some cases even lowered their LDL cholesterol levels...

June 02, 2006
Words Can Really Hurt You: How We Fight Affects the Heart:
Disagreements and discord are inevitable in relationships. But it’s the way we say things when we’re in the heat of an argument that can have a negative effect on our heart health...

May 19, 2006
Fighting Bad Cholesterol: Gap between Optimal and Actual Levels Widens:
We’ve heard a lot about “good” and “bad” cholesterol lately, but according to a recent study out of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, the message can’t be taken too lightly...

May 04, 2006
Study Questions Heart Benefits of Treating Mildly Underactive Thyroids:
A research team recently found that the best strategy for treating mildly underactive thyroid glands may be to skip treatment altogether...

April 21, 2006
Aspirin’s Heart Benefits Differ by Gender:
The heart protective benefits from a daily dose of aspirin may apply more to men than women, but women may experience fewer strokes when taking aspirin, according to a new study...

April 07, 2006
Non-Invasive Test Detects Heart Disease Risk:
A team of medical researchers at the Mayo Clinic recently discovered the benefits of a simple device, known as an arterial tonometer, to detect arterial stiffness and its association with levels of coronary artery calcium...

March 23, 2006
Healthy Hearts with Whole Grains:
Eating whole grains protect against heart disease – as well as the usual litany of cancer, diabetes, stroke, intestinal disease and obesity. That said, consider yourself a member of the elite if you get three servings of these preferred foods a day...

March 13, 2006
Key Factors for Successful Heart Attack Treatment:
In a recently published study, researchers identified a series of factors that are crucial in enabling hospitals and care centers to respond quickly and efficiently to the needs of heart attack patients...

March 01, 2006
Sweet News: Studies Show Dark Chocolate Promotes Heart Health:
It’s dark, it’s delicious and it may no longer be as decadent. Chocolate, the candy that’s often packaged in a heart-shaped box, has been shown to promote heart health...

February 13, 2006
Staying Hydrated Makes for Good Heart Health :
“I can always tell if I didn’t get enough fluid during the day because when night comes I’ll want ice cream or a beer or milk and cookies,” said 55 year-old Charles Taylor...

January 26, 2006
Cross Our Hearts and Hope to Live – Better Heart Care for Women :
She was driving a school bus full of children home when a car swerved into her lane. The wayward vehicle narrowly missed the yellow bus, but sent the school bus driver’s chest into a cramped knot...

January 13, 2006
Simple Precautions Can Help Prevent Strokes:
In an instant a stroke can turn an active life on its head. Before someone knows what’s happened, they can find themselves as a patient with seriously-impaired mobility, speech and vision...

December 29, 2005
Time for an Oil Change – Trans Fat Battle Escalates:
New York City health commissioner Thomas R. Frieden, M.D. thinks it’s all well and good that as of January 2006 the FDA will finally require food manufacturers to list trans fatty acids on Nutrition Facts labels of packaged foods...

December 16, 2005
Chronic Stress Leads to Poor Health:
“It’s all in your head.” While this comment might have been dismissive and caused many patients in the post- World War II era, research over the past 25 years increasingly concludes that there are links between the brain and the body’s physical health...

December 01, 2005
A Safer Method for Aortic Aneurysm Repair:
Aortic aneurysms are a very dangerous condition in which a portion of the aorta becomes stretched thin and bulges. New research has led health care specialists to consider a newer, safer alternative to open surgery for the repair of ruptured aortic aneurisms...

November 17, 2005
Cardiac Care for Blacks Lags Behind Care for Whites:
Class, race and gender disparities within the healthcare system are nothing new. The problem is, however, that even though they have been identified and documented, they haven’t gone away...

November 03, 2005
Get Moving – The Science Behind Exercise :
According to nutrition specialist Bob Wilson, “The body truly is a mechanical, biochemical, and electrically integrated machine. When we choose to be physically active on a regular basis...

October 20, 2005
Gender Disparities Plague Women’s Access to Quality Heart Attack Care:
New findings that analyzed 2,857 heart attack survivors attest to the idea that women do not receive the attention men do when it comes to heart attack care...

October 06, 2005
We’re Serious: Laughter is Good for your Heart:
As one new study found depression could increase the risk of death, another discovered that a good laugh could be a step towards a prolonged life...

September 23, 2005
The Night the Music Stopped - A Stroke Story - Part Five:
It’s almost mid-August and Mack Lowell has beaten at least some of the odds - out of the nursing home/assisted living place that he has absolutely nothing good to say about...

September 09, 2005
The Night the Music Stopped – A Stroke Story - Part Four:
“Not in the mood for music.” Mack Lowell’s pronouncement more than anything the physicians had said seemed to cast the grimmest pall over his situation...

August 23, 2005
The Night the Music Stopped – A Stroke Story - Part Three:
Frustration and worse inevitable for Mack Lowell? So far the jury’s still out, but it’s not looking very good. From the therapists two weeks after the stroke came, the word that the leg would probably come back but the arm was less promising...

August 10, 2005
The Night the Music Stopped – A Stroke Story - Part Two:
As it turned out Mack Lowell lay on his living room floor for 16 hours before neighbors stopping by to drink a beer found him. By then he could barely talk intelligibly but was lucid enough to get mad when those who found him refused to light up a cigarette for him...

July 09, 2005
The Night the Music Stopped – A Stroke Story - Part One:
The Doors were belting out Riders on the Storm, and Mack Lowell felt funny so he thought he’d go in and get some aspirin. He never made it across the living room. Unable to figure out what was happening but knowing he needed help, he kept trying to get up and reach the phone...

July 05, 2005
Guidant and Implant Industry Under Fire:
Americans used to make sci fi jokes about bionic men from Mars. As the 21st century unfolds, though, thousands of people are going bionic with anatomical structures or physiological processes that are replaced or enhanced by electronic or mechanical components...

June 07, 2005
Skip the Fat and Sodium to Stay Stroke Free:
For diet-conscious adults who worry about how the food they eat now will affect them later, new findings suggest that it may be time to say, “hold the fries.” This is because, in addition to more familiar statistics about cardiac and circulatory health, fat and sodium also seem to play a key role...

May 19, 2005
Staying Clear-Headed – Link Between Heart Health and Dementia :
Losing one’s mental faculties just as wisdom is finally setting in surely is one of modern life’s great injustices. Said 84-year-old Bill Lawrence of Portland, Oregon who peered through large red-rimmed bifocals...

April 26, 2005
Age + Gender + Heart Disease = Increased Attention for Older Women:
Aging is hard enough, but being female in a patriarchy makes it doubly difficult – especially when it comes to heart disease. Still, older women’s chance of receiving adequate diagnosis and treatment is on the rise...

April 14, 2005
FDA Says Goodbye to Bextra:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested that Pfizer, Inc. voluntarily withdraw the arthritis drug Bextra from the market on the basis of inadequate data on cardiovascular safety and possible skin complications...

April 07, 2005
Schiavo Case Highlights Hidden Dangers of Eating Disorders:
Most Americans know the story of Terri Schiavo,who fell into a persistent vegetative state (PVS) several years ago as a result of a heart attack. What may be surprising to some is that the cause of the heart attack was an eating disorder...

March 31, 2005
Predicting Heart Disease and Stroke – Give me a C, R, P:
Say the word heart attack or stroke and everyone pays attention. Thus even as the population puts on more weight and languishes on couches in front of TVs, Americans have worked hard to keep their cholesterol levels in tow...

March 15, 2005
Have a Heart – Clinicians Clash with Researchers Over Stem Cells :
Anyone who’s heard the story of Billy the Kid knows that life on the frontier can be a free-for-all. Even though it’s not the Old Wild West, the field of regenerative medicine – using stem cells to repair the body instead of drugs and surgery – is clearly a frontier...

March 03, 2005
Listening – The Key to Diagnosing Women’s Heart Disease :
Of all the women who die each year from heart attacks, 2/3 had no symptoms that either the physician or the patient identified as serious. And according to the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, heart disease takes the lives of more than 250,000 American women...

February 14, 2005
Broken Heart Syndrome – Sudden Emotional Stress Can Stun Heart :
Wesley Smith smiled when he thought of the long stem Ecuadorian red roses he planned to put into his mother’s arms when he walked through the door. But after he heard about the broken heart syndrome Smith decided to skip the surprise and call ahead...

February 08, 2005
Move It or Lose It – Regular Exercise Promotes Heart Health:
Once again it comes down to lifestyle. The latest jury of researchers reporting in Science claim those who get up off the couch have healthier hearts. Specifically the study singles out endurance exercise – the good old cardio workout.

January 26, 2005
National Wear Red Day to Remind Americans of #1 Killer of Women:
Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States. On Feb. 4, thousands of awareness advocates will don red ribbons and other red apparel to raise consciousness about what is often referred to as the “silent killer” of women.

January 12, 2005
Cardiovascular Warning for Pfizer’s Bextra:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced new warnings for the popular arthritis drug Bextra, manufactured by Pfizer, Inc. The drug, used as a painkiller and anti-inflammatory agent, will now carry a bolded warning.

December 27, 2004
Pfizer’s Celebrex Study Shows Heart-Attack Risk:
Drug company Pfizer Inc. said in a Dec. 17th press release that one of its studies has shown an increased risk of heart attack for patients taking Celebrex, which like the recently-recalled Vioxx, is part of a class of painkillers known as cox-2 inhibitors.

