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  • FDA Warns of Dangers From Testosterone Supplements
    Many American men take them, but heart and psychological issues can occur, agency says

  • Air Pollution May Even Harm Blood Vessels of Healthy Young
    Utah study suggests elderly and ill aren't the only ones hurt by dirty air

  • Review Says Calcium Supplements Won't Harm the Heart
    Other physicians urge caution, however, and say these findings aren't conclusive

  • Take Meds as Directed to Boost Survival After Heart Procedures
    Study finds close adherence to instructions may be especially important after angioplasty

  • Heart Surgery Devices May Have Been Contaminated: CDC
    Patients who experience night sweats, fever, weight loss, fatigue, muscle aches should seek medical care

  • Calcium Supplements May Not Be Heart Healthy
    Another study shows link to poorer cardiovascular health from the pills, but can't prove cause-and-effect

  • Anger, Heavy Exertion: Fast Track to a Heart Attack?
    But researchers suggest that artery-clogging plaque has to be present to increase risk

  • Fitful Sleep May Take Toll on Older Women's Hearts
    Before and after menopause, less sleep linked to plaque buildup in blood vessels, study found

  • Your Post-Heart Attack Survival May Depend on Choice of Hospital
    Patients treated at hospitals with better track records gained additional year of life, study finds

  • Cooling Therapy Might Not Help All Cardiac Arrest Patients
    Study found this standard treatment may do more harm than good for those whose heart stops suddenly in the hospital

  • Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer Less Safe for Men With Prior Heart Attack
    For this type of patient, cardiac risks linked to the treatment may outweigh any benefit, study suggests

  • Smart City Planning Can Cut Deadly Diseases, Improve Air Quality
    Study found big benefit in limiting urban sprawl, encouraging walking and biking

  • Sleep Troubles, Heart Troubles?
    American Heart Association says it's too soon to say what's the optimal amount of shut-eye

  • 31 Million Older Americans Aren't Getting Enough Exercise
    Inactivity boosts their risk for falls, broken bones, serious disease and early death, CDC warns

  • Early Menopause Linked to Higher Heart Disease, Death Risks
    Findings highlight need for certain women to discuss hormone therapy with their doctor, researchers say

  • Tighter Blood Pressure Control Could Save 100,000 U.S. Lives: Study
    High-risk adults would benefit from intensive program to lower systolic reading

  • What's Regular Exercise Worth? Maybe $2,500 Per Year
    That's how much a new study says the average adult with heart disease might save in health care costs

  • Drug-Coated Stents Don't Improve Patient Survival, Large Study Reports
    But, the pricier devices do lead to fewer repeat heart procedures

  • Sex Suffers for Younger Adults After Heart Attack
    Lack of interest a complaint of many women and men, study finds

  • Study Bolsters Role of Angioplasty, Stents in Heart-Attack Survival
    Aggressive interventions play big part in improvements after even 'mild' attacks, U.K. report says

  • Sleep Apnea Mask Treatment Fails to Curb Heart Risks
    CPAP helped patients feel better, but didn't cut odds for heart death, heart attack or stroke, study found

  • Mediterranean Diet Shows Its Protective Powers in Heart Patients
    Those who ate more produce, fish, olive oil were less likely to die during study period

  • Heart Attack Before 50 Ups Early Death Risk
    But healthy living can improve those odds, experts say

  • Fewer Drugs in Pipeline to Treat World's No. 1 Killer
    While number of cancer drugs rose, development of new heart medicines stalled, study finds

  • Over 64? Want to Cut Your Heart Disease Risk? Try Exercise
    Finnish study finds even moderate exercise lowers odds of early death

  • Fewer Drugs in Pipeline to Treat World's No. 1 Killer
    While number of cancer drugs rose, development of new heart medicines stalled, study finds

  • Fewer Drugs in Pipeline to Treat World's No. 1 Killer
    While number of cancer drugs rose, development of new heart medicines stalled, study finds

  • People With Implanted Defibrillators at Higher Car Accident Risk
    Danish study finds 51 percent greater odds, but absolute risk of a crash remains low

  • Adult-Onset Asthma Might Raise Heart Risks
    But shared risk factors, such as air pollution, might explain the connection, researchers say

  • Cancer on Course to Become Top Killer of Americans
    Report shows it will probably eclipse heart disease as leading cause of death in coming years

  • Gallstones Linked to Higher Heart Disease Risk
    Researcher says study highlights a connection between the gut and the cardiovascular system

  • Too Many Public Defibrillators Out of Reach When Needed
    Canadian study shows many are kept in buildings that aren't always open

  • Tougher U.S. Air Standards Would Be Lifesavers: Study
    Reducing smog could also prevent many illnesses, medical group says

  • Heart Risk Factors Rise Before Menopause
    'Danger zone' for women earlier than thought, study finds

  • High Doses of Fish Oil Might Help Healing After Heart Attack
    Study found improved heart function, less scarring

  • Fat May Not Hike Heart Attack Risk: Study
    But it does raise diabetes risk, research with twins found

  • Flu Shot Tied to Fewer Hospitalizations, Deaths in Type 2 Diabetes Patients
    Risk of dying dropped almost one-quarter over 7 years in those who got the vaccine

  • Even a Little Exercise May Help Younger Women's Hearts
    Those active about 2.5 hours a week had 25 percent lower disease risk than those who weren't, study found

  • Even Your Heart May Benefit From Extra Education
    People with more schooling tend to have less heart failure, study suggests

  • Even High-Fat Mediterranean Diet Good for You: Review
    Still protected against diabetes, heart disease and breast cancer

  • 9 Out of 10 Strokes Could Be Prevented, Study Finds
    High blood pressure is the most important controllable risk factor

  • Dietary Mineral Could Be One Key to Blood Pressure Control
    People who didn't get enough daily magnesium had higher BP readings, analysis showed

  • Heart Failure After Heart Attack Tied to Cancer Risk in Study
    Preliminary finding points to need for careful screening of cardiac patients, researcher says

  • Study Cites the Fats That Could Shorten Your Life
    High levels of animal-based saturated fats were tied to earlier death, unsaturated fats seem healthier

  • Inherited Cholesterol Disorder Significantly Boosts Heart Risks
    Untreated, the condition also makes arteries age decades faster, study reports

  • Men Face Greater Risk of Cardiac Arrest: Study
    Heart disease tends to develop earlier than it does in women, researchers say

  • Has Butter Gotten a Bad Rap?
    Study finds little added health danger for those who love the spread, but some nutritionists remain wary

  • Progress Against Heart Deaths Starting to Wane, Report Warns
    Obesity, diabetes epidemics may be to blame, doctors say

  • Are Omega-3s Linked to Lower Risk for Fatal Heart Attack?
    These vital nutrients are found in seafood, nuts and seeds

  • Diabetes Ups Risk of Heart Attack Death
    Study points to need for better coordinated care, more effective use of medications, cardiology specialist says

  • Diabetes Plus Kidney Problems May Raise Heart Risks
    Odds of death due to heart disease 15 percent higher in black Americans with both conditions, study finds

  • Women Get Worse Cardiac Arrest Care Than Men: Study
    They need to be treated as aggressively as men when their hearts stop, experts say

  • Heart Attack Help? There's an App for That
    Emergency medicine specialist says technology's potential in health care remains largely untapped

  • Just a Little of Statins' Effect Enough to Help Heart: Study
    Driving cholesterol down to very low levels produced no extra benefit

  • Blood Pressure May Soar if You Live Near an Airport
    Rates nearly doubled for people exposed to engine noise, study found

  • Sleep Apnea Tied to Complications After Angioplasty
    Nightly breathing troubles may increase risk of heart attack, stroke following the coronary procedure

  • Just 6 Percent of Chest Pain Cases in ER Are Life-Threatening: Study
    Muscle strains, anxiety, gastrointestinal issues often to blame, doctor says

  • Mixed News on Drinking and Heart Health
    Booze may reduce heart attack odds, but up likelihood of another condition, study says

  • Heart Disease Down Among Over-40 Americans
    Better control of risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure likely behind the change

  • Shouting? The 'Silent Treatment'? How Spouses Argue Linked to Physical Ills
    Study suggests couples' disagreements may spur problems like back pain, heart trouble

  • Diabetes Drug Victoza May Help the Heart: Study
    Daily, injected medication shows 'encouraging' results in international trial

  • Opioid Painkillers Raise Deadly Heart Risks for Some: Study
    Much of the risk for early death was related to cardiovascular complications, not overdoses

  • Spikes in Blood Pressure Don't Always Need ER Care
    Most cases of 'hypertensive urgency' can be treated safely in doctor's office, large study finds

  • 6 Ways Women Can Take Care of Their Tickers
    Currently, 1 in 4 American women dies from heart disease, CDC says

  • Marriage a Boost for Heart Attack Survivors
    Post-discharge support is critical, study says

  • Severe Obesity May Boost Infection Risk After Heart Surgery
    Excess weight also linked to extended hospital stays, study finds

  • Women With Migraine May Face Higher Threat of Heart Disease, Stroke
    Researchers say it should be considered an independent risk factor for future heart trouble

  • ADHD Meds May Pose Heart Risks for Some Kids
    Study found slightly higher chance of irregular heartbeat shortly after starting methylphenidate

  • More Evidence That Smog a Heart Threat
    Study found 3 months of exposure linked to higher cholesterol levels, especially for those with diabetes

  • High-Salt Diets May Raise Heart Risks for Kidney Patients
    Study found higher odds for heart attack, stroke in people who consumed more sodium daily

  • After Heart Attack, New Threat: Heart Failure
    1 in 4 survivors develops this serious condition within 4 years, study finds

  • Sleep Apnea May Raise Risks for Angioplasty Patients
    Research suggests that breathing disorder could exacerbate heart disease

  • Half of Heart Attacks Might Be 'Silent'
    Without typical symptoms, many miss out on crucial medical care, experts say

  • Watch Walking to Gauge Health After Heart Surgery
    Patients' pre-op gait is big clue to longer-term survival, study finds

  • Sleep Apnea May Raise Heart Risks in People With Pacemakers
    Study found the combo was linked to raised odds of irregular heartbeat

  • Many Heart Bypass Patients Don't Take Needed Meds
    Cardiologist says they need to understand surgery not a 'cure' for their disease

  • No Statins Before Heart Surgery, Study Suggests
    They don't prevent complications and may cause kidney damage, researchers report

  • Focus on Healthy Foods, Not Avoiding 'Bad' Ones, for Heart Health: Study
    Fewer heart attacks, strokes and deaths seen among those who follow Mediterranean-style eating plan

  • Lonely, Isolated People May Be Prone to Heart Disease, Stroke
    Study found social isolation raised the risk by 30 percent

  • Depression Common for Heart Attack Survivors, And More May Need Help
    Swedish study found patients were often depressed, but fewer than half got treatment

  • Metformin Safer for Heart Than Other Common Type 2 Diabetes Drugs: Study
    Large analysis found up to 40 percent lower risk of heart disease death versus sulfonylureas

  • Obesity in Teens Seems to Raise Risk for Illness, Death in Middle Age
    Health experts worry trend will only get worse, since teens followed in long-term study were thinner than kids today

  • Expert Panel Reaffirms Daily Aspirin's Use Against Heart Disease, Colon Cancer
    Guideline applies to people in their 50s, many in their 60s, who are already at higher risk for heart disease

  • Delaying 2nd Shock After Cardiac Arrest Won't Boost Survival: Study
    New findings challenge current guidelines

  • FDA Approves First Wire-Free Pacemaker
    Heart experts explain that wire lead in typical pacemakers can malfunction and need repair

  • FDA Approves First Wire-Free Pacemaker
    Heart experts explain that wire lead in typical pacemakers can malfunction and need repair

  • Women Twice as Likely to Die From Severe Heart Attack, Study Finds
    Gender gap persists worldwide in emergency cardiac care

  • Death of Loved One May Trigger Heart Rhythm Trouble
    When partner passes, odds for atrial fibrillation appear to rise, study suggests

  • Stem Cell Therapy Shows Promise Against Heart Failure
    A second study found bypass surgery might also extend the lives of people with the disease

  • Wearable 'Defibrillator-in-a-Vest' May Help Some Heart Patients
    But more research is needed, American Heart Association says

  • Daytime Sleepiness, Long Naps Linked to Heart Risks: Study
    People who nap more than 1 hour a day also more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, researchers say

  • Heart Attacks Striking Younger, Fatter Americans: Study
    Doctors, patients need to work together to prevent cardiac disease, experts say

  • Brain Scans Give Clues to Stress-Heart Attack Link
    Fear appears to increase inflammation in the arteries, researchers say

  • Women, Men Share Similar Symptoms of Heart Disease
    But study also found that risk factors more common to women may be missed in standard assessments

  • Study Finds No Heart Risk From SSRI Antidepressants
    Prozac actually appeared to protect against heart attack, researchers say

  • Depression Tied to Worse Outcomes for Heart Patients
    Heart attack, early death more common in depressed patients, study suggests

  • Gaps in Care Can Harm Patients After Heart Attack
    Waiting too long for first medical apppointment after hospital discharge can have consequences, study finds

  • Stress Management Training May Help Cardiac Rehab Patients
    When added to recovery regimen, fewer patients had heart attacks, strokes or died, study finds

  • Black Heart Attack Victims More Likely to Have Ambulance Diverted
    Study finds nearly half were sent to another hospital because of overcrowding in nearest ER

  • U.S. Heart Disease Deaths Shifting South
    Cardiac health has improved in North and West, but declined in Southern states, CDC study finds

  • Still Tired After Getting Your Zzz's? You Might Have Sleep Apnea
    What you need to know about a breathing problem that can disrupt your sleep

  • Genetic High-Cholesterol Condition More Common Than Thought
    Researchers say finding shows early treatment is important to avert heart attack

  • Brain Bleed Risk From Warfarin May Be Higher Than Thought
    Study of veterans with irregular heartbeat found one-third suffered such incidents while on the drug

  • Optimistic Outlook May Boost Hispanics' Heart Health
    A 'can-do' point of view might help people stick to plans for healthy living, researchers say

  • Happiness Might Sometimes Harm Your Heart, Study Finds
    Any extreme emotion can trigger syndrome that weakens muscles, causes left pumping chamber to balloon, researchers say

  • Too Much Sitting Can Harm Older, Female Heart Attack Survivors
    Those who got up off the couch and exercised more lowered their odds for second attack, study found

  • One Alcoholic Drink Might Temporarily Bump Up Heart Risk
    But within 24 hours, that same beverage can be generally protective, study suggests

  • Parents, Take Heed: Your Kids Copy Your Heart Health Habits
    Study found that when a caregiver was obese or had a heart risk factor, children often followed suit

  • A Daily Cup of Tea May Soothe Your Heart
    Regular drinkers had fewer heart attacks, less calcium buildup in their arteries, study finds

  • Lower Fruit, Vegetable Prices Might Save Lives
    Studies found that also raising taxes on sugary drinks may prevent even more deaths

  • Physically Fit May Bounce Back Better After Heart Attack
    Survivors who had exercised regularly beforehand were less prone to depression afterwards, study finds

  • Poor Leg Circulation Hits Women With Kidney Disease Earlier Than Men
    Researchers suspect their smaller veins might clog faster

  • Health Tip: Protect Your Heart
    Here's what you can do

  • Cholesterol in Eggs May Not Hurt Heart Health: Study
    Research also finds other dietary cholesterol doesn't appear to up heart disease risk

  • Flu Shot May Guard Against Irregular Heart Rate: Study
    Vaccination was associated with fewer cases of atrial fibrillation, but more research is needed, authors say

  • Fitness Could Raise Survival After First Heart Attack
    Patients in the best shape were 40 percent less likely to die, study found

  • Women's Heart Attacks Are Different Than Men's, Experts Stress
    American Heart Association points out critical differences in new scientific statement

  • Did Antarctic Explorer Shackleton Have a 'Hole in His Heart'?
    Researchers say birth defect could explain some of the British adventurer's health troubles, early death

  • Irregular Heart Beat May Pose Bigger Threat to Women
    Review found atrial fibrillation linked to higher risk of stroke, heart trouble, death in women

  • Study: Tissue Heart Valves Seem Best for Middle-Aged Patients
    They wear out faster but don't carry the clotting risks that metal valves do, research shows

  • Statins Aid Bypass Surgery Recovery, Research Shows
    Review of cholesterol-lowering drugs' use shows they cut risk of death or complications

  • High Blood Sugar May Increase Heart Attack Complications: Study
    Scientists find glucose causes strong contraction of blood vessels

  • Americans Still Consume Too Much Salt: CDC
    Most of it comes from processed or restaurant food, not salt shaker, experts say

  • Early Treatment Improves Heart Attack Outcomes, Study Finds
    Doctors should pay close attention to signs of loss of blood flow

  • Heart Attack Treatment Often Delayed for Former Bypass Patients
    Finding blockages can be trickier when blood vessels have been rerouted, expert says

  • Heart Attack Treatment Often Delayed for Former Bypass Patients
    Finding blockages can be trickier when blood vessels have been rerouted, expert says

  • All High-Risk Patients Should Get Blood Pressure Meds: Study
    Getting levels below current targets may significantly cut risk of heart attack, stroke, researchers contend

  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest May Not Be So Sudden
    Study found symptoms showed up a month before attack in roughly half of all cases

  • U.S. Task Force Backs Statins for Those 40 to 75 at Heightened Heart Risk
    Primary focus is on people with 10 percent or greater threat of heart attack or stroke within 10 years

  • Heart Disease Now Kills 1 of Every 3 Americans
    Heart attack and stroke are leading causes of death worldwide, too, report finds

  • Shingles Linked to Raised Heart Risks for Seniors, Study Finds
    Chance of stroke, heart attack increased most in the first week after diagnosis of the painful rash

  • A Newborn's Heart Attack Shows Heart Can Regrow, Recover
    This case and animal research demonstrate regeneration of cells is possible, researchers say

  • One in Five U.S. Kids Over Age 5 Has Unhealthy Cholesterol: CDC
    Rates are much higher in obese children versus normal-weight, agency notes

  • Optimistic Outlook May Boost Recovery After Heart Attack
    Researchers report that positive patients were more physically active, less likely to be re-hospitalized

  • Sense of Purpose in Life May Boost Longevity, Heart Health
    Those who felt useful to others were 20 percent less likely to die during study period

  • Too Few Americans Are Taking Needed Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs: CDC
    Only half who should are using medications to help prevent heart disease

  • Hearts Entombed With Loved Ones Give Clues to Cardiac Disease Centuries Ago
    Four 400-year-old specimens from France were well-preserved enough to show signs of the illness

  • New Drug May Help Fight Heart Failure
    Analysis suggests Entresto could extend patients' lives, but one expert has concerns about cost of new drugs

  • Fitness in Youth Can Pay Off Decades Later: Study
    The better 20-somethings performed on treadmill tests, the lower their odds for dying in middle age

  • Too Much Sitting Hurts Heart Patients' Health
    Exercise doesn't mitigate effects of sedentary lifestyle, study finds

  • Heart Disease Doesn't Take a Holiday
    Don't forget to take your meds with you when you travel, expert says

  • Obesity in Youth May Harm the Heart Long-Term, Even After Weight Loss
    Risk of sudden cardiac death was still higher, decades after women had lost the pounds, study found

  • Smog Raises Heart Risks in Those With Diabetes, Study Says
    Long-term study showed prolonged exposure linked to heart disease, stroke

  • Why Women Should Lower Their Holiday Stress Level
    Too much pressure can lead to heart damage, cardiologist says

  • Gel Injections May Help Heart Failure Patients
    But larger study needed to assess the effectiveness and safety of the implants

  • Depressed Black Americans May Be at Risk for Heart Woes
    Study links depression to stroke and heart disease over 10-year period

  • Arm Artery Access Safer for Angioplasty, Review Finds
    When compared to using the groin artery, there were fewer bleeding events, death rates

  • 45-Minute Class Helps Middle Schoolers Master CPR Basics
    They retained the info months later, even without a refresher session, study found

  • Many Who Survive Cardiac Arrest Don't Suffer Brain Damage
    Research finds that 84 percent of survivors retain their mental function

  • Carbon Monoxide Levels in Breath Might Point to Stroke Risk
    People who exhaled higher concentrations of the gas were at increased odds for an attack, researchers say

  • Widely Used Antibiotics May Raise Heart Risks, Review Finds
    Macrolides were linked to small, but significant, chances of sudden cardiac death

  • Smoggy Days Linked to Most Severe Type of Heart Attack
    Heart patients should take precautions when pollution is high, study suggests

  • Many Americans May Experience 'Silent' Heart Attack
    Study shows evidence of cardiac scarring often appearing on scans, even if no attack was reported

  • Lifesaving Defibrillators Often Behind Locked Doors, Study Finds
    Devices that shock heart rhythm back to normal were not available 25 percent of time in emergencies

  • Sex Is Safe for Heart Patients With a Defibrillator
    New study should calm fears of patients and their partners, experts say

  • Fewer Americans Than Ever Sticking to Heart-Healthy Lifestyle, Study Finds
    Less than 6 percent of adults tracked in long-running research are keeping critical risk factors at bay

  • Women May Get Poorer Care Than Men Post-Heart Attack
    This could explain gender gap in survival, researchers say

  • Lower Blood Pressure Target Could Save Lives: Study
    Risk of heart troubles was lowered by 25 percent, while death risk was reduced 27 percent

  • Sex Is Safe for Heart Patients With a Defibrillator
    New study should calm fears of patients and their partners, experts say

  • The Physically Active Less Prone to Post-Heart Attack Depression
    Research underscores link between physical activity and mental health

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis May Shorten Life Span: Study
    Heart, respiratory problems were main contributors to early death, researchers found

  • New Advisory Says Some Athletes With Heart Conditions OK to Play
    Statement from cardiology groups applies only to those participating in organized sports

  • Studies Reveal Gender Gap in Heart Care
    Younger women less likely than men to be warned of risk, get same treatments or survive after heart attack

  • Botox Might Prevent Irregular Heartbeat After Bypass Surgery
    Injectable toxin helped thwart atrial fibrillation, researchers report

  • 'Older' Blood Poses No Harm to Heart Surgery Patients: Study
    Storage duration didn't influence complications, death rate

  • Positive Outlook May Help Heart Disease Patients Heal
    Study found optimists more likely to take meds, exercise and eat healthy

  • Sleep Apnea May Raise Women's Heart Risk, But Not Men's
    Findings highlight the need to screen women for the nighttime breathing disorder, experts say

  • Younger Women Less Likely to Take Meds After Heart Attack
    This, despite fact they have worse outcomes than men of a similar age, study authors say

  • Sensitive Blood Test May Help Rule Out Heart Attack
    Researchers say goal is to reduce hospital admissions, medical costs

  • Worse Psoriasis, Less Healthy Arteries, Study Finds
    Chronic skin disorder linked to increase risk for heart attack and stroke

  • Earlier Hormone Therapy May Pose Less Risk for Menopausal Women
    Starting treatment around onset of menopause seems to lower threat to heart, study says

  • Fidgeting Might Be Good for Your Health
    Having the jitters may undercut some of the negative effects of prolonged sitting, British study contends

  • Beet Juice Boosts Muscle Power in Heart Patients
    Researchers say dietary nitrate could help these patients climb stairs and get out of a chair

  • Could a Texting App Help Your Heart?
    Patients who got reminders on healthy living saw improvements in cholesterol, blood pressure, weight

  • Many Critically Ill Patients Lack 'Do Not Resuscitate' Orders
    After surviving cardiac arrest, only one in four let doctors know their wishes, study finds

  • Study: Lowering Beta-Blocker Dose May Boost Survival After Heart Attack
    Dosage should be tailored to the needs of individual patients, researchers say

  • Heart Attack Shouldn't End Your Sex Life
    Research shows it equals same level of physical exertion as a brisk walk

  • Air Pollution Exposure May Boost Risk of Early Death
    Fine toxic particles are absorbed deep into lungs and blood, researchers say

  • Wealthy Blacks Fare Worse Than Whites After Heart Attack: Study
    Research showed racial survival differences were greatest among the richest

  • Diabetes Takes a Toll on Women's Hearts
    Studies find up to a 40 percent greater risk of coronary problems in females

  • People in Their 50s Benefit Most From Low-Dose Aspirin, Report Says
    Heart-disease preventive may simultaneously reduce colon cancer risk, task force suggests

  • Major Study Calls for Even Tighter Control of High Blood Pressure
    Aggressive treatment cut rates of heart attack, heart failure and stroke by one-third, deaths by one-quarter

  • Younger Women With Diabetes More Vulnerable to Heart Attack: Study
    Smoking another risk factor for this age group, researchers say

  • Secondhand Smoke in Pregnancy, Youth Tied to Irregular Heartbeat Years Later
    Effect was strongest for those without other risk factors for atrial fibrillation, but more study needed

  • Your Heart Is Likely 'Older' Than You Are
    Smoking, high blood pressure and cholesterol can age this vital organ, CDC says

  • Cold Weather May Up Risk of Stroke, Severe Heart Attack for Some
    But more study needed to determine what strategies might cut those risks

  • Knee, Hip Replacement Surgeries Linked to Heart Risks
    Odds are highest in the month following the procedure, study finds

  • Wireless Pacemaker Shows Promise in Early Trial
    Though it can be placed in heart without surgery, unlike tradtional devices, some safety concerns remain

  • Could Lots of Coffee Up Heart Risks for Young Adults With High Blood Pressure?
    Study finds an association, but can't prove cause and effect

  • Wireless Pacemaker Shows Promise in Early Trial
    Though it can be placed in heart without surgery, unlike tradtional devices, some safety concerns remain

  • FDA Approves Second Drug in New Class of Cholesterol-Lowering Medications
    Trials showed Repatha slashed 'bad' LDL cholesterol levels in those who couldn't tolerate statins

  • After Heart Attack, Quitting Smoking Boosts Mental Health, Quality of Life
    People who kick habit also report less chest pain, study finds

  • Progress Slows Against Heart Disease Deaths for Adults Under 55, Study Shows
    Women seem especially at risk, and more research is needed, experts say

  • Workaholics May Face Higher Stroke Risk: Study
    Lack of exercise, stress and higher drinking rates could be to blame, researchers say

  • Only 1 in 10 With Heart Failure Sent to Rehab Programs
    Younger patients and men more likely to be referred than older patients and women, study finds

  • Could Your Smartphone Help Boost Your Heart Health?
    Special apps, trackers may boost weight loss, exercise, quitting smoking, early studies suggest

  • Jury Still Out on Whether Saturated Fat Is Bad for You, Researchers Say
    But clear link seen between trans fats and heart troubles, early death

  • Screen Teens With Depression for Heart Disease, Experts Say
    New recommendations note these adolescents not recognized as high-risk group

  • More Evidence That Southern Cooking Boosts Heart Risk
    Avoid diet heavy in fried food, processed meats and sugary drinks, experts advise

  • Too Few Heart Attack Patients Get Cardiac Rehab, Study Finds
    Home-based programs could provide alternative for those unable or unwilling to travel, researchers suggest

  • Poor Thinking Skills in Seniors Linked to Heart Attack, Stroke Risks
    Common tie between disorders may be blood vessels, expert suggests

  • Women and Blacks Fare Worse After Heart Attacks: Study
    Disparities in care may be one reason for the differences, researchers say

  • Stand, Don't Sit, to Get Healthier, Researchers Say
    Even if you exercise, sitting for long periods linked to higher blood sugar, cholesterol levels

  • Older Smokers With Migraines May Face Added Stroke Risk
    Study finds no increased risk among nonsmokers

  • Implanted Defibrillators Restore Healthy Heart Function to Many: Study
    Findings underscore need to repeatedly check up on patients who get these devices, researcher says

  • Big Swings in Blood Pressure Could Spell Trouble
    Wide fluctuations between doctor visits tied to raised odds of heart disease, early death, study says

  • FDA OKs First of New Class of Cholesterol Drugs
    Praluent for people with prior history of heart attack or stroke who've already tried a statin

  • When Bystanders Give CPR Right Away, Lives Are Saved, Study Shows
    Starting rescue efforts for victims of cardiac arrest before ambulance arrives boosts survival

  • Aspirin Use Common Among Americans With Heart Trouble
    CDC finds older people, white men most likely users of the drug endorsed for heart health

  • Hospitalization Rates Jump Near 'Fracking' Sites: Study
    Researchers suggest exposure to toxins, high noise levels may help explain link

  • Wildfires May Spark Heart Hazards for Miles Around
    Fine-particle pollution linked to cardiac arrests, heart attacks, study finds

  • Wider Use of Statin Drugs Could Save Thousands More Lives: Report
    New guidelines would have 13 million more Americans taking the cholesterol drugs, experts say

  • FDA Strengthens Heart Attack, Stroke Warning for Popular Painkillers
    NSAIDS include such drugs as ibuprofen and naproxen; aspirin not included in alert

  • Experts Urge Caution With Popular Painkillers After FDA Warning
    Tougher labels reflect mounting evidence that NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen raise heart, stroke risk

  • Only 1 in 10 Americans Eats Enough Fruits and Veggies: CDC
    The foods help lower risk of illnesses such as obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes, expert says

  • Breast-Feeding Tied to Healthier Arteries in Middle Age
    But it remains unknown whether these women will have lower rates of heart attack, stroke as they age

  • Chronic Ills May Add Up to a Shortened Life Span
    Study finds combination of diabetes, heart disease and stroke can cut up to 15 years of life expectancy

  • How Long Do Patients With Clots in the Lung Need Blood Thinners?
    New French study suggests that anti-clotting drugs may be needed for the very long term

  • Many Americans Trying to Cut Their Salt Intake: CDC
    Overall, half of adults surveyed recently said they were trying to avoid sodium

  • Menopausal Women at Lower Heart Risk Than Men of Similar Age
    Study found little difference between menopause types, but black women had less advantage than white

  • Make CPR, Defibrillator Training Mandatory for High School Graduation: Experts
    Having everyone learn these lifesaving interventions could boost cardiac arrest survival, panel says

  • Trauma, PTSD May Raise Women's Odds of Heart Attack, Stroke: Study
    But the research didn't establish a cause-and-effect relationship

  • Too Few Older Heart Attack Patients Get Implanted Defibrillators, Study Finds
    Age alone should not be a barrier, researchers say

  • Can Smartphones Interfere With Pacemakers?
    Study finds tiny risk, and users are advised to keep phones away from chest pockets

  • Drug May Be Antidote to Bleeding Tied to Blood Thinner Pradaxa
    Idarucizumab quickly reversed the effect in 100 percent of cases, study found