December 13, 2004
Alpha-linolenic Acid May Be Instrumental in Women’s Heart Health:
A recent report from the American Heart Association’s 2004 Scientific Sessions notes that diets rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), may help to prevent sudden cardiac death in women.

December 01, 2004
Questionnaire Helps Patients Size Up Risk of Heart Disease :
Researchers of the Framingham Heart Study in Framingham, Massachusetts have invented a questionnaire that they say will help patients learn their own risk of developing heart disease after providing a few simple answers.

November 04, 2004
Study Urges Fruit, Vegetables for Heart:
A multiyear study involving more than 100,000 participants provides added support that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is good for the heart.

November 01, 2004
FDA: Olive Oil May Boost Heart Health:
The monounsaturated fat in olive oil may reduce the chances of suffering coronary heart disease, the Food and Drug Administration said Monday, opening the door to revised food labels.

October 28, 2004
Infants Can Adjust to Heart Transplants:
Infants receiving heart transplants from donors with a different blood type can learn to tolerate the foreign tissue, possibly expanding the pool of organs available to babies who might otherwise die on the waiting list, researchers say.

October 21, 2004
Erectile Dysfunction May Indicate Future Heart Disease:
Men who have sexual problems may want to visit their doctor, and not just for the “little blue pill” or other medicine for erectile dysfunction (ED). Impotence can signify greater medical problems, including the beginning stages of heart disease.

October 20, 2004
Study: Traffic Boosts Heart Attack Risk:
Does heavy traffic make you feel all sweaty and tight in the chest? It could be more than road rage: It could be a heart attack.

October 18, 2004
FDA Approves Temporary Artificial Heart:
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first temporary artificial heart for use in patients at risk of dying as they await a heart transplant, device manufacturer SynCardia Systems announced Monday,

October 14, 2004
Tony Blair: A Cardiac Catheterization Success Story:
British Prime Minister Tony Blair joined the growing ranks of patients to benefit from cardiac catheterization on October 1. In recent years this minimally invasive technique has been heralded as a highly successful method for treating several types of cardiac arrhythmia.

October 08, 2004
VIOXX Pulled From Market After Link to Heart Attack and Stroke:
More than 84 million people worldwide face a reduced incidence of heart attack, stomach bleeding, or stroke now that VIOXX, the popular arthritis medication, has been pulled from the market.

October 07, 2004
Report: Other Drugs May Raise Heart Risks:
Scientists in the United States and Great Britain are calling for a fresh look at Celebrex and other medications similar to Vioxx, the heavily advertised arthritis drug pulled from the market last week after a study suggested it doubled the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

October 03, 2004
Vioxx Withdrawal Causes Concern About FDA:
Americans should feel reasonably safe taking government-approved prescription drugs-- with a few caveats-- even after a popular arthritis medication was pulled from the market, medical experts say. Vioxx was the first prescription drug since 2001 to be taken off the market for safety reasons. Its maker, Merck & Co., cited an increased risk of heart attack and stroke in people who used the medication.

October 01, 2004
Panel: Childhood Obesity Needs Attention:
Schools, food makers, government agencies and families themselves must work together to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity, a panel of scientists said Thursday.

September 30, 2004
Implant Device Appears to Block Strokes:
A tiny tent-like device implanted into the heart appears to block strokes caused by a common irregular heartbeat, sealing off a spot where dangerous blood clots form, German and U.S. researchers reported Wednesday.

September 23, 2004
What to Do if Cardiac Arrest Happens:
The collapse of a friend or relative can signal sudden cardiac arrest. Helping them means keeping a cool head. Here are some tips from various sources that may help save a life.

September 23, 2004
WHO Focuses on Heart Disease and Strokes:
Health authorities worldwide must scale up efforts to curb global growth in heart disease and strokes, turning more attention to problems that start in childhood and are now hitting poor nations hardest, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

September 14, 2004
Clinton Benefits from Bypass Surgery:
When Dr. Craig Smith called the quadruple bypass surgery he performed on former President Bill Clinton “relatively routine,” it was a sign of how far heart disease treatment has come in the last fifty years.

September 09, 2004
Antibiotic May Trigger Cardiac Deaths:
Erythromycin, a widely used antibiotic long considered safe, dramatically increases the risk of cardiac arrest particularly when taken with some popular drugs for infections and high blood pressure, a major study found.

September 09, 2004
Clinton's Surgery Inspires Menu Change:
As doctors monitor former President Bill Clinton's recovery from heart surgery in a New York hospital, his favorite barbecue joint is also consulting the medical community.

August 31, 2004
New Stent Helps to Prevent Strokes:
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a device designed to prevent strokes by clearing blocked carotid arteries, the main blood vessel leading to the brain.

August 31, 2004
New Test May Be Heart Attack Predictor:
A simple test that scrutinizes bad cholesterol more closely may more reliably predict who is going to have a heart attack, new research indicates.

August 31, 2004
Study Examines Blood Pressure Pill:
Scientists have unraveled one of the mysteries of precisely how a popular type of blood pressure pill protects against heart attacks, showing it not only lowers blood pressure but also directly improves the health of the artery walls.

August 30, 2004
Heart Attacks More Likely in Cold Weather:
People with high blood pressure seem to be more vulnerable to heart attacks when the temperature drops, new research shows.

August 30, 2004
Study: Heart Scares May Not Stop Smokers:
European smokers who have a heart scare are no more likely to quit the habit today than their counterparts were almost a decade ago, despite high profile anti-smoking campaigns and doctors' advice to stop, a new study finds.

August 30, 2004
Heart Disease Causes Seen Same Worldwide:
The causes of heart disease are surprisingly the same in every region and race, and stress seems to play a more important role in heart attacks than previously recognized, a major new study has found.

August 29, 2004
Chocolate Said to Help Blood Vessels:
There's more good news for chocolate lovers. Scientists have found that eating dark chocolate appears to improve the function of important cells lining the wall of blood vessels for at least three hours.

August 25, 2004
Louisiana Center Halts Heart Transplants:
The Willis-Knighton/LSU Health Sciences Center is halting heart transplants at its Regional Heart Transplant Center until it fills the position of Dr. Mary Mancini, the center's only heart transplant surgeon.

August 25, 2004
Hospital Starts Angioplasty First Plan:
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital now gives patients having a heart attack artery-clearing angioplasty initially, rather than clot-busting drugs, under a new program aimed at saving more lives.

August 23, 2004
Study: 1 in 3 Adults Has Hypertension:
As Americans get older and fatter, the number of adults with high blood pressure has climbed to almost one in three over the past decade, putting more people at risk of a stroke, heart attack or kidney failure, government researchers said Monday.

August 13, 2004
Avastin Increases Risk of Heart Ailments:
The Food and Drug Administration and Genentech have warned doctors that Avastin, used to treat colorectal cancer, increases patients' risk of suffering heart ailments - including chest pain, strokes, mini-strokes and heart attacks.

August 12, 2004
Cleveland Clinic Developing Heart Pumps:
A biomedical engineering team at the Cleveland Clinic is developing an implantable electric heart pump that researchers hope will become part of a substitute for heart transplants.

August 10, 2004
Doctors Place Hope in Baby Pacemakers:
Four-month-old Damaris Ochoa was near death, born with an enlarged heart that was quickly giving out. Dr. Edward Rhee attached a souped-up adult pacemaker to her tiny heart, and six months later Damaris is thriving.

August 10, 2004
Rural Okla. Areas to Get Defibrillators:
State officials hope that more than 200 defibrillators being distributed to small Oklahoma communities will save lives.

August 04, 2004
Study: Heart-Failure Drug Caused Deaths:
A drug used for congestive heart failure that was supposed to save lives also caused dozens of deaths from a side effect when doctors began prescribing it more widely, Canadian researchers report.

August 03, 2004
Fatty Plaque in Healthy Hearts Poses Risks:
Researchers are using a new grant to focus on the threat from fatty plaque buildup in arteries to the health of their patients.

July 29, 2004
Firm Asks FDA to OK Home Defibrillators:
Defibrillators, those machines that jump-start a stopped heart, may not need to be sold with a doctor's prescription, government advisers said Thursday.

July 28, 2004
Study: Heart Tumors May Be More Common:
Scientists studying a rare genetic disorder have made a surprising discovery that helps explain why certain heart tumors develop and suggests they may be more common than had been believed.

July 26, 2004
New Cholesterol Drug May Make Splash:
Vytorin, the first pill to lower cholesterol in two ways, should hit pharmacy shelves within weeks, the makers said Monday as they promised heavy marketing and a discounted price to battle the top-selling competition.

July 26, 2004
Study Aims to Sort Out Alcohol Usage:
Alcohol is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the medical world: Drinking too much causes serious problems, while drinking a little may help many people's health.

July 24, 2004
FDA Approves Cholesterol Drug Vytorin:
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new cholesterol-lowering drug called Vytorin, the drug's maker announced Friday.

July 21, 2004
Cholesterol Drug Maker Disputes Complaints:
A drug company urged the government Wednesday to dismiss a petition to ban the new anti-cholesterol drug Crestor, arguing there's no evidence it is riskier than its competitors.

July 20, 2004
Study Says Statin Drugs Can Help Kids:
Statin drugs, prescribed to millions of American adults to ward off heart attacks and strokes, can safely reduce cholesterol levels and even reverse narrowing of the arteries in children with inherited high cholesterol, a two-year Dutch study found.

July 19, 2004
Researchers: Flying OK for Heart Patients:
Flying is not as risky for heart patients as doctors once thought, researchers say in a new study published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

July 19, 2004
Co. Wants Non-Prescription Defibrillators:
Defibrillators that jump-start a stopped heart may save lives in airports and shopping malls, but few people keep them at home in case of collapse - even though that's where most cardiac arrests occur.

July 16, 2004
Groups Blast New Cholesterol Guidelines:
Most of the heart disease experts who urged more people to take cholesterol-lowering drugs this week have made money from the companies selling those medicines.

July 15, 2004
Mississippi Evaluating Blacks’ Heart Study:
Health officials are evaluating preliminary findings of a major heart study involving black people in Mississippi. "We will have discovered some things we didn't know before and will be in a position to help with preventative measures in the future," said Justin Vincent, senior operations manager of the Jackson Heart Study.

July 12, 2004
Heart Patients Urged to Slash Cholesterol:
People who have recently had a heart attack should lower their "bad cholesterol" to rock-bottom levels, according to new guidelines issued Monday.

July 12, 2004
Manufacturing Changes of Bioabsorbable Drug-Eluting Stent force Guidant to Delay Filing for Regulatory Approval :
Guidant Corporation announced it will be delaying introduction of its CHAMPION Drug Eluting Stent Program by 6 to 8 months.

July 06, 2004
Studies: New Blood Thinners No Better:
A newer blood thinner is no better than the old standby at treating victims of heart attacks or chest pain, according to two major studies involving nearly 14,000 patients.

June 25, 2004
Heart-Healthy Eating For People With Diabetes:
Diabetes increases your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. In fact, two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke. By making wise food choices, you can help to protect your heart and blood vessels.

June 17, 2004
Study: Liposuction Won't Improve Health:
Liposuctioning your waistline can make you look just fabulous, but it won't necessarily make you healthier. In a study, obese women who dropped up to 23 pounds of belly fat by way of liposuction did not appear to lower their risk of diabetes or heart disease, both of which are fat-related.

June 10, 2004
Alcohol in Moderation May Not Raise Risk of Heart Failure in Heart Attack Survivors:
A new study suggests that heart attack survivors with decreased left ventricular function who consumed 1 to 10 alcoholic beverages a week did not increase their risk of developing the condition over two years.

June 06, 2004
Anti-Cholesterol Pill May Ward Off Cancer:
In a case of medical serendipity, the cholesterol-lowering pills called statins, already widely prescribed to prevent heart attacks, also appear to have an unintended but potentially substantial benefit of warding off cancer.

May 28, 2004
Court Upholds Denial of Stent Injunction:
Medical device manufacturer Boston Scientific Corp. has won another legal battle in its patent dispute against a rival maker of drug-coated stents.

May 28, 2004
Hospital Fined; MD Lied for Transplants:
A hospital was fined $18,000 on Friday because a doctor exaggerated the severity of some patients' conditions to move them up on the heart transplant waiting list.

May 27, 2004
Man Sues Atkins Diet Over Heart Problems:
A businessman has sued the promoters of the Atkins Diet, saying the low-carb, high-fat meal plan clogged his arteries and nearly killed him.

May 27, 2004
Guidant May Delay U.S. OK for Heart Stent:
Guidant Corp. said it might have to delay filing for a key government approval for a new type of heart stent that the company hopes will help it regain its competitive edge.

May 26, 2004
Ill Man Receives Artificial Heart in Ky.:
Doctors implanted an AbioCor artificial heart in a critically ill patient this week at Jewish Hospital, officials said Wednesday. It was the second such surgery this month.

May 24, 2004
Man Who Quit Smoking Has Heart Transplant:
The first person in the United States to get a revolutionary heart pump developed at the Hershey Medical Center has gotten a long-needed heart transplant after proving to doctors that he had stopped smoking, officials said.

May 19, 2004
Children’s Blood Pressure Checks Urged:
New federal guidelines recommend checking children for possible heart and blood vessel damage if they have high blood pressure - a hazard increasing among the very young as Americans put on more and more weight.

May 14, 2004
Study: Breast-Feeding Helps Cholesterol:
Giving support to advocates of breast-feeding, new research bolsters the theory that rapid growth in infancy, encouraged by enriched infant formulas, might increase the risk of heart disease and stroke later in life.

May 10, 2004
Discoveries Show How Obesity Kills:
Research into the biology of fat is turning up some surprising new insights about how obesity kills. The weight of the evidence: It's the toxic mischief of the flesh itself.

May 07, 2004
Experts Comment on Angioplasty X-Rays:
X-rays used during angioplasty can cause severe skin burns, and many cardiologists need more training in how to minimize radiation exposure to patients undergoing the procedures, experts warned on Friday.

May 07, 2004
Patient in Ky. Gets Artificial Heart:
A self-contained artificial heart was implanted in a patient this week at a Kentucky hospital, the first such experimental surgery at the hospital in more than a year.

May 07, 2004
New Protein Predictor of Heart Failure:
Doctors in Boston discovered that high levels of a protein called ST2, which is secreted from heart muscle during a heart attack, predicts an increased risk of death or heart failure in the weeks after hospitalization.

May 04, 2004
Hypertensive Blacks May Have Thick Hearts:
Researchers say they may have found a new clue as to why blacks are at greater risk of dying from heart disease than whites. In the largest study of its kind, blacks with high blood pressure were found to have thicker hearts than whites with high blood pressure.

May 03, 2004
Smoking Ban Linked to Drop in Heart Attack Rate:
Although a smoking ban in Helena, Montana, lasted only six months before it was overturned, the rate of heart attacks during that time dropped from seven a month to just three, according to a recent study.

April 28, 2004
Artery Thickening Found in Obese Children:
New research shows obese children as young as 10-years-old have arteries resembling heavy smokers and face the prospect of coronary disease in early middle age.

April 27, 2004
Study Finds Seasons Affect Cholesterol:
Cholesterol levels tend to rise in the winter and fall in the summer - variations that in some cases could affect treatment decisions, researchers say.

April 27, 2004
Co. Offers Guarantee on Hypertension Drug:
Too many people with high blood pressure quit medication because they don't feel bad - even though the disease is silently attacking arteries and organs. Now a drug giant is offering an extra incentive to stick with it: a money-back guarantee.

April 23, 2004
Report: Heart Disease Is a Global Problem:
Heart disease is a huge but largely overlooked problem for global health, striking working-age people in developing countries and hampering their economies, a new report concludes.

April 23, 2004
Woman Dies From Heart With Wrong Blood:
A woman died Friday after receiving a transplanted heart that was the wrong blood group, hospital authorities said, and prosecutors opened an investigation into possible negligent homicide.

April 22, 2004
FDA Panel Cautiously Backs New Stent:
Doctors may soon get a new way to clear blocked neck arteries: a stent that comes with a tiny filter to catch clots stirred up by the procedure before they float to the brain.

April 21, 2004
Study: New Bypass Technique Holds Promise:
Bypass surgery done on a beating heart is just as effective as the conventional operation performed with a heart-lung machine, and less expensive, a study found.

April 20, 2004
RA and Lupus Increase Heart Attack Risk:
Patients with inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus have an increased risk of suffering a heart attack, and that risk is even greater if they possess other risk factors—such as elevated lipid levels.

April 16, 2004
Medtronic Warns of Defibrillator Problems:
A manufacturer of implanted heart defibrillators said Friday that some older models may not charge properly, which might make it fail to deliver a needed shock to the heart.

April 13, 2004
Fat Hormone May Cut Heart Attack Risk:
Men with high levels of a hormone secreted by fat cells run a lower risk of a heart attack, according to a study that could lead to new ways to prevent or treat heart disease.

April 13, 2004
Girl Who Received Heart Pump Implant Dies:
A 6-year-old Houston girl who became the first patient in the world to receive a DeBakey child heart pump has died.

April 12, 2004
N.Y. Getting CPR Kits in Public Places:
Kits designed to encourage people to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on stricken strangers will soon be appearing in restaurants, bars, theaters and health clubs around New York.

April 12, 2004
Commercial Jets Must Have Defibrillators:
Most commercial airplanes now must have cardiac equipment on board to help passengers who suffer heart attacks. The new Federal Aviation Administration rule, which affects about 2,600 airliners, went into effect Monday.

April 12, 2004
Manufacturer Argues Against Ephedra Ban:
The manufacturer of a popular diet supplement containing ephedra urged a judge to block a nationwide ban on the herbal stimulant that was taking effect Monday, arguing that there is no proof it is dangerous if used properly.

April 12, 2004
Ban on Stimulant Ephedra to Begin:
A government ban on sales of ephedra kicks in Monday unless a federal judge issues the dwindling industry a late reprieve.

April 08, 2004
Drug May Help Prevent Irregular Heartbeat:
Scientists have discovered the molecular cause of a lethal type of irregular heartbeat and a drug that seems able to prevent it, a finding that might one day save hundreds of thousands of lives.

April 07, 2004
Study: Drug Lifts Good Cholesterol Level:
An experimental drug can dramatically boost levels of HDL, the good cholesterol, potentially offering an entirely new way to prevent heart attacks.

April 02, 2004
Meditation Impacts Teen Blood Pressure:
A study by the Medical College of Georgia found that two 15-minute meditation sessions each day - once at home, the other at school - helped teenage students lower their blood pressure over four months.

March 31, 2004
Study Questions Value of Inflammation Test:
A large new study casts doubt on one of the hottest ideas in the field of heart disease - that inflammation levels in the bloodstream are a powerful predictor of heart attacks.