  • Can U.S. Health-Care System Afford New, Improved Cholesterol Drugs?
    Medications may cost as much as $12,000 per person each year

  • FDA Tells Food Industry to Stop Using Artificial Trans Fats
    Agency gives manufacturers three years to remove them from all foods sold to Americans

  • FDA Advisers Recommend Approval of 2nd New Cholesterol Drug
    Trials show they slash levels of 'bad' LDL cholesterol, and could benefit those who don't tolerate statins

  • FDA Advisers Recommend Approval of First of 2 New Cholesterol Drugs
    Trials show they slash levels of 'bad' cholesterol; could be used by people who don't respond to statins

  • Popular Heartburn Meds Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Attack
    But don't stop taking proton pump inhibitors based on this study, expert says

  • World's Population Is Getting Sicker, Study Shows
    People lose more 'years of healthy life' to illness now than they did in the 1990s, global survey reports

  • Cholesterol Drugs May Boost Outcomes After Bypass
    People taking a statin had lower risk of dying in weeks after the heart surgery, researchers say

  • Cholesterol Drugs May Boost Outcomes After Bypass
    People taking a statin had lower risk of dying in weeks after the heart surgery, researchers say

  • Average New Yorker Sits 7 Hours Each Day: Study
    Rates may even be higher, and experts warn that too little daily activity can cause serious harm

  • Poorer Blacks May Face Higher Odds of Heart Disease
    For black women, study finds risk is doubled among those with lowest income

  • Don't Give Heart-Healthy Patients Blood Pressure Drugs Before Surgery: Study
    But those with three or four heart risk factors may benefit from getting beta-blockers

  • COPD Raises Cardiac Death Risk for Those With Irregular Heartbeat
    But the lung condition not tied to raised stroke risk in these patients

  • Heart Risk Factors May Harm Black Women More Than Whites
    Fewer unhealthy signs are needed before black women's risk starts to rise, study finds

  • Many ER Patients With Chest Pain Can Be Sent Home, Study Finds
    Vast majority who have normal cardiac test results are in no immediate danger, researchers say

  • How Safe Is Exercise for Those With Common Irregular Heartbeat?
    Atrial fibrillation strikes many older Americans, and study finds gender influences safety of physical activity

  • World's Tiniest Pacemaker Seems Safe, Effective in Trial
    Device is 93 percent smaller than prior pacemakers that are implanted through a vein

  • World's Tiniest Pacemaker Seems Safe, Effective in Trial
    Device is 93 percent smaller than prior pacemakers that are implanted through a vein

  • Activity Improves Survival for Those With Implanted Defibrillators
    People who are most active soon after getting heart device tend to live longer, researchers find

  • Hand-Grip Strength May Provide Clues to Heart Health
    Researchers found decrease was linked to higher risk of heart attack, stroke and premature death

  • Quitting Smoking Improves Angioplasty Outcome, Study Finds
    Patients report less chest pain, better quality of life after heart procedure

  • Many Aging Boomers Face Chronic Illness, But Death Rate Is Falling: CDC
    Report finds nearly half need a heart drug, almost a fifth are diabetic

  • Bystander CPR Linked to Better Outcomes After Cardiac Arrest
    Study found it not only saved lives, but also boosted chances survivor could return to work

  • 911 Best Call for Heart Attack Victims in Rural Areas: Study
    But many drive or are driven to hospital, losing precious time before treatment starts, researchers note

  • COPD Tied to Raised Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death
    Experts weren't surprised, since smoking often contributes to the respiratory disease and heart trouble

  • Traumatic Life Events May Harm Women's Hearts, Study Suggests
    Managing stress as important as lowering blood pressure to prevent heart attack, expert says

  • MRI May Help Gauge Stroke Risk in Those With Irregular Heartbeat
    People with atrial fibrillation could benefit, experts say

  • Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivors Face Higher Long-Term Heart Risks
    Study suggests chemotherapy, radiation can damage the heart for decades to come

  • New Drug Class Slashes 'Bad' Cholesterol, Review Finds
    If approved, medications could be used by people who don't respond to statins

  • Daily Aspirin Taken by More Than Half of Older U.S. Adults
    Usage doesn't always comply with national guidelines

  • Adults With Congenital Heart Trouble Need Follow-Up, Experts Say
    New American Heart Association guidelines outline health care strategies for these patients

  • Genes May Be Tied to Cardiac Arrest Risk in Dialysis Patients
    Study found those who are related faced greater chance of heart stopping than those who aren't

  • To Protect Your Aging Brain, Start With Exercise
    New report also suggests quitting smoking, managing health conditions and socializing

  • Study Ties Divorce to Higher Chance of Heart Attack
    Remarriage, at least for women, did not lower risk

  • Many U.S. Shoppers Choose Low-Salt Fare
    Survey found about a third opt for healthier grocery items, although experts say labels could be improved

  • Pouch in Heart May Trigger Unexplained Strokes: Study
    Researchers suspect it may allow clots to form, then travel to the brain

  • New Guidelines Would Greatly Boost Number of Young People on Statins
    Analysis finds 483,500 people aged 17 to 21 would get a cholesterol drug, based on NIH advisory

  • Cooling After Cardiac Arrest May Help Preserve Brain Function
    Study finds reducing body temperature slightly tied to good mental outcomes

  • More People Dying of Heart Disease, Stroke Worldwide: Study
    Growing, and aging, population behind the trend, and death rate is actually dropping

  • Heart Groups Issue Updated Blood Pressure Guidelines
    Aim is more flexibility for those with heart disease, doctors say

  • U.S. Deaths Due to High Blood Pressure Keep Rising: CDC
    Most marked increases seen in those aged 45 to 64 and those over 85

  • FDA Warns of Cardiac Effect When Heart Drug Mixed With Hepatitis C Meds
    Adding Harvoni or Sovaldi to amiodarone could cause dangerous slowing of heart rate, agency says

  • Secondhand Smoke May Put Kids at Risk for Heart Disease as Adults
    Children of smokers nearly twice as likely to have plaque buildup in carotid arteries years later, study says

  • New Guidelines Call for No Heart Tests for Low-Risk Patients
    American College of Physicians advises against EKGs, stress testing, among others

  • Study Gauges Value of CT Scans for Heart Patients
    CT may slightly outperform 'functional' tests because it helps rule out unnecessary procedures, researchers say

  • Procedure May Beat Drug in Patients With Heart Failure, Irregular Heartbeat
    Catheter ablation appears to outperform Amiodarone in people with both conditions, study finds

  • Tackling Obesity May Ease a Dangerous Irregular Heartbeat
    Keeping the weight off over time was key to curbing atrial fibrillation, study found

  • Some Older Heart Patients Might Benefit From Aggressive Treatments
    Those who suffered milder type of heart attack or unstable chest pain did worse if only given medication

  • Smokers Fare Worse After Heart Procedures, Study Finds
    They had much higher risk of heart attack, stroke or death than nonsmokers or those who quit

  • Newer Blood Thinner May Improve Outcomes for Heart Attack Survivors
    Company-funded trial finds lower rates of heart attack, death with Brilinta versus placebo

  • Vitamin D Won't Help Fight High Blood Pressure, Researchers Say
    Review of data from dozens of prior studies finds no benefit

  • CT Scans Might Spot Heart Risks More Clearly in Patients With Chest Pain
    Study found they changed treatments, lowered chances of later heart attack more than standard care

  • Better Treatments Helping People With Enlarged Hearts Live Longer: Study
    People with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are benefiting from defibrillators, other advances

  • Experimental Drug Shows Promise in Lowering Cholesterol, Heart Attack Risk
    Adding the 'investigational biologic' evolocumab to statin therapy works better, study says

  • Manual Clot Removal After Heart Attack May Not Help, Could Harm
    Researchers also report that procedure appears to increase the risk for stroke

  • Smokers Fare Worse After Heart Procedures, Study Finds
    They had much higher risk of heart attack, stroke or death than nonsmokers or those who quit

  • New Study Casts Doubt on Dangers of Hormone Therapy for Hot Flashes
    But other experts warn it's too soon to say the treatment is safe

  • A Sense of Purpose May Help Your Heart
    Study finds physical rewards in meaningful activity

  • Early Onset Hot Flashes May Point to Raised Heart Disease Risk
    Studies found that the daily frequency of episodes seemed to matter, too

  • Stress May Undermine Heart Benefits of Exercise
    Study found teens who lacked coping skills faced raised heart risks that physical fitness did not counter

  • Easing Depression May Boost Heart Health, Study Finds
    People with moderate to severe depression saw improved circulatory outcomes with antidepressants

  • Women Take Longer to Reach Hospital After Heart Attack
    That delay may help explain why women twice as likely to die, researchers say

  • Veggie-Rich Diets May Mean Lower Heart Risks
    Study found people who ate more plant foods than animal products less likely to die from heart disease

  • Another Study Finds Mediterranean Diet May Cut Heart Risks
    People who followed it closely were 47 percent less likely to develop disease

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Stem Further Damage After Heart Attack
    Survivors who took large, daily dose of prescription-only capsules showed less decline in heart function

  • Early Studies See No Heart Risk From Testosterone Therapy
    But experts agree more research is needed, especially in light of FDA warning

  • More Cases of High Blood Pressure in Less Affluent States
    The unemployed seemed to be at especially high risk, CDC researchers found

  • After Blowing Their Stack, a Heart Attack
    Explosive anger increased risk 8-fold, study found

  • Younger Women Often Ignore Signs of Heart Attack
    Study participants, from 30 to 55 years old, said they were reluctant to trigger false alarm

  • Certain Painkillers Ill-Advised After Heart Attack: Study
    If you're taking anti-clotting drugs, you should avoid meds like ibuprofen and Celebrex, doctors say

  • Study Ties Saunas to Lower Risk of Death From Heart Disease
    More frequent use, longer times per session decreased odds even more, but cause-and-effect link not proven

  • Light Activity a Boost to Seniors' Hearts
    Low-level movement helps even those with limited mobility, study says

  • Newer Blood Thinner Beats Heparin for Certain Heart Attacks
    Swedish study finds fondaparinux is effective, and reduces bleeding risk

  • 'Calculators' Doctors Use May Overestimate Heart Risks, Study Says
    Such assessments should only be starting points for predicting risk, researcher explains

  • More Evidence That Even 'Moderate' Exercise Helps Women's Hearts
    A few sweat-inducing workouts per week are enough to cut risks in middle age, study finds

  • Blood Pressure Meds Lower Heart, Stroke Risks in Diabetics: Analysis
    Patients did better even if they didn't actually have high blood pressure

  • Preterm Delivery Linked to Heart Disease, Stroke Risk in Mothers
    But study didn't prove cause-and-effect relationship

  • Effectiveness of Implanted Defibrillators May Depend on Patient's Age
    They extended survival in those at high risk for sudden cardiac death, but those over 70 saw less benefit, study found

  • U.S. Advisers Rethink Cholesterol Risk From Foods: Report
    Trans fats are a bigger threat to heart health, doctors and dietitians say

  • Effectiveness of Implanted Defibrillators May Depend on Patient's Age
    They extended survival in those at high risk for sudden cardiac death, but those over 70 saw less benefit, study found

  • Loved Ones Caring for Brain-Injured Veterans May Face Health Risks
    Study found high levels of substance linked to inflammation in caregivers who felt anger, blame

  • Stress May Make Recovery From Heart Attack Harder for Younger Women
    Study found women were prone to greater levels of stress than men

  • Newly Diagnosed With High Blood Pressure? 3 Factors Affect Prognosis
    Systolic reading of 150 should prompt immediate action to prevent poor outcomes, study suggests

  • Some With Kidney Stones Might Have Calcium Buildup in Blood Vessels: Study
    These patients might need closer monitoring for further signs of pending heart trouble, researcher says

  • Following Blood Pressure Guidelines Saves Lives, Dollars: Study
    Investing in treatment strategies would yield both health and economic benefits, researcher says

  • 72,000 Cases of Public Defibrillators Failing in Past Decade, FDA Says
    Agency vows action to boost the effectiveness of the life-saving devices

  • Blood Transfusions During Heart Surgery May Up Pneumonia Risk
    But study found overall rate was under 4 percent

  • ER Patients With Chest Pain May Not Always Need Heart Tests: Study
    Such screenings didn't predict who would have later heart trouble, researchers report

  • Could a Drink a Day Lower Your Risk for Heart Failure?
    Study found an association for middle-aged people, but experts stress that heavy drinking is never healthy

  • Pneumonia Raises Heart Disease Risk for Years: Study
    Findings underscore value of preventive vaccines

  • Weightlessness in Space May Lower Blood Pressure in Astronauts
    But shifting of blood to upper body may also strain heart, study shows

  • Neck Artery Stents May Not Be Worthwhile in 'Real World' Setting
    Study found a third of older patients died within two years of procedure

  • How Intense Efforts Boosted Heart Health for One Maine Community
    Better screening, control of high cholesterol and blood pressure cut deaths and hospitalizations, study finds

  • Rotating Night Shift Work May Raise Risks of Heart Disease, Lung Cancer: Study
    Research can't prove cause-and-effect, but does suggest a link

  • Diet Rich in Whole Grains Might Extend Your Life, Study Says
    Findings held even after researchers accounted for person's weight, age and smoking status

  • Little Change in Fast Food Calorie Counts, Salt Content
    Researchers tracked popular items from 3 major chains from 1996-2013

  • Number of Americans Taking Statins Keeps Rising: CDC
    Even more should be taking them to cut risk of heart attack and stroke, cardiologist says

  • When Heart Docs Are Away, Their High-Risk Patients May Fare Better
    Intensive procedures ordered less often, survival rates higher during cardiology conferences, study found

  • Certain Antibiotic/Statin Combos May Be Unsafe Mix: Study
    Use of clarithromycin along with the cholesterol-lowering meds had higher risk of side effects

  • Only 4 in 10 Americans Eat Heart-Healthy Nuts Each Day, CDC Says
    Even fewer consume an amount thought to help curb heart disease, study found

  • FDA Approves Blood Test That Gauges Heart Attack Risk
    The screen is meant for people without history of heart disease, agency says

  • Heart Attacks Rose in N.J. in Hurricane Sandy's Wake
    Jump in residents' stress, physical exertion may have played a role, researchers say

  • Exercise, Diet May Be Key to Beating a Common Irregular Heartbeat
    Atrial fibrillation often hits older people, but study shows getting healthier can curb it

  • Study Casts Doubt on Low-Dose Aspirin for Women Under 65
    Benefits of cutting heart disease and cancer risk is clearer in older women, but use should be individualized, experts say

  • Obesity-Related Ills May Shave Up to 8 Years Off Your Life: Study
    Excess weight also shortens the time you live free of chronic diseases that lower quality of life, researchers say

  • Could a 'Mediterranean' Diet Extend Your Life?
    Study points to genetic signs that the antioxidant-rich regimen might boost longevity

  • More Advanced Emergency Care May Be Worse for Cardiac Arrest Victims: Study
    Good CPR, getting to hospital fast resulted in better outcomes than using sophisticated methods

  • Treating Irregular Heartbeat With Digoxin May Come With Risks
    Study finds higher odds for death, hospitalization for patients with atrial fibrillation

  • A Bad Marriage Burdens an Aging Heart
    Older women in unhappy relationships seem especially vulnerable, researchers say

  • Women With Heart Disease at Low Risk When Giving Birth: Study
    California researchers find more C-sections, longer hospital stays but no significant complications

  • 3-D Model of Heart May Help Surgeons Fix Defects
    New technology might make for better-prepared doctors, 'fewer surprises' in the OR, experts say

  • Oxygen May Not Help Heart Attack Victims
    Study ties treatment to greater heart damage, but more research urged

  • Chasing, Tackling Suspects Raises Cops' Odds of Sudden Death
    Overall risk to any one officer remains very small, researchers stress

  • Coordination of Heart Attack Care Trims Time to Treatment: Study
    Survival rates were boosted even when just minutes were saved getting blocked arteries opened

  • 'Wireless' Pacemaker Working Well So Far, Researchers Say
    Small, manufacturer-funded study of tiny device reports no complications

  • Wireless ECG Speeds Up Heart Attack Treatments, Study Shows
    Qatar researchers found ambulance-to-angioplasty times cut dramatically with trans-satellite device

  • Even With a Little Weight Gain, Quitting Smoking Is Still Healthier Choice
    Japanese study found that stopping the habit boosted survival, even if a few pounds were added on

  • Study Finds No Added Benefit From Routine Heart Scans for Diabetics
    Proper management of disease is best way to reduce heart attack risk, researchers say

  • Emotional Stress Affects Women's Hearts
    Mental stress test shows blood flow reduction among younger women compared to men and seniors, researchers report

  • ER Visits for Common Irregular Heartbeat Are Rising, Study Finds
    While U.S. hospital admissions for atrial fibrillation were up, death rates were down

  • More Americans Controlling Their High Blood Pressure
    Government researchers report the numbers are looking better, but national goal not yet reached

  • Certain Heart Dysfunction More Likely in Hispanic Women With Many Kids: Study
    But findings are preliminary and more study is needed, experts say

  • Are Women More Likely to Survive Cardiac Arrest?
    French, Dutch studies draw differing conclusions

  • Asthma Raises Heart Attack Risk, Research Suggests
    Those who had trouble controlling condition particularly vulnerable, researchers report

  • Certain Heart Attacks Are Deadlier in Hospital
    Percentage of STEMI deaths among inpatients three times higher than among outpatients, researchers report

  • CPR Phone Guidance Boosts Cardiac Arrest Survival, Study Says
    Researchers find 911 dispatchers can talk bystanders through the process -- and save lives

  • Secondhand Pot Smoke Can Give Your Heart an Unwelcome Buzz
    Rat study suggests short exposure to marijuana reduces blood vessel function, similar to secondhand tobacco smoke

  • Feeling 'Worn Out'? Your Heart May Pay the Price
    Unmanaged stress and fatigue take a toll on your cardiovascular health, researchers report

  • Deaths From Heart Disease Down, Up for Blood Pressure, Irregular Heartbeat
    Obesity and aging population may be contributing factors, researcher says

  • Long-Term Use of Aspirin Plus Blood Thinner Is Safe: Study
    Benefits of combination outweigh potential risks, experts say

  • Cholesterol Drug Vytorin Linked to Reduced Heart Attack Risk
    Study found this combination drug dropped 'bad' LDL levels

  • Protect Yourself in Icy Temperatures, Heavy Snow
    Winter's dangers can be avoided with simple precautions, experts say

  • Researchers Find Gene Mutation That May Protect Against Heart Disease
    Rare genetic variation appears to cut the risk of heart attack in half, study reports

  • Deaths From Heart Disease Drop Quickly After Stent Procedure: Study
    But experts say treatment should also focus on possible noncardiac causes of death

  • Early Signs of Plaque in Arteries Signals Future Heart Trouble: Study
    Finding suggests even if blood vessels aren't blocked, heart attack risk still increases significantly

  • Women Often Ignore Signs of Heart Trouble
    Study finds they're more likely than men to delay seeking medical help

  • Depression After Heart Attack May Be More Common for Women
    Researcher believes issue has been 'largely unnoticed'

  • Teen Sisters Develop Ways to Measure Lung, Heart Damage
    Electronic stethoscope amplifies sounds of breathing changes, thickening of heart muscle

  • Athletic Trainers' Group Advises Heart Tests for Young Athletes
    Identifying problems may prevent sudden cardiac arrest, new guidelines suggest

  • Race Doesn't Affect Obesity's Toll on Health
    Obese blacks were no more or less likely to die early than were obese whites, research shows

  • Sudden Cardiac Death a Risk for Women Living Near Major Roads: Study
    May be as big a factor as smoking, obesity and poor eating habits, research suggests

  • Stress Affects Women, Men With Heart Disease Differently, Study Shows
    Finding suggests doctors need to treat patients based on gender risks, researcher says

  • Obese Kids May Show Early Signs of Heart Trouble
    Study found they have higher blood pressure, higher levels of 'bad' cholesterol than normal-weight kids

  • Health Tip: Troubled by High Triglycerides?
    Risk factors include extra weight

  • Heart Bypass Patients May Not Need Tight Blood Sugar Control: Study
    Survival rates similar for those with looser glucose limits, trial finds

  • Study Compares Tissue-Based or Mechanical Replacement Heart Valves
    Devices had similar results for patient stroke or death, but tissue version was linked to less bleeding

  • Social Support May Be Key to Heart Attack Recovery
    Study found younger patients fared worse if they did not have family, friends to help afterwards

  • Fish Oil Supplements Have Little Effect on Irregular Heartbeat: Study
    Atrial fibrillation increases the risk for stroke, researchers note

  • FDA Panel: Limit Testosterone Drug Use
    Joint committee also calls for drug makers to run heart-risk tests on popular 'Low T' products

  • FDA to Probe Testosterone Therapy Claims, Safety
    Joint committee to consider whether 'Low T' products are overprescribed and whether treatment raises heart risks

  • Heart Attack Patients Face Greater Death Risk if Any Treatment Step Missed: Study
    British researchers outline 9 critical components of hospital care

  • Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks
    Task force guidelines could apply to half of U.S. adults

  • Antibiotic Might Raise Heart Risks for Some
    People with underlying heart rhythm disorders may want to avoid clarithromycin, study suggests

  • Exercise May Guard Against Irregular Heartbeat in Older Women
    Study found it lowered risk even if they were obese

  • Good Neighbors Are Good for Your Heart, Study Says
    People who felt like they were a part of their community had lower risk of heart attack

  • Big Drop in U.S. Heart-Related Hospitalizations and Deaths, Study Finds
    Lifestyle changes, wider use of medications driving the trend, researchers say

  • Common Irregular Heartbeat May Pose Risks for Surgery Patients
    People with atrial fibrillation have higher odds for stroke after an operation, study finds

  • For Heart Attack Survivors, More Exercise Isn't Always Better, Study Says
    Excessive walking, running may lose protective effect

  • 'Ice Man' Mummy May Have Been at Risk of Heart Disease
    5,000-year-old remains found in Alps glacier contain DNA indicating increased cardiovascular risk

  • Big Jump in Doctor's Office Visits for Young Adults With Diabetes
    Overall, 1 in 10 consultations in the U.S. now involves a person with the illness, CDC says

  • Some Jobs Harder on the Heart Than Others, Report Finds
    But having to search for work may be just as stressful, unhealthy, researchers add

  • Heart Attack Patients Treated at Night, Weekends May Have Worse Outcomes
    Timing of arrival at ER affects how quickly an angioplasty is done, research shows

  • Pacemakers Common for Those With Dementia and Irregular Heartbeats
    Study couldn't explain why more dementia patients had operation, though families' wishes likely a factor

  • High-Salt Diets Could Double Risk of Heart Woes for Diabetics
    Risk even greater for people whose diabetes isn't well-controlled, study finds

  • No Change in Heart Attack Rates for Younger U.S. Adults
    And women tend to fare worse than men, study finds

  • Potassium Supplements May Help Some Heart Failure Patients
    Study finds they seem to improve survival for people taking 'water pill' diuretics

  • Is Obesity an Advantage After Heart Procedures?
    Experts urge caution in interpreting study results

  • Niacin Doesn't Reduce Heart Problems, May Create Some, Research Finds
    Talk with your doctor about whether or not you should keep taking it, expert advises

  • Scientists Use Gene Therapy to Create 'Biological Pacemaker' in Pig Hearts
    Technique might one day lead to the replacement of electronic pacemakers in humans, researchers say

  • Even Moderate Drinking Might Raise Odds for Irregular Heartbeat
    But the finding held true for wine and liquor only, not beer, researchers note

  • A Little Alcohol May Not Be Good for Your Heart After All
    New gene-focused review suggests that cutting down on drinking is always heart-healthy

  • More Painkillers May Raise Heart Risks for Older Women: Review
    Class of drugs that includes naproxen linked to increased chance of heart attack, stroke, but finding not conclusive

  • Change Bad Habits Early, Save Your Heart Later
    Young adults who adopt healthier lifestyle can cut their heart disease risk, researchers say

  • Latest Study Finds No Link Between Testosterone Supplements, Heart Attack
    Finding runs counter to some prior reports; much larger trials are needed, experts say

  • Nursing Home Care May Be Out of Reach for Many Aging 'Boomers': Study
    Price tag for 1 year of institutionalized care is now about $84,000, federal report says

  • Quitting Smokeless Tobacco May Boost Survival After Heart Attack
    Swedish study found those patients were half as likely to die within two years

  • Heart Failure Therapy May Benefit Women More Than Men
    But study finds they're less likely than males to receive pacemaker that synchronizes heartbeats

  • Testosterone Products Must Warn About Risk of Venous Clots: FDA
    Announcement comes as agency continues broader review of the popular supplements' effects on heart

  • Depression Doubles Odds of Heart Attack for Younger Women: Study
    And compared with older women and men, they are more likely to become depressed, researchers say

  • Study Questions Use of Beta Blockers Before Heart Bypass Surgery
    But at least one specialist says the finding shouldn't alter current procedures

  • Insulin-Metformin Combo Tied to Poorer Survival in Diabetes Study
    Other experts dispute the study's conclusions

  • Heart Patients Without Artery Plaque Buildup Still Face Risks: Study
    They still have an increased likelihood of heart attack, death, researchers found

  • Take Heart: Mediterranean Diet Combats Type 2 Diabetes, Study Says
    It's especially beneficial to those at risk of heart disease, researcher contends

  • 1 in 10 Heart Attack Patients May Have Undiagnosed Diabetes
    Recognizing and treating the disease early may prevent cardiovascular complications, study author says

  • Some Breast Cancer Patients May Get Drug-Linked Heart Failure: Study
    But many aren't getting treated for the condition, researchers say

  • Antibiotic Lowers Death Risk for Elderly Patients With Pneumonia: Study
    But azithromycin boosted chances of heart attack slightly in this vulnerable population

  • More Hispanics Took Heart Meds After Medicare Part D Launch
    But only small increase was seen among black patients during same period, study found

  • Heart Attack in Middle Age May Be Tougher on Women
    Reasons aren't clear, but study found male survivors were healthier to start with

  • More Americans Working to Control Blood Pressure, Cholesterol: CDC
    But rates for these and other heart-healthy habits still fall far short of goals, agency says

  • Diabetics Fare Worse After Heart Surgery, Study Finds
    Poorer results, higher costs seen in heart bypass patients with blood sugar disease

  • Many Delay Blood Thinners After Stent Placement, Risking Death
    Going 3 days without Plavix triples odds of heart attack within a month, researchers say

  • Losing Weight at Any Age May Help the Heart
    Dropping excess pounds -- even in middle-age or later -- linked to better heart health, study finds

  • More Americans Hospitalized for Irregular Heartbeat, Study Finds
    Most patients had several health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, lung disease

  • There May Be Such a Thing as 'Too Much Exercise'
    Research suggests that moderate activity might be best for people with pre-existing heart disease

  • Prescription Drug Use Continues to Climb in U.S.
    CDC report says most common medications are for heart disease and high cholesterol

  • Researchers Shed Light on Link Between Stress, Heart Trouble
    Study suggests brain may be key to the connection between negative emotions and inflammation

  • Intensive Insulin Therapy Might Aid Diabetics After Heart Attack
    Study suggests tight blood sugar control ups survival, but recent medical advances may also play role

  • Counseling Urged for Obese People at Higher Odds for Heart Disease: Experts
    Talking over strategies for exercise, healthy diet can give individuals the motivation they need, panel says

  • Exercise Crucial for Women's Heart Health After 30, Study Finds
    Australian researchers, using long-term data, find physical inactivity the most likely predictor of heart disease in women

  • FDA Approves New Type of Anti-Clotting Drug
    Zontivity, which belongs to a novel class of drugs, reduced heart, stroke, cardiovascular death in patients

  • Solar Flares Might Actually Help Some Heart Patients
    Patients with implanted cardiac devices had smoother rhythms when sun 'storms' erupted, study found

  • Zontivity Approved For People at High-Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke
    Drug designed to reduce blood clots

  • Daily Aspirin Regimen Not Safe for Everyone, FDA Warns
    It may cause more harm than good in those who have not experienced heart problems or stroke

  • Southeastern States Have Highest Rates of Preventable Deaths
    Modifiable risk factors could help combat scourges like heart disease, cancer, CDC says

  • Home Visits May Help Heart Bypass Patients Fare Better
    Pilot program found fewer hospital readmissions, lower death rate compared to standard care

  • High-Fiber Diet May Aid Heart Attack Survivors
    Study suggests whole grains might be particularly important

  • Is Healthy Obesity a Myth?
    Study found even with normal blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, the obese had more artery plaque

  • Ironclad Findings About Red Meat's Harms?
    Analysis of 21 studies may bolster case against a diet of steak

  • Statin Users Eating More Bad Food Than a Decade Ago, Study Shows
    Doctors need to re-emphasize importance of healthy diet to patients, researcher says

  • A Little Wine Might Help Kidneys Stay Healthy
    Less than a glass a day may also help the heart in those who already have kidney disease, researchers found

  • Pot Smoking May Pose Heart Dangers, Study Suggests
    But some believe the study is flawed

  • Diabetes Complication Rates Drop Among U.S. Adults
    But at the same time, rates of diabetes have more than tripled, researchers report

  • A Doctor's 'People Skills' Affects Patients' Health
    Comfortable relationship can be as beneficial as statins for heart problems, study finds

  • Heart Failure Drug Might Help Reduce Hospitalizations
    But study found spironolactone didn't prevent deaths from common form of heart disease

  • Beans, Lentils, Peas: Your Recipe for Lower Cholesterol?
    Review of 26 studies finds one serving per day tied to healthier arteries, especially in men

  • Study Ties Daylight Saving Time Change to Rise in Heart Attacks
    Michigan hospitals had more related admissions the next Monday, researchers found

  • Space Travel Alters Shape of Human Heart, Study Reports
    Finding could help scientists protect astronauts, and also might benefit some patients on Earth

  • Preventive Steroids May Not Help Heart Bypass
    Common practice might instead cause harm, study finds

  • Diabetes Treatment Falls Short as Heart Failure Drug in Study
    Metformin does not have protective effect on left ventricle, researchers say

  • Blood Test Shows Promise for Gauging Heart Attack Risk After Chest Pain
    More study is needed, but the screening method measures levels of a chemical signal tied to heart damage

  • Study Adds to Signs Linking HIV to Heart Trouble
    Coronary artery disease seen in men who were taking meds for advanced HIV infection

  • New Drug Lowers Cholesterol Beyond What Statins Can Do, Study Finds
    Whether it also prevents heart attacks and strokes isn't known yet, experts say