March 31, 2004
Babies Can Get Hearts With Wrong Blood:
When Luke Cowdell was born, the nurses noticed he didn't have the pink hue of a healthy baby boy. Because of a heart defect, blood wasn't coursing to his hands and feet. When emergency surgery failed, the only option was a heart transplant.

March 30, 2004
Cardiac Surgery Riskier for Those Over 80 Years:
Despite tremendous advancements in surgical skill and medical technology, people over the age of 80 who undergo cardiac surgery have more complications following surgery and spend more time in nursing homes than those under the age of 80.

March 23, 2004
Study: Drinking May Help Heart Patients:
Drinking in moderation appears to reduce heart-related deaths in men with high blood pressure, new research suggests, challenging the belief among many doctors that alcohol should be off-limits to such patients.

March 18, 2004
FDA Panel Backs Artificial Heart:
A type of artificial heart moved a step closer to the U.S. market Wednesday, but it's not a permanent replacement - just a temporary device to keep certain near-death patients alive long enough to receive a heart transplant.

March 18, 2004
Medicare Weighs Defibrillator Coverage:
Medicare is considering expanding coverage for expensive cardiac defibrillators that are surgically implanted, following a government-funded study that showed the technology significantly reduced deaths in patients with even mild heart disease.

March 17, 2004
Questions Remain on Temporary Heart:
A type of artificial heart under government scrutiny may keep some near-death patients alive long enough to receive transplants, but there are serious questions about its scientific backing and whom it might benefit, advisers said Wednesday.

March 17, 2004
FDA Advisers Consider Artificial Heart:
A temporary artificial heart that promises to help keep certain patients alive long enough to receive a heart transplant must pass a key hurdle, as government advisers debate whether the device works well enough to sell.

March 12, 2004
New Device Helps Reshape Damaged Hearts:
After five heart attacks and a stroke, Charles Neal's heart was so worn out that he couldn't walk across a room without feeling exhausted and short of breath. Constant fatigue caused by congestive heart failure eventually forced the 72-year-old business owner into early retirement.

March 10, 2004
Following Rules Helps After Heart Attacks:
Getting doctors to follow their own rules for taking care of heart attack patients appears to pay off by saving more lives. Despite huge improvements in heart care over the past two decades, the flow of these advances into everyday care has often been slow and spotty.

March 09, 2004
Colorado’s High Altitude Hard on Hearts:
Colorado's high-country altitudes are hard on tourists' hearts, killing a disproportionate number of visitors in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s with undetected cardiac conditions, several coroners say.

March 08, 2004
At-Home Device Would Check Blood Thinning:
Three university scientists are developing a prototype device that they say will allow patients on blood thinning medication to take their own blood-clotting readings at home.

March 08, 2004
Study: Lower Cholesterol Helps Save Lives:
Lowering heart attack victims' cholesterol to levels dramatically below current standards appears to be an important strategy for saving lives and preventing new heart problems, a major new study shows.

March 07, 2004
Drug-Coated Stents Aid Angioplasties:
Tiny clogged arteries in the heart that have long bedeviled cardiologists' attempts at repair can now be kept flowing smoothly with new drug-coated stents that have already revolutionized treatment of larger vessels.

March 06, 2004
Folate in Food May Reduce Heart Disease:
Adding the vitamin folate to flour, a practice begun in 1996 to prevent birth defects, also appears to have a striking effect against cardiovascular disease, preventing an estimated 48,000 deaths a year from strokes and heart attacks, a government study found.

March 05, 2004
New Children’s Heart Pump May Save Lives:
A new, smaller version of a heart pump that has helped keep adults alive as they await transplants is now ready for use by children who need donor hearts.

March 05, 2004
Boston Scientific’s New Stent Is Approved:
Boston Scientific Corp. said it would immediately launch a new stent that props open arteries and releases drugs into them after receiving final approval Thursday from federal regulators.

March 04, 2004
Abiocor Heart Implanted in 12th Patient:
An Abiocor artificial heart was implanted in a 12th patient as part of a clinical trial, the device's manufacturer said Wednesday.

March 03, 2004
Estrogen Linked to Stroke, Dementia Risk:
Long-term use of estrogen slightly increases women's risk of a stroke and possibly of dementia, the government said Tuesday, halting the nation's last major study of the hormone a year early because of the safety concern.

February 26, 2004
Boston Scientific Anticipates Taxus Stent Launch:
Boston Scientific’s drug-coated stent, designed to keep arteries from reclogging after heart surgery, could be available for sale in the United States soon.

February 25, 2004
Study: Test Own Blood Pressure, Stop Meds:
Letting patients measure their own blood pressure at home could help detect "white coat hypertension" - a high reading that occurs only in the doctor's office - and enable many people to get off medication, a study found.

February 24, 2004
J&J, Guidant to Co-Promote Heart Stents:
Two competing developers of drug-coated stents used to prop open coronary arteries after surgery said Tuesday they had settled a patent dispute and will team up in the emerging $3-billion-a-year market.

February 12, 2004
Report Urges Americans to Reduce Sodium:
A long-awaited nutrition report suggests lowering the maximum amount of salt Americans should allow themselves each day, even though the average person already consumes far more than is recommended.

February 11, 2004
Peptide May Help Predict Heart Disease:
A protein produced by overstressed heart muscle appears to be a strong indicator of heart disease, offering doctors a quick and cheap test for diagnosing patients in the ER and a potential new way to spot heart trouble well before symptoms appear.

February 09, 2004
Depression and Fatal Heart Disease Linked:
Depression in older women is strongly linked with a higher risk of dying from heart disease, according to research on more than 90,000 women.

February 06, 2004
Women’s Deadliest Foe:
Only 8% of American women consider heart disease their greatest health risk, but nearly half will die from it. Cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of death in American women, killing more than the next seven causes put together.

February 05, 2004
FDA About to Finalize Ephedra Ban:
The Bush administration is putting the final touches on its planned ban of ephedra, moving to get the herbal stimulant off stores shelves by April.

February 04, 2004
Gene Could Lead to Heart-Healthy Foods:
Scientists say they have bioengineered a gene from a tiny worm that could lead to juicy sirloins and gooey omelets that protect your arteries, not clog them.

February 03, 2004
New Campaign Urges Women To Go Red:
While more women today are aware that they are at risk for heart disease, a very large number still do not realize that it is their number one killer.

January 31, 2004
Scientists Eye Pills to Unclog Arteries:
Heart researchers may be closing in at last on a long-fantasized goal - treatments that flush out the nasty globs of gunk that clog the heart's plumbing.

January 27, 2004
Study Links Heart Attacks, Protein:
Doctors might be able to gauge heart patients' risk of death or heart attack by measuring levels of a growth factor protein in their blood, a German study suggests.

January 22, 2004
Dole Urges Screening for Aneurysms:
Bob Dole, former Senate majority leader talks about abdominal aortic aneurysm and the non-invasive treatment that saved his life.

January 21, 2004
AHA Recommends Emergency Response Plan for Schools:
Cardiac arrest, falls, seizures and asthma attacks —schools should be prepared for all of them, according to the American Heart Association. The AHA has issued a statement recommending that schools develop detailed plans for medical emergencies.

January 16, 2004
Ky. Man Tells of Life With Heart Device:
A new experimental heart device implanted in David Vensel's chest let him live through Christmas and play with his three great-grandchildren again.

January 13, 2004
Heart Stories: Victory Over Heart Disease:
Heart disease: It's no longer just a man's problem. An estimated six million American women now have coronary artery disease-the life-threatening condition that blocks the vessels supplying oxygen and vital nutrients to the heart.

January 07, 2004
Hormone Rates Well Vs. Cardiac Arrest:
A hormone called vasopressin is clearly better at saving the lives of patients whose hearts have stopped than the drug doctors have been using for the past 100 years, according to a new study.

January 05, 2004
The Elimination of Heart Attack -- Is it Possible? :
Heart disease is the largest killer of Americans -- more people in the United States die from diseases of the heart and blood vessels than all other diseases combined.

January 01, 2004
Heart Bypass Surgery Examined in Study:
Doing bypass surgery on a beating heart instead of using a heart-lung machine is far more likely to result in clogging of the new arteries within just a few months, a study found.

December 30, 2003
U.S. to Ban Dietary Supplement Ephedra:
The Bush administration has decided to ban the herbal weight-loss supplement ephedra from the marketplace because of concerns about its effects on health, government officials said Tuesday.

December 29, 2003
Study Explores Options for Heart Failure Treatment:
For many of the 550,000 patients who show up in doctors’ offices with heart failure each year the choice of treatment is clear, but for others the decision between medication versus medication plus surgery to manage the disease is not so simple.

December 16, 2003
Study Probes Air Pollution, Heart Disease:
Air pollution in U.S. cities causes twice as many deaths from heart disease as it does from lung cancer and other respiratory ailments, a surprising new study suggests.

December 15, 2003
Doctor Says Weight Training Can Rip Aorta:
Bill Linski was lying down watching television when he felt as if something in his chest was being ripped apart. The largest artery in Linski's body, the aorta, was splitting. It took a major operation to keep him together, and his surgeon thinks Linski's weight training triggered his brush with death.

December 07, 2003
Family, Doctors Find Heart Attack Gene:
An Iowa family that took part in research that helped identify a gene linked directly to heart attacks has gone public.

December 04, 2003
Doctors Praise FCC-Banned Heart Device:
Some doctors laud as a lifesaver a heart-monitoring device that faxes information directly to a physician's office from anywhere in the world. Federal regulators, however, worry the portable messenger could pose a danger to patients.

December 04, 2003
Study Fuels Debate Over Benefits of COX-2 Inhibitors in Coronary Artery Disease:
In the largest study of its kind, Canadian researchers have found that a COX-2 inhibitor had neither favorable nor adverse affects on blood vessel function in people with coronary artery disease.

November 26, 2003
Heart Technique Reportedly Lessens Pain:
A team of researchers working at Jewish Hospital helped develop a new technique for heart surgery that may result in less pain and shorter hospital stays for patients.

November 25, 2003
FDA Moves to Allay Concerns Over Stent:
The government moved to ease concerns Tuesday about deaths associated with a popular new drug-coated heart stent, saying it now appears the Cypher stent is no riskier than its competitors.

November 25, 2003
Experimental Cholesterol Test More Specific Indicator of Heart Disease:
Despite high levels of the "good" cholesterol known as HDL, some mysteriously go on to develop heart disease. But doctors at UCLA say they have developed a test to identify which patients have dysfunctional HDL and therefore a higher risk for heart attack.

November 20, 2003
Individualized Attention Improves Heart Failure Outcomes:
Heart failure patients getting an hour of individualized education about diet and medications before they leave the hospital take better care of themselves at home—reducing their risk of rehospitalization or dying in the next six months, say researchers at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center.

November 11, 2003
Officials Want Restaurants to Label Menus with Nutrient Numbers:
Last week, federal legislation was introduced that would force restaurants to label their menus with total fat, calories, and sodium content in each item. It’s an effort to help Americans slim down their waistlines and shape up their hearts.

November 10, 2003
Study: Bone Marrow May Aid Damaged Hearts:
Doctors can boost the heart's pumping power after a heart attack by injecting bone marrow scavenged from the victim's own hip, the most rigorous test yet of the technique has shown.

November 09, 2003
Not All Heart Patients Get Standard Care:
Doctors have known for a decade that drugs called ACE inhibitors are a cornerstone of care for congestive heart failure, yet a nationwide survey released Sunday shows that nearly one-third of patients are sent home from the hospital without this lifesaving treatment.

November 06, 2003
Withdrawing Aspirin can Lead to Heart Attack:
New research shows that people with coronary artery disease who take a daily aspirin increase their risk of a heart attack within a week of stopping the medication. The study was conducted by researchers in France and was presented at a meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians in Orlando last week.

November 05, 2003
Test Achieves Cholesterol Breakthrough:
An experimental treatment that seems to work like "liquid Drano" for clogged arteries stems from remarkably healthy villagers in northern Italy found to have paradoxically lousy cholesterol levels.

November 04, 2003
Heart Attack Warning Signs Are Studied:
Unusual fatigue and sleeplessness might be early warning signs of a heart attack in women, a study suggests.

October 29, 2003
FDA Issues Warning on Stent Side Effect:
More than 60 patients who received a popular new drug-coated heart stent have died, the government disclosed Wednesday - a surprising increase since the last health warning about the device just months ago.

October 22, 2003
Blood Pressure Drug Reduces Hospitalizations and Death due to Heart Failure:
In one of the largest recent studies on heart failure, doctors have found that adding the blood pressure drug Atacand to a patient’s drug regimen can significantly reduce hospital admissions and cardiovascular death.

October 20, 2003
The Safest Aspirin Dose to Prevent a Heart Attack:
Nearly 26 million Americans are on daily aspirin therapy to prevent a heart attack, and roughly half are taking the standard dose of 325 mg. But a new study shows that this may be more aspirin than is needed, and lowering the dose can decrease the risk of side-effects while still protecting the heart.

October 15, 2003
Boston Scientific Presents Results from TAXUS Stent Trials at TCT:
Boston Scientific is awaiting approval by the FDA of its new drug-eluting stent, called TAXUS, now that results from a new study on patients with coronary artery disease have shown that it significantly reduces the need for repeat angioplasty or coronary artery bypass surgery within a year.

October 13, 2003
Americans Are Getting Fatter and Fatter:
Americans are not just getting fatter, they are ballooning to extremely obese proportions at an alarming rate. The number of extremely obese American adults has quadrupled since the 1980s to about 4 million.

October 13, 2003
Low-Carb Diets Are Working, Study Says:
The dietary establishment has long argued it's impossible, but a new study offers intriguing evidence for the idea that people on low-carbohydrate diets can actually eat more than folks on standard lowfat plans and still lose weight.

October 06, 2003
Exercise Testing is Better Predictor of Heart Disease Risk in Women than EKG:
A new study reveals that how long a woman can exercise and how quickly her heart rate returns to normal following a workout may be a better indicator of heart attack risk than an EKG.

September 29, 2003
Lawyer: Many Faked Fen-Phen Diagnosis:
Auditors reviewing the medical records of people slated to receive a share of a $3.75 billion trust fund for people who took the fen-phen diet drug have found "a huge number" that may not have suffered heart-valve damage as claimed, and shouldn't be paid, according to an attorney for the trust.

September 26, 2003
A Cool Approach to Heart Attacks:
The surprising results of a recent study on heart attack therapy were recently released at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics Conference in Washington, DC.

September 16, 2003
Antibiotics Don’t Help Heart in Study:
Antibiotics failed to ward off heart trouble in the biggest study yet to test the theory that low-level infections play a major role in triggering heart attacks. But researchers said they are not yet ready to give up on the idea.

September 15, 2003
Feds Target Programs Against Obesity:
Years of dire warnings about obesity's dangers don't seem to be shrinking Americans' girth. Now federal health officials hope programs that target different communities' special needs - plus financial incentives like Pacificare Health Systems is about to offer - will work better.

September 12, 2003
Aortic Tear That Killed Ritter Is Rare:
A tear in the aorta, the heart condition that killed actor John Ritter, is a rare medical disaster that can strike without warning. The condition, called an aortic dissection, is a break in the main artery that carries blood from the heart.

September 11, 2003
Feds Probe Incident at Duke U. Hospital:
Federal investigators visited Duke University Hospital after hospital officials reported an incident involving a patient.

September 08, 2003
Mental Health Affects Heart Disease Risk:
Could your personality be putting you at risk for a heart attack? Researchers are taking a closer look at mental health—exploring how factors such as personality and depression can raise the risk of a heart attack.

September 05, 2003
Ore. Man Survives Two Heart Transplants:
The third heart proved to be the charm for Eldon Hickey. By surviving 16 years after a second heart transplant, Hickey has beaten the medical odds.

September 02, 2003
Coughing May Aid Heart Attack Victims:
Coughing vigorously until an ambulance arrives could save the lives of people whose hearts suddenly stop beating, a doctor said Tuesday.

September 01, 2003
Irregular Heart Beat Danger Less for Men:
An irregular heart beat is more common among men but much more hazardous when it occurs in women, according to the first major study to examine gender differences in the ailment.

September 01, 2003
Price of Heart Device May Mean Rationing:
The high price of a new heart device called a HeartMate may lead to rationing with perhaps one of every 15 people who need it actually getting it.

August 31, 2003
Blood Pressure Drug Eyed in Heart Study:
Heart patients who feel quite well and have normal blood pressure are less likely to have a heart attack or die from a heart attack or stroke if they take a type of blood pressure drug in addition to their normal medication, new research has shown.

August 28, 2003
Various Tissues Used to Rebuild Heart:
To remove a tumor and keep it from coming back, surgeons removed a woman's heart and rebuilt its upper chambers with cow and human tissue in what doctors are calling a first-of-its-kind operation.

August 27, 2003
Drug May Help Heart Transplant Patients:
In a potential breakthrough for heart transplant patients, an experimental drug appears to prevent or reduce a common, deadly side effect: the overgrowth of cells in the blood vessel walls of the new heart.

August 26, 2003
Study: Dark Chocolate May Have Benefit:
A small study suggests that eating dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure - a delicious instance in which something that tastes good might, for a change, be good for you, too.

August 25, 2003
Study: Black Women Lacking Heart Care:
Black women are twice as likely as white women to suffer heart disease, yet are less likely to be given certain standard drugs, a study found.

August 20, 2003
Study Praises Angioplasty Effectiveness:
A major study of heart attacks shows emergency angioplasties work so much better than drugs that they are usually worth the wait of a hospital transfer - a finding that could reshape guidelines for the 1.1 million Americans who suffer heart attacks each year.

August 19, 2003
Heart Disease Major Risk Factors Assessed:
Most heart attack patients have at least one major risk factor such as high cholesterol or hypertension, according to two new studies that cast doubt on the doubters.

August 19, 2003
Heart Attack Vaccine is in the Works:
Heart disease could eventually become as rare as polio or measles is today. Vaccinations eradicated these childhood illnesses decades ago. Now doctors are hoping a vaccine can be developed to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

August 18, 2003
Doctors Promote Experimental Heart Pump:
Doctors at the Texas Heart Institute hope the success they've had with sending patients home after they received an experimental heart pump will result in a dependable alternative to transplants.

August 13, 2003
Heart-Healthy Peanuts Ready by Next Year:
Two new heart-healthy peanut varieties developed by the Agriculture Department and university researchers are expected to reach grocery shelves next year.

August 12, 2003
Resin Pills May Raise Cholesterol:
A popular folk remedy made from a tree resin might have dangerous effects on cholesterol levels despite laboratory experiments suggesting otherwise, a study found.