  • Can Diet Soft Drinks Contribute to Heart Trouble in Women?
    Those who consumed the most had highest risk, but the study results are preliminary

  • Stem Cells May Rejuvenate Failing Hearts, Study Suggests
    Researchers found injecting them into damaged tissue improved organ's ability to pump blood

  • Aspirin May Not Protect Heart After Non-Cardiac Surgeries: Study
    Just as many heart attacks, more serious bleeding seen if patients took aspirin around time of operation

  • Preventive Steroids May Not Help Heart Bypass
    Common practice might instead cause harm, study finds

  • Marriage Does Help the Heart, Study Finds
    Researchers compared cardiovascular disease rates in more than 3 million Americans

  • Weight-Loss Surgery Cuts Risk for Heart Attack, Death: Study
    People who are obese and at risk for heart disease should consider surgery, researchers say

  • Tragedies Do Cause Broken Hearts, Study Suggests
    Cases of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy -- or 'broken heart syndrome' -- jumped in Vermont, Missouri following natural disasters

  • Smoke-Free Policies May Protect the Heart
    Study found hospitalizations for heart disease, stroke dipped after Michigan passed workplace smoking ban

  • Post-Katrina Heart Woes Persisted at Least 6 Years
    Fallout from stressful events can linger a long time, study suggests

  • Tiny Wireless Pacemaker Shows Early Promise
    But complications can occur, study found, and more research is needed

  • Cardiac Arrest During Childbirth More Common Than Thought: Study
    Causes can include severe high blood pressure, excessive bleeding, blood infection, researchers report

  • Women Face Delays in Heart Attack Care Compared to Men: Study
    Researchers found female patients under 55 waiting longer than males for ECGs, clot-busting drugs

  • Daily Fish Oil Supplement May Not Help Your Heart: Studies
    Get your omega-3s from food, not pills, experts suggest

  • Warfarin Safe for Kidney Patients With Irregular Heartbeat: Study
    Use of the blood thinner may safely ease stroke risk linked to atrial fibrillation, Swedish research finds

  • Heart Attack Risk Rises in Hours After Angry Outburst: Study
    Absolute risk from any one episode remains very small, but the danger is there, experts say

  • Getting Teeth Pulled Before Heart Surgery May Pose Serious Risks
    Study found 8 percent of those who did suffered a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure or death

  • Study Questions FDA Warning Against CT Scans for Those With Heart Devices
    It found no harm to patients with devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators, but agency still concerned

  • Vigorous Exertion at Work May Trigger Heart Attacks, Strokes
    Study looked at circumstances of firefighters who died on the job

  • Healthy Adults Shouldn't Take Vitamin E, Beta Carotene: Expert Panel
    Jury still out on whether multivitamins prevent cancer or heart disease, task force says

  • Transfusions Risky During Certain Heart Procedures, Study Finds
    Angioplasty patients run the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death, researchers say

  • Vegetarian Diet May Help Lower Blood Pressure, Research Suggests
    Japanese review of 39 studies shows a meatless menu might boost cardiovascular health, but the findings are preliminary

  • Many Patients Have Pain After Heart Surgery, Study Finds
    40 percent suffered pain three months later, and 10 percent did after two years

  • More Specialists Question Safety of Testosterone Therapy for Older Men
    Endocrine Society echoes recent FDA concerns about the popular supplements

  • Taking Care of Your Heart
    Cardiologist offers advice to lower your risk of heart disease

  • Implanted Monitor May Help Spot Dangerous Heart Rhythm After Stroke
    In company-funded trial, device outperformed usual tests in detecting atrial fibrillation

  • Injected Gel Might Someday Help Treat Heart Failure
    Early study of pigs found protective effect after heart attack

  • More Americans Getting High Blood Pressure Under Control: CDC
    Almost two-thirds of those enrolled in health plans have been properly treated, but more must be done

  • Early Treatment for Depression May Be Good for the Heart
    Study found those getting medication/therapy were half as likely to develop cardiovascular trouble

  • Survey Finds Most Americans Misinformed About Heart Disease
    Many are not taking steps to change their lifestyle and protect their heart

  • FDA Panel Sees No Heart-Safety Advantage With Naproxen
    Some studies had suggested naproxen (Aleve) might pose less of a threat than other painkillers

  • FDA to Investigate Diabetes Drug Saxagliptin for Possible Heart Failure Risk
    Marketed as Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR, drug appears to have no effect on heart attack or stroke risk

  • Fewer Heart Patients Now Dying From Heart Disease, Study Shows
    Better surgical techniques, greater use of heart meds behind trend, researchers report

  • FDA Advisers Revisit Heart Risks Posed by Painkillers
    Studies suggest naproxen (Aleve) may pose less of a threat

  • Another Win for the Mediterranean-Style Diet
    Firefighters who followed it most closely saw less weight gain, lower risk of heart trouble

  • FDA Will Review Safety of Testosterone Therapy
    Agency pointed to recent studies citing possible heightened heart risk tied to the treatments

  • CDC to Launch Latest Graphic Anti-Smoking Campaign
    It will include now-deceased North Carolina woman whose appearance in first initiative stunned many viewers

  • Testosterone Therapy Might Increase Heart Attack Risk: Study
    Researchers say risk doubles after treatment starts for men under 65 with heart problems and all men over 65

  • Screen Older, Male Smokers for Type of Aneurysm, Experts Say
    Abdominal aortic aneurysms are bulges in a major artery that can burst without warning

  • Minority Patients Less Likely to Stick With Heart Attack Meds: Study
    Black, Hispanic women were least compliant one year out

  • Timing of Heart Attack Tied to Death Risk
    Large review finds patients arriving at hospitals in off-hours have 5 percent higher odds of dying

  • Smog Linked to Higher Heart Attack Risk
    Findings from European study support tighter air-quality guidelines, researchers say

  • Hospital Safety Improves for Heart Patients, Study Finds
    But no drop seen in 'adverse events' for surgical or pneumonia patients

  • Much More Must Be Done to Lower Smoking Rates, Experts Say
    American Lung Association points to legislative inaction by states, stronger push by Big Tobacco

  • Sleep During the Day May Throw Genes Into Disarray
    Study might explain why health problems are more common among night workers

  • Implanted Devices Might Someday Run on Energy From Nearby Organs
    Animal study finds way to harness power from internal motions

  • Obesity May Shorten Lives By Almost 4 Years: Study
    And obese middle-aged people die an average of more than 7 years sooner, U.S. statistics show

  • 'Microparticles' Show Promise in Healing Damaged Hearts
    Mouse study suggests the therapy can curb injury from inflammation, but human trials are needed

  • Merck Recalls Cholesterol Drug Liptruzet
    Packaging problem could allow air, moisture to affect drug's effectiveness, company says

  • Fitness in Teen Years May Guard Against Heart Trouble Later
    Swedish study found link between aerobic fitness at 18 and lowered heart attack risk in middle age

  • Racial Disparities in Deaths After Heart Surgery Tied to Hospital Quality
    Nonwhites have less access than whites to high-quality hospitals, researchers say

  • Many Hispanic Women Unaware of Heart Disease Risk Factors
    Prevention strategies should target minority females, researchers say

  • Younger Adults Who've Had Shingles May Face Higher Stroke Risk
    Study also found increased odds of heart attack, mini-stroke in older adults years after infection

  • Fiber-Rich Foods May Cut Your Risk of Heart Disease
    International study looked at fiber from wide range of sources

  • Walk More to Cut Heart Attack and Stroke Risk, Study Suggests
    People with pre-diabetes appear to benefit from adding extra steps to their daily stroll

  • Warfarin May Up Stroke Risk in Those With Irregular Heartbeat: Study
    But the risk is temporary as blood thinner use starts, and could be overcome by other means, experts say

  • 'Stress Gene' Might Raise Odds for Heart Attack, Death, Study Shows
    Duke study finds genetic variation impacts those with heart disease

  • Dementia Risk Might Rise for Older Women With Heart Disease
    Study found 29 percent higher odds of mental decline compared to women with healthy hearts

  • Common Blood Pressure Meds May Cut Risk of Early Death in Kidney Patients: Study
    Drugs called ACE inhibitors and ARBs may help patients avoid dialysis as well, researchers say

  • Snow-Shoveling Health Tips as Winter Looms
    Combination of exertion and cold weather poses heart attack risk, expert warns

  • Quit-Smoking Products Won't Harm the Heart, Review Finds
    But patients should not keep smoking while on nicotine-replacement therapy, experts warn

  • Morphine, Blood Thinner Plavix a Bad Mix for Heart Attack Victims: Study
    Painkiller appeared to slow, diminish anti-clotting effect of heart drug

  • FDA Renews Warning on HeartStart Defibrillator Failures
    Owners of the recalled Philips automated external defibrillators advised to contact the company

  • Mild Heart Disease May Pose Equal Risks for Men and Women
    Study calculated chances of heart attack and cardiac death

  • Study Raises Concerns Over Safety of Implanted Heart Pump
    Clots are arising at increasing rate for people using the HeartMate II device, although reasons are unclear

  • Women's Chest Pain Unreliable Indicator of Heart Attack: Study
    Scientific tools, not patient complaints, needed for accurate diagnosis, expert says

  • FDA Warns of Heart Risks From Stress-Test Drugs
    Doctors should screen patients before using Lexiscan or Adenoscan, agency says

  • Kidney Procedure Might Help Ease Tough-to-Treat High Blood Pressure
    Small study suggests a real benefit for 'renal denervation' in kidney disease patients

  • Higher Spending on Poor Leg Circulation May Not Pay Off
    Amputation rate for peripheral artery disease was similar despite wide variance in treatment costs between regions

  • Women More Likely to Die in Hospital After Heart Attack
    And white men more likely than women to undergo procedures to open up blocked arteries, study finds

  • Study Sheds Light on How Heart Heals Itself
    Research with mice may someday help people recovering from heart attacks, scientists say

  • Take Aspirin at Bedtime to Better Protect Your Heart, Study Suggests
    Small trial found the drug reduced blood clotting more when taken at night than in the morning

  • 'Smart' Pacemakers May Protect Heart From Further Damage
    Study found 'on-off' devices were better than standard 'always on' devices in those with slow heartbeats

  • 'Smart' Pacemakers May Protect Heart From Further Damage
    Study found 'on-off' devices were better than standard 'always on' devices in those with slow heartbeats

  • Eyes Might Be Window Into Common Heart Disorder
    Damage to blood vessels of the retinas and kidneys tied to higher risk for atrial fibrillation, study found

  • Giving CPR for More Than 30 Minutes May Be Worth It
    Study finds keeping resuscitation efforts going for longer could improve brain function in survivors

  • Program Helps Heart Patients Stick With Meds After Leaving Hospital
    Study found more took their pills as directed if they got personal attention from a pharmacist, reminders

  • Text Message From Your Heart Doc: 'Take Your Medicine'
    New study finds reminder texts help patients stay on the right track for health

  • Weight Loss Can Combat Irregular Heart Beat, Study Says
    Atrial fibrillation is a potentially fatal condition affecting more and more people

  • Some Doctors Challenge New Statin Guidelines
    They say too many people would get the cholesterol-lowering drugs; heart groups defend the recommendations

  • Hospitalization Rates Soar for Irregular Heartbeat, Study Finds
    Atrial fibrillation can lead to dangerous heart complications

  • No Good Data For or Against Taking Vitamins, Experts Say
    But half of U.S. adults take at least one supplement, government task force notes

  • Nutritionists: FDA Trans Fat Ban Good for America's Heart Health
    They urge greater use of healthier oils, like canola oil or other vegetable oils, in food-making process

  • FDA to Ban Trans Fats in Foods
    The artificial additives are linked to heart trouble, doctors say

  • Diabetes Greatly Raises Younger Women's Heart Risk: Study
    For those under 60, diabetes quadruples the risk of heart disease, bringing it on par with men

  • Study Raises Questions About Testosterone Therapy
    But it doesn't prove heart harms from the popular supplements

  • Heart-Rhythm Disorder Tied to Higher Risk of Heart Attack: Study
    People with atrial fibrillation had nearly doubled odds of a later heart attack

  • Certain Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs May Also Protect Patients' Hearts, Studies Find
    Biologic drugs such as Enbrel, Humira may lower rate of heart attack, researchers say

  • Radiation for Breast Cancer May Raise Heart Risks: Study
    But experts say risk of cancer recurrence outweighs small chance of heart disease years later

  • Flu Season Off to Slow Start . . .
    . . . But U.S. health officials expect outbreaks to pick up in next several weeks and recommend vaccination

  • Your Flu Shot May Also Help Your Heart
    Study found one-third lower risk of problems including heart attacks in vaccinated people

  • Bypass May Beat Angioplasty for Diabetics With Heart Disease
    Study found higher quality of life after bypass than with less-invasive angioplasty

  • High Smog Levels Tied to Serious Heart Problems
    European study author calls for lower air-pollution threshold

  • Crohn's and Colitis May Be Tied to Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke
    Review of previous studies finds link between inflammatory bowel disease and cardiovascular trouble

  • Single Gene May Predict Mental Decline After Heart Surgery
    Preliminary study suggests blood test could help doctors assess patient's risk

  • Chronic Exposure to Airplane Noise Might Harm the Heart: Study
    Levels of heart disease, stroke rose along with exposure, researchers say

  • Docs Urged to Treat Unhealthy Habits Before Damage Is Done
    Target problems like smoking, poor eating and being overweight, heart association says

  • Study Tallies Risk of Noncardiac Surgery After Heart Stent Placement
    Those at highest odds for new heart attack, stroke include people with advanced disease

  • Study Compares Heart Risks for 2 Hormonal Regimens
    Premarin may have bigger impact in cardiovascular system, research suggests

  • Better-Educated Public May Bring More Lifesaving CPR, Study Shows
    In Denmark, survival after cardiac arrest rose as more bystanders received training

  • Blood Thinner Dangerous for Patients With Artificial Heart Valves, Study Finds
    Trial, which was halted early, found Pradaxa increased risk for strokes and bleeding in this group

  • Could Obesity Help Older People With Type 2 Diabetes?
    Study found heavier seniors had lower death risk but higher disease risk, with reasons uncertain

  • Medicare Costs for Heart Attack Survivors Up 17 Percent, Study Finds
    Rising expenses attributed to care in first year after hospital discharge

  • Moderate Arsenic in Environment Tied to Higher Heart Attack, Stroke Risk
    Researchers suspect groundwater and certain foods raised levels of chemical in study of Native Americans

  • Chest Pain Less Common in Female Heart Patients: Study
    Emergency staff should be aware of other symptoms of heart attack, unstable angina, researchers say

  • Simple Score May Predict Heart Attack, Stroke Risks
    It could help steer heart-disease treatment, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Will a Pacemaker Help Me?
    It helps stabilize an irregular heartbeat

  • ER Visits Common After Seniors' Surgery, Study Finds
    At some hospitals 1 in 4 patients returns for emergency care following colon operation

  • Researchers: Protein Linked to Sudden Cardiac Death
    Discovery might lead to drugs to combat disorder that causes 325,000 U.S. deaths every year

  • Scientists Pinpoint Which Kids With Heart Muscle Disease Are in Most Danger
    Key risk factors measured at diagnosis can guide treatment for cases of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

  • New Method Cuts Radiation During Pacemaker Procedure: Study
    Electromagnetic tracking system reduces time that live X-rays are needed during device implantation

  • Panel Wavers on Routine Screening for Poor Leg Circulation
    Evidence not found to support use of 'ankle brachial index' to gauge heart risks

  • New Diabetes Drug Seems Safe for Heart, Study Finds
    Onglyza study reflects new cautious approach to oversight of diabetes medicines, experts say

  • Should Everyone Over 65 Take a Statin?
    Even seniors without known cardiovascular disease may benefit, study suggests, but expert opinions vary

  • Gene May Raise Diabetics' Chances of Heart Disease
    People with type 2 diabetes plus a certain variant of DNA had 36 percent higher risk, study found

  • High Cholesterol May Be Particularly Bad for Middle-Aged Men
    They're far more prone to heart attacks than women, study found

  • Could Flu Shots Help Prevent Heart Attacks?
    Evidence isn't conclusive, but experts say it makes sense for people with heart disease to get vaccine

  • Scientists Make Damaged Heart Cells Healthy Again in Lab Tests
    Ultimate goal is cellular 'patch' after heart attack

  • Blood Protein Disparity May Help Explain Blacks' Increased Heart Risk
    Higher albumin levels in urine tests point to kidney and heart trouble in blacks more than whites, study finds

  • Using Blood Pressure Cuff Right Before Heart Surgery Cuts Heart Damage: Study
    Procedure is safe, cheap and simple, researchers say

  • Sports-Related Sudden Death More Likely to Occur in Men: Study
    Screening for heart problems might need to be tailored to gender, experts say

  • Study IDs Best Heart Failure Patients for Pacemakers
    Two key measures separated those who would benefit from those who would not

  • Former President Bush Home After Heart Surgery
    Stent procedure was successful after artery blockage found during his annual physical

  • Former President George W. Bush Gets Heart Stent
    Procedure successful after artery blockage found during his annual physical

  • Docs Should Counsel Heart Attack Survivors on Resuming Sex, Experts Say
    Too often, worries over the safety of sexual activity are not addressed

  • Many Women Worry About Sex After Heart Attack, Study Shows
    It's a hidden concern that doctors need to discuss more, experts say

  • Kidney Stones Tied to Raised Heart Disease Risk in Women
    Same link not seen in men, researchers report, although they're not sure why

  • Moon's Cycle Tied to Heart Surgery Outcomes: Study
    Patients who got a vessel repair during waning full moon fared better

  • Routine Echocardiograms Wouldn't Reduce Heart Events: Study
    Experts say findings support current guidelines that only at-risk people must receive the test

  • Skipping Breakfast a Recipe for Heart Disease, Study Finds
    Men who miss morning meal much more likely to suffer heart attack, research shows

  • As Years Spent Obese Rise, So Do Heart Risks
    Study strengthens link between excess pounds and cardiovascular troubles

  • Development of New Diabetes Drug Halted by Maker
    Failure of aleglitazar might affect FDA deliberations on whether to ease restrictions on similar drug Avandia

  • Heart Surgery Riskier for Blacks With Peripheral Artery Disease, Study Finds
    Closer monitoring needed following bypass operation, researchers say

  • Cooling Treatment for Cardiac Arrest Underused in Hospitals: Study
    Procedure protects brain, improves survival, researchers say

  • PTSD May Raise Heart Risks for Vietnam Vets
    Study found those who suffered disorder were more likely to run into heart trouble, even after accounting for lifestyle factors

  • Think You're Stressed? Maybe You Should Have Your Heart Checked
    Those who thought pressure was affecting their health twice as likely to suffer heart attack, study says

  • Diet-Exercise Combo Doesn't Cut Heart Risks in Type 2 Diabetes Patients
    But study of overweight patients found lifestyle changes may prevent complications such as kidney failure, eye damage

  • James Gandolfini's Death From Heart Trouble at 51 a Sign of the Times
    Doctors say more middle-aged Americans suffer cardiac problems, and they're often due to unhealthy lifestyles

  • Stronger Statins Don't Up Kidney Injury Risk, Study Finds
    Higher doses of cholesterol-fighting drugs did not increase threat among heart attack patients, researchers say

  • U.S. Doctors' Group Labels Obesity a Disease
    Advocates say AMA's move will boost resources to fight weight-gain epidemic, but others question decision

  • Scans Uncover Dangerous Hardening of Abdominal Aorta
    MRI study found higher risk of future stroke, heart attack

  • Health, Not Age, Affects Benefits of Implanted Heart Device: Study
    Issue is important to growing number of elderly living with heart disease, researcher says

  • What to Do When Lightning Strikes
    Planning for the worst may be the best protection, experts say

  • FDA Panel Votes to Change Tight Restrictions on Diabetes Drug Avandia
    Controversial decision comes after a second look at major data review focused on heart risks

  • Alzheimer's Drugs May Benefit Heart, Study Finds
    Fewer heart attacks, deaths for patients taking cholinesterase inhibitors

  • High Doses of Common Painkillers May Raise Risk for Heart Trouble
    Review found chances were greatest in those who took NSAIDs and had a history of cardiovascular disease

  • PTSD After Heart Attack Linked to Poor Sleep
    Problems with shut-eye may increase along with rise in stress disorder symptoms, study says

  • Age, Other Illnesses May Make Prostate Cancer Treatment Unnecessary
    For older patients with hypertension, heart failure, different problems will likely cause death, study finds

  • Antidepressants May Be Helpful for Some Heart Patients: Study
    Emotional stress can harm cardiovascular health, experts say, so boosting mental resilience may be key

  • Heart Attack? Doctors Soon May Have an App for That
    Experimental app shaves critical seconds off smartphone transmissions of EKG images, study says

  • Heart Risks Last Beyond Hospital Discharge, Study Finds
    Likelihood of death, readmission remains high for more than 30 days after heart failure, heart attack

  • Young Women Less Healthy Than Men Before Heart Attack: Study
    Females tend to have more physical and mental problems prior to the event, researchers find

  • Pets a Boon for the Human Heart, Cardiologists Say
    American Heart Association cites stress-busting, dog-walking benefits of companion animals

  • Swimming Pools May Pose Hazard for People With Heart Devices
    Electricity from pools' lighting systems might interfere with implanted defibrillators, case studies show

  • Wireless Pacemaker Shows Promise in Early Study
    Device implanted directly in the heart, but questions remain about long-term use, safety

  • iPads Could Affect Implanted Heart Devices, Early Study Finds
    Young researcher suggests that users avoid placing tablets too close to the chest

  • Swimming Pools May Pose Hazard for People With Heart Devices
    Electricity from pools' lighting systems might interfere with implanted defibrillators, case studies show

  • Fish Oil Supplements Don't Protect Against Heart Trouble: Study
    They don't reduce the risk of heart attack, heart failure or death, researchers report

  • Docs Should Ask Heart Patients About Quality of Life
    Surveys reveal how well people are doing mentally, physically, experts say

  • Programming Implanted Defibrillators to React More Slowly Might Be Safer: Study
    Unnecessary shocks from the heart devices are often distressing, come with their own risks, experts say

  • 'What's Bad for the Heart Also Bad for the Brain'
    Smoking, diabetes, other things that harm physical health linked to poorer mental function, study says

  • Antidepressants May Hasten Bypass Recovery, Study Finds
    Mental health, pain improve sooner, researchers say

  • Secondhand Smoke Tied to Lower 'Good' Cholesterol in Teen Girls
    Living with smokers may raise risk for heart disease, study suggests

  • 'Gut Reaction' May Predict Cardiovascular Risk
    Higher levels of stomach substance called TMAO linked to heart attack, stroke, study suggests

  • Air Pollution May Speed Hardening of Arteries
    Study found people exposed to higher levels showed more thickening of vessels

  • Even in Young Adults, Binge Drinking May Harm Circulation
    Study of college students found changes that could lead to future heart troubles

  • HIV Drugs May Help Protect Young Patients' Hearts: Study
    Far from harming the cardiovascular health of infected children, drug cocktails may give benefit

  • Hard Physical Labor May Boost Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke: Studies
    Researcher says higher mental stress, lower income could be factors

  • Could Turtle Gene Findings Aid Human Health?
    The slow-moving reptiles might offer clues about stroke and heart attack recovery, researchers say

  • Heart Scarring May Be More Dangerous Than Thought, Study Suggests
    Anomaly in a cardiac pumping chamber shows up on EKG and is tied to higher heart failure rate

  • Health Tip: Don't Ignore Pacemaker Issues
    Have it checked frequently

  • Unemployment's Toll Can Be Heartbreaking
    Resulting stress, anxiety, bad habits may lead to cardiovascular trouble

  • A Survivor's Story From the Job Loss Front
    'Fight hard and fast to get past the anger,' and don't forget to keep healthy habits

  • Compound in Red Meat, Energy Drinks May Have Heart Disease Link
    Gut bacteria break down carnitine into another substance that damages blood vessels, study finds

  • Follow-Up Care After Chest Pain Called Crucial
    High-risk patients who saw doctor within month of ER visit reduced risk for heart attack, death

  • Modest Cardiac Benefit From Chelation Therapy Not Enough to OK Use: Experts
    New study shows slight effect, but arduous 'leaching' treatment has side effects, doctors say

  • Physically Fit Docs More Likely to Prescribe Exercise, Study Finds
    Boosting physicians' fitness might have trickle-down effect for entire population, experts say

  • FDA Proposes Tighter Regulation of Public Defibrillators
    Agency isn't recalling the cardiac-arrest devices, but wants to require pre-market approval

  • Steady Rise in Heart Valve Infections Noted in U.S.
    Many develop in health care facilities, researcher says

  • Excess Salt a Factor in 2.3 Million Deaths Annually Worldwide
    Study finds overconsumption may have contributed to 15 percent of heart-related fatalities in 2010

  • Anxiety, Depression May Triple Risk of Death for Heart Patients: Study
    Researcher recommends stress-reducing measures

  • New Method Quickly Spots Kidney Damage After Surgery
    Patients who underwent heart-lung bypass showed high levels of specific protein in study

  • Clot Buster Safe for Stroke Patients on Blood Thinners: Study
    Fears that giving tPA to those taking aspirin or Plavix might raise risk of brain bleeds largely unfounded, researchers say

  • Breast Cancer Radiation Has Long-Term Heart Effects: Study
    But expert says cancer-fighting benefits outweigh heart-disease risks

  • Relatives Who Witness Loved One's CPR Fare Better: Study
    Researchers found they were less likely to suffer PTSD, depression or anxiety later

  • Blood Test Plus Targeted Care May Stop Heart Failure Before It Starts
    Coordination between primary care docs and cardiologists is key to prevention, study suggests

  • Quitting Cigarettes Cuts Heart Risks, Even If You Gain Weight
    Long-term study shows cardiac-health benefits in kicking the habit despite added pounds

  • FDA Renews Heart-Risk Warning for Antibiotic
    Some may develop fatal heart rhythms when taking azithromycin, agency says

  • Niacin Won't Help, May Harm Heart Patients: Study
    Taking the B vitamin offered no benefit in lowering cardiac deaths or heart attacks, researchers say

  • Obese New Mothers May Have Higher Heart Attack, Stroke Risk
    Large Danish study looked at young women who'd recently given birth

  • Drug May Ease Angina in People With Type 2 Diabetes
    Ranexa shows effectiveness, especially in patients with poor blood sugar control, study finds

  • Katrina, Other Crises Boost Heart Attacks: Studies
    Research pins cardiac problems on severe stress

  • New Drugs Might Give Heart Patients an Edge
    Cangrelor, Inspra and inclacumab seem to improve outcomes in company-funded trials

  • Study: Mega Vitamins Won't Help After Heart Attack, Chelation Treatment Might
    But modest gains from arduous 'leaching' therapy aren't enough to OK it at this time, study author says

  • Was Heart Disease the Mummies' Real Curse?
    Study finds 'hardening of the arteries' widespread throughout history, showing it's not just a modern ill

  • Bypass Patients Fare Equally Well With or Without Heart-Lung Machine
    Three studies find no differences in outcomes, even for the frail or elderly

  • Health Tip: Do I Need a Cardiac Stress Test?
    Reasons why it may be performed

  • Scans That Gauge Heart Scarring May Spot High-Risk Patients
    Advanced MRI could become aid in guiding cardiovascular treatment, study authors say

  • HIV May Raise Risk of Heart Attack
    Study found 48 percent higher chance of heart trouble

  • Babies Born to Obese Women Show Thicker Arteries: Study
    This could be a very early signal of cardiovascular issues, Australian researchers say

  • Blocked Heart Arteries May Be Key Risk Factor for Stroke
    The more calcium inside vessels, the higher the odds for the brain attacks, study found

  • Niacin-Statin Combo May Cause Side Effects for Heart Patients
    Study found that about one-quarter of participants dropped the vitamin due to adverse effects

  • Sibling's Death May Boost Your Own Risk of Dying From Heart Attack: Study
    Stress, unhealthy coping methods can follow after losing a brother or sister

  • Dog Study Raises Prospect of Biological Pacemaker for Humans
    But experts say the concept, powered by gene therapy, will have to clear many hurdles to challenge the electronic kind

  • Another Study Says Mediterranean Diet Good for the Heart
    It beat a low-fat eating plan in helping high-risk people avoid cardiovascular problems

  • 1 in 8 Americans Diagnosed With Type 2 Diabetes: Poll
    Only 21 percent of those interviewed say they're well-versed on the disease, Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey finds

  • Smog May Boost Death Risk for Heart Attack Survivors
    British study followed 150,000 patients after discharge from hospital

  • Injected 'Hydrogel' May Help Repair Failing Hearts
    Testing in pigs shows it serves as platform for growth of healthy tissue; human trials are planned

  • Racial Gap Persists in Women's Heart Health Knowledge: Survey
    While awareness has increased for everyone, minorities still lag behind, researchers say

  • Smoggy Air Tied to Heart Attacks: Study
    Houston research tracked peaks in ozone, pollution levels

  • When Trees Die Off, Human Health May Also Suffer
    Study can't prove cause-and-effect, but supports link between people and the environment

  • For Hospitals, Lowered Death Rates May Not Mean More Readmissions
    Study finds patients who survive heart attacks, pneumonia aren't just returning as inpatients soon after

  • Cut Salt, Save 500,000 U.S. Lives Over a Decade, Study Finds
    Strategy would greatly reduce deaths from stroke and heart attack, experts say

  • Long Waits in the ER May Raise PTSD Risk for Heart Patients
    Those who spent over 11 hours in emergency department more likely to be traumatized months later: study

  • Stars Strut in Red to Bring Awareness to Women's Heart Health
    Annual celebrity-studded fashion show reminds women heart disease is their No. 1 killer

  • Study Ties Gene to Dangerous Heart Valve Deposits
    Severe calcium build-up in aortic valve can block blood flow to body

  • Heart Attack Patients Do Better if They Had Chest Pain First
    Study found this holds true even with latest cardiac procedures

  • Friday Is 'National Wear Red Day' for Women's Heart Health
    Annual event urges Americans to don red to spread awareness of the No. 1 killer

  • Marriage May Cut Heart Attack Risk for Both Spouses
    Finding lends support for vow to take 'in sickness and in health'

  • Vegetarianism May Cut Heart Disease Risk By Third: Study
    Lowered blood pressure, cholesterol levels may be the key, researchers say

  • Yoga May Help With Common Heart Rhythm Disorder
    Small study found it reduced episodes of dizziness, shortness of breath for patients with atrial fibrillation

  • Extreme Cold Snap Brings Unexpected Health Risks
    Heart attacks, strokes and asthma flare-ups increase, expert warns