August 12, 2003
FDA Approves Another Cholesterol Drug:
The government approved a cholesterol-lowering drug called Crestor Tuesday, after long debate about the risk of side effects.

July 28, 2003
Study: Selective Thyroid Boost May Help:
A chemical that boosts the effectiveness of a thyroid hormone may one day help people lose weight and cut cholesterol without the rapid heartbeat sometimes associated with thyroid stimulants.

July 23, 2003
Study: Small Heart Valve Can Affect Clots:
Blood that passes through overly narrow heart valves may have some of its clotting ability squeezed out of it, leading to internal bleeding or bleeding through the skin, a study reports.

July 23, 2003
Airport Metal Detectors Safe for Patients with Heart Monitoring Devices:
The hundreds of thousands of Americans with life-saving pacemakers or defibrillators can rest assured that the devices won’t malfunction and trigger an unnecessary shock when passing through airport security gates, according to researchers in Germany.

July 22, 2003
Diet May Hit Cholesterol As Well As Drugs

July 21, 2003
U.S. Doctors Offered Money on Heart Drug:
Canadian drug firm Biovail Corp. is paying as much as $1,000 each to U.S. doctors who prescribe the company's new heart medication as part of a survey. The practice has raised ethical concerns about combining sales and marketing efforts with genuine research.

July 18, 2003
FDA OKs Blood Test for Heart Disease Risk:
Doctors are getting a new blood test to help predict which people with low cholesterol are at risk for heart disease.

July 15, 2003
FDA: Handful of Nuts a Day Heart Healthy:
Packages of certain nuts can now advertise that eating a handful a day might - just might - help your heart, under a controversial new program allowing food makers to advertise possible health benefits before they're proven.

July 09, 2003
FDA to Make Foods Reveal Trans Fat Levels:
Until now, trans fat didn't get the attention its infamous cousin, saturated fat, earned through government warnings and labels.

July 08, 2003
Experts Endorse Chilling in Some Patients:
The American Heart Association and other experts are recommending doctors chill comatose victims of cardiac arrest to help prevent brain damage. The cooling can be done through such means as ice packs and cold air.

July 08, 2003
Clots Prompt Warning to Properly Use New Stents:
Doctors got a stern warning Tuesday to properly use a popular new drug-coated heart stent that has been linked to blood clots in almost three dozen people, including five who died.

July 06, 2003
Third Congenital Heart Defect Gene ID’d:
Scientists have identified a third gene that can cause congenital heart defects, a leading cause of death in newborns. A malfunctioning version of the gene, called GATA4, can lead to defects in the formation of the walls that separate the four chambers of the heart.

June 30, 2003
New Guidelines OK Defibrillators for Kids:
Portable defibrillators that shock faltering hearts back to normal rhythms are safe for children ages 1 to 8, according to guidelines published Tuesday.

June 28, 2003
New Drug-Coated Stents Exceed Supply:
Demand for Johnson & Johnson's new drug-coated stents has greatly eclipsed supply in the two months they've been on the U.S. market, boosted by pent-up demand from surgeries postponed until the devices gained regulatory approval.

June 26, 2003
Combination Pill May Reduce Heart Attacks:
A single pill combining six heart medications could avert more than 80 percent of heart attacks and strokes if heart patients and everyone over 55 took it, British scientists said Thursday.

June 24, 2003
Smallpox Shots Linked to Heart Problem:
Heart muscle inflammation should be added to the list of serious but uncommon side effects linked to smallpox shots, a U.S. military study found.

June 17, 2003
Aortic Abdominal Graft Production to End:
A subsidiary of Guidant Corp. is ending production of a medical device, days after pleading guilty to covering up problems with the product that may have led to a dozen deaths.

June 14, 2003
Artificial Heart Recipient's Widow Settles:
The widow of an artificial heart recipient who says her husband wasn't adequately warned of what life would be like with the device has reached a $125,000 settlement with the manufacturer.

June 13, 2003
Study Finds Antioxidant Vitamins Useless:
Vitamin E and beta-carotene pills are useless for warding off major heart problems, and beta-carotene, a source of vitamin A, may be harmful, an analysis of key studies has concluded.

June 13, 2003
Statin Drugs Touted for Many Diabetics:
Most adult diabetics should be taking cholesterol-lowering drugs even if they have healthy cholesterol levels and no evidence of heart disease, a major new study has concluded.

June 12, 2003
Co. Accused of Hiding Heart Valve Defects:
Federal prosecutors charged a manufacturer of heart surgery devices with covering up malfunctions that may have led to 12 deaths and many other complications, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday.

June 03, 2003
Study: Statins May Help Kidney Patients:
New research indicates that kidney transplant patients could reduce their risk of heart attacks by about a third by taking popular cholesterol-lowering drugs.

June 02, 2003
Man Gets Triple Transplant From One Donor:
A patient who suffered from a rare genetic defect is recuperating from a triple transplant that gave him a heart, liver and kidneys, all from the same donor, say doctors at the University of Chicago Hospitals.

May 25, 2003
Illinois Adopts Statewide Ephedra Ban:
Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed the nation's first statewide ban on the diet supplement ephedra Sunday, flanked by the parents of a 16-year-old football player who died of a heart attack after it.

May 16, 2003
Texas Patient Receives Artificial Heart:
An Abiocor artificial heart was implanted in an 11th patient earlier this month, a spokeswoman for the Texas Heart Institute said Friday.

May 14, 2003
U.S. Changes Blood Pressure Guidelines:
Millions of people who thought they had healthy blood pressure are about to get a surprise: The government says levels once considered normal or borderline actually signal "prehypertension," and those people must take care to stave off full-blown high blood pressure.

May 12, 2003
Hospital Marks Heart-Lung Machine Advance:
On May 6, 1953, Cecelia Bavolek from Wilkes-Barre became the first person to undergo a successful surgery while hooked up to a heart-lung machine - a device that can circulate a patient's blood and infuse it with life-giving oxygen while the heart is stopped for repairs.

May 11, 2003
Pneumonia Vaccine May Hold Heart Benefits:
Mice vaccinated using a bacteria that is a common cause of pneumonia developed high levels of an antibody that slows or halts the progression of heart disease, researchers working in California and Finland found.

May 02, 2003
GNC Says It Will Stop Selling Ephedra:
Nutritional supplement retailer General Nutrition Centers on Friday announced that the company will stop selling products containing the weight-loss supplement ephedra at the end of June.

April 30, 2003
Investigators Question Ephedra Complaints:
Some 16,000 customer complaints about the popular Metabolife brand of ephedra are not enough to prove whether the herb caused dozens of heart attacks and strokes, some fatal, congressional investigators say.

April 30, 2003
Doctors Identify Pacemaker Malfunction:
The pacemaker implanted only two weeks earlier was sending out its regular signals, but doing nothing to the heart. Instead, the patient's right arm was twitching 100 times a minute. Earlier, he'd had abdominal spasms like hiccups, one per second, for hours on end.

April 30, 2003
Artificial Heart Plan Raises Questions:
Officials at Abiomed Inc. said Tuesday they were considering implanting their artificial heart into patients who have suffered major heart attacks and whose relatives would have to give consent.

April 24, 2003
FDA OKs Stent to Improve Heart Treatment:
A much-anticipated new type of stent that keeps clogged heart arteries propped open by emitting a drug won federal approval Thursday, a move that could dramatically change heart-disease treatment - but at a much higher cost.

April 21, 2003
Pacemaker Charity Hurt by Its Own Growth:
In the back room of a storefront office, steel shelves are crammed floor to ceiling with pacemakers and other medical equipment needed to help sick hearts keep beating around the world.

April 19, 2003
Recipient of Artificial Heart Dies

April 15, 2003
Study: Only Vigorous Exercise Helps Heart:
A study published this week in Heart, a British medical journal, found that only vigorous exercise - such as jogging, hiking, climbing stairs, racket sports and swimming - seems to help lower the risk of early death from heart disease. Other research has shown moderate exercise helps.

April 11, 2003
VA Study Examines Heart Attack Victims:
Heart attack victims who sought care at Veterans Affairs hospitals had higher death rates than Medicare patients treated at community facilities, according to a VA study released Friday.

April 11, 2003
Montana Governor to Overturn Smoking Ban

April 02, 2003
Study: Flu Shots Prevent Heart Disease:
Flu shots may do more for the elderly than fend off the flu bug - they also protect against heart disease and stroke, new research shows.

April 02, 2003
Study: Smoking Ban Reduces Heart Attacks:
Dr. Robert Shepard, a longtime proponent of a citywide indoor smoking ban, was skeptical when a colleague suggested research showed heart attacks had dropped sharply during the first two months the law was in effect.

March 31, 2003
Cell Injections Help Some Heart Patients:
Some people virtually housebound by congestive heart failure dramatically improve and even return to work after doctors insert new cells into their severely damaged pumping muscle, according to a report Monday.

March 30, 2003
Expensive New Stents May Save Money:
Much-anticipated new drug-covered stents could save money in the long run by reducing heart patients' need for expensive repeat angioplasty and bypass surgery.

March 26, 2003
Heart Patients Warned of Smallpox Vaccine:
Health officials are recommending that people with heart disease not get vaccinated against smallpox as authorities investigate a possible link between the vaccine and heart problems.

March 25, 2003
Menopause Linked to High Blood Pressure:
Bone loss at menopause can cause elevated blood-lead levels that may increase women's risk of high blood pressure, a study found.