  • Hospital Readmissions All Too Common, U.S. Studies Find
    It's a complex, system-wide problem, expert says

  • Study Links Long-Term Aspirin Use With Vision Loss
    But risk of macular degeneration doesn't outweigh drug's heart benefits, experts say

  • Berries May Cut Heart Attack Risk in Women, Study Says
    18-year study found health benefits beyond those of other fruits, veggies

  • Winter Holds Many Hazards for Seniors, Expert Warns
    Preparation, caution can help keep elderly safe from injuries and illness related to season

  • Hillary Clinton Returns to Work
    Secretary of State was released from hospital last week after 3 days of treatment for blood clot

  • Experts Challenge Americans to Reduce Salt Intake
    Your palate will adjust to less salty foods in 3 weeks, heart professionals say

  • Hillary Clinton Released From NYC Hospital
    Secretary of State's doctors confident she will make full recovery after treatment for blood clot in head

  • Hillary Clinton Plans to Return to Work Next Week
    Secretary of State was released from hospital Wednesday after 3 days of treatment for blood clot

  • Recent Ex-Smokers May Fare Worse After Heart Bypass: Study
    Research shows higher rate of failure for grafted vessels in these patients

  • Hillary Clinton Has Blood Clot in Head, Full Recovery Expected
    Secretary of State's doctors discovered the obstruction Sunday, possibly linked to recent concussion

  • Fish Oil Supplements Won't Prevent Irregular Heart Beat: Study
    For patients with atrial fibrillation, omega-3 fatty acids seem ineffective

  • FDA: Don't Use Pradaxa Blood Thinner in Patients With Artificial Heart Valves
    Warning based on European trial showing increased risk for strokes, heart attacks in this group

  • Giving Plavix Before Angioplasty May Cut Heart Attack Risk: Study
    Review of the data does not show increase in overall survival, however

  • Quality of Life Can Suffer for Kids With Heart Devices
    Study suggests implanted cardiac defibrillators, pacemakers affect self-perception, behavior

  • New Guidelines Seek to Streamline Care for Worst Heart Attacks
    Time is of the essence to avoid brain damage and save lives, experts say

  • Shorter Hospital Stays Don't Compromise Care, Study Finds
    Earlier discharge corresponds with lower readmission and death rates in VA hospitals

  • Winter Weather, Snow Shoveling Pose Heart Risks
    Expert gives tips for cold-weather heart health

  • Stop-Smoking Drug Chantix May Carry Heart Risks, FDA Warns
    Smokers should talk with their doctor before taking the drug, agency says

  • U.S. Lifestyles Thwarting Heart Health Progress: Report
    While there's been improvement, Americans still need to get off the couch and eat right

  • Fainting in Healthy People May Be First Sign of Heart Trouble
    Large Danish study suggests that even a single swoon merits a thorough health evaluation

  • New Blood Thinner May Help Prevent Leg Clots, Study Finds
    Apixaban appears safer, easier to use than warfarin, but just as effective, researchers say

  • Eliminating Mouth-to-Mouth Boosts CPR Results: Study
    Used with automatic defibrillator, chest compression alone helped people survive cardiac arrest

  • Give Your Heart the Gift of a Stress-Free Holiday
    Learn how to handle emotional, financial and physical pressures of the season, cardiologist suggests

  • No Proof That 'Doping' With EPO Gives Athletes an Edge: Review
    Using the so-called 'performance-enhancing' hormone can harm health, experts warn

  • Consider Weight When Choosing Blood Pressure Meds: Study
    Diuretics can hurt lean patients, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Stay Active After a Heart Attack
    But discuss with your doctor first

  • Healthy Diet May Prevent Additional Heart Trouble
    Study found patients who ate more vegetables, fruits and fish lowered their chances of heart attack, heart failure, stroke

  • Overactive Thyroid May Raise Risk for Common Irregular Heartbeat
    Even early stage thyroid trouble could help spur atrial fibrillation, study suggests

  • Heart Drug Digoxin Tied to Higher Death Risk for Some Patients
    Study found increased mortality for people with atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat

  • Unemployed at Higher Risk for Heart Attack?
    Multiple job losses are as harmful as smoking and chronic disease, study finds

  • Device Offers Hope for Battery-Free Pacemakers
    'Energy harvester' would be powered by heart's beating, but more research needed

  • Meditation Might Cut Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke in Blacks
    Small study looked at Transcendental Meditation

  • Too Much Sitting Linked to Fat Buildup Around the Heart
    And exercise didn't seem to lessen the effect, new study shows

  • Body Temperature May Matter After Cardiac Arrest
    Research suggests cooling body to 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit might improve survival, protect brain

  • Women Don't Fare as Well as Men With Implanted Defibrillators: Study
    They were more likely to have complications, die after the heart rhythm devices were implanted

  • Pregnancy Hormone Shows Promise as Heart Failure Drug
    Study suggests synthetic version of human relaxin 2 could cut overall death risk

  • Cocaine Raises Heart Risks for Fit, Young Adults: Study
    Researchers say even well-educated users don't seem to realize the dangers of the drug

  • Miscarriages Tied to Elevated Risk for Heart Conditions
    Study found hardening of the arteries more common in women with more miscarriages

  • Standard Dose of Blood Thinner May Not Be Best for All Patients
    Early study found that clots might not be prevented in some, while others could face bleeding risk

  • Stem Cells From Donor May Help Heal Heart
    Study found little difference in outcomes whether patient's own cells were used or not

  • Two Years On, Stem Cells Still Healing Damaged Hearts
    Latest data from small study suggests therapy could fight heart failure, but larger trials are needed

  • Could an Aging Face Reflect an Unhealthy Heart?
    Eyelid fat deposits, thinning hair seemed to predict cardiovascular woes, study found

  • Insomnia May Raise Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke
    Early study adds to evidence supporting sleep's importance in preventing disease

  • Gene-Tweaked Tomatoes, Probiotics Aim to Lower Your Cholesterol
    Mouse and human trials show nonpharmaceuticals have beneficial effect

  • Losing Weight May Lower Cardiac Risks
    Study finds both low-carb and low-fat diets help overweight people reduce inflammation

  • Controversial Alternative Heart Treatment Shows Hint of Benefit
    But this is the first rigorous study of chelation therapy and more research is needed, experts say

  • Bypass Beats Stents for Diabetic Heart Patients: Study
    5-year rates of death, heart attack higher for patients who underwent stenting, research shows

  • Multivitamins Won't Help Men Ward Off Heart Disease: Study
    Major trial with more than 11 years of follow-up shows no benefit for heart attack, stroke

  • Could Cholesterol Treatment Fight Repeat Heart Attack?
    Intravenous therapy aims to clear arteries of buildup

  • Fish Oil Won't Prevent Irregular Heartbeat After Cardiac Surgery: Study
    But that doesn't mean longer-term use won't help the heart, experts say

  • Bypass Beats Stents for Diabetic Heart Patients: Study
    5-year rates of death, heart attack higher for patients who underwent stenting, research shows

  • ADHD Drugs Didn't Raise Heart Risks for Kids, Study Finds
    Review found no difference in severe cardiac events between kids taking, not taking meds

  • Flu Vaccine May Protect Your Heart
    Researchers found that those who were vaccinated had fewer heart attacks, strokes

  • Study: No Long-Term Heart Risks From Breast Radiation
    Findings based on 50 cancer survivors who were followed for 25 years

  • Smoking Bans Reduce Hospitalizations: Study
    Significant cuts seen in heart attacks, strokes, asthma

  • Smokers at Higher Risk of Another Stroke: Study
    Quitting before brain attack occurs cuts chances of second stroke, heart attack or death

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy: Safe or Not?
    Most recent research suggests short-term use OK for younger menopausal women, but not for older women

  • Does Sleep Apnea Offer Some Protection During Heart Attack?
    People with the condition seem to suffer less damage to heart from nonfatal attack, researchers suggest

  • Smoking, Diabetes Are Risk Factors for Poor Leg Circulation: Study
    High blood pressure, high cholesterol are other danger signs for peripheral artery disease in men

  • Doctors Warn About High Levels of Caffeine in Some Energy Drinks
    Concerns follow reports that Monster beverages may have been linked to five deaths in recent years

  • Health Tip: Signs of Heart Attack in Women
    They can be different than in men

  • Weight-Loss Surgery Tied to Drop in Heart Risk Factors
    Procedure cut blood pressure, other causes of stroke, heart attack, study says

  • Many Older Heart Attack Survivors Don't Stick With Meds
    That could spell trouble for their future health, study says

  • Sitting Can Harm Health, Even for Those Who Exercise
    Review of data finds too much chair time doubles odds for diabetes, heart disease and death

  • New Research Suggests HRT May Lower Heart Risks
    Timing of hormone therapy seems to be key, with younger women seeing benefit

  • State Regulations Tied to Drop in Common Heart Procedure
    Critics worry that the push for good outcomes may reduce access to care for sickest patients

  • Doctor Offers Hunting Safety Tips
    Heart attacks, falls bring many hunters to the emergency room

  • Common Heart Medicine May Not Be Effective for Some: Study
    One expert, however, says beta blockers have proven benefits

  • New Anti-Clotting Drug Bests Warfarin, Study Says
    Apixaban was better at preventing stroke in patients with heart rhythm disorder

  • Antioxidants May Lower Risk of Heart Attack in Women: Study
    Fruits and vegetables particularly good sources of the substances

  • Year of Taking Risky Blood Thinners May Be Unnecessary After Stent Surgery
    Studies suggest it might be safe to stop double anti-platelet therapy sooner

  • Stressful Job Might Be Tough on the Heart
    Demanding work, little control over decision-making boosts risk for heart attack, study suggests

  • Traffic May Keep City Dwellers Awake, Harming Health
    Sleep disturbance could lead to greater risk for heart attack and high blood pressure, researchers say

  • Omega-3s May Not Help Your Heart After All, Study Says
    It found no 'statistically significant' advantage in taking supplements, but at least one expert disagrees

  • Common Painkillers Might Boost Odds for 2nd Heart Attack
    NSAIDs include drugs such as ibuprofen, naproxen/Aleve, and Celebrex

  • Tight Blood Sugar Control Won't Help Babies After Heart Surgery
    Infection rates, survival didn't change, but more risk for low blood sugar seen in study

  • Cholesterol Screenings Up, But Certain Groups Still Lag: CDC
    Younger, less-educated adults and Hispanics not as likely to get blood levels tested

  • Longer Resuscitation After Cardiac Arrest May Be Warranted, Study Suggests
    Finding is controversial since common practice is to cease efforts early when patients fail to respond

  • Many Heart Attacks May Go Unrecognized in Seniors
    Study authors say these 'silent' attacks raise the risk of dying just as much as recognized ones

  • Heart Attacks, Strokes Jumped After Japan Earthquake, Study Finds
    Disrupted medication deliveries may have played a role

  • Early Stenting Best for Some Heart Patients: Study
    Those who started on drug therapy alone were more likely to later need urgent stent placement

  • Belly Fat May Hit Your Heart the Hardest
    Study finds risk of cardiovascular death highest in those with 'central obesity'

  • 2 Common Blood Pressure Meds Fare Equally in Preventing Heart Woes
    Review shows no difference between atenolol, metoprolol in warding off heart attack or stroke

  • New Blood Thinner Effient No Better Than Plavix at Preventing Heart Trouble: Study
    In patients who were not getting bypass surgery or stents, results and risks were equal

  • Midlife Fitness May Mean Healthier Old Age, Study Finds
    Common conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's less likely

  • Electronic Cigarettes Have Slight Impact on Heart: Study
    Appear to be far less toxic than tobacco cigarettes, researcher says

  • Spouses of Heart Attack Victims May Face Heightened Depression Risk
    And men more susceptible than women to psychological problems, study finds

  • Newer Drug-Releasing Stent Cuts Chances of Cardiac Events: Study
    One releasing biolimus showed better outcomes than bare metal stents

  • Rosie O'Donnell's Heart Attack a Lesson for Women
    Symptoms can be subtler than in men, experts say

  • 2 Tests May Improve Heart Patients' Care, Studies Suggest
    But experts say coronary artery calcium scans, best at predicting disease, have drawbacks

  • Newer Psoriasis Drugs May Lower Heart Attack Risk for Patients
    TNF blockers, other older treatments seemed to cut risk compared to topical meds in study

  • Stroke Risk Higher After Bypass Than Angioplasty: Analysis
    About 1 in 80 surgery patients, 1 in 300 angioplasty patients have stroke complication, new review shows

  • Egg Yolks Almost as Bad for Arteries as Smoking: Study
    But industry and some health experts say the food may not be so dangerous

  • Strategy May Help ER Docs Spot Heart Attacks Within an Hour
    Cardiac enzyme data may enhance diagnosis, but some experts say more study is needed

  • Underinsured Heart Disease Patients Die Sooner, Study Finds
    Insurance status seems to be a better predictor of survival than race, researchers say

  • Less Invasive Surgery Safe for Harvesting Bypass Veins: Study
    No major difference in outcomes of coronary artery bypass graft with minimal or large leg incisions

  • Heart Defect at Birth Signals Need to Check for Other Disorders: AHA
    Early evaluations can catch related developmental problems, experts say

  • More Evidence That Shift Work Might Raise Heart Risks
    Review found chances of trouble increased most for those working nights

  • High-Tech CT Scan May Get People With Chest Pain Home Faster
    But benefit for low-risk patients isn't clear as test increases cost and radiation exposure

  • Lab-Grown Blood Vessels May Improve Heart Bypass
    Researchers grow small vessels using stem cells from fat gathered through liposuction

  • Obese Kids May Be at Higher Risk for Heart Disease
    Researchers found two of three already had one risk factor for cardiovascular trouble

  • Joint Replacement Boosts Heart Attack Risk Right After Surgery: Study
    Experts say doctors need to cut chances of cardiac trouble before procedure

  • Stressful Jobs Linked to Heart Woes in Women
    Heart attack risk is higher when women have demanding jobs, lack decision-making opportunities

  • Guidelines Issued for New Blood Thinner Brilinta
    Drug should be considered for treating unstable angina along with older drugs, experts say

  • Post-Op Delirium's Toll on Mental Function May Linger: Study
    Older heart patients who experienced confusion took a long time to recover thinking skills

  • Half of Heart Patients Make Mistakes With Their Meds: Study
    Almost 23 percent of errors were deemed serious, researchers report

  • Hot Flashes Don't Signal Poor Heart Health for Most Women: Study
    The exception may be when hot flashes continue for years or start many years after menopause

  • 'Atkins'-Type Diets May Raise Risk of Heart Problems: Study
    Diets rich in plant-based foods a better choice in the long run for women, experts say

  • Health Tip: Living With a Pacemaker
    Be careful using cell phone or microwave

  • Metformin Outperforms Common Class of Diabetes Drugs in Study
    The standby drug had a lower death risk than 3 different meds from the sulfonylurea group

  • Some Diabetics May Not Benefit From Daily Aspirin
    About half of patients with type 2 diabetes were resistant to the pill's effects, study found

  • Are Statins Less Helpful for Women?
    Study finds gender differences for recurrent stroke, death, but some cite flawed research

  • Quick-Reversal Method May Be at Hand for New Blood Thinner
    Drugs like apixaban have advantages, but bleeding risk requires rapid antidote, researchers say

  • Weight-Loss Surgery Cuts Heart Risk 7 Years Later: Study
    Patients maintained lower weight, improvement in cholesterol levels

  • PTSD Symptoms Common After Heart Attack: Study
    Nightmares, elevated heart rate among signs that may increase risk of recurrent attack

  • Kidney Disease May Be as Harmful to Heart as Heart Attack: Study
    Findings suggest chronic kidney disease could help ID people at risk for heart disease

  • EPA Proposes New Cuts on Levels of Soot in Air
    Agency says the change will end up saving the nation money by cutting health care costs

  • Fish Oil Won't Save Diabetics' Hearts, Research Suggests
    Experts say statins, not omega-3 supplements, lower cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health

  • 9 in 10 Blacks With High Blood Pressure Have Early Heart Disease
    Images showed many had the beginnings of heart disease even though they had no symptoms

  • Stem Cells Behind Clogged Arteries, Mouse Study Reveals
    Researchers identify type of cell that blocks blood vessels, and may lead to heart attack, stroke

  • Statewide Program Improved Heart-Attack Survival: Study
    North Carolina patients were transferred more quickly to hospitals that perform lifesaving procedure

  • Daily 'Dose' of Dark Chocolate Might Shield the Heart
    Another study supports the antioxidant goodness of dark, but not milk, chocolate

  • Personalized Blood Pressure Therapy May Help Diabetics
    Assessment of individual patient risks could prevent overtreatment, researchers say

  • Cash, Coaching May Boost Healthy Living
    Study finds that simple changes, reinforced by incentives, can reap rewards

  • Calcium Supplements May Be Bad for Your Heart: Study
    Review says getting mineral from food is safer, but expert disagrees

  • Regional Systems to Treat Severe Heart Attack Increasing
    These systems coordinate emergency medical services and hospitals to speed patient care

  • U.S. Sees Drop in Deaths Linked to Diabetes
    Better control of risk factors, improved care making the difference, CDC says

  • Generic Versions of Blood-Thinning Plavix Approved
    Drug helps prevent deadly clots

  • Study Links Antibiotic to Slight Rise in Heart Patients' Death Risk
    But the finding for azithromycin needs to be confirmed, expert says

  • Beijing's Olympic Smog Shows Pollution's Effect on Health
    As air quality rose and fell, so did blood-clotting factors, study found

  • U.S. Task Force Issues Blood Pressure Guidelines
    Patients do better when they receive care from a team of health professionals

  • Secondhand Smoke May Harm Heart Function
    Just 30 minutes of exposure can damage the lining of the blood vessels, study shows

  • Sex After Heart Attack? Doc's OK May Be Key
    However, study found that most patients don't discuss topic with a physician

  • Blacks Less Likely to Get Help on Scene After Cardiac Arrest: Study
    Researchers stress that CPR and defibrillator use are critical before reaching the ER

  • Stem Cell Study Shows Promising Results Against Heart Failure
    Injecting patient's 'enhanced' bone marrow into damaged heart improved symptoms

  • Black Africans Less Apt to Develop Heart Rhythm Disorder Than Whites
    This held true even though blacks had more risk factors for the condition than whites, study finds

  • Irregular Heartbeat Poses Greater Stroke Risk for Women Than Men
    Study found that the higher odds remained even when women took blood thinner

  • Living Near Major Roads May Shorten Heart Attack Survival
    The closer patients lived to interstates, the greater their risk of dying within 10 years, study finds

  • Scientists Spot How Cox-2 Painkillers Raise Heart Risks
    The drugs suppress an enzyme that relaxes blood vessels and guards against clotting, research finds

  • Less Invasive Heart Valve Replacement Works for Elderly: Study
    Real-world results promising for high-risk aortic stenosis patients, researchers say

  • Heart Attack Survival Varies Widely Among Hospitals, Study Finds
    Simple changes in administrative procedures can save lives, researchers say

  • Pacemakers, Defibrillators Sources of Deadly Infections: Study
    As implanted heart devices increase, so do serious complications, research says

  • Depression Linked to Higher Odds for Poor Leg Circulation
    In study, depressed patients were more apt to develop peripheral artery disease

  • Researchers Repair Damage Caused by Heart Attacks in Mice
    Non-beating scar tissue was transformed into beating heart muscle

  • Seniors Stop Taking Heart Drugs In Medicare 'Donut Hole'
    Once coverage stops, they don't seek cheaper alternatives, study finds

  • High Blood Pressure May Be Especially Lethal for Blacks
    It doubled odds for sudden cardiac death compared to whites, study finds

  • Sibling Had a Stroke? Your Risk Might Rise, Too
    Study shows interconnections between genetics, shared lifestyles, experts say

  • EKG Heart Test May Predict Risk in Older Adults
    Even minor changes can mean greater odds of heart attack, other conditions, study finds

  • Omega-3 Supplements No Help Against Repeat Heart Trouble: Review
    Second look at 14 studies concluded there was no benefit

  • Cancer Diagnosis May Raise Odds for Suicide, Heart Attack Death
    Risk appears greater for hard-to-treat disease, Swedish researchers say

  • Study Supports CPR Chest Compressions for Cardiac Arrest
    When defibrillation won't work, frequent compressions can help save lives, researchers say

  • First Bedside Gene Test Shows Promise
    Study found it spotted which heart patients should not take blood thinner Plavix

  • Antipsychotic Drugs Might Raise Heart Attack Risk: Study
    Researchers saw a 'modest' increase, which decreased over time

  • Moderate Drinking Might Help Men Live Longer After Heart Attack
    Study suggests protective effect of drink or 2 a day, but experts warn against too much boozing

  • Bypass Surgery May Be Better Than Angioplasty for Seniors
    Study found those with multi-vessel heart disease showed reduced risk of dying four years later

  • Widespread CPR Training Could Boost Heart Attack Survival Rates
    In Danish study, bystander assistance made difference between life, death for many patients

  • Cardiac Cocktail Delivered by Paramedics May Save Lives
    Study found giving it early to heart attack patients halved cardiac arrest rates, death risk

  • Bypass Surgery May Be Better Than Angioplasty for Seniors
    Study found those with multi-vessel heart disease showed reduced risk of dying four years later

  • Defibrillator Implantation May Be Riskier for Underweight Patients
    Study suggests reasons may include frailty, other health conditions

  • CT Scans Can Spot Heart Trouble Fast
    Study shows chest-pain patients who are not having an attack could be discharged safely sooner

  • Low-Dose Daily Aspirin Enough to Help Heart Attack Patients: Study
    Using higher dosage didn't improve outcomes, but might increase bleeding risks, experts say

  • Showing Patients Images of Their Clogged Arteries a Powerful Wake-Up Call
    They were more likely to take statins, lose weight afterwards, studies find

  • Both Too Little and Too Much Sleep Bad for the Heart: Study
    Research finds too little sleep may increase risk of stroke, heart attack; too much may cause coronary artery disease

  • Clot-buster Drug Injection Might Help Some Heart Attack Patients
    Study found that it saved more cardiac muscle than clot extraction technique

  • Blood Pressure Variance Between Arms Points to Heart Risk
    Study offers more evidence that measurements from both limbs should become routine

  • New Blood Test May Predict Heart Attack
    In small study, high levels of misshapen cells from vessel walls spelled trouble

  • Many Americans Ambivalent Over Laws Aimed at Healthy Living
    Poll finds most accept rules for safety, smoking, eating, but also worry about a 'nanny state'

  • Vitamin E Supplements Don't Affect Heart Failure Risk: Study
    Large review showed they did not make any difference in healthy women

  • Lost Hour of Sleep Over Weekend May Put Heart at Risk Monday
    Expert warns of 10% increase in heart attack risk among those who don't prepare for lost sleep

  • Red Meat Can Be Unhealthy, Study Suggests
    Researchers contend diets laden with steaks, burgers boost death rates; beef industry disputes claim

  • Married Heart Surgery Patients Live Longer
    Single patients' odds of dying are twice as high over five years, study says

  • BPA Exposure May Raise Risk of Heart Disease
    People might come into contact with bisphenol A through packaged foods, drinking water, dental sealants

  • Cold Air May Raise Heart-Attack Risk During Exercise
    Low temperatures, physical exertion increase the body's need for oxygen, study shows

  • FDA Adds Safety Warnings to Statins
    But side effects, like increased blood sugar, don't outweigh the cholesterol drugs' benefits, agency says

  • Family Tree May Aid Treatment of Inherited Heart Disorders
    Archived data may help pinpoint age range when genetic heart rhythm disorder death risk rises

  • Stents No Better Than Medicine for Stable Heart Disease, Study Says
    Three-quarters of the costly procedures may be unneeded, researcher reports

  • More Doubt on Link Between a Blood Chemical and Heart Disease
    Researchers say prior tie between homocysteine, cardiovascular woes was due to faulty data

  • Many Women Having a Heart Attack Don't Have Chest Pain
    Misinterpreting symptoms may be a reason why women face higher in-hospital death rates, researchers say

  • Treatment Advances Improve the Odds for Heart Failure Patients
    Experts say new drugs, devices have upped quality of life, life expectancy in past decade

  • Circulatory Disorder Not Studied Enough in Women, Experts Say
    Gender-specific research on peripheral artery disease may help prevent strokes, heart attacks

  • Study Finds Gene Behind Inherited Cases of Enlarged Heart
    Mutation in TTN gene affects ability of heart muscle fibers to work properly, researchers say

  • Vitamin D May Not Boost Heart Health in Kidney Patients
    Study found little difference between those who took supplement, those who didn't

  • No Cancer Benefit From Vitamin B, Omega-3 Supplements in Heart Patients
    Taking different doses of either did not alter cancer incidence, death rates significantly, study says

  • Heart Disease Risk Gene May Pass From Dads to Sons
    Male-only Y chromosome can raise risk by 50%, study finds

  • Heart Disease May Be Risk Factor for Prostate Cancer
    Study found men who had the first had 74% higher chance of developing the second

  • Strutting the Catwalk in Red, Stars Promote 'The Heart Truth'
    Annual Red Dress fashion show highlights the leading threat to women's health, heart disease

  • Women Wear Red on Friday to Highlight Heart Health
    Roughly 8 million women in the United States have heart disease, research shows

  • Study Finds Link Between Heart Failure, Brain Changes
    Memory, planning problems could make it harder to keep up with heart treatments, researchers say

  • Statins Equally Effective in Women and Men
    Cholesterol-lowering drugs reduce cardiovascular events, death for both sexes, researchers say

  • Sex OK for Many Heart Patients, Docs Say
    New American Heart Association guidelines detail who -- and who isn't -- at risk

  • Women Suffer From Sleep Apnea, Raised Heart Risks, Too
    Spanish study also finds that breathing apparatus helps them as much as it helps men

  • Health Tip: Spot the Symptoms of Heart Attack
    Here's what to watch for

  • Car, TV Ownership Tied to Higher Risk for Heart Attack
    But getting active during work and leisure hours can lower the odds, study finds

  • Americans Living Longer, Report Finds
    Better treatments, screening for many diseases may explain trend, experts say

  • Even When Silent, Irregular Heartbeat Linked to Stroke Risk
    Study found people with pacemakers experienced atrial fibrillation without realizing it

  • Too Much Vitamin D Could Be Harmful to Heart
    Higher-than-normal levels can increase cardiac inflammation, study found

  • Heart Experts Make Boosting Bystander CPR a Priority
    911 dispatchers asked to talk callers through life-saving procedure after witnessing cardiac arrest

  • Study Challenges Potassium Guidelines for Heart Attack Patients
    Current recommendations for the mineral may be too high, researchers say

  • New Blood Thinner Linked to Higher Heart Attack Risk
    But benefits of Pradaxa still outweigh risks for those with atrial fibrillation, experts say

  • Grief Is a Real Heartbreaker, Study Finds
    Stress, anxiety may increase heart attack risk in the weeks after a loved one's death

  • Low-Dose Aspirin to Prevent First Heart Attack or Stroke? Not So Fast
    Modest benefits might not outweigh bleeding risk, evidence review suggests

  • Weight Loss Surgery Linked to Fewer Heart Attacks, Deaths
    People with serious cardiovascular issues may be good candidates, experts say

  • U.S. Heart Attack Patients Readmitted Most Often: Study
    Shorter hospital stays may be to blame, say researchers

  • New Blood Test May Rule Out Heart Attacks More Quickly
    More sensitive troponin screen made the call in three hours, instead of 12-16 hours

  • Blood Pressure Control in Middle Age Can Lower Lifetime Heart Risk
    14-year study showed importance of achieving normal levels in midlife

  • 'Nerve Snip' Might Ease Dangerous Irregular Heartbeat
    Some people are more prone to stress-linked heart disorder, experts point out

  • Snow Shoveling Really Does Raise Heart Attack Risk: Study
    Seven percent of heart patients at Canadian hospital said symptoms started while clearing snow

  • Donated Pacemakers From U.S. Safely Reused in India: Study
    Reusing the devices after original recipient's death made the lifesaving procedure affordable

  • Higher Hospital Admissions Equal Higher Readmissions: Study
    Quality of care after hospital discharge may not be the problem, researchers say

  • Angioplasty Safe at Hospitals Without On-Site Surgery: Review
    In-hospital death, emergency bypass no more likely in non-specialty centers, researchers say

  • ADHD Drugs Don't Raise Risk of Heart Problems: Study
    Earlier research indicated possible problem, but latest finding doesn't show link

  • Obese Patients May Benefit the Most From Surgery for Irregular Heartbeat
    They reported the greatest gains in quality of life, study finds

  • Veggies, Fruit May Lower Women's Stroke Risk
    The effect seemed tied to antioxidants and helped even those with heart disease, study found

  • First Generic Lipitor Approved
    Widely used statin drug helps lower bad cholesterol

  • Clogged Arteries Pose Different Dangers for Men, Women: Study
    Heart treatment might need to take gender into account, researcher says

  • Clogged Arteries Pose Different Dangers for Men, Women: Study
    Heart treatment might need to take gender into account, researcher says

  • Heart Attack Severity May Depend on Time of Day
    In study, early morning hours were the worst time

  • Lengthy Hospital Transfers May Hamper Heart Attack Care
    Recommended time is seldom met in switching patients to angioplasty or stent facility, study finds

  • Some Holiday Traditions Have Health Consequences: Expert
    Curbing calories and alcohol intake can help prevent season-related heart attacks, strokes

  • Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Safe for Long-Term Use, Study Finds
    Statins reduce heart risks without raising odds of cancer, other illnesses, research shows

  • Merck to Pay $950M to Settle Probe of Vioxx Marketing
    Controversial painkiller was pulled from the market in 2004 due to heightened heart attack, stroke risk

  • How Much Salt Is Best for the Heart?
    New study shows fine balance: too much or too little raises death, hospitalization risk

  • Hypertension in Young Adulthood May Mean Trouble Later On
    Higher blood pressures linked to more deaths from cardiovascular and heart disease

  • Physically Demanding Work Raises Heart Risk in Unfit Men: Study
    Being out of shape might boost workers' odds for heart attack, researchers say

  • Women, Younger Men Under-Treated Before Heart Attack: Study
    Older males more likely to get preventive medications, researchers say

  • Low Vitamin D May Increase Stroke, Heart Attack Risk in Women
    Vitamin has anti-inflammatory effects on the arteries, researchers note

  • Fewer Disease Risk Factors Yet More Fatal Heart Attacks
    Healthier profile might delay cardiac problems until old age, researchers say

  • Pneumonia Most Common Infection After Heart Surgery
    Nearly half of serious infections occur 14 days after patients are discharged, study shows

  • Regular Teeth Cleanings Could Cut Heart Attack Risk: Study
    Dental office visits protect the heart by curbing growth of harmful bacteria, researchers say

  • Abused Girls at Greater Risk for Heart Disease as Adults: Study
    Doctors should look for history of sexual, physical abuse, researchers say

  • More Heart Attack Patients Take Meds When They Are Free
    Eliminating co-pay increased adherence, reduced costs, study says

  • Blood Thinner Xarelto Shows Promise for Heart Patients
    Study found it cut odds of death and heart attack, but bleeding risk needs monitoring, experts say

  • Sugar-Sweetened Drinks May Pose Heart Risks to Women, Study Suggests
    Problems can emerge even if no weight gain is evident, researcher says

  • Shot Might One Day Help Lower Cholesterol
    In early trial, it lowered LDL levels by up to 64 percent

  • Experimental Drug for Irregular Heart Rhythm Raises Death Risk: Study
    Dronedarone trial cut short after excess of deaths in patients with permanent form of atrial fibrillation

  • Stem Cells Show Promise in Healing Damaged Hearts
    3 studies show cells sourced from bone marrow or the heart itself may help after heart attack

  • 'Mini-Strokes' Linked to Earlier Deaths
    The risk is highest among older people and those with a history of heart problems

  • New Research Questions Wisdom of Cutting Down on Salt
    While doing so lowers blood pressure, it might raise cholesterol, other risk factors for heart disease

  • 'Fake Marijuana' May Trigger Heart Trouble in Teens
    Report details cases of three boys in Texas who smoked K2 and then suffered attacks

  • Rx for Heart Patients: Healthier Living, Medication
    New guidelines on managing heart disease also call for cardiac rehab

  • Handheld Metal Detectors Don't Seem to Affect Pacemakers: Study
    But more research is needed to confirm these findings, experts say

  • Python Findings Shed Light on Human Heart Health
    After feeding, snake blood has high levels of enzymes that protect the heart

  • U.S. Health Officials Urge Lifestyle Changes to Cut Stroke Risk
    Million Hearts initiative aims to reduce strokes, heart attacks by 1 million in five years

  • Could HPV Raise Women's Risk for Heart Disease?
    Study suggests a link, but more research is needed

  • Taking Blood Pressure Meds at Bedtime May Be Better
    Patients doing so had better heart health than those on a morning schedule, study shows

  • Insomnia Might Boost Heart Attack Risk
    Trouble sleeping may increase risk as much as 45 percent, researchers say

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease Tied to Higher Risk of Post-Op Blood Clots
    Findings suggest clot-preventing measures should be considered in this patient group, researchers say

  • Fewer Patients Hospitalized for Heart Failure, U.S. Study Finds
    Number of cases is down, but there are still too many, expert says

  • Blood Type May Affect Survival After Heart Bypass
    Type-AB patients fare better after this surgery than others, study finds

  • U.S. Heart Disease Rates Keep Falling: CDC
    But certain populations still lag behind trend, especially in the South, experts warn

  • Lasers Safe for Removal of Pacemaker Wires in Elderly: Study
    The procedure, already used in younger patients, helps avoid open-heart surgery, researchers note

  • Lasers Safe for Removal of Pacemaker Wires in Elderly: Study
    The procedure, already used in younger patients, helps avoid open-heart surgery, researchers note

  • MRI Safe With More Recent Defibrillators, Pacemakers: Study
    People with newer implanted heart devices can have scans for other medical problems, research finds

  • Smokers Have Heart Attacks Earlier Than Nonsmokers
    And women are more likely than men to need emergency treatment 6 months later, study finds

  • 'LeGoo' Vessel Plug Approved for Vascular Surgery
    Dissolvable gel stems blood flow while joining vessels

  • Childless Men May Face Higher Heart Disease Risk
    Study suggests infertility may explain the link

  • Certain Antidepressants With Blood Thinners May Pose Risk for Heart Patients
    Study showed increased chances of bleeding for those taking SSRIS, antiplatelet meds after heart attack

  • Scientists ID More Genes Linked to Heart Disease
    Five genes added to the list of many already known to affect risk of coronary artery disease, study says

  • Antioxidants Not Behind Red Wine's Healthy Effect on Heart: Study
    No effect seen when people drank polyphenols in dairy-based drinks, researchers say

  • Cardiac Rehab May Cut Risk Factors After Mini-Stroke
    Program has potential for those who have suffered mild brain attack, but experts urge more study

  • Traffic Pollution May Raise Short-Term Heart Attack Risk
    Effect only lasts up to 6 hours, seems to affect mainly those already at risk, study suggests

  • One-Third of Severe Heart Attack Patients Have Treatment Delays
    Often, slowdown comes during patient transfers to another hospital, study finds

  • Global Toll of 'Non-Communicable Diseases' -- $47 Trillion by 2030
    Cancer, diabetes, heart disease and lung disease kill 36 million people every year, experts say

  • Heart Failure Care Influenced by Insurance Coverage
    Study found those on Medicaid, Medicare fared worse than those with private insurance

  • Gene Variant May Raise Death Risk After Heart Bypass
    Finding may someday help doctors better assess patient's prognosis, study says

  • Cholesterol Deposits Around Eyes Linked to Heart Risk
    Researchers find an association, but don't prove 'cause and effect,' study says

  • U.N. Summit Seeks to Tame 'Non-Communicable Diseases'
    Cancer, diabetes, heart disease and lung disease kill 36 million people every year

  • Erectile Dysfunction May Be Linked With Cardiovascular Trouble
    Independent risk factor for heart disease, stroke and death, researchers say

  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest More Common in Poorer Neighborhoods
    Study of seven U.S., Canadian cities finds disparities in both countries

  • New Drug Boosts 'Good' Cholesterol in Study Patients
    Imaging technology suggests novel treatment may help prevent some heart disease, researchers say

  • Aging, Not Menopause, Raises Women's Heart Risks, Study Finds
    Hormonal changes not linked to fatal heart attacks in older women, researchers say

  • Strokes Rising Among Teens, Young Adults: CDC
    Obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and other risk factors may be to blame, researchers say

  • Heart Attack Damage Not Reduced by Adding Balloon Pump to Angioplasty
    But some patients with rapid deterioration might still benefit from it, researchers say

  • Infections Among Those With Heart Devices Has Doubled: Study
    Researchers suggest growing number of sicker patients explains the increase

  • Marriage May Do a Heart Good for Bypass Surgery
    Study finds post-op survival rises for those in committed relationships

  • Most Heart Attack Patients Who Need Angioplasty Quickly Get It: Study
    Coordinated efforts by hospital staff across the United States led to the improvement, report says

  • Infections Among Those With Heart Devices Has Doubled: Study
    Researchers suggest growing number of sicker patients explains the increase

  • Test for Calcium Buildup May Spot Heart Attack, Stroke Risk
    Scan may help predict which patients deemed at moderate risk would benefit from statins: study

  • The Fattier Your Heart, the Greater Your Heart Disease Risk
    Study links buildup of this hidden fat to heart threat, even in people without symptoms

  • Survival After Cardiac Arrest in ICU May Depend on Cause
    Researchers hope findings will help families with end-of-life decision-making

  • Women May Face Greater Heart Risk From Smoking Than Men
    Researchers say biological differences may explain 25% higher risk compared to male smokers.

  • Many Heart Patients Anemic After Too Many Blood Tests in Hospital
    Researchers warn this could translate into worse outcomes

  • More Neurology Residents Using Clot-Busting Drug for Stroke
    Up to 94% say they are comfortable using the drug tPA, compared to 73% in 2000, study finds

  • Post-Heart Attack Exercise May Depend on Where You Live
    Poor areas often lack places for survivors to be active, study finds

  • Statins May Help Heart in Some Young Stroke Patients
    Taking the meds after a brain blockage was linked to fewer heart problems in those under 50: study

  • Even a Little Exercise Helps the Heart, Study Finds
    And the benefits are greater for women than for men, researchers say

  • Predicting Who Will -- and Won't -- Survive a Heart Attack
    Victims who are black, very obese or have high blood pressure at higher risk of death, study finds

  • Heat-Linked Illnesses Strike Thousands Each Year: Report
    CDC researchers say these conditions are largely preventable

  • Implantable Device May Ease Tough-to-Treat Hypertension
    But complication rate was relatively high and FDA approval may be years away, researchers say

  • Family History May Predict Heart Attack More Than Stroke
    But experts still say your parent's health provides important clues about your risks for both

  • Anti-Clotting Drug May Cause Severe Bleeding With No Benefit
    Eliquis does not reduce heart attacks, stroke or death in high-risk patients, researchers find

  • Blood Test May Better Predict Diabetics' Heart Risk: Study
    But refining the risk may not change clinical practice, expert says

  • FDA Approves Blood Thinner Brilinta for Heart Patients
    Another option alongside Plavix, but should not be taken with higher doses of aspirin

  • Stopping Daily Aspirin Boosts Heart Attack Risk: Study
    Discontinuation was tied to 60 percent rise in risk for nonfatal attacks, researchers say

  • Married Men Seem to Seek Help for Heart Attacks Sooner
    Within 6 hours of first signs of chest pain, 75 percent got medical help, study says

  • Small Study Suggests Milk, Soy Proteins Lower Blood Pressure Modestly
    But more research needed, experts say, citing several limitations with the trial

  • Certain Painkillers May Raise Odds of Stroke, Heart Attack: Study
    NSAIDs, which include ibuprofen, aspirin and other meds, might hike risks for heart patients, researchers say

  • Ultrasound May Determine Heart Attack Risk in HIV Patients
    Risk 10 times higher in HIV patients with abnormal results compared with general population: study

  • Adherence to Angioplasty/Stent Guidelines Lacking: Study
    Many heart attack patients may undergo unnecessary, costly procedure, experts warn

  • Coordinated Cooling Effort After Cardiac Arrest Can Improve Outcomes
    Study found new system reduced neurological damage among patients

  • Study: Potassium Boosts Heart Health, Salt Harms It
    Combo of high sodium, low potassium called 'double whammy' for cardiovascular risk

  • Stop-Smoking Drug Chantix Ups Risk of Heart Problems: Study
    Risks outweigh benefits, even for people without pre-existing heart disease, researchers say

  • Painkillers May Raise Risk of Dangerous Heart Flutter
    NSAIDS, cox-2 inhibitors have been associated with other cardiovascular problems, researchers say

  • Study Finds Most Urgent Angioplasties Warranted
    But only half of non-emergency artery-opening procedures were deemed appropriate

  • More Than 200,000 Suffer Cardiac Arrest in Hospitals Annually
    A major cause of death inside hospitals, study finds

  • Program Shrinks Time-to-Treatment for Heart Attack: Study
    In North Carolina, statewide coordination sped up lifesaving hospital transfers, researchers say

  • Study Hints at Why Heart Disease Is More Deadly for Blacks
    Culprit may be certain type of arterial plaque more common among blacks than whites

  • New Blood Thinner Beats Plavix When Paired With Low-Dose Aspirin
    But dose of aspirin was key to experimental drug Brilinta's success, study found

  • Lab-Grown Blood Vessels Seem to Help Dialysis Patients
    Early trial suggests these engineered grafts have promise, but more study needed

  • Class of Drugs Linked to Higher Heart Risk in Older Diabetics
    Researchers saw a lower risk with metformin, but experts say study's not the final word

  • FDA Urges Reduced Doses for Anemia Drugs
    Can increase risk of cardiovascular problems in patients with kidney disease, agency says

  • Hospital Delays Tied to Racial Divide in Heart Attack Care
    Black Americans tend to go to centers that take longer to transfer patients for treatment, study finds

  • Smoking, Prostate Cancer a Deadly Mix
    But risk drops for men who have given up tobacco for 10 years, study finds

  • Delays in Hospital Transfers for Heart Attack Patients May Raise Death Risk
    Study stresses the need to get to centers that can clear blockages quickly

  • Older Women With Breast Cancer Probably Won't Die From It: Study
    Heart disease more likely cause of death, researchers find

  • Faster Transition From CPR to Defibrillator May Save Lives
    A CPR pause of 20 seconds or more before electric shock to heart cuts chance of survival, study finds

  • Many Using Free Preventive Screenings Tied to Health Care Reform
    Medicare heads say offering the tests free will save money long term, but critics disagree

  • New U.S. Health Initiative Highlights Disease Prevention
    Multi-agency effort will focus on encouraging exercise, healthy eating

  • Smoking-Cessation Drug Chantix Linked to Heart Problems
    FDA sees small but increased risk in patients taking the medicine

  • Heart Attack Victims Face Greater Risk of Dying When Ambulances Are Diverted
    Medicare patients turned away from nearest hospital more likely to die, study finds

  • Women May Be Getting Unneeded Heart Imaging Tests
    A push to recognize and treat heart attacks in women has unintended consequence, expert says

  • Vytorin Lowers Heart Disease Risk in Large Study of Kidney Patients
    Cardiovascular trouble reduced as much as 25 percent by cholesterol drug in this high-risk group

  • Mental Illness Linked to Greater Risk of Death After Heart Attack
    Study found patients are also less likely to receive lifesaving treatments

  • Mental Illness Linked to Greater Risk of Death After Heart Attack
    Study found patients are also less likely to receive lifesaving treatments

  • Male Heart Disease May Be Linked to Mom's Lifetime Nutrition
    Risk associated, in part, with mother's body size, placenta size and shape at birth, researchers say

  • Fear of Dying During Heart Attack May Make Matters Worse
    High anxiety linked to greater inflammation, study finds

  • Low-Carb, High-Fat Diets May Not Pose Risk to Arteries
    Short-term studies found no harm to vascular health

  • Experts Recommend Cardiac Screening for College Athletes
    1 in 4 tested had heart abnormality or symptoms that required further screening, study finds

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help Heart Patients With Stents
    Giving fish oil capsules along with standard care made clots easier to break up, researchers found

  • Trial Stopped After Niacin Brings No Benefit to Heart Patients
    NIH terminated study 18 months early, citing no drop in heart attacks, strokes for users

  • Daily Four-Drug Combo Pill Halves Heart Disease Risk: Study
    Low cost, better adherence are pluses, but side effects could be problem, experts say

  • Irregular Heartbeat Linked to Raised Death Risk in Women
    But overall risk due to new-onset atrial fibrillation still fairly low, researchers say

  • Blood Pressure Drug Helps Those With Mild Heart Failure
    Inspra reduced cardiovascular complications, including irregular heart rhythm

  • CT Heart Scans No Benefit to Patients Without Symptoms
    Study suggests it can lead to unneeded aggressive, invasive procedures and treatments

  • FDA to Pull Diabetes Drug Avandia From Pharmacy Shelves
    Action comes 8 months after use of controversial medicine was restricted due to heart risks

  • Cardiac Rehab Can Boost Survival After Angioplasty, Study Finds
    But not enough patients take advantage of these programs, experts say

  • Keep MP3 Headphones 2 Centimeters or More From Pacemaker: Study
    Don't store them in a front pocket if you have a lifesaving cardiac device

  • Fewer Medicare Patients Hospitalized for Heart Trouble
    10-year review suggests efforts to combat cardiac problems may be paying off

  • Anemia Drug May Worsen Heart Attacks
    Study finds Procrit offers no cardiac protection, may increase risk after acute attack

  • Drug Therapy for Artery Disease Underused, Study Says
    Before receiving heart stent, fewer than half of patients found to be on recommended medications

  • Gastric Bypass May Help Prevent Heart Disease in Teens: Study
    Cholesterol levels improved even better in young patients than adults, study found

  • Moderate Levels of Arsenic in Water Can Pose Health Threat
    Study in Bangladesh finds it may raise the risk of heart disease

  • Cardiac Arrest Less Deadly in Exercise Facilities, Study Finds
    50% of victims survived, compared with 36% in other indoor public places

  • New Defibrillator Shows Promise in Small Study
    Leads of the minimally invasive device are just under the skin, reducing infection risk, researchers say

  • Study Challenges Link Between Salt and Heart Disease
    But, European researchers acknowledge younger, white volunteers may have skewed results

  • Heart Bypass Surgery Rates Drop Dramatically, Study Finds
    But researchers say it's still the best option for certain patients

  • Location of Body Fat May Predict Stiff Arteries: Study
    Arterial stiffness tied to plaque buildup that can raise the risk of heart attack and stroke

  • Aspirin's Clot-Prevention Ability Blunted by Dietary Fat: Study
    Fatty acids in bloodstream seem to interfere with the painkiller

  • Survey Finds Many Young Adults Oblivious to Heart Health
    As obesity and other risk factors rise, many believe stroke and heart disease won't affect them

  • Frequent Business Travel Tough on the Heart, Study Finds
    People on the go 20 or more days per month had more cardiovascular risk factors

  • Morning Heart Attacks Cause More Damage, Study Finds
    Circadian rhythms may make heart more vulnerable between 6 a.m. and noon, researchers suggest

  • Bone Drug Plus Statin Better at Fighting Plaque in Aorta: Study
    But researchers stress people should not take bisphosphonates just to prevent heart disease

  • Evidence-Based Heart Attack Care Reduces Deaths: Study
    Clot-busting drugs, rapid angioplasty made a significant difference, researchers report

  • Tai Chi May Help Heart Failure Patients
    Ancient Chinese exercise seems to improve quality of life, researchers report

  • To Get Americans Healthier, U.S. Targets the Heart
    People urged to eat better, exercise more before risk factors develop

  • Chronic Kidney Disease Tied to Heart Problems in Elderly
    'Gold standard' needed to estimate prevalence of the disease in those over 80, researchers say

  • For Nonsmokers, Healthy Living Cuts Death Rate in Half: Study
    Better diet, exercise and keeping slim fend off heart disease, cancer, research shows

  • Higher Rate of Morning Heart Attacks Not Due to Blood Pressure: Study
    Readings vary throughout day, typically lowest in morning, researchers find

  • Emissions Trap Cuts Harmful Diesel Pollution
    Filters could help prevent heart attacks and strokes, researchers say

  • Short Bursts of Exercise Good for the Heart: Study
    And it's not as time-consuming as less strenuous workouts, researchers say

  • Racial Disparities Remain for Health Care for Vets
    VA has made improvements, but more needs to be done, study says

  • Video Games Might Aid in Stroke Rehab
    Virtual reality activities may help patients improve arm strength, function, researchers say

  • Too Many Hours at Work Might Harm the Heart
    Study of British workers found 11-hour days raised heart disease risk 67%

  • Heart Attack Risk Plagues Post-Katrina New Orleans
    Study finds three times the risk, due to stress, among other factors

  • Study Hints at Link Between Antidepressants and Heart Trouble
    But the finding is preliminary and doesn't prove a relationship, experts note

  • Minimally Invasive Heart-Valve Procedure Shows Promise: Study
    FDA approval still pending; at least one doctor says it's not ready for widespread use

  • Bypass Surgery Best for Some Heart Failure Patients
    It may be better than medication alone, researchers report

  • Just-Approved Defibrillators Limit Unnecessary Shocks
    Medtronic devices said to recognize irregular heartbeat that's life-threatening

  • 'Mini Strokes' Linked to Doubled Heart Attack Risk: Study
    After transient ischemic attack, patients should be evaluated for heart disease, experts say

  • Americans' Exposure to Mercury From Fish Won't Harm Hearts: Study
    Large analysis finds no detectable cardiovascular danger

  • Screening Seems to Catch Dangerous Heart Condition in Kids
    But testing combo not routinely done in the United States, researchers note

  • Study Questions Rise in Use of Certain Cholesterol Drugs
    Fibrates are gaining in popularity despite lack of proof regarding benefits, researchers say

  • Study: Infrequent Sex Can Raise Risk of Heart Attack, Death
    Danger greatest shortly after physical activity, but absolute risk small, research finds

  • Study Ties Asthma to Higher Odds for Diabetes, Heart Disease
    Experts were surprised by the findings, and say more research is needed

  • Analysis Confirms Diabetes Drug May Harm the Heart
    Latest finding adds to evidence that Avandia raises risk of heart attack, death

  • Stem Cell Therapy Shrinks Enlarged Hearts
    Study is small and more research is needed, but approach might someday be a breakthrough

  • Bypass Surgery, Stents Seem to Bring Same Level of Relief
    Certain heart patients fare equally well, researchers report

  • Study Questions Tests Used to Spot Heart Risks in Kidney Patients
    Value of commonly used 'biomarkers' lack conclusive evidence, researchers say

  • In Men, Duration of Diabetes Linked to Raised Heart Risk
    More than 17 years of type 2 disease doubles the odds of a first heart attack, study finds

  • Fat Alone, Not Where It Sits, May Be Key to Heart Problems
    Study upends long-held belief that apple-shaped people face highest risk

  • Blood Pressure Drug Does Not Help Those With Atrial Fibrillation
    Expert says use of Avapro in this group of heart patients not warranted

  • Hospitals Urged to Check for Depression Before Discharging Heart Patients
    People have fewer, less severe problems with early, collaborative care, study finds

  • Simply Watching a CPR Video Might Save Lives
    Short message gives people confidence to help when someone has heart attack, experts say

  • Tight Blood Sugar Control May Put Some Diabetics at Risk
    Death risk higher in those with type 2 and heart disease striving for 'normal' glucose levels: study

  • Blood Pressure Drugs May Help Heart Patients Without Hypertension
    Analysis authors not sure of exact mechanism behind benefit

  • Heart Devices Not Tested Enough in Women: Study
    FDA disregards its own mandate for data on women in clinical trials, researchers contend

  • Heart Patients With Depression Often Find ER Delays
    Canadian study shows those with a history of depression don't get priority care

  • Sugary Drinks Might Raise Hypertension Risk: Study
    Those who consumed more were more likely to have high blood pressure, but exactly why is not clear

  • Optimism Is Good for Your Heart
    A bright outlook helps heart disease patients live longer, study finds

  • Early Symptoms in Menopause Might Protect Heart
    Study found having hot flashes, night sweats sooner linked to lower risk of cardiovascular trouble

  • Coffee, Sex, Smog Can All Trigger Heart Attack, Study Finds
    Even a small rise in risk can end up causing many deaths when spread across the population

  • Severe Heart Attack No More Deadly to Women Than Men
    But women who have a certain type of heart attack tend to be older and sicker, raising death risk

  • Scientists Say Newborn Mice Can Regrow Damaged Hearts
    Study offers insights into whether humans might have same potential

  • People With Bowel Disease at Higher Risk of Blood Clot in Lungs, Legs
    Study finds they're twice as likely to develop the dangerous mass as those without IBD

  • Hearing Loss Common Among Middle-Aged Adults: Study
    Healthy lifestyles may prevent or delay the problem, researchers say

  • America's Health a Mixed Bag: Report
    Life expectancy rates are up, but so are obesity levels, CDC says

  • New Factor May Spot Heart Risks in Healthy People: Study
    How quickly heart rate returns to normal after premature contraction may predict disease, death

  • Appalachia, the South Home to Least-Active Americans: CDC
    Exercise can help ward off heart disease, cancer, diabetes, agency notes

  • Obesity Alone Raises Risk of Fatal Heart Attack, Study Finds
    Analysis suggests something about carrying extra weight is at play

  • Experts Issue New Heart Disease Guidelines for Women
    American Heart Association advisory stresses prevention through diet, exercise, weight control

  • Blacks Readmitted to Hospital More Than Whites: Study
    Return rates even higher for hospitals serving mostly minority patients, research shows

  • New Guidelines OK Pradaxa Blood Thinner as Option for Irregular Heartbeat
    Updated recommendation is for atrial fibrillation patients not suited for warfarin

  • Energy Drinks May Hurt Kids: Study
    Children with existing health or emotional issues most at risk, researchers say

  • Too Few Heart Patients Go to Cardiac Rehab
    More frequent referrals, discussions with doctors could change that

  • Stars Strut on the Runway for Women's Heart Health
    Red Dress show in New York City raises awareness of #1 killer of American women

  • Too Little Sleep, Too Often, May Harm Your Heart
    Expert describes chronic deprivation as a 'ticking time bomb'

  • Heart Enzymes May Predict Outcome After Bypass Surgery
    Elevated levels linked to increased risk of death, researchers say

  • MRI-Friendly Pacemaker Approved
    System designed to work with magnetic resonance imaging devices

  • FDA Approves First Pacemaker Deemed Safe During MRIs
    But use limited to certain patients, certain body parts and certain scanning parameters, agency notes

  • Heart Scans May Raise Cancer Risk, Study Finds
    Patients who had them were more likely to develop malignancies in chest, stomach area

  • If Mom Had a Stroke, Daughter May Be Prone to Heart Attack
    Researchers can't say if genes or environment play bigger role to explain the link

  • Researchers Craft Blood Vessels for Heart, Kidney Patients
    Ready-made and easily stored, bioengineered transplants did well in animal trials

  • New Campaign Urges Women to Know Signs of Heart Attack
    Too few women recognize one, U.S. health officials say

  • Super Bowl Loss Really a Heart Stopper for Some Fans
    Defeat raises hometown rates of cardiac-related deaths; win may have opposite effect, study finds

  • FDA Panel Recommends Tougher Standards for External Defibrillators
    Recalls, failure to fix problems spurred agency to ask for more oversight

  • Widespread Use of Defibrillators in Public Places Saves Lives: Study
    They're more effective than CPR for sudden cardiac arrest, one expert says

  • Stress-Reduction Therapy May Help Heart Disease Patients
    Reducing anxiety cuts heart attacks, deaths and other cardiovascular events, research suggests

  • Lowering BP Can Help Cut Women's Heart Disease Risk
    15-point reduction in systolic blood pressure may aid disease prevention in middle age, study finds

  • U.S. Heart Disease Costs Expected to Soar
    Will triple by 2030, report says; experts urge prevention efforts

  • Snow Shoveling Injuries Affect Old and Young, Expert Warns
    Problems ranging from heart attacks to horseplay lead many shovelers to ERs each year

  • Daily Fruit, Veggies May Cut Risk of Heart Disease Death
    Extra servings linked to greater reductions in risk, study suggests

  • Nurses' Long Shifts May Put Hospital Patients at Risk: Study
    Fatigue linked to work schedules needs more study, researcher says

  • Second Heart Attack Not Always Tied to Original Blockage
    Study found it's almost as likely that a new lesion is the culprit

  • Worsening Depression Adds to Heart Failure Risks: Study
    Routine mental health screening for heart patients may be 'prudent,' researchers say

  • Blood Type O Associated With Less Risk for Heart Attack
    Study finds gene that raises the danger and another, also tied to blood type, that might offer protection

  • Heart Attack Patients With Kidney Problems Often Skip Meds
    Strategies needed to boost heart drug adherence in this high-risk group, researcher says

  • Health Tip: Some Devices May Cause Pacemaker Problems
    Avoid close and prolonged exposure

  • High Level of 'Good' Cholesterol Alone May Not Protect Heart
    How well HDL functions may matter more than how high the level is, research suggests

  • Certain Painkillers Appear to Boost Odds for Heart Attack
    But absolute risk from NSAIDs is small and doesn't outweigh benefits for many patients, expert says

  • Taking Short Breaks From Sitting May Help Waistline and Heart
    Even a little more activity spread through the average workday boosts health, study suggests

  • Sugary Drinks, Foods Might Put Teens at Risk for Heart Disease
    Study found those who consumed the most showed more signs of pending cardiovascular trouble

  • Too Much TV May Be Linked to Heart Attack, Death Risk
    Excessive leisure-time sitting increases chances of cardiovascular problems, study finds

  • Fish Oil May Help Some Heart Failure Patients
    Omega-3 fatty acid supplements seem to boost heart function, study finds

  • Higher Education May Benefit Some Heart Attack Patients
    Among those who suffer a type of attack called STEMI, less schooling tied to worse outcomes

  • Many May Get Unneeded Implantable Defibrillators
    More attention to guidelines could reduce unnecessary procedures, experts say

  • Team-Based Treatment Helps Those With Cluster of Chronic Illnesses
    Study found health, quality of life improved when care was coordinated across the board

  • For Cholesterol Control, Experts Urge More Than Meds
    Without lifestyle changes too, people remain susceptible to chronic health problems

  • Woman Struggles to Control Cholesterol
    Diet, exercise, medication employed to cope with extraordinarily high levels

  • Roundup: 2010 Advances in Heart Disease and Stroke Care
    Improved therapies, research on lifestyle prevention expanded in past year

  • Scientists Spot DNA Linked With Dangerous Heart Rhythms
    The genes weren't suspected of playing role in heart's electrical activity

  • Electronic Health Records May Not Always Improve Care
    Experts say better tools needed to assess effectiveness of new record-keeping

  • Race, Sex Play Part in Hypertension Risk
    Where you live also factors into the equation, study found

  • Oxycontin, Other Opioid Painkillers Tied to Higher Health Risks
    But other factors may explain link seen in two studies involving Medicare patients, expert says

  • Grades in High School Might Influence Adult Health
    Study of people tracked since the 1950s ties better scores back then to less sickness later

  • Even One Cigarette Can Prove Lethal, U.S. Surgeon General Says
    Her report emphasizes smoking's immediate, powerful effects on lungs, heart

  • Miscarriages May Raise Heart Attack Risk
    Another factor to consider when evaluating cardiovascular profile, researchers say

  • Kids Who Eat Fruits, Veggies May Cut Heart Risk
    And threats to heart can be seen in children as young as 9, second study says

  • Doubling Frequency of Dialysis May Help Kidney Failure Patients
    6 sessions a week improved heart function, overall health, but is not for everyone, researcher says

  • Eat Your Fruits & Veggies for Longer Life
    Antioxidant alpha-carotene seems tied to lowered death risk, researchers find

  • FDA Pulls Darvon and Companion Drug Due to Heart Risks
    Main ingredient propoxyphene can cause dangerous irregular heartbeat, agency says

  • Nerve Zap to Kidneys Might Ease Stubborn Hypertension
    Study was short but strategy seemed to lower blood pressure in patients who'd failed numerous drugs

  • Old Defibrillators Safe for Re-use
    Used, sterilized ICDs didn't cause infections, delivered lifesaving shocks when needed, study finds

  • Study Hints at Stem Cells From Belly Fat as Treatment for Heart Attack
    While results are 'promising,' the research is in its early stages, expert says

  • Adding Surgery to Meds May Help Diabetics With Heart Disease
    The combo seems to reduce clogging of blood vessels better than drugs alone, study finds

  • Higher Plavix Dose Won't Boost Outcomes After Stent Placement: Study
    Some patients still face clot risk after the artery-opening procedure, researchers explain