March 18, 2003
Kentucky Artificial Heart Patient Dies

March 18, 2003
Heart Researcher Dr. William Glenn Dies

March 16, 2003
Donor Group Didn't Know Girl's Blood Type

March 11, 2003
Tenth Person Receives Artificial Heart:
Surgeons have implanted a self-contained mechanical heart into a 10th patient, the device's manufacturer announced Monday. Dr. O.H. Frazier, chief of cardiopulmonary transplantation for the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, performed the surgery Feb. 24.

March 06, 2003
Doctors Use Stem Cells in Heart Repair:
Doctors said Wednesday they are attempting an experimental procedure to heal a teenage patient's heart by infusing it with the boy's own blood stem cells. It could take months to know whether it works, but doctors say they are already seeing encouraging results.

February 27, 2003
Gene Mutation May Cause Heart Failure:
In a study that could lead to new treatment for congestive heart failure, researchers have shown that an abnormal form of a protein can be a fundamental cause.

February 27, 2003
Study: Heart Stress Test Can Predict Risks:
Doctors who use treadmill tests to diagnose heart disease could better predict the risk of death if they paid more attention to what happens to a patient's heart after he or she steps off the treadmill, a large study found.

February 25, 2003
Drug Helps Kids In Heart Surgery:
In an important advance for children with heart disease, researchers at 31 hospitals have shown the safety and effectiveness of a commonly used heart drug.

February 18, 2003
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Heart Attacks Linked:
Between 1976 and 1996, researchers tracked more than 114,000 women, including 527 with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and found that those with RA were twice as likely to have heart attacks as women without RA.

February 13, 2003
Ibuprofen Could Be Bad for Heart Patients:
New research published this week found that those taking both aspirin and ibuprofen were twice as likely to die during the study period as those who were taking aspirin alone or with other types of common pain relievers.

February 09, 2003
New Heart Stent Promises to Be Effective But Costly Treatment:
Academic medical centers in Boston and other cities, which for years have enjoyed large profits from their cardiology programs, are bracing for a new heart disease treatment that could be vastly better for patients but a serious strain for hospital finances.

February 04, 2003
Doctors Pursue Pill to Aid Heart Valves:
Tens of thousands of Americans face the heart valve replacement that Sen. Bob Graham underwent last week, open-heart surgery that is likely to increase dramatically as the population ages. But what if a simple pill could slow the rusting of the aortic heart valve and let patients postpone, maybe even avoid, that surgery?

January 29, 2003
Research Links Sleep Habits to Heart Disease:
Too little sleep - or too much - may raise the risk of developing heart disease, according to a study of nearly 72,000 nurses. The researchers suggested that getting enough sleep may be nearly as important to heart health as eating right and exercising.

January 27, 2003
Inflammation Testing Suggested for Millions at Risk of Heart Disease:
New guidelines issued Monday urge doctors to consider testing millions of Americans at moderate risk of heart disease for signs of inflammation in the bloodstream -- a newly recognized cause of heart attacks.

January 20, 2003
Women Seen Undertreated for Heart Disease:
A new study found that doctors often fail to prescribe aspirin, beta blockers and cholesterol-lowering drugs to women, even though the medications have been shown to prevent further heart attacks or other heart trouble.

January 13, 2003
Self-Contained Heart Implanted in Kentucky:
Doctors at a Louisville hospital have implanted a self-contained artificial heart in a critically ill patient, the eighth such surgery in the United States but the first since April.

January 09, 2003
Study: Frequent Drinking Can Help Heart:
As little as half an alcoholic drink a day can reduce the risk of heart attacks, whether the beverage of choice is beer, red wine, white wine or liquor, new research shows.

January 02, 2003
Docs Slow in Prescribing Better Heart Meds:
Good heart medications are out there, but too few physicians are offering the treatments to their patients, a new study says. While prescriptions for treating heart failure rose at fairly rapid rates in the 1990s, the study found that they still were below recommended levels in 2002.

December 17, 2002
HCM: The Silent Disease Plaguing Young Athletes:
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) causes approximately 200,000 American deaths annually, the vast majority occurring in individuals under thirty. This has fueled a growing trend to offer echocardiograms to student athletes and provide defibrillators at school athletic facilities.

December 04, 2002
Mammograms May Now Detect Heart Disease in Women:
Mammograms are designed to detect breast cancer, but new research suggests they may also reveal signs of an even greater threat to women: heart disease.

November 22, 2002
Type A Types: The Real Heartbreakers:
If you're the type who pounds a fist on the steering wheel every time you get stuck in traffic, you may be traveling down the fast lane to high blood pressure and heart disease.

November 21, 2002
C-Reactive Protein Surpasses LDL in Predicting Cardiovascular Disease:
The connection between elevated levels of C-reactive protein and coronary heart disease has long been acknowledged in the scientific community. However, a recent study finds that CRP levels are actually superior to LDL cholesterol in predicting cardiovascular events.

November 18, 2002
Ephedra Merits "Strongest Possible Mandatory Warning Label":
In an announcement that caps years of warnings regarding the herbal supplement ephedra, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson advocated the “strongest possible mandatory warning label” for all ephedra products on October 8.

November 15, 2002
Researchers Call Protein Test Best Gauge of Heart-Disease Risk:
In a study that may change the way millions of people assess their risk of heart disease, Boston researchers have found that testing for a protein produced when arteries are inflamed is a more reliable way of predicting a person's chance of having a heart attack or stroke than measuring cholesterol levels.

November 13, 2002
FDA Approves Home Defibrillator:
Federal health officials have approved sale of the first defibrillator specifically for at-home use, a machine that promises to help people jump-start the heart of a collapsed loved one before paramedics ever arrive.

November 09, 2002
Diet Lowers Heart Risk for Asians:
A Mediterranean-style diet may help reduce the risk of coronary artery disease in Asian people, especially those living in western nations, according to new research.

October 31, 2002
Recent Study Confirms Link Between Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes:
The link between heart disease and type 2 diabetes is both well-documented and fatal, yet many people--particularly people in high-risk categories for both diseases--remain unaware of this connection, a recent study showed.

October 28, 2002
Aspirin Reduces Death Risk After Bypass, Study Says:
Giving aspirin to heart patients soon after bypass surgery dramatically lowers the risk of death and complications, a major study has found. The finding contradicts long-held worries that the tablets can trigger disastrous bleeding.

October 23, 2002
Weight Training May Help Heart:
Moderate physical activity is good for preventing heart disease, but revving up the pace may be better - especially if combined with weight-training, a Harvard study of more than 40,000 men suggests.

October 17, 2002
Infected Heart Valve Grafts Shake Leading Cardiac Tissue Supplier:
In response to an investigation of Cryolife, a major tissue processing company, by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the FDA has issued a recall for all Cryolife allograft tissue except heart valves.

October 11, 2002
Waist Circumference Helps Predict Cardiovascular Risk:
If you want to determine your risk for cardiovascular disease, maybe you should throw out your scale and grab the measuring tape.

October 09, 2002
Heart Disease, not Heat, is Leading Killer for Athletes:
Specialists at Texas Children's say that heart disease is the leading cause of sudden death in healthy athletes. Symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations, light-headedness and/or blackouts may or may not be indicative of heart disease, but should be diagnosed and treated by a physician.

October 07, 2002
Heart Attack Predictions Need Update: Study:
Current methods used to predict whether a heart attack patient will die or have another heart attack need to be updated, says a study in tomorrow's online issue of Circulation.

September 28, 2002
Can Heart Disease Be Found by Saying Ahhh?:
Could flossing save your life? Researchers say a study in mice is adding ammunition to the theory that gum disease can threaten heart health by flooding the body with dangerous germs that can cause arteries to clog.

September 24, 2002
New Device Lowers Heart Attack Risk:
An experimental device that acts like a miniature drill and vacuum cleaner partially broke up clogs inside diseased heart arteries and sucked out the debris, letting doctors conduct angioplasties that were a little safer for their patients, researchers announced Tuesday.

September 20, 2002
Study Finds Failed Heart, Weight Gain Are Linked:
Researchers have found another reason to watch your waistline: Being even modestly overweight increases the chances of developing heart failure, according to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

September 10, 2002
Check Your Cholesterol:
If the risk of heart disease isn't enough to convince you to check your cholesterol levels, here's another incentive: September is Cholesterol Awareness Month, so now's the time to learn your cholesterol count.

September 03, 2002
Chaotic Heartbeats Seen in Winter:
The likelihood of being admitted to hospital or dying with atrial fibrillation, a life-threatening chaotic heartbeat common among the elderly, increases dramatically during winter months, new research indicates.

September 03, 2002
Glucose Helps In Heart Attacks, Study Suggests:
Giving most heart attack patients an infusion of glucose soon after they come to the hospital could dramatically improve their chances of survival, preliminary new research suggests.

August 27, 2002
Vitamins Help Heart Patient Arteries:
A six-month regimen of folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 can help prevent reoccurrence of blocked arteries in patients who have undergone coronary angioplasty, a study found.

August 22, 2002
Gene Linked to Heart Trouble Found:
A gene variation found in about 13 percent of black Americans greatly increases the risk of irregular heartbeat, a condition linked to the sudden death of about 450,000 people a year in the United States.

August 22, 2002
Simpler Bypass Surgery Makes a Difference:
The increasing availability of a surgical technique that uses a small incision for bypass surgery is making a difference.