  • For Some, Care May Be Withdrawn Too Soon After Cardiac Arrest
    Studies suggest that patients receiving therapeutic hypothermia need more time to recover

  • CPR Guidelines May Lower Out-of-Hospital Death Rate
    One U.S. city gained a fourfold jump in patient survival since 2006, EMS director says

  • Study Urges Teens to Cut Down on Salt
    Doing so could reduce risk of high blood pressure, heart disease later in life

  • Death of Loved One May Trigger Elevated Heart Rate
    Worrisome signs seemed to revert to normal within 6 months, study suggests

  • Cholesterol on Eyelids Might Point to Heart Risk
    People with these deposits were at higher odds for cardiovascular disease, researchers say

  • Having Relative With Atrial Fibrillation Raises Own Risk
    Research found having mother, father or sibling with it increased chances 40%

  • Device Improves Survival of Heart Failure Patients: Study
    Resynchronization therapy also reduces hospitalizations, researchers say

  • Minneapolis Study Points to Sharp Drop in Smoking Rates
    Not only are more smokers quitting, but fewer people are choosing to start habit, 30-year study finds

  • Omega-3 Supplements Won't Fight Irregular Heartbeat
    Study found they did not reduce recurrences of dangerous atrial fibrillation

  • Stressful Jobs May Raise Women's Heart Attack Risk, Study Finds
    And worrying about job loss seemed tied to more heart disease risk factors, researchers add

  • A Little Alcohol May Help the Heart: Studies
    But excessive consumption is always damaging, doctors say

  • External Defibrillators Not Much Help in Hospitals
    While effective in public places, study found differently in hospital setting

  • New Blood Thinner a Promising Alternative to Warfarin
    Rivaroxaban did as well or better, with easier dose monitoring, in international study

  • Pacemakers May Help Predict Strokes
    By tracking irregular heartbeats, device can alert doctors to heightened clot risk, study finds

  • Setting National Hospital Standards Could Boost Cardiac Care
    American Heart Association experts are proposing such a system

  • FDA Proposes Graphic Warnings on Cigarette Packs
    Images would include emaciated lung cancer patients and a dead body in a morgue

  • Higher Statin Doses Linked to Fewer Heart Attacks, Stroke
    Strategy reduced risk but increased side effects, researchers found

  • Many Patients With Heart Attack Delay Hospital Care
    Takes an average of 2.6 hours to get to medical center after first symptoms, study finds

  • Older Americans Sicker Than British Peers...
    ... But they live just as long, study suggests

  • Hemophilia Drug Used Off-Label Raises Clot Risk
    Those without blood disorder who were given it were twice as likely to have trouble, review found

  • For Black Men, Haircuts Might Also Cut High Blood Pressure
    Barbers who offer BP checks help customers beat hypertension, study finds

  • Gene Mutations May Blunt Plavix's Effectiveness, Study Finds
    Variants can jeopardize success of stent placement procedures, researchers say

  • Home Monitoring of Blood-Thinner Use Appears Effective
    Home tests show promise for patients taking warfarin, study finds

  • Aspirin, Statins May Reduce Problems After Heart Surgery
    Aspirin may prevent heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure while statins cut risk of death, studies found

  • Web Site for Hospital Comparisons Is Faulty: Study
    Data is insufficient for identifying high-quality surgical facilities, researchers say

  • New CPR Guidelines Emphasize Compressions First
    American Heart Association says press hard and fast, whether an expert or untrained

  • Invasive Dentistry May Raise Short-Term Heart, Stroke Risk
    But it's still safer to treat gum disease than not, experts say

  • More Evidence That Compression-Only CPR Works Best
    Avoiding mouth-to-mouth allows responders to keep blood flowing, researchers say

  • Heart Surgery Patients Do Fine With Fewer Blood Transfusions: Study
    But transfusion rates vary widely around the nation, a second study finds

  • No Heart Benefit Seen From Folic Acid Supplements
    Extra doses of the B vitamin don't lower risk of stroke, cancer or death, large-scale analysis finds

  • Taking Blood Pressure Drugs at Bedtime May Boost Effectiveness
    Night-time dosing causes normal dip, reducing risk of heart attack, stroke, study finds

  • Weight-Loss Drug Meridia Pulled From U.S. Market
    FDA cites product's increased risk for heart attack and stroke

  • Workplace Noise Tied to Heart Disease Risk
    Young men who smoke are among those at highest risk, study finds

  • Once-Promising Heart Failure Drug Fails in Trial
    It's 'the end of the story' for rolofylline against this tough-to-treat condition, researcher says

  • Testosterone Could Boost Health of Heart Failure Patients
    Hormone seemed to help women but more study is needed, researchers say

  • 'Hands-Only' CPR May Work Best for Cardiac Arrest
    Mouth-to-mouth unnecessary and may discourage bystanders from trying to help, study finds

  • Moderate Alcohol Use Helps Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death: Study
    Up to one drink daily lowers women's risk by a third, researchers say

  • Not All Chest Pain Treated Equally in U.S. Hospitals: Study
    Blacks, Hispanics, uninsured seem less likely than whites to get immediate emergency room care

  • C-Reactive Protein Levels Vary By Race: Study
    Finding could influence the use of statins to prevent heart disease, researchers suggest

  • Statins Could Prevent More Strokes, Heart Attacks: Analysis
    Wider use would be cost-effective prevention method, researchers say

  • In Test of Stents, Old Standby Wins Out
    Older drug-eluting model prevents more major cardiac events than a newer version, researchers find

  • Surgery to Widen Neck Arteries Cuts 10-Year Stroke Risk: Study
    But modest benefits may not justify risk from operation in some patients, expert says

  • Quality of Care at U.S. Hospitals Shows Improvement
    Latest analysis by Joint Commission finds 'encouraging' rates of performance

  • FDA Restricts Access to Avandia
    Citing heart risks, agency also orders review of key research on cardiovascular impact; European regulators suspend drug's sales

  • Plavix, Heartburn Drug Safe to Take Together: Study
    No interaction seen between blood thinner, proton-pump inhibitors, researchers say

  • Metabolic Syndrome Doubles Heart Risk, Analysis Shows
    Urgent need to help people control obesity, blood pressure, cholesterol, insulin resistance, expert says

  • Study Claims Flu Shots Associated With Lower Risk of Heart Attack
    Experts dispute statistical result, but note the finding falls in line with previous research

  • Noninvasive Brain Stimulation May Aid Stroke Recovery
    Small study found significant improvements in partially paralyzed patients

  • Depression, Heart Disease Combo May Up Odds of Death
    Together, they quadruple risk of dying from heart attack, stroke, study finds

  • FDA Advisers Divided on Whether to Ban Diet Drug Meridia
    Signs of heart and stroke risks prompt some panelists to call for new warnings and restricted distribution

  • 'Type D' Personality Linked to Increased Risk for Heart Problems
    Negative traits including pessimism, social inhibition appear to threaten long-term health, study finds

  • FDA Panel to Mull Ban on Diet Drug Meridia
    Withdrawal of the drug, which may raise heart risks, is an option, agency says

  • Many Heart Patients Place False Hope in Angioplasty
    In non-emergency scenarios, the artery-opening procedure won't prevent heart attack, experts note

  • Statins May Guard Against Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Study showed only an association between the two, expert notes

  • Winter Sports Tourists at Higher Risk of Heart Attack
    Too little conditioning, cold and high altitude all contribute to hazard, researchers say

  • Many Americans Don't Even Know They're Fat
    Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll finds 30 percent of those overweight think they're normal size

  • Double-Dose Plavix Benefits Certain Patients, Study Finds
    And higher-dose aspirin is no more effective than low dose, researchers say

  • Diet Pill Meridia Ups Heart Attack Risk: Study
    While researchers saw no rise in deaths, some experts wonder if this drug has a future

  • 'DASH Diet' Shown to Lower Heart Attack Risk Almost 20%
    Eating more fruits and vegetables, fewer fats can cut your 10-year risk of heart disease, study says

  • Low-Dose Omega-3 Fatty Acids Don't Protect Heart Patients
    Dutch study finds consuming small amounts in margarine daily didn't prevent cardiac trouble

  • Clues to Heart Attack, Stroke Risk From Fat-Filled Artery
    Prior history of blood flow problems, diabetes, narrowed arteries raises odds, study finds

  • Quality of Care After Joint Surgery May Affect Heart Health
    Certain steps seem to cut risk of angina, cardiac events, researchers found

  • In Some Patients, Hypertension Meds Raise Blood Pressure
    Finding true for "significant" percentage of people, researchers say

  • Study Suggests Statins Could Help Some With Normal Cholesterol
    These people have elevated levels of high sensitivity C-reactive protein, researchers say

  • Heart Risks the Same With 2 Diabetes Drugs: Study
    Finding conflicts with previous research that found Avandia riskier than Actos

  • Adding Fish Oil to Low-Fat/High-Carb Diet May Improve Cholesterol
    Strategy helped those with cluster of unhealthy heart risk factors, study found

  • Binge Drinking, Hypertension a Deadly Combo
    They greatly increased risk of dying from stroke, heart attack, South Korean researchers found

  • Red Meat May Boost Women's Heart Disease Risk
    Eating fish, poultry, nuts and low-fat dairy lowers the chances, study shows

  • Hostile, Competitive Types May Be Harming Their Hearts
    Italian study finds personality linked to a thickening of neck artery wall

  • Inhaling Ultra-Fine Particles May Raise Firefighters' Heart Risks
    More consistent use of protective gear recommended by researchers

  • Small Amounts of Dark Chocolate May Guard Against Heart Failure
    Study found Swedish women who ate it a few times a month were protected

  • Many Patients Say 'No' to Chocolate As Medicine
    Study found people preferred pills to the antioxidant-rich sweet to lower blood pressure

  • Many Stroke Patients Stop Taking Meds, Study Shows
    Second report finds many heart failure patients not even prescribed recommended medications

  • Poorest People at Highest Heart Disease Risk: U.S. Data
    Economic disadvantage plays bigger role than race, ethnicity, review finds

  • Weight Gain Eroding Americans' Quality of Life
    'Healthy days per year' lost due to overweight has doubled since 1993, study shows

  • Experts Support FDA Panel's Backing of New Blood Thinner
    Brilinta, which got nod from agency advisors Wednesday, would be welcome option, docs say

  • Calcium Supplements Linked to Boost in Heart Attack Risk
    People should get needed mineral through their diet, researchers say

  • Rush Victims of Deadliest Heart Attacks to Specialty Centers: Study
    Researchers estimate this will save twice as many lives and be far less expensive as expanding specialized treatment

  • Relationship Insecurity May Undermine Your Health
    People who feel anxious and needy at higher risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic pain and stroke, researchers find

  • As Weight Goes Up, So Do Heart Risks
    Across-the-board improvements may await those who trim down

  • Can Ozone Cause Heart Attacks?
    In tests with rats, smog component appeared to trigger death of heart cells, study says

  • Some on Statins May Not Need Boost in 'Good' Cholesterol
    High-dose users with very low 'bad' cholesterol don't benefit, researchers say

  • The Longer You Sit, the Shorter Your Life Span: Study
    Effect was seen even when researchers factored out obesity, exercise

  • Some on Statins May Not Need Boost in 'Good' Cholesterol
    High-dose users with very low 'bad' cholesterol don't benefit, researchers say

  • Procedure Rejuvenates Aging Arteries in Pigs
    Combination of nanoparticles and stem cells cleans, heals clogged vessel walls, study shows

  • FDA Puts Partial Hold on Avandia Safety Study
    Enrollment in TIDE trial suspended after agency rules diabetes drug has heart risks

  • Traffic Pollution Linked to Risk Factor for Sudden Cardiac Death
    High exposures tied to reduced heart rate variability in those with lung, heart disease, researchers find

  • Avandia Raises Heart Risk But Should Stay on Market, FDA Panel Finds
    Experts vote for tightened controls or restricted sales on diabetes drug

  • Diabetics Urged to Confer With Their Doctor About Avandia Use
    Health risks posed by an unauthorized change of medications could be great, experts say

  • FDA Panel Seems Skeptical Over Key Avandia Data
    Recent allegations of suppressed or manipulated findings by diabetes drug's maker may be having an impact

  • Screening Guidelines Miss Many Kids With High Cholesterol
    Researchers suggest that universal testing may be a better option

  • Lifestyle Interventions Needed to Stay Heart-Healthy
    American Heart Association outlines strategies in a new scientific statement

  • Heart Attack Care Is Getting Better, Report Finds
    U.S. hospitals, patients are responding quicker to warning signs and treatment protocols

  • Sleep Apnea Could Raise Heart Risks for Older Men
    From middle age to age 70, the sleep-time breathing disorder could pose a hazard, study suggests

  • FDA Reviewer Questions Results of Key Avandia Trial
    Ahead of crucial advisory panel meeting next week, official cites 'mishandling' of data for diabetes drug

  • FDA Advisory Panel Decision on Avandia Looms
    Experts meet next week to pore over study data on controversial diabetes drug

  • Anxiety Disorders, Heart Disease a Bad Combination: Study
    Anxiety seems to up odds for heart attack, death in people with cardiovascular trouble

  • Tight Blood Pressure Control Doesn't Help All Diabetics: Study
    In those with coronary disease, it would be better to focus on other heart risk factors, researcher advises

  • Testosterone Gel Could Raise Heart Risks in Frail, Older Men
    But study was small and effect may not be similar in men generally, experts say

  • Latest Study on Diabetes Drug Avandia Finds No Heart Risks
    Report in direct contrast to other new research that found the opposite

  • Diabetes Drug Avandia Ups Heart Risk, Reviews Conclude
    Two studies published in advance of FDA hearing on drug's fate

  • Diabetes May Double Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke
    People with the condition account for 10% of deaths from cardiovascular disease, study suggests

  • Most Americans Get Too Much Salt
    Much of it comes from processed foods that don't taste salty, CDC experts say

  • Abuse May Raise Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke in Migraine Sufferers
    Mistreatment, neglect in childhood increased chances of cardiovascular disease, researchers say

  • Higher Testosterone Tied to Heart Trouble in Older Men
    Further study may unravel whether hormone levels actually cause the problem, researcher says

  • Obesity Doesn't Always Guarantee Heart Disease
    Those without other risk factors may not develop the condition, study suggests

  • Most Heart Patients Skimp on Exercise After Rehab
    A year later, only 37 percent were doing cardio exercises 3 times a week, study finds

  • Most Heart Patients Skimp on Exercise After Rehab
    A year later, only 37 percent were doing cardio exercises 3 times a week, study finds

  • Ninety Percent of Stroke Risk Due to 10 Risk Factors
    Eighty percent of stroke risk due to five lifestyle factors, international study finds

  • Mediterranean Diet Linked to Better Cardiac Function
    Was associated with more heart rate variability in study

  • Lack of Insurance Could Raise Inpatient Death Risk
    In study, hospitalized uninsured more likely to die from heart attack, pneumonia than insured

  • Shortness Boosts Heart Disease, Death Risk: Study
    Short people face 1.5 times greater chance of cardiovascular trouble, Finnish researchers say

  • Health Plan Reports Major Drop in Heart Attacks
    Electronic health records contribute to 24 percent reduction in past decade, says Kaiser Permanente

  • Warfarin Safe During Heart Device Surgery: Study
    Continuing to give the drug may even be beneficial, researchers say

  • Common Pain Relievers Raise Heart Risk for Healthy Folks
    Safety of drugs like Advil and Aleve differ, study finds

  • Health Tip: Caring for a Pacemaker
    Living with the device

  • Surviving Cardiac Arrest Depends on Your Location
    Study found death rate up to three times higher in poorer neighborhoods

  • Shorter Hospital Stays May Hinder Heart Failure Patients
    Quicker discharge tied to more readmissions, at-home deaths, study finds

  • Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
    Study finds link between lack of oral hygiene and cardiovascular disease

  • Potential New Source of Stem Cells for Heart Repair
    Amniotic membrane used by Japanese researchers to rejuvenate damaged heart muscle in rats

  • Experts Advise At-Risk Diabetics to Begin Daily Aspirin Later
    In a change, heart & diabetes groups push age threshold up from 40, to 50 for men, 60 for women

  • Talk With Doctor Helps Heart Attack Patients Resume Sex
    But study finds that many don't get counseling on when it's safe to do so

  • More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
    Study suggests walking may help prevent metabolic syndrome

  • Big Decline in Heart Attacks If All States Had Smoking Bans
    Americans would suffer 18,000 fewer attacks per year, save millions in health costs, study finds

  • Study Challenges Notion That Moderate Drinking Protects the Heart
    Higher social status, better overall health could explain the link, researchers say

  • Heart Attack Guidelines Close Racial Gaps in Hospital Care
    But they're not enough to guarantee complete parity in treatment, expert says

  • Overtime Boosts Heart Attack Risk
    Work stress may take a toll on your heart, researchers say

  • Barbara Walters' Prognosis Is Excellent, Doctors Say
    Increasingly common surgery will replace aortic valve to improve blood flow

  • COPD Flare-Up May Raise Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke
    Findings show need for treatment even when pulmonary disease looks stable, researchers say

  • Bran Intake Helps Those With Diabetes
    Study finds lower death rates among women who ate the most whole grains

  • Air Pollution Raises Risk of Heart Disease, Death
    Danger comes from microscopic contaminants from fuel combustion, report says

  • High-Stress Jobs Tax Women's Hearts, Too
    Risk of heart disease doubled for nurses with high work pressures, study found

  • Risks Rise for Other Surgeries After Stent Implants
    Danger is greatest in first six weeks, study finds

  • Pneumonia Shot Won't Help Lower Men's Heart Risks
    Study finds no protection against heart attack, stroke

  • Hospitals Falling Short on Heart Patients' Follow-Up Care
    Not tracking heart failure outcomes after discharge leads to readmissions, study finds

  • 'Healthy' Pre-Diabetics Still Face Heart Disease Threat
    Experts urge preventive steps for those at risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes

  • FDA Reviews Side Effects From Prostate Cancer Therapy
    Doctors urged to consider risks of hormone treatment, inform patients

  • Low Testosterone Raises Heart Death Rates in Impotent Men
    Obese patients with erectile dysfunction also at higher risk for cardiac events, research shows

  • Nearly Half of U.S. Adults Have Heart Risk Factors
    High blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes now widespread, CDC survey finds

  • Antidepressants May Improve Heart Health
    Patients taking SSRIs had reduced risk of blood clots, hardened arteries, study found

  • Arteries Age Twice as Fast in Smokers
    Study shows progressive stiffening, which leads to blockages

  • Many Don't Take Blood Thinner After Getting Stents
    Serious risks double by waiting even a day after discharge, study finds

  • Public Defibrillators Save Lives
    Widespread use could prevent 474 deaths a year in U.S., Canada, study says

  • B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
    People with a diet rich in folate and B-6 are less likely to die from cardiovascular disease, study finds

  • Smoking Bans May Be Boosting Public Health
    Toronto hospital admissions for heart, respiratory woes fell by a third after laws took hold, study found

  • Smoking May Erase Heart Benefits of Light Drinking
    Moderate tipplers lowered stroke risk, but only if they didn't smoke, study found

  • Money Worries Delay Heart Attack Treatment
    Even those with insurance sometimes hesitate over finances, study finds

  • Study Questions Use of Heart Device Implants in the Very Old
    One-fifth of procedures performed in patients aged 80 and older, researchers say

  • Scientists Grow Replacement Blood Vessels From Stem Cells
    These grafts worked well in animals, but testing in humans is still a few years off

  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Vascular Disease
    Steps you can take to ward off heart attack and stroke

  • Poor More Likely to Die Following Heart Surgery
    No matter what race or gender, poor people have higher death rates than rich within first decade

  • Should Cholesterol Drugs Be Used By Those Without High Cholesterol?
    Some experts say statins help healthier people, but others worry about risks

  • New Insights Into Who's At Risk With Angioplasty
    Guidelines based on national data point to those heart patients needing closest monitoring

  • Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
    Cardiac patients walking back to health with shelter dogs

  • Diabetes Screening Should Start Sooner
    Study found checking for blood sugar disease earlier cut complications, costs

  • A Little Chocolate May Do the Heart Good
    Researchers say a square a day could lead to fewer heart attacks and strokes

  • Tiny Fish Might Help Humans Fix Damaged Hearts
    When zebrafish loses cardiac tissue, it simply regrows it, scientists say

  • New Sensors Stick to Organs to Monitor Health
    Pliable electronic devices already tracking heart function in pigs, scientists say

  • Fewer Deaths in Larger, Busier Hospitals
    However, increased volume is only one factor, researchers say

  • When Heart Is in Crisis, High Blood Pressure a Good Sign
    Study finds better survival rates a year after intensive care

  • Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
    Study might offer proof at last that replacing saturated fats has heart benefits

  • Bad Habits Explain Class Differences in Health: Study
    Higher death rates for poor tied to more smoking, poorer diets and lack of exercise

  • Plavix Can Help Cut Death Risk in Certain Heart Patients
    In study, people with heart attack, heart failure who didn't undergo angioplasty fared better with the blood thinner

  • Light Drinking Good for the Heart
    Two studies confirm previous evidence that it reduces mortality

  • High-Dose Zocor Boosts Muscle Injury Risk: FDA
    People taking the cholesterol-lowering drug should consult their doctor if problems arise, the agency says

  • Low-Fat Diet Does Little to Alter Cholesterol Levels
    But researcher adds it's still a good choice for losing weight

  • Widespread Public Defibrillators May Save Lives
    As lifesaving devices increase, so do the number of heart attack survivors, Japanese study finds

  • Blood Vessels Bounce Back Once Smokers Quit
    Quickly leads to reduced risk of heart trouble, study finds

  • Newer Blood Thinner Beats Plavix for Bypass Patients
    More people taking Plavix before surgery died soon after than those using Brilinta, study finds

  • Women's Chromosomes May Affect Blood Pressure
    The effect might be strongest after menopause, mouse study suggests

  • Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
    In those with low levels to start, odds eased for diabetes, cardio woes, study found

  • Are Stock Market Woes Bad for the Heart?
    As economy wobbled, heart attacks seemed to rise, study suggests

  • 2 Drugs Fail to Prevent Diabetes in the Overweight
    Diovan, Starlix also had limited or no effect in shielding users from cardiovascular woes, study finds

  • Marathoners Face Greater Risk of Artery Problems
    And this could lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, even death, study suggests

  • Psoriasis Tied to Raised Heart Risk
    Skin ailment boosts odds for heart attack, stroke, and inflammation may be key, researchers say

  • Many WTC Responders Show Signs of Heart Trouble
    Another study suggests that stress weighs heavily on the hearts of police, firefighters

  • Intense Cholesterol, Blood Pressure Therapies Don't Help Type 2 Diabetics
    Study findings underscore the importance of exercise and proper nutrition, expert says

  • Aspirin Alone Works Best to Prevent Clots a Year After Stenting
    Adding Plavix didn't boost outcomes after 12 months, new study finds

  • Erectile Dysfunction Plus Heart Disease Raises Death Risk
    Study confirms that impotence is a risk factor for heart trouble

  • Freezing, Medicating Away a Dangerous Irregular Heart Rhythm
    New studies suggest promising new ways to ease atrial fibrillation

  • Hope for Inherited, Dangerously High Cholesterol
    New drug reduces LDL in people with rare genetic condition, researchers say

  • Variable Blood Pressure a New Stroke Risk Factor?
    Big ups and downs in readings may call for specific treatments, experts say

  • Study Looks At Cost-Effectiveness of ECG in Hyperactive Kids
    Analysis compared three strategies for preventing sudden cardiac death from stimulant medication

  • Sleepless Nights Plague America
    People of all races say lack of shuteye affects their work, even sex lives

  • Air Travel Could Raise Risk for Heartbeat Irregularities
    Older people with heart disease most susceptible to potential problems, small study suggests

  • Chocolate May Make Some Strokes Less Likely
    Lack of benefit for heart disease, most common stroke is puzzling, expert says

  • Hearts of Hospice Patients Being Needlessly Shocked
    Researchers say defibrillators can be turned off on admission

  • Workplace Wellness Programs Work
    Employees who used them lost weight, lowered heart disease risk, study finds

  • You Can't Exercise Away TV's Toll on the Heart
    Heavy screen time in youth means trouble by mid-40s, despite activity levels, study finds

  • Newer Blood Test Predicts Diabetes, Heart Disease
    A1C outperforms fasting glucose in predicting heart disease and stroke risk, study finds

  • Study Questions Value of Test for Peripheral Artery Disease
    Ankle-brachial index, and resulting aspirin therapy, may not be needed for healthier patients

  • Cutting Salt Could Prevent Almost 500,000 Heart Attacks
    Government-industry collaboration would work better than a "salt tax," study finds

  • Routine Heart Tests for Athletes Would Save Lives
    The ECGs are also cost-effective, new study shows

  • Popular Diet Plans Can Unclog Arteries
    Low-fat, low-carb, Mediterranean regimens all help the heart, study finds

  • Hormone Outperforms Insulin in Diabetic Mice
    Someday, leptin could free people with type 1 disease from daily injections, expert predicts

  • Cutting Off Blood Flow Limits Damage During Heart Attack
    Repeatedly inflating blood pressure cuff led to 30 percent reduction in lost cardiac tissue, study found

  • Stents May Be Effective Weapon Against Stroke
    One study finds they are equal to artery-clearing surgery, but another trial does not

  • Heart Stem Cells Move Closer to Human Treatments
    'Patch' for damaged heart is just one of several promising developments

  • Tests to Measure Safety of Anti-Clotting Drugs of Limited Value
    Can't predict which patients are at risk for excessive bleeding during surgery, study finds

  • Report Calls High Blood Pressure a 'Neglected Disease'
    It recommends a broad response, including consuming less salt and getting more exercise

  • Early On, Hormone Therapy May Raise Women's Heart Risks
    Study reports little coronary benefit, regardless of when treatment begins

  • Happiness Protects Your Heart
    Those most content reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease, researchers say

  • Rising Use of Medical Technologies Extending Americans' Lives
    Annual report on nation's health finds flaws, though, in weight, exercise and insurance

  • Genetic Risk Score Doesn't Spot Heart Trouble in Women
    But family history of early cardiovascular disease a risk factor, study found

  • Women Need More Help After Heart Attack
    Quality of life in first year's aftermath impacted by lack of social support

  • Small Increase in Diabetes Risk Noted in Statin Patients
    For many, benefits of lowering cholesterol outweigh drugs' downsides, researchers say

  • After a Stroke, High Risk for a Recurrence
    Aggressive care and follow-up are key to preventing further problems, experts say

  • Bill Clinton Back Home After Heart Procedure
    His doctor says ex-president could be back to work by Monday, four days after having stents inserted into clogged coronary artery

  • Quick Chest Pain Test Simplifies Discharge Decision
    CT scan lets doctors see any blockage in arteries, study finds

  • Migraine Linked to Increased Heart Attack Risk
    Researchers aren't sure why two conditions are connected

  • Women's Heart Disease Awareness Still Lacking
    More than 40 percent of women don't know it is leading killer, survey finds

  • Super Bowl Stress Can Spark Heart Attacks
    Investing too much emotion in the game can kill you, experts say

  • Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Raises Suicide Risk
    Patients' odds for cardiovascular death also go up after they get the news, study finds

  • Protein Levels in Urine Help Predict Kidney Function
    Combined screening method spotted more high-risk patients, study found

  • Herbal Remedies Can Cause Cardiac Problems
    They interfere with effects of prescription drugs for heart troubles, researcher says

  • Experts Issue Warning on Prostate Hormone Therapy
    People underestimate effect on heart from androgen deprivation, official says

  • Fake Drugs Bought on the Web Pose Big Health Risks
    2.5 million men in Europe alone may have taken counterfeit Viagra, study says

  • Early EKG Seems to Improve Odds After Heart Attack
    Administration by paramedics shortens time to specialized treatment, study finds

  • More Proof Exercise Leads to Healthier Aging
    Good for the mind and body, series of studies finds

  • FDA Warns of Heart Risks With Diet Drug
    Meridia shouldn't be used by those with history of heart problems, agency says

  • Experts Push 7 Steps to Heart Health
    In combination, these measures from the American Heart Association are 'the fountain of youth,' expert says

  • Small Cuts in Salt Intake Spur Big Drops in Heart Trouble
    U.S. study found just 3 fewer grams a day slashed heart disease, death rates

  • Shedding Light on Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help the Heart
    The greater the consumption, the less shrinkage of chromosome component, research shows

  • For Heart Health, Focus on Risk Factors
    Cholesterol levels, while important, shouldn't be overriding concern, study says

  • Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
    Corn oil contains saturated fat, known to contribute to heart disease, researchers say

  • New Anti-Clotting Drug Outperforms Plavix
    Trial shows Brilinta boosts patient outcomes with no added bleeding risk

  • Leading COPD Drug Won't Harm Heart: FDA
    Initial concerns over Spiriva HandiHaler may be unfounded, agency says

  • Chemical BPA Linked to Heart Disease Risk
    But study doesn't establish cause-and-effect

  • Faster Heart Rate May Raise Risk of Heart Attack Death
    But for women, exercise cuts that risk significantly, study finds

  • Long-Term Statin Use Best Way to Cut Cardiovascular Deaths
    Emphasis needed on getting patients to keep taking their meds, researchers say

  • TV Watching May Shorten Your Life
    Too much sitting raises your risk of dying from heart disease, researchers say

  • Common Radio Frequency Tag Readers Might Trouble Pacemakers
    Found in store security tags, hotel keycards, toll booth sensors, researchers say

  • Leading COPD Drug May Raise Chances of Heart Trouble
    Study found Atrovent upped risk, while other research found Spiriva might do opposite

  • EPA Unveils Stricter Smog Standards
    Move would improve air quality and benefit people with asthma, heart and lung disease, among others, agency says

  • Lower Vitamin D Levels in Blacks May Up Heart Risks
    Darker skin reduces absorption of sunlight, researchers explain

  • Procedure Boosts Outcomes in Implantable Defibrillator Patients
    Catheter-based cardiac tissue clearing cuts recurrence of a dangerous heart arrhythmia, study finds

  • Heart Attacks More Common in Winter
    Exercise caution when shoveling, working out to avoid cardiac emergency

  • Study Questions FDA Approvals of Cardiac Devices
    Review suggests evaluations are not as stringent as with new medications

  • High Lipoprotein Levels Can Cause Heart Disease
    Study shows it could be a new target for prevention and treatment

  • With Cardiac Rehab, More Is Better: Study
    Too few heart patients make use of all 36 Medicare-funded sessions, researchers say

  • Experts Say CPR by Untrained Bystander a Good Idea
    Study found little harm done even when collapsed person didn't need it

  • Implanted Defibrillator Might Extend Life
    Age should not be determining factor for use, expert says

  • Implanted Defibrillator Might Extend Life
    Age should not be determining factor for use, expert says

  • Stress From Prostate Cancer Diagnosis May Be Fatal
    Risk of cardiovascular event, suicide goes up within a week of getting news, researchers say

  • Patients With Pacemakers Should Avoid MRI Scans
    Study examines potential for injury when doctors decide benefits of imaging outweigh the risks

  • Contributors to Heart Failure Identified
    Twelve variants seen in one gene, researchers say

  • Menopause Often Means Worsening Cholesterol
    Studies also report on statin dosages and lifestyle factors that affect the heart

  • Blood Thinner Combos Risky for Heart Attack Patients
    Bleeding risk highest for those taking both warfarin and clopidogrel, study finds

  • New Blood Thinner Could Replace Warfarin to Fight Venous Clots
    Dabigatran equals older anti-clotting drug, with fewer hassles, study finds

  • EPA: Greenhouse Gases Hazardous to Your Health
    Announcement comes as big global warming conference begins in Copenhagen

  • Diabetes Drugs Go Head-to-Head in Study
    Metformin outperforms widely used sulfonylureas, but each patient will be different, experts say

  • Adult Stem Cells Can Repair Damaged Heart
    Small study found they spurred blood vessel growth after heart attack

  • Blood Sugar Intolerance May Predict Postpartum Ills
    Screening moms-to-be might offer early warning of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, researchers say

  • Breast-Feeding Can Help Mom's Heart Decades Later
    20-year study shows it cut risk factors linked to diabetes, cardiovascular trouble

  • Heart Attack Treatment Speeds Up Nationwide
    More get lifesaving angioplasty within 90 minutes of hospital arrival, study finds

  • Ginkgo Won't Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Elderly
    But the herbal supplement may help ward off peripheral artery disease, researchers say

  • Stenting May Equal Bypass for Diabetic Heart Patients
    But study follow-up period was too short to draw definite conclusions, experts say

  • Smokers Double Their Risk for Heart Disease
    Study finds that quitting improves heart prospects, but cancer risk remains

  • Cholesterol Plays Role in Heart Failure Risk
    Pumping ability reduced in those with undesirable blood levels, analysis shows

  • Stifled Anger at Work Doubles Men's Risk for Heart Attack
    More open on-the-job interaction might ease the problem, researchers say

  • Angioplasty Outcomes May Vary Little Between Hospitals
    In-hospital death rates didn't differ greatly between high- and low-volume centers, study found

  • Vioxx Problems Known Years Before Recall
    Study points up weaknesses of drug approval process in United States, researcher says

  • Moderate Drinking Guards the Heart
    But protective effect can wear off at higher levels in men, study finds

  • Study Shows Hospital Report Cards Unlikely to Spur Improvement
    Treatment of heart patients no better after performance data released to public, researchers find

  • New Heart Attack Treatment Guidelines Stress Coordination
    Getting patients to the right hospitals quickly is critical, experts say

  • Newer Blood Thinners May Outperform Old Standbys
    Studies found warfarin, Plavix bested by latest anti-clotting alternatives

  • Diuretics Still Best Treatment for High Blood Pressure
    Long-term comparison study finds chlorthalidone most likely to prevent heart failure, stroke

  • New Heart Attack Treatment Guidelines Stress Coordination
    Getting patients to the right hospitals quickly is critical, experts say

  • Biotech Soybeans Good Source of Omega-3
    Oil from engineered beans might help reduce heart attacks, researchers say

  • Heartburn Drugs Can Thwart Popular Blood Thinner
    Combination can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, U.S. officials say

  • The Mummies' Curse: Heart Disease
    Finding suggests atherosclerosis is as old as the pyramids, and not an ill of the modern world

  • Obesity Rolling Back Gains in Heart Health
    Studies show risk factors rising among children and adults, with many denying they have a problem

  • Stem Cells May Improve Heart Bypass Results
    Patients who had bone marrow transplant with surgery did better, study finds

  • Rapid Cooling Might Help Heart Attack Patients
    Pumping coolant into the nose right away seems to prevent brain damage, study finds

  • Experts Urge School Screening of Athletes' Hearts
    Inexpensive EKGs would reduce risk of sudden death, study finds

  • Elderly Treated Less Aggressively for Heart Attack
    Hospitals less likely to follow guidelines for patients 80 and older, study finds

  • Why Watching TV Sports Increases Heart Attacks
    For those who've had an attack already, stressful games raise blood pressure, study finds

  • Sudden Cardiac Death Much More Likely to Strike Men
    Males have triple the odds than women, study finds, and black men are especially prone

  • Gene Linked to Breast Cancer Might Boost Heart Health
    When BRCA1 is deactivated, it can lead to hardening of the arteries, mouse study suggests

  • Study Raises New Questions About Cholesterol Drug Zetia
    It was found less effective than extended-release niacin, or Niaspan

  • Certain Reflux Drugs Tied to Higher Post-Angioplasty Death Rate
    Study suggests interaction between Prilosec, Protonix and blood-thinners such as Plavix

  • Moderate-Fat Diet May Be Better at Reducing Heart Risks
    People with metabolic syndrome should steer clear of low-fat meal plans, study says

  • New Wiring Adds Risk When Replacing Pacemaker
    Complications most likely when new lead is needed in heart devices, researchers find

  • For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
    Those who stroll are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease, study finds

  • No Gender Gap Found for Clot-Busting Drug
    Plavix helped men and women almost equally, study finds

  • Can a Bad Boss Make You Sick?
    Study ties poor supervisors to higher odds for heart attack

  • Will New Anemia Drug Top Current Treatments?
    Designed for a rare condition, it might have a wider application, experts say

  • Poorer Outcomes After 'Off-Pump' Bypass Surgery
    Keeping patients on the heart-lung machine improved survival, study found

  • Health Tip: At Risk for Another Heart Attack?
    Factors that raise your chances of subsequent trouble

  • Heart Disease Gender Gap Narrows
    Middle-aged women have more heart attacks than in past, but are more likely to survive, studies show

  • Heart Failure Treatment Underused
    Two-thirds of patients in U.S. hospitals fail to get recommended therapy, study finds

  • Fish Oil Supplements Don't Help Depressed Heart Patients
    Those who took them with antidepressant fared same as those who didn't

  • Micardis Given Wider Approval
    For cardiac patients who can't take an ACE inhibitor

  • Stem Cells Grow Heart Tissue in Lab
    New technique described as a Band-Aid for damaged muscle

  • Smoking Bans Good for Non-Smokers' Hearts: Study
    Report could get more states to pass laws to curtail secondhand smoke, experts say

  • American Heart Association Guidelines Save Lives
    Heart attack, heart failure survival better at hospitals given awards for following program

  • Trial Shows Heart Attack Education Makes Little Difference
    But new study design might change response times, researcher says

  • Early Defibrillator After Heart Attack May Not Pay Off
    European study finds no survival difference for those with, without device

  • Headphones May Threaten Heart-Device Performance
    Implanted defibrillators, pacemakers may malfunction if headphones hang close to chest, study shows

  • Drug Combo May Prevent Heart Attacks, Strokes
    'Inexpensive, well-proven medications' could have huge impact, expert says

  • Simple Test Might Detect 'Silent' Heart Disease
    Even better, calcium scans don't lead to unnecessary tests, researchers say

  • Clot-Busting Therapy Under Review
    Cardiologists looking at new generation of drugs as Plavix trial shows double dosage best for angioplasty

  • Heart-Pacing Devices Hold Promise for Heart Failure
    Defibrillators, pacemakers offer benefits for patients with milder forms of the condition, study suggests

  • Study Finds Fish Won't Prevent Heart Failure
    Benefits confined to heart attack, other types of cardiovascular disease

  • Autoimmune Disorder Linked to Stroke, Heart Attack in Women
    Smoking, birth control pills raise risk higher, research finds

  • Any Day OK for Heart Bypass Surgery
    Timing has no effect on outcome, study finds

  • Smoking Bans Bring a Drop in Heart Attacks
    In one Montana city, incidents fell but rose again when restrictions were lifted

  • Flu Can Raise Chances of Heart Attack
    Vaccine reduces risk of deaths related to heart disease, study shows

  • Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer Raises Heart Risks
    Treatment methods should take into account side effects, researchers say

  • Middle-Age Heart Risk Factors Shorten Men's Lives
    Smoking, hypertension, high cholesterol cut 10 years of life, study finds

  • More Chest Compressions During CPR Improves Survival Odds
    Amount of time spent doing them directly related to success, study shows

  • Diabetes Medications Don't Lower Inflammation
    Metformin, insulin have little effect on risk factor for heart disease, study finds

  • Blacks Fare Worse After Cardiac Arrest
    Poor hospital care a big reason why, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Having Another Heart Attack
    Things that increase your risk

  • Drug Offers Hope Against Tough-to-Treat Hypertension
    As yet unapproved, darusentan works in different way than standard medicines

  • Implantable Defibrillators May Not Help Women With Heart Failure
    Analysis of previous research found little benefit for female patients

  • Most Adult Americans at Some Risk for Heart Disease
    Surging obesity rates have reversed gains, study finds

  • U.S. Faces Shortage of Heart Surgeons
    Too many aging Americans, too few new doctors spell trouble, experts say

  • Testing Young Athletes for Heart Defects May Save Lives
    To prevent sudden cardiac death, researchers recommend electrocardiograms

  • Severe, Lasting Depression Tied to Heart Patient Deaths
    For those who have been hospitalized, risk may double over 7 years, research shows

  • Thin Thighs Might Be Harbinger of Heart Disease
    Increased risk seen in Danish study, but authors say more research is needed

  • Statins Before Vascular Surgery Cut Deaths, Complications
    Problems halved in patients getting blood-vessel repairs done, study finds

  • Reflux Drugs OK With Blood Thinners
    Taking antacids with anti-clotting drugs doesn't change outcomes after a heart attack, researchers find

  • Sometimes Angioplasty Can Wait
    Artery-opening procedure can be done up to 21 hours later with milder heart attacks, study shows

  • New Anti-Clotting Drug Beats Plavix
    Brilinta prevents heart attacks and improves survival, researchers say

  • Harm Begins With a Few Cigarettes, a Little Smog
    Levels of toxins in air don't have to be high to be hazardous, studies find

  • Newer, Better Tests for Heart Attacks
    Troponin assays speed diagnosis, studies show

  • Women More Prone to Die in Month After Heart Attack
    But factors other than gender may be to blame, researchers say

  • Hormone Therapy for Early Prostate Cancer Not Always Best
    Study finds treatment raises death risk in those who also have heart disease

  • Tobacco Use Kills 6 Million People Annually: Report
    And costs the global economy $500 billion each year

  • Testosterone Therapy May Help Men With Heart Failure
    Injections of male hormone boosted cardiac performance in Italian study

  • It's Back to Basics to Save a Life
    Despite new technology and methods, experts say simple CPR works best

  • Heart Risks Rise With Smokeless Tobacco
    Increase is small but worth noting, expert says, as product use grows

  • Stenting a Good Option for Left Main Heart Artery
    As effective as standard of bypass surgery, Polish study finds

  • Stenting a Good Option for Left Main Heart Artery
    As effective as standard of bypass surgery, Polish study finds

  • Hospitals Reduce Heart Attack Deaths
    Study shows 10-year effort, major medical advances improved survival

  • Special Stem Cells Build 'Biological Bypass'
    In dog study, researchers saw new human coronary arteries form

  • How Weight Loss Helps the Heart
    Study found it reversed structural abnormalities seen among the obese

  • Optimism Good for Heart and Longevity
    Less cardiovascular disease, fewer deaths among the cheerful, study finds

  • More Evidence Healthy Living Brings Long Life
    Good diet, no smoking, regular exercise lower chronic disease risk by 80%, CDC study finds

  • In U.S., No Comeback Seen for Hormone Therapy
    Experts say risks of long-term use still outweigh possible benefits

  • Men With Angina Do Worse Than Women
    Doubled rate of heart attack, tripled rate of death seen in study

  • Fish Oils May Prevent and Treat Heart Disease
    Review of studies involving 40,000 people points up benefits

  • Young Vets With PTSD More Prone to Heart Risk Factors
    Researcher suspects mental health issues may lead to unhealthy habits

  • Response Times Vary for In-Hospital Heart Attacks
    Uneven results seen with defibrillation delays, researchers say

  • Calcium Scan of Arteries Helps Spot Big Trouble
    Study shows it predicts severe events in those with known heart disease

  • Put Defibrillators in High-Traffic Spots, Studies Urge
    Experts warn against politicizing their placement

  • Calcium Scan of Arteries Helps Spot Big Trouble
    Study shows it predicts severe events in those with known heart disease

  • Many Heart Attack Patients Not Referred to Cardiac Rehab
    Despite benefits, only slightly more than half get it, study shows

  • Many Heart Attack Patients Not Referred to Cardiac Rehab
    Despite benefits, only slightly more than half get it, study shows

  • Injection May Heal Damaged Heart
    In mouse study, injured tissue and coronary function are restored

  • Stem Cells Used for 'Biological Pacemaker'
    In experiments with mice, researchers corrected electrical problems of the heart

  • Studies Affirm Value of Healthy Lifestyle
    Those who ate right, exercised lowered chances of cardiovascular trouble

  • Hope for Damaged Heart Muscle
    In lab study, re-engineered cells show promise for cardiac treatment

  • Vein Removal Method Linked to Bypass Results
    More long-term problems seen with minimally invasive technique

  • Effient Sanctioned for Angioplasty Patients
    To reduce the risk of blood clots

  • Study Pinpoints Risk Factors for Death in Young Stroke Victims
    Many can be modified, treated to improve odds, experts say

  • Vegetable Amino Acid Lowers Blood Pressure
    Get plenty of it in your diet, researchers say

  • Increasing Alcohol Use Tied to More Hospitalization
    Heavy drinkers were affected most, but link holds for even mild use, study finds

  • Obesity Rates Continue to Climb in U.S.
    Eight of 10 states with highest number of obese adults are in the South, report says

  • Even After Death, Heart Attack Treatment May Not End
    Too often, EMS crews feel obliged to bring unresponsive patient to hospital, study finds

  • U.S. Doctors Treat Heart Attack With Man's Own Stem Cells
    Pioneering procedure aims to repair damaged cardiac muscle, surgeons say

  • Depression, Anxiety Bad for the Heart
    Two new studies show effects on angina and mortality

  • Jackson's Death Puts Spotlight on Sudden Cardiac Arrest
    It's deadlier than a heart attack, experts say, with chances for survival slim

  • Migraine Frequency Tied to Stroke, Heart Attack Risk
    But the link with cardiovascular disease is complex and not a cause for alarm, doctor says

  • Quick Angioplasty Best After Heart Attacks
    Canadian study shows better survival when compared to those who got clot-busting treatment

  • Electrocardiogram Blip Signals Heart Trouble
    Greater risk of atrial fibrillation, need for pacemaker, early death, study shows

  • Music Can Make the Heart Beat Faster
    Or slower, with possible medical applications, research suggests

  • Heart Attacks Less Often Fatal Today
    Improved care and overall better health are credited with improved survival odds

  • Health Tip: Life After a Heart Attack
    General suggestions for your recovery

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids Might Curb Depression in Heart Patients
    Study found low levels in bloodstream correlated with increased risk

  • New Anticoagulant Pill Works Well in Trial
    Lower doses safe and effective after heart attack and stroke

  • Newest Coated Stent Does Well in Real-World Trial
    Safe and effective in an 'all-comer population,' researchers say

  • Newest Coated Stent Does Well in Real-World Trial
    Safe and effective in an 'all-comer population,' researchers say

  • Psoriasis Raises Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke, Death
    Inflammation looks like common thread, researcher says

  • Another Blood Fat Fuels Heart Attack Risk
    Danish study fingers high levels of lipoprotein(a)

  • Know Your Odds for Heart Failure
    Lifestyle plays key role, study confirms, and a new 'calculator' helps gauge risk

  • Drugs Best First Defense Against Heart Disease for Diabetics
    Study finds medicines typically do as well as surgery, especially in less severe cases

  • Avandia Raises Risk of Heart Failure, Fractures
    But study found diabetes drug didn't increase chances of heart disease, death

  • Value of Taking Aspirin to Cut Heart Risk Varies
    For those with no history of heart disease, risks may outweigh benefits, research suggests

  • Hardened Arteries Threaten Obese, Diabetic Youth
    Ultrasound shows damage tied to rising odds for stroke, heart attack, researchers say

  • Gum Disease, Heart Disease Share Genetic Link
    Discovery helps explain association between the two illnesses

  • NFL Players Not at Increased Heart Risk
    Study finds they showed no more signs of cardiovascular trouble than general male population

  • Strict Blood Sugar Control Lowers Heart Risks in Diabetics
    It prevents many complications of chronic disease, experts say

  • With Heart Attacks, Fast Treatment Matters
    The sooner angioplasty is done, the lower the death rate, study finds

  • When Chest Pain Requires Quick Action in ER
    Urgency needed in only one-third of cases, study says

  • Obese People Seem to Do Better With Heart Disease
    Still, it's best to lose that excess weight, review says

  • Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
    Atrial fibrillation raised risk for dementia, study shows

  • Years of Heavy Smoking Raises Heart Risks
    30-year study in Norway sheds light on 'tremendously adverse' effects of tobacco use

  • Chewable Aspirin More Readily Absorbed
    Study suggests higher levels found in bloodstream could improve heart attack treatments

  • Risk Factor for Stroke More Common Among Whites
    Despite risk factors, blacks less likely to suffer atrial fibrillation

  • Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
    Publicly accessible devices prevent heart-attack deaths, study finds

  • 'Stun Gun' Deaths Rarely Caused by Ventricular Fibrillation
    Other heart irregularities more likely to blame, study says

  • Implanted Defibrillators Boost Long-Term Survival
    Heart patients gained an extra year of life over 8 years of follow-up, study finds

  • Psychiatric Drugs Might Raise Cardiac Death Risk
    But other medical factors could also be at play, researchers note

  • Seniors Often Misstate Stroke History
    Study suggests MRI scans better than questionnaires for evaluations

  • After Job Loss, People Report More Health Issues
    Society should consider ways to mitigate the effects, experts say

  • Fewer Heart Surgeries Needed as Technology Improves
    Better prevention methods, medical advances likely behind drop in bypass procedures

  • All Blood Pressure Drugs Lower Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke
    Any are better than no treatment at all, study shows

  • CPAP Therapy Boosts Cardiac Surgery Outcomes
    Findings suggest airway pressure treatment prevents complications, cuts readmissions

  • Plavix, Heartburn Drugs May Be Risky Combination
    Patients with stents should discuss the use of these meds with their doctor, cardiac group says

  • Telling Heartburn From Heart Attack Can Be Tricky
    Because of similar symptoms, doctors urge overreaction if in doubt

  • Irregular Heartbeat During Angioplasty Could Raise Death Risk
    It tripled the 3-month odds among heart attack patients, study found

  • Focusing on CPR Improves Survival
    Study urges rescuers to add compressions, delay other interventions

  • Black Youths With High BP May Face Elevated Heart Risks
    They also had raised cholesterol, so study suggests better screening for hypertension

  • Cholesterol Drugs May Help in Cardiac Emergency
    A dose of a statin in time of crisis improved long-term outcomes, study found

  • Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
    Study finds half a glass each day boosts men's life expectancy by five years

  • Managing Blood Pressure, Cholesterol Cuts Stroke Risk
    Study shows reaching optimal levels protects against heart attack, too

  • Urine Test for Heart Disease Shows Promise
    Noninvasive method detects dangerous levels of artery-blocking proteins

  • Clinics Less Likely to Refer Heart Patients to Cardiologists
    Women especially affected if primary care came from community outlet

  • Computerized Scan Detects Heart Disease
    And prevents unnecessary testing, hospitalization, study shows

  • High Co-Pays Keeping Chronically Ill From Their Meds
    Many are waiting years after a diagnosis to fill a first prescription, study finds

  • Many Who Should Use Statins Don't
    Survey finds lack of access to medical care a big factor in trend

  • Work Strife Stresses the Heart
    The link seems certain but solutions less so, experts say

  • Lowered HRT Use May Have Cut Heart Attacks
    But women didn't experience a similar drop in strokes, study finds

  • Limited English May Be Life-Threatening
    Study finds lower survival among less-fluent heart attack victims

  • Coordination Has Led to Quicker Heart Treatment
    Experts urge establishment of more regional networks

  • Abnormal Heartbeat After Bypass a Bad Sign
    Atrial fibrillation ups long-term risk of dying, researchers report

  • Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men
    Study finds benefit from consuming just one serving a week

  • Breast-feeding a Boon to Mom's Heart
    Nursing baby brings cardiovascular benefits decades later, study suggests

  • 'Silent' Heart Attacks More Common Than Thought
    Since they leave few signs, imaging reveals patients at much greater risk for death

  • Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
    But glucose-based beverages may not have same impact, study finds

  • Secondhand Smoke Quickly Affects Blood Vessels
    As little as 10 minutes of exposure changes cardiovascular function, researchers say

  • NIH May Ease Some, But Not All, Stem Cell Restrictions
    Agency says cells should come from fertility clinic embryos that otherwise would be discarded

  • Blood Pressure Drug May Not Ease Irregular Heartbeat
    Despite earlier promise, valsartan fails to deliver against atrial fibrillation, researchers say

  • Former Inmates at Increased Risk for High Blood Pressure
    And they're more likely to lack treatment for it years after freedom, study finds

  • Heart Screening Not Effective for Type 2 Diabetics
    Imaging test doesn't single out those at high risk of trouble, study found

  • Aspirin Linked to Brain Microbleeds
    Significance unclear, expert says

  • Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
    Vegetables, nuts, and 'Mediterranean' fare most beneficial, researchers find

  • Marathoners Go the Distance on Heart Health
    Even walking half an hour a day can boost longevity, study finds

  • FDA Panel Snubs Seroquel as 1st Choice Depression Treatment
    Safety concerns mean the drug should only be used when other medications don't work, advisers say

  • Larger Men at Greater Risk for Atrial Fibrillation
    Swedish study says since children are getting bigger, condition may become more common

  • Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
    Waist size important in women, not men, researchers report

  • Psychotherapy Can Ease Post-Surgical Depression
    Two techniques worked for patients after heart bypass procedures, study finds

  • Daily Naps May Raise Older Women's Death Risk
    Addressing where the drowsiness comes from may be the solution, researchers say

  • Human Heart Can Make New Cells
    Discovery could lead to ways of regrowing damaged cardiac tissue, experts say

  • Effort Could Lead to Blood Tests for Heart Problems
    Framingham researchers and private sector biotech scientists will collaborate

  • Patient's Own Stem Cells Might Treat Heart Attack
    Infusing cells into damaged area helped restore blood flow, researchers say

  • New Device 'Fingers' Heart Risk
    Fingertip sensor tracks changes in blood flow, predicting odds for heart attack

  • Plavix Plus Aspirin Lowers Stroke Risk
    Clot-busting combo can boost outcomes for patients with atrial fibrillation, study finds

  • Statin Might Help Fight Blood Clots in Veins
    Cholesterol-lowering Crestor cut risk by 43 percent, study found

  • New Surgery for Heart Failure Proves Ineffective
    Isolating damaged heart tissue does not produce better outcomes, study finds

  • Hormone Reduces Mortality in Heart Patients With High BP
    Relaxin cuts shortness of breath and trimmed hospital stays, phase 2 study concludes

  • One Pill Might Prevent Heart Disease
    Study finds five drugs in one dose reduced heart attack, stroke risk

  • Super Bowl Loss Can 'Kill' Some Fans
    Study found death rates rose after a defeat, and dropped after a victory

  • No Increase in Clots With Drug-Eluting Stents
    Risk appears the same for bare metal or drug-eluting devices, study found

  • Statin Might Help Fight Blood Clots in Veins
    Cholesterol-lowering Crestor cut risk by 43%, study found

  • Omega-3s of No Added Benefit to Heart Attack Patients
    Standard therapy wipes out any protection the supplement might provide, study finds

  • Registry Created for Broken Heart Syndrome
    Data collection aims to aid in recognizing, treating rare but real condition

  • What Causes Mystery Heart Condition?
    Stress cardiomyopathy linked to common drugs, study finds

  • Health Tip: Taking a Daily Aspirin
    For some, it may not be safe

  • Tight Blood Sugar Control May Raise Risks in the ICU
    Very ill patients have higher mortality when glucose is too strictly controlled, study finds

  • Study IDs Gene Variants Tied to Sudden Cardiac Death
    Finding could prevent fatal arrhythmias by limiting meds in those with risk factor

  • High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
    And those fats, called triglycerides, may contribute to heart risk, study says

  • Genetics Should Decide Warfarin Dose, Study Reiterates
    What works for some people might be dangerous for others

  • Diabetics and Elderly May Fare Better With Bypass
    Study finds that for some groups, survival odds after angioplasty are not as great

  • Study Finds Millions More May Benefit From Statins
    New prescribing criteria could prevent thousands of heart attacks

  • Obesity Takes Years Off Your Life
    It's similar to smoking when it comes to effect on longevity, researchers note

  • Firefighters Have Narrower-Than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds
    Experts cite smoke, eating habits and sleep patterns as potential causes

  • Experts Revise Guidelines on Daily Aspirin for Heart
    Lower dose appears safe and effective against heart attack in men, stroke in women

  • Any Exercise Good After a Heart Attack
    But inactivity makes benefit vanish quickly, researchers say

  • Aging Baby Boomers May Swamp Cardiac Care
    'Diabesity' renders them more prone to heart attacks than their predecessors, researchers say

  • Traffic Jams Harm the Heart
    Study finds chances of heart attack triples in first hour afterward

  • Preemie Delivery Tied to Later Heart Woes for Women
    And ovary removal is another reproductive factor linked to cardiovascular trouble, research shows

  • Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
    Blood pressure and cholesterol should be controlled more aggressively, study suggests

  • Some Elderly Heart Failure Patients Get Little Help From Meds, Study Finds
    Experts say new drugs and guidelines are needed to treat diastolic dysfunction

  • Cholesterol Drugs Linked to Increased Fatigue
    Study shows a trend, but heart specialists remain skeptical

  • Slight Cut in Salt Intake Would Mean Fewer Heart Attacks, Deaths
    Just 1 less gram a day could produce dramatic results, study says

  • Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
    Breathing in smog heightens lung, heart risks, report finds

  • Neck Fat a Measure of Heart Risk
    It signals danger independently of stomach fat, researchers report

  • New Test Seems to Spot Deadly Heart Condition
    Promises to make diagnosis simpler for disease than can strike younger adults

  • Ankle Blood Pressure Test May Spot Hidden Heart Risks
    2 'unconventional' blood workups might also point out trouble, experts say

  • Obama Lifts Ban on Stem Cell Research
    Scientists applaud his action, which is expected to kick-start efforts to unlock therapeutic potential

  • CPR Can Save Young Lives, Too
    Contrary to popular belief, study finds it works on kids, teens having heart attacks

  • Obama to End Stem Cell Ban Monday
    Researchers applaud his action, which is expected to kick-start efforts to unlock therapeutic potential

  • Belly Fat Puts the Pressure on Lungs
    Obesity may affect diaphragm, chest wall to decrease volume, study says

  • Blacks, Hispanics Less Apt to Get Best Heart Failure Care
    Disparity exists even though more minorities than whites meet criteria for cutting-edge treatment

  • Blacks, Hispanics Less Apt to Get Best Heart Failure Care
    Disparity exists even though more minorities than whites meet criteria for cutting-edge treatment

  • Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
    More likely than mates to show signs of metabolic syndrome in strained unions, study finds

  • Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
    Study finds it alters levels of hormones, could raise risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease

  • Blood Thinner, Heartburn Drugs May Be Risky After Heart Attack
    Patients taking Plavix, PPIs have 25 percent increased chance of death, rehospitalization

  • Risk Score May Predict Abnormal Heart Rhythm
    Could be first step in finding way to prevent atrial fibrillation, experts say

  • Views on Old Age May Become Reality Later
    What you think now could determine your health as you age, study shows

  • Men's Stroke Risk Rises Dramatically in Mid-40s
    And the contributing factors are often those seen in older patients, study finds

  • Weak Evidence Backs Most Heart Guidelines, Report Finds
    Experts agree that field needs more rigorous trials to aid doctors

  • Control Your Anger, Help Your Heart
    Yale project looks at electrocardiogram patterns for those with implanted defibrillators

  • Obesity, Lack of Insurance Take Toll on Young Americans
    CDC annual report on nation's health focuses on those aged 18 to 29

  • Is Bypass Truly Better than Stenting?
    Read the fine print, experts say in disputing new study's finding

  • Is Bypass Truly Better than Stenting?
    Read the fine print, experts say in disputing new study's finding

  • Sudden Cardiac Death Rare in Young Athletes
    Risk is similar to that of being killed by lightning, study finds

  • Age No Bar to Aggressive Rx for Cardiogenic Shock
    The heart condition is a major killer of people over the age of 75, researchers note

  • Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
    Metabolic syndrome may enhance sodium's effect on the body, study suggests

  • Being Heart Smart Just Makes Sense
    Knowing the early warning signs of an attack can greatly increase survival, group says

  • Stars Strut Catwalk for Women's Heart Health
    Annual Red Dress show aims to put top killer out of style

  • Secondhand Smoke Linked to Dementia
    Exposure may increase risk by 44%, researchers say

  • Study Brings Value of Echocardiography Into Focus
    The imaging technique leads to better diagnosis, treatment for heart patients

  • Experience Brings Better Angioplasty Outcomes
    Patients treated by skilled doctors at high-volume hospitals do best, study finds

  • New Drug Shows Promise Against Heartbeat Abnormality
    Dronedarone reduced strokes, heart attacks in those with atrial fibrillation

  • Scientists Heartened at Prospect of End to Stem Cell Ban
    Move by Obama expected to kick-start efforts to unlock therapeutic potential

  • Genetic Test for Heart Disease Risk in the Works
    International studies lay groundwork for designing way to spot susceptible patients

  • Taking Statins Faithfully Lengthens Life
    But experts note finding colored by fact that these folks take better care of themselves generally

  • Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
    Study finds they don't reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer

  • Statins Don't Cut Cancer Risk
    Animal study found 2 popular cholesterol-lowering drugs had little effect on tumors

  • High Resting Heart Rate Spells Trouble for Women
    Study finds it raises risk of heart attack, while expert notes exercise best antidote

  • Inflammation May Play Role in Sleep Duration
    Stress, mood affect cytokine regulators underlying resting habits, study says

  • Experts Urge Limits on Use of Cardiac CT Scans
    Radiation-linked cancer risks are small, but need to be considered, AHA panel says

  • Synthetic HDL Could Fight Heart Disease
    Sponge-like molecule sops up bad lipoproteins, researchers say

  • Top 10 Heart-Stroke Advances for 2008
    AHA says research looked at smoking bans, acute care, diabetes control and childhood obesity

  • Plavix Plus Heartburn Drugs May Hike Heart Risk
    Combination might interfere with Plavix's anticlotting ability, experts say

  • Monitoring Protein Didn't Improve Heart Failure Outcomes
    Study finds just watching symptoms leads to similar survival rates in older patients

  • Omega-6 Fatty Acids Can Be Good for You
    New advisory puts worries about possible link to heart disease to rest

  • 60 Million Worldwide Carry Heart Disease Mutation
    Muscle protein variant, most common in India, leaves carriers with little warning of dangers

  • Moderate Alcohol Consumption May Protect Against Disabilities
    Study found healthy older adults were better able to carry out daily tasks

  • U.S. Heart Attacks Becoming Less Severe
    Better control of blood pressure, other factors may be boosting survival, experts say

  • MRI Scans Reveal Post-Heart Attack Bleeding
    Images could offer doctors a better assessment of patient's condition, chances of recovery

  • Study Weighs Cost, Benefit of Gene Tests Before Warfarin Rx
    The screens resulted in better patient outcomes but at high price, researchers say

  • Angioplasty Via Wrist May Be Safer
    It's seldom used but entails lower risk, speedier recovery, researchers say

  • Abnormal Heart Function Reduces Exercise Capacity
    Older patients were more affected, study found

  • Genetic Data May Not Boost Heart Disease Predictions
    Traditional risk factors are just as reliable, researchers say

  • Cholesterol Levels May Not Measure Cardiac Risk
    Normal readings showed up in many who had heart attacks, study shows

  • Newer Contraceptives Don't Increase Heart Risk
    But more research is needed because they may lead to blood clots, study says

  • Newer Antipsychotics Pose Cardiac Risk: Study
    Patients advised to avoid the drugs in some cases

  • Blood Flow Measurement Boosts Stent Outcomes
    Technology reduces deaths, complications, but may be too costly for some centers, experts say

  • Women With Heart Attack Symptoms See Delays in Care
    Differences in initial symptoms could explain discrepancy, study suggests

  • Millions More Americans Might Be Placed on Statins
    Recent data could lead to wider prescribing of cholesterol-lowering drugs, experts say

  • Framingham Score May Not Spot Lifetime Heart Risk
    Study is third in a week to question some facet of the widely used guideline

  • Sodium, Potassium Intake Tied to Heart Disease
    Study finds 24% greater risk per unit increase in salt-to-mineral ratio

  • Health Tip: After a Heart Attack
    Risk factors for having another one

  • Studies Challenge Framingham Risk Score
    The long-standing assessment for heart risk may not be accurate in some cases

  • Guidelines Unveiled for Treating Clogged Heart Arteries
    A key deciding factor should be that benefits outweigh risks, experts say

  • FDA Backs Cholesterol Drug Vytorin
    Review says it lowered bad cholesterol more effectively than Zocor

  • Heart Drug May Be a Cancer Fighter
    Digoxin, used to treat heart failure, slowed cell growth, study says

  • Study of Everest Climbers Questions Oxygen Use
    Whether low levels would work for ER patients with hypoxia remains unclear

  • Implanted Defibrillators Benefit Older People
    Improved survival seen in those 75 and older, study says

  • When the Heart Stops Beating
    Survivors tell their stories of sudden cardiac arrest

  • Viagra May Shield Heart From Blood Pressure Damage
    Sildenafil appears to delay dangerous heart muscle expansion in mice

  • Dubious Drugs, Tainted Foods Top 2008's Health Stories
    But deaths from heart disease, cancer show encouraging drop

  • Statins Help Prevent Delirium After Heart Surgery
    Cholesterol-lowering meds seem to shield against troublesome complication, study finds

  • Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
    Review finds it may cut cardiac mortality but not help those with heart rhythm problems

  • Gene Ups Risk for Those on Blood-Thinner Plavix
    Younger patients with the mutation faced higher odds of heart attack, death, studies found

  • Even a Little Overweight, Inactivity Hurts the Heart
    Large study finds increased risk of heart failure

  • FDA Wants New Diabetes Drugs Tested for Heart Risks
    Companies must now show their drugs don't increase chances of cardiac trouble

  • Coated Stents Better Than Bare Metal Ones in Short Run
    But slightly higher mortality rates showed up after 3 years, study finds

  • Experts Say Blood Sugar Guidelines Remain Effective
    Despite conflicting studies, diabetes groups say good glycemic control still best course

  • Clot Dissolver Doesn't Boost Survival in Cardiac Arrest Patients
    In study, those with pulmonary clots saw benefit

  • Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
    Blood pressure, cholesterol control may be type 2 diabetics' best bet, researchers say

  • Children of Centenarians Face Lower Heart Risks
    Finding adds weight to belief that longevity runs in families

  • Program Aids Hospital Compliance With Stroke Guidelines
    Goal is to improve use of treatments proven to cut post-illness complications

  • Stress Triggers Heart-Damaging Behavior
    Study found the dynamic raised cardiovascular risks by 50%

  • Deaths From Heart Disease, Stroke Down 30%
    Medical advances, not lifestyle changes, are source of the improvement, AHA says

  • Stress Triggers Heart-Damaging Behavior
    Study found the dynamic raised cardiovascular risks by 50%

  • Research Explains Benefit of 'Mini Heart Attack'
    Stressing cardiac cells may make them more resilient during real attack, experts say

  • Panic Disorder Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Disease
    Researchers not sure whether one causes the other, or one is mistaken for the other

  • Multiple ICD Replacements Can Predict Complications
    Those with history of repeat surgeries likely to face infection, bleeding, study finds

  • Defect in Gene Tied to Atrial Fibrillation
    Finding challenges idea that the heart rhythm disorder is an electrical problem

  • Fast Heart Rate Warns of Obesity, Diabetes
    And those conditions take toll on the heart, study says

  • Crowded Households Raise Women's Heart Risk
    Stress of work and taking care of family to blame, Japanese study finds

  • Cost of Hospital Cardiac Care on the Rise
    Overall expenditure is up despite a slowing in the number of cases, report notes

  • Multiple ICD Replacements Can Predict Complications
    Those with history of repeat surgeries likely to face infection, bleeding, study finds

  • Women's Death Rate Higher From Severe Heart Attack
    Undertreatment at the hospital may be a contributing cause, study suggests

  • Lung Disease Tied to Increased Risk for Cardiac Events
    IPF patients 3 times more likely to suffer heart problems, study says

  • Binge Drinking Clogs Arteries With Plaque
    Immune cells stick inside blood vessels causing inflammation, blockage, study finds

  • Depression Linked to Increase in Abdominal Fat
    Dutch researchers made the connection after studying adults ages 70 to 79

  • Light Drinking Poses No Heart Risk for Women
    But more than two glasses a day linked to atrial fibrillation, study finds

  • High Salt Levels Common in Many Foods
    Cereals, licorice, pancakes, among other products, home to sodium, study says

  • Rapid Response Teams Don't Cut Hospital Heart Attacks, Death Rates
    Money may be better spent in other areas, experts say

  • Vitamin D Vital for the Heart
    Lack of the sunlight-derived nutrient tied to increased cardiovascular events

  • Heavy Traffic Can Be Heartbreaking
    Exposure to air pollution is linked to hardening of the arteries

  • Religion May Help Extend Your Life
    Regular attendance is key, researchers say, but they don't know why

  • CT Scans Can Spot Blocked Arteries
    But debate continues as to whether they are worth the expense

  • Depression's Behavior Changes Linked to Heart Risks
    But lifestyle modifications, especially exercise, can cut the odds, study says

  • Bad Bosses Are Hard on the Heart
    Study ties work woes to fatal cardiovascular events in men

  • Limited Value Found for First-Generation Heart Pumps
    But newer models are much more effective, expert says

  • Gasping Is Good When It Comes to Cardiac Arrest
    Those who do have better survival odds, but swift action is needed

  • Continuous Blood Pressure Monitoring Predicts Risks
    'Ambulatory' measures are better than readings in doctor's office, study says

  • High Blood Pressure Stalks Many Americans
    Seven in 10 don't do enough to protect themselves from stroke, heart attack

  • Vitamin D Deficit Could Lead to Heart Woes
    Winter's lack of sun means adults at risk should be monitored, experts say

  • Smokeout '08: The Perfect Time to Quit
    American Cancer Society urges people to stop for a day, then for life

  • IV 'Ice Slurry' Quickly Cools Body for Surgeries
    Innovative approach could give heart attack victims, other patients more time, developers say

  • EKG Not Strong Predictor of Heart Risk
    Adds little to other diagnostic measures, British researchers report

  • Heart Failure Accounts for 37% of Medicare Spending
    Patients with the condition see doctors far more frequently, study finds

  • Death Rates Higher for Minority Children Awaiting Heart Transplant
    14% for whites, 19% for blacks, 21% for Hispanics and 27% for others, study says

  • With Angioplasty, More Is Better
    Hospitals that perform the heart procedure more often do better, study finds

  • Vest Monitors 'Individual' Air Pollution
    Researchers in Detroit say it detected additional cardiovascular damage

  • Angioplasty Not Always Worth the Price
    Cost analysis finds procedure often doesn't bring enough benefit to offset expense

  • New Type of Stent Shows Promise
    It recruits blood vessel cells as a kind of heart-healthy coating, experts explain

  • Long-Term Help Regimen Cut Heart Attack Recurrence
    Italian study shows that gains with shorter intervention programs aren't sustained

  • Study Questions Screening Heart Attack Patients for Depression
    International experts say there isn't enough evidence to prove its value

  • Lipoprotein Levels May Predict Women's Hypertension Risk
    These particles carry cholesterol and triglycerides throughout the body

  • After Decades, Decreases in Heart Risk Factors Level Off
    Researchers point to obesity epidemic in explaining the troubling trend

  • Hispanics Less Likely to Get Repeat Artery Surgery
    Even though they have risk factors that could lead to coronary problems, study finds

  • Heart Failure Hospitalizations Up Sharply
    Epidemic linked to hypertension, obesity, diabetes, study shows

  • Study Upholds Stopping Plavix Use Before Surgery
    Taken less than 5 days before operation leads to more bleeding, longer hospital stay, study finds

  • Poor Sleep, Hypertension a Dangerous Combination
    Elderly who don't get 7.5 hours of shut-eye a night at higher death risk, study suggests

  • Aspirin Doesn't Guard Diabetics Against Heart Disease
    Second study found vitamins E, C did little to protect healthy men, either

  • Heartbeat Might One Day Power Pacemakers
    British researchers suggest harnessing that energy could lead to cardiac devices that last longer, do more

  • Heart Valves Fashioned From Stem Cells in Umbilical Cord Blood
    They could grow with kids who are born with heart valve defects, researchers say

  • Coated Stents Best for Heart Patients With Diabetes
    Were safer, more effective than bare metal ones, study shows

  • Speed Not Always of the Essence With Heart Cases in ER
    Study found some low-risk patients can wait for tests

  • MP3 Player Headphones May Throw Off Cardiac Devices
    Study found they could cause interference when placed too closely to pacemakers, ICDs

  • Heartbeat Might One Day Power Pacemakers
    British researchers suggest harnessing that energy could lead to cardiac devices that last longer, do more

  • 'Scaffold' Could One Day Repair Damaged Hearts
    It's the first to match structural, mechanical properties of heart tissue, scientists say

  • ER Physicians Press for New Cardiac Arrest Strategies
    More bystander CPR, faster patient-to-doctor time would boost survival rates, survey finds

  • Banned Obesity Drug Tied to Heart Risks Long After Use
    Study shows appetite suppressant fenfluramine may damage cardiac valves years later

  • Green Areas Lower Health Inequities Between Rich, Poor
    Having more parks, forests, playing fields affects health behaviors, study says

  • Whole Grains Lower Risk of Heart Failure
    Eating these foods and reducing intake of high-fat dairy, eggs improve odds against disease

  • Sudden Death Risk Highest 30 Days After Heart Attack
    But mortality rate has declined over past 3 decades, study shows

  • Anxiety Linked to Heart Attack Can Raise Death Risk
    The psychological toll appears to shorten lives, study finds

  • Study Sheds Light on Painkillers' Heart Risk
    Cox-2 drugs, like Celebrex, less safe than Cox-1 drugs, like naproxen, study says

  • Semi-Annual Time Changes May Affect the Heart
    Swedish researchers say heart attack rates change when clocks are adjusted

  • Kidney Patients More Susceptible to Sudden Cardiac Death
    Study found inflammation, malnutrition raised risk in this group

  • Statins Lower Blood Marker for Prostate Cancer
    But it's not clear if the cholesterol-lowering drugs protect against the disease

  • Rate of Diabetes Cases Doubles in 10 Years: CDC
    The obesity epidemic is fueling the type 2 disease epidemic, officials say

  • Consumer Group Seeks FDA Ban on Avandia
    Public Citizen cites liver failure deaths, other risks of adverse events for diabetes drug

  • Black Heart Patients Treated Less for Depression
    Only half as likely as white patients to receive therapy, study finds

  • Key Blood Test Protein May Not Cause Heart Disease
    CRP may only reflect existing cardiovascular trouble, study finds

  • Statins Reduced Death Risk From Pneumonia
    One-third lower mortality for hospitalized patients, study found

  • Common Heart Drugs May Hamper Blood Thinner
    Calcium channel blockers could inhibit Plavix action, study says

  • Osteoporosis Meds Linked to Heart Problem
    Bisphosphonates may up rate of serious atrial fibrillation, review finds

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
    Greater risk of heart attack, and more complications later, studies find

  • Even Mild Sleep Apnea Hikes Heart Risk
    It can lead to stiffening of arteries, study says

  • 40 Years of Heart Transplants
    They're safer now, but still rare because of lack of donors, experts say

  • Speedy Care After Heart Attack Key to Survival
    Heart association says cooling body, checking arteries lowers risk of further injury

  • Western Diet Boosts Global Heart Attack Risk 30%
    But study also finds 'Oriental' pattern little benefit either way because of salty sauces

  • Questions Continue About Using Beta Blockers Before Surgery
    Study finds increased risk of death, heart attacks

  • Aspirin Doesn't Prevent First Heart Attack, Stroke
    Study contradicts current recommendations; expert suggests change

  • Warfarin Underused in Atrial Fibrillation Patients
    Study says blood thinner not prescribed often enough, but notes it's hard to manage

  • A One-Man History of Cardiac Advances
    New Jersey man, 84, has benefited from 40 years of heart breakthroughs

  • Vioxx's Heart Risk Lingered Long After Use Ended
    Some danger may come with other NSAID pain relievers, experts say

  • Heart Docs Often Fail to Order Tests Before Angioplasty
    Cardiac stress tests show whether a patient even needs the procedure, experts say

  • Little-Known Fat Can Be a Heartbreaker
    Elevated lipoprotein (a) levels boost cardiovascular disease risk for some

  • Some Arteries Opened Safely Without Heparin
    But Italian researchers warn only the lowest-risk patients can benefit

  • Doctors' Groups Collaborate on Care for Heart Patients
    They offer guidelines for drug therapy that could harm digestive tract

  • Pneumonia Vaccine Lowers Chances of Heart Attack
    50% reduction in risk seen 2 years later in Canadian study

  • Spiriva Safe, Effective for COPD Patients
    However, treatment does not slow disease progression, researchers say

  • Timing, Dosage of HRT Affect Chances of Heart Trouble
    Large study found younger women taking it for a longer time did have higher risk

  • Group Urges Depression Screening for Heart Patients
    They face twice the risk of second cardiac event 1 to 2 years later

  • Heart Pump Helps Children Waiting for Transplant
    Device approved in Europe, still in clinical trials in U.S.

  • Physical Exam as Good as High Tech in Assessing Heart Failure
    Estimates of fluid in body compared favorably to results of invasive procedure, study finds

  • Surgery Unneeded in Most Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis Cases
    Study says drug therapy better option for 95% of patients, since stroke risk is low

  • Surgery May Not Help Most People With Narrowed Brain Artery
    Intensive medical treatment can prevent stroke, study says

  • Drug Coated Stents Better After Heart Attack
    Death rate lower than for bare-metal devices, study shows

  • Heart Attack Care Often Delayed for the Poor
    Reasons for slowed time to treatment remain unclear, experts say

  • Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates Vary Widely
    Fivefold difference in 10 North American sites

  • Low Thyroid Function Linked to Heart Failure Risk
    Researchers pinpoint what level signals danger

  • Women's Peripheral Artery Disease Tied to Secondhand Smoke
    They face 69% increased risk for heart disease, 56% risk of ischemic stroke, study finds

  • Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
    Approaches could supplement other therapies to treat the condition, study says

  • Survival Rate Little Changed With Aortic Valve Disorder
    Young adults with the common congenital heart defect don't have worse outcomes, study says

  • Migraine Sufferers Face Greater Blood Clot Risk
    But condition doesn't hasten hardening of arteries, researchers say

  • Too Few People Know Symptoms of Heart Trouble
    And that lack of knowledge could cost you your life

  • Compound Could Reduce Heart Attack Damage
    Acts against destructive free radicals, researchers say

  • Heavier People Have Heart Attacks Earlier
    12 years sooner for the most obese, new research finds

  • Air Pollution Harms Patients After Heart Attack
    Particles can cripple heart's electrical functioning, researchers say

  • For Even Healthy Men, Alcohol Seems to Lower Heart Attack Risk
    Moderate drinking appears to be beneficial, but doctors are cautious

  • Artery Plaque Rupture Can Occur Without Symptoms
    But this makes build-up more vulnerable to future bursts, researchers find

  • Defibrillators Don't Diminish Quality of Life
    But the shocks they produce can signal danger, researchers say

  • Fish Oil Supplements Help With Heart Failure
    Study found a small but significant reduction in deaths; parallel study on cholesterol-lowering statin found no beneficial effect.

  • Angioplasty Scoring System Predicts Risk of Death
    Clinicians use 7 simple variables to gauge in-hospital mortality after coronary intervention

  • Finding May Allow Some Women to Stop Blood Thinners
    It details risk factors for recurrent blood clots

  • FDA Investigates Possible Vytorin-Cancer Link
    But the agency says patients can still take the cholesterol-lowering drug

  • Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Won't Cause Cancer
    New analysis shows no effect from statin meds, which include Lipitor, Crestor

  • Ultrasound Used to Predict Heart Attack Risk
    Provides noninvasive way to identify plaques, improve effectiveness of therapy

  • Reaching the Heart Through the Wrist
    Though procedure is used less often, it reduces bleeding problems, study finds

  • Vitamin B, Folate Supplements Won't Help Heart
    In fact, new study hints they might be hazardous

  • Obesity Rates Up in 37 States: Report
    At least 20% of adults are obese in every state except Colorado

  • Statins Help Obese People After Bypass Surgery
    Cholesterol-lowering drugs reduce closing of heart arteries, study shows

  • Statins Help Obese People After Bypass Surgery
    Cholesterol-lowering drugs reduce closing of heart arteries, study shows

  • Heart Drug Used in Ambulance Boosts Survival
    High dose of tirofiban plus standard therapy had lower overall mortality, study finds

  • Stroke Risk in Women Smokers Goes Up by Each Cigarette
    There's a nine-fold increase for two packs a day, study finds

  • Air Pollution Can Damage Heart, Blood Vessels, Too
    Beijing Olympics focuses attention on health problems outside the lungs, researchers say

  • U.S. Hospitals Underutilize Proven Heart Failure Therapy
    They don't use CRT pacing devices as they should or follow published guidelines, study finds

  • Studies Refine Obesity's Risk for Heart Troubles
    Not all overweight in metabolic danger, but waist size a factor even in the normal-weight

  • Fat Cell Protein Boosts Heart Attack Risk in Elderly
    Higher adiponectin levels may indicate underlying disease, study finds

  • Too Much Salt Boosts Blood Pressure
    Study rules out the effect of one genetic variation

  • Turbulence Predicts Death Risk for Heart Failure Patients
    Abnormal beating a marker for those most likely to die suddenly, study says

  • Fat Deposits Boost Heart Attack Risk
    Globules around organ more dangerous than thick waist or high body mass, study suggests

  • Light Exercise Prevents Atrial Fibrillation in Elderly
    Walking a few blocks or gardening protects against the abnormal heartbeat, study finds

  • Excessive Drinking Boosts Risk for Metabolic Syndrome
    More than 2 a day for men, 1 for women, increases odds of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes

  • Blood-Thinner Plavix Works Harder in Smokers
    But the finding certainly isn't any reason to start or continue smoking, researchers say

  • One-Third of Uninsured Are Chronically Ill
    And that can mean missed care, fading health, earlier death, experts say

  • Taking Depression to Heart
    Physical symptoms of the mood disorder are linked to thickening arteries

  • Sleep Apnea Boosts Death Risk
    But it's unclear whether treating the breathing disorder cuts the danger, one expert says

  • Gene Test Could Catch Deadly Heart Problem
    Tear in the aorta is unpredictable and often fatal, researchers say

  • Patch Helps Mend Damaged Hearts
    Study finds it promotes growth of healthy tissue after heart attack

  • Public Smoking Bans Work Across the Board
    Study finds hospital admissions for acute coronary syndrome down for smokers, nonsmokers

  • New Treatment Lessens Heart Attack Damage
    Transplant drug cyclosporine limits injury from blood rushing back to heart, researchers say

  • Exercise Testing for Cancer Fails to Follow Guidelines
    Study urges national, international standards to ensure safety, reliable results

  • Hospitalizations for Heart Failure Skyrocketing
    Tripled in past 26 years, government report shows

  • Experts Urge Research on Sleep Apnea-Heart Disease Link
    With obesity rising, troubled nighttime breathing will become even bigger problem, AHA warns

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Extends Survival After Cardiac Arrest
    Working with pigs, doctors almost double revival time after hearts stopped beating

  • Coronary Disease Dulls Cognitive Skills
    Large study found the longer person had heart trouble, the worse their performance

  • Sleep Apnea Linked to Night Heart Attacks
    Breathing problem often goes undetected, researcher notes

  • Vytorin Fails to Lower Heart Valve Problems
    Latest multi-country study shows troubled cholesterol drug no better than placebo at easing cardiovascular events in targeted patients

  • A Better Blood Test for Heart Risk?
    Tracking 2 proteins might be more precise than cholesterol readings, experts say

  • Heart Blood Vessels Grown in the Lab
    Could offer a future alternative to bypass surgery, researchers say

  • Disease Prevention Programs Worth the Investment
    Within five years, $16 billion a year could be saved, report claims

  • U.S. Obesity Epidemic Continues to Grow
    One-quarter of Americans report being obese, CDC report says

  • Many Women Struggle With Uncontrolled Blood Pressure
    But medications and lifestyle changes can head off threats like heart attack and stroke

  • Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
    Even patients without diabetes face 4-fold increase in death, major complications

  • Optimism About Heart Risk Pays Off
    Study finds lower death rate for men with upbeat outlook, but same did not hold true for women

  • For Young Adults, Borderline High Blood Pressure a Threat
    Study says it leads to damaged heart arteries later in life

  • Coronary Heart Disease Not a Cheery Condition
    CDC survey found heart patients report lower quality of life, poorer outlook

  • Warfarin Safer Than Heparin for Some Strokes
    When clot forms in heart and travels to the brain, heparin more risky, study finds

  • Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
    Even patients without diabetes face 4-fold increase in death, major complications

  • Popular Tilapia Might Not Help Heart
    Study finds farm-raised fish has high levels of unhealthy omega-6 fatty acids

  • Alcohol's Impact on Heart, Stroke Risk Differs by Gender
    Amount that may be beneficial for men is not good for women, study says

  • Finding Out How Flavonoids Protect the Heart
    Meta-analysis shows specific cardiovascular effects of chocolate, soy protein, green tea

  • ELS Plus CPR Boosts Blood Flow After Cardiac Arrest
    Catheter procedure keeps heart tissue alive, benefits other organs, study finds

  • Assisted Breathing Eases Lung Symptoms for Heart Patients
    But it doesn't improve death rates, study finds

  • Gene Mutation Tied to Inherited Atrial Fibrillation
    Defective hormone may point to new targets for treatment, study says

  • Pregnancy Boosts Heart Attack Risk
    Older age of American moms may be behind increase in cases, experts say

  • Ankle-Arm Blood Pressure Test Predicts Heart Disease Risk
    Could improve current assessments, report says

  • Healthier Lifestyles Would Lengthen American Lives
    Major study suggests slimming down, quitting smoking would boost average life span by 1.3 years

  • Omega-3, Some Omega-6 Fatty Acids Boost Cardiovascular Health
    Reduce heart attack risk and blood pressure, studies show

  • Pediatricians Recommend Cholesterol Drugs for Some Kids
    Children as young as 2 should be tested for high cholesterol, group says

  • FDA Panel Calls for More Testing of Diabetes Drugs
    Wants long-term studies to assure medications don't raise cardiovascular risks

  • Two-Drug Treatment Didn't Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates
    But the case isn't closed, American cardiologists say

  • Lung Infections Cost Hospitals More Than $10B in 2006
    Pneumonia second only to childbirth as most common reason for hospitalizations, analysis finds

  • Smoke-Free Policies Prove Effective
    They not only cut secondhand exposure but also helped current users cut back, study finds

  • Opening Clogged Arteries Helps Women After Heart Attack
    But it doesn't help those with less severe heart damage known as unstable angina, analysis shows

  • Few Student-Athletes Survive Sudden Cardiac Arrest
    Access to defibrillators and knowing how to use them could reduce deaths, experts say

  • Education, Income Affect Heart Attack Survival Rates
    More schooling, more money linked to improved outcomes, study concludes

  • Drug-Coated Stents Reduce Repeat Artery Procedures
    But sicker patients may be getting bare metal devices, study suggests

  • U.S. Hospitals Vary Widely in Caring for Women
    From birth complications to heart disease, top-rated centers a better choice, health study concludes

  • New Source of Heart Stem Cells Found
    Expression of particular gene can help regenerate multiple tissue types

  • Angina Strikes 1 in 5 Heart Attack Survivors
    The chest pain is most likely in younger males, study finds

  • Arterial Calcium Scans Can Predict Death Risk
    But the test's cost may still be prohibitive, experts say

  • Healthy Diet Lowers Death Risk for Women
    Study found eating fruits, veggies, whole grains most protective against heart disease

  • Low Vitamin D Could Raise Death Risk
    Study is among the first to show such an effect from a nutrient, experts say

  • Low Blood Sodium Predicts Mortality in PAH Patients
    Routine measurement could be a vital indicator for treating narrowing of lung arteries

  • Metabolic Syndrome May Be in the Genes
    Certain DNA raises the odds of this cluster of heart risk factors, experts say

  • Heart Risks Emerging in People With HIV
    The virus, medications, or both might be the culprit, experts say

  • Cardiologists Spot Best Treatment for a Deadly Duo
    Controlling heart rate is key when heart failure, irregular heartbeat combine, study finds

  • Studies Support Testosterone Supplements for Older Men
    Low levels of the hormone could boost death risk, researchers say

  • Tracking Top Number in Blood Pressure May Be Enough
    For those over 50, high systolic pressure is by far the greater threat, experts say

  • FDA Orders Warning Label on Older Antipsychotics
    Drugs increase risk of death among elderly patients with dementia, agency says

  • Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
    Those with highest levels at almost twice the risk, regardless of diabetes, study finds

  • Chinese Red Yeast Rice May Prevent Heart Attack
    It significantly lowers cholesterol, researchers say

  • Lifestyle Counseling Reduces Heart Risk
    European program shows improvement in diet and other factors

  • Better Sleepers Are 'Successful Agers'
    Less daytime napping, fewer complaints of insomnia predicted a healthier life, study finds

  • ECG Reading May Predict Death, Rehospitalization Risk
    Measurement is inexpensive, simple to perform, yields instant result, study says

  • Researchers Update Risk-of-Death Charts
    Authors hope it will encourage disease/prevention efforts

  • Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
    Daily care of teeth, gums keeps risk of bacterial disease in valves at bay

  • Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
    Findings suggest current dietary requirements need to be increased

  • Artery-Opening Method Works Well in Women
    Study finds improvement for both genders over 25-year period

  • Older Diabetics' Risk of Cardiac Ischemia Lower Than Thought
    Those 55 to 75 with type 2 disease have same odds for condition, regardless of screening

  • Applying Parallel Pressure Improves Vascular Grafting
    Finding could speed new tissue-engineered stem cell bypass procedures, study says

  • Studies Differ on Benefits of Aggressive Blood Sugar Control
    But experts say controlling glucose levels is key for most diabetics

  • Sucking Out Clot Debris Helps Heart Attack Patients
    One-year death rate nearly halved in Dutch study

  • Low-Salt Diet May Not Be Best for Heart
    Study finding contradicts conventional wisdom

  • Black Athletes' Hearts May Differ From Those of Whites
    Abnormal electrical patterns more common in black football players, but they aren't necessarily dangerous, experts say

  • Public Lacks Confidence to Help in Cardiac Emergencies
    Survey finds less than 25% sure they could perform CPR, use automated defibrillator

  • Health Tip: Living With a Pacemaker
    Suggestions for how to manage

  • New Calcium Measure Better Predictor of Heart Risks
    Method gauges distribution of mineral in arteries rather than amount

  • Many With Heart Disease Don't Know Signs of Heart Attack
    More than half don't see themselves at any increased risk, researchers find

  • Carbon Monoxide May Help Bypass Surgery Patients
    Low doses of gas found in car exhaust provides anti-inflammatory effects in lungs

  • Home Blood-Pressure Monitoring Recommended
    It makes better control possible, heart experts say

  • Cholesterol Test Spots When HRT Raises Heart Risks
    Ratio of 'good' to 'bad' cholesterol determined chances of trouble in postmenopausal women, study shows

  • Combo Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Boosts Survival in Diabetics
    Type 1 patients did better than those having kidney replacement alone

  • Day of Admission Dictates Length of Stay for Heart Failure
    Patients admitted to a hospital on Thursdays or Fridays have longer stays, study found

  • Mixed Results for Anti-Clotting Drugs in Heart Attacks
    One therapy works, while