August 20, 2002
Protein Test Detects Heart Attack Risk:
New data shows testing a patient's C-reactive protein level can detect above-average inflammation and consequently indicate an increased risk of heart attack.

August 10, 2002
Calls for Public Defibrillators Increase After Man’s Heart Attack:
A man's deadly heart attack on a train has become the latest rallying point of people who advocate putting more portable defibrillators in public places.

August 04, 2002
Inflammation Joins List of Risk Factors for Heart Attacks:
Worse than cholesterol? Hard to believe, perhaps, but the top health concern of millions of Americans is about to be trumped by what doctors say is an even bigger trigger of heart attacks.

July 31, 2002
Major advance in stroke and heart attack prevention:
Two new reports show that the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins are both safer and more effective at reducing deaths from heart attack and stroke than previously thought, findings that are likely to expand the use of these already widely prescribed medications.

July 23, 2002
Acetaminophen May Help Heal Hearts:
In a series of laboratory experiments, researchers at Rutgers University found acetaminophen can help heart muscle recover faster from periods of low blood flow.

July 22, 2002
Heart Attack Culprit May Spell Further Trouble:
A look inside the arteries of people who have had heart attacks shows that many of them are highly vulnerable to more of the same kind of trouble.

July 19, 2002
FDA Approves Expanded Indication for Guidant Implantable Defibrillators:
Guidant Corporation announced Friday that the FDA has expanded the product labeling for its family of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).

July 19, 2002
More People to Benefit from Implanted Defibrillators:
Implanted defibrillators could protect the lives of at least 3 million heart attack survivors, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday in a ruling that allows the devices to help far more people than ever.

July 18, 2002
Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s Linked:
Mounting evidence indicates the risk factors for heart disease - high blood pressure, diabetes, excess weight, high cholesterol and lack of exercise - also may play a role in Alzheimer's disease.

July 16, 2002
Screen for Heart Disease in Patients’ 20s say US Experts:
Panel says that "risk factor screening" should begin at the age of 20, which includes having blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol and glucose recorded.

July 12, 2002
Cholesterol: What you should know:
High blood cholesterol is a major risk for coronary heart disease and stroke, the American Heart Association says. That's why it is important for people to know their cholesterol level.

July 11, 2002
Heart Attacks Linked to Long Hours at Work:
Working more than 40 hours a week increases the chances of having a heart attack, according to a study published today. Researchers found men who worked more than 60 hours a week were twice as likely to suffer a heart attack as those on 40-hour weeks.

July 09, 2002
US NIH Scraps Hormone Replacement Therapy Trial:
A leading US medical research agency announced it scrapped a trial involving a commonly-prescribed hormone replacement therapy because of an increased risk of breast cancer.

July 01, 2002
In Matters of the Heart, Family History is Crucial:
Heart disease is not limited to the middle-aged and elderly. About 10 percent of men between the ages of 25 and 34 show some signs of heart disease, though many don't experience symptoms, the American Heart Association said.

July 01, 2002
Heart disease risk for people with depression:
Study finds people with clinical depression were almost twice as likely as individuals with depressed mood and nearly three times as likely as non-depressed individuals to develop heart disease.

June 25, 2002
Doctors: Kile’s Disease Preventable:
The heart condition linked to the death of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile is common and treatable, and should have been suspected, given his family history, doctors said Monday.

June 25, 2002
Following two heart attacks, new mom ready for 5K race:
One year ago, Myra Kirchberg still was at home, trying to recover from the two heart attacks that struck her within days of each other, the first while she was pregnant with her twin boys.

June 21, 2002
Heart Attack May Increase Diabetes Risk:
As if having a heart attack didn't cause enough problems -- it appears that while you're being treated in the hospital, you have an increased risk of developing diabetes.

June 20, 2002
Some Heart Disease May Be Hidden:
Researchers have taken a step toward solving one of modern medicine's mysteries: why so many people get chest pain without classic signs of heart disease. The simple answer: They have unseen heart disease.

June 06, 2002
Road To Fitness; Aerobic Exercise Improves Cardiovascular Fitness:
According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer in America. It is estimated that up to 250,000 deaths per year can be related to a lack of regular exercise.

June 04, 2002
Statins May Help Aortic Valve Disease:
The cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins could have yet another health benefit for the heart: Animal research suggests they can treat the early stages of a disease that strikes the organ's plumbing.

May 28, 2002
Extra fruit cuts early death risk:
One or two extra apples or oranges a day could cut the risk of dying early from heart disease or cancer by 20 per cent, scientists said today. Researchers found low blood levels of vitamin C, related to low consumption of fruit and vegetables, are associated with higher death rates from heart disease.

May 24, 2002
Heart patients can receive lung transplants, study shows:
Challenging conventional criteria for the selection of transplant recipients, Medical Center researchers reported this week that patients who undergo heart procedures are as likely to have successful lung transplants as other patients.

May 21, 2002
Heart device combines two types of implants:
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new heart implant that combines a souped-up pacemaker to boost the heart's pumping power with a jump-starter that kicks in if the heart stops.

May 14, 2002
Heart Calcium Test Prompts Debate:
More and more hospitals and testing clinics are advertising fast CT scans to spot calcium that stiffens heart arteries. But wait, says the American Heart Association - don't get this test unless your own doctor prescribes it.

May 06, 2002
Firstborns can develop higher risk of heart disease:
Scientists have discovered that eldest children could be up to 60 percent more likely to develop heart disease than younger siblings. Studies find this could be due to pressure placed on the firstborn by parents.

April 29, 2002
So What If My Dad Had a Stroke?:
Few risk factors for having a heart attack or stroke are as high as having a close relative who's experienced such an event. Yet judging by the lifestyle habits of young adults in just that position, many are not concerned or even aware of that risk.

April 26, 2002
Five glasses of water decrease heart risk, study says:
Water consumption ranks higher than aspirin in lowering risk of coronary heart disease.

April 22, 2002
Researchers Seeking Cure for Marfan Syndrome:
The disorder often results in people reaching heights of 6 feet to 7 feet. The height advantage may be perfect for basketball, but sufferers have a predisposition for deadly ruptures of the aorta, the heart's main artery. And aorta rupture is more likely during active sports.

April 19, 2002
Arthritis Drugs May Increase Heart Attack Risk:
There's growing suspicion that switching from aspirin to a more stomach-friendly arthritis drug could increase some people's risk of heart attacks - and a study suggests the reason: a drug-caused chemical imbalance that spurs blood clots.

April 16, 2002
Many Women Get Early Heart Signs

April 15, 2002
What's Your Ejection Fraction? You Should Know:
Measuring your ejection fraction is a simple, painless way for a doctor to monitor the your heart’s health following a heart attack. New research shows that knowing your ejection fraction could help you extend your life.
  • Related: ICD may help heart patients

  • April 15, 2002
    Heart Attack Risk Factors: Take Control Of Your Health:
    You can lower your chances of suffering a heart attack — even if you already have coronary heart disease or have had a previous heart attack. The key is to take steps to prevent or control your heart disease risk factors.
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  • April 15, 2002
    Vioxx, Celebrex May Cause Heart Complications :
    Doctors reading the label of the popular arthritis drug Vioxx will now learn it may be linked to high blood pressure and a small but troubling increase in the risk of heart attacks.

    April 14, 2002
    Heart Attack Warning Signs

    April 10, 2002
    Fish Oil May Help Ward Off Heart Disease:
    Women can significantly reduce their risk of heart disease by eating fish at least twice a week, researchers say in a study that found benefits similar to those previously seen in men. It is one of three recently published studies bolstering evidence that fish oil is good for the heart.

    April 09, 2002
    Researchers Recommend Stents For Heart Patients:
    Heart attack patients who get an emergency angioplasty to open a blocked artery should routinely have a stent inserted, too, to keep the blood vessel from clogging up again, a large study concludes.

    April 09, 2002
    Oregon Teen Dies Without Transplant :
    A teen-ager who unsuccessfully fought to get the Oregon Health Plan to cover the cost of a rare lifesaving transplant died Monday of respiratory failure, hospital officials said. Brandy Stroeder, 19, had been awaiting a lung-liver-heart transplant to reverse the effects of cystic fibrosis.

    April 07, 2002
    Health Clubs Need Defibrillators

    March 27, 2002
    Aspirin Doesn’t Always Help With Heart:
    A new study suggests that some people who take aspirin to ward off heart attacks may not be getting all the blood-thinning benefits they thought they were. The study could be used to identify heart patients who need additional anti-clotting medications.

    March 20, 2002
    Implantable Defibrillators May Help Heart Patients:
    Implanted defibrillators like the one given to Vice President Dick Cheney last summer could protect the lives of millions of U.S. heart attack survivors with weakened hearts, a new study concludes.

    February 05, 2002
    Doctors Want Defibrillators in Homes

    December 28, 2001
    MRI Test Could Replace Angiograms :
    A new type of imaging technique using an MRI device can detect most diseased coronary arteries, sparing many heart patients a more invasive, expensive procedure.

    December 19, 2001
    Government Approves Wearable Defibrillator :
    The FDA has approved the first wearable defibrillator. It can be strapped under the clothes to zap patients' hearts out of lethal arrhythmias.

    March 22, 2001
    Evaluate Your Heart Attack Risk :
    Heart disease is the leading killer in the United States. Several methods are available to assess your risk of developing the condition, but one in particular was proven to be effective in the March issue of the American Heart Journal.

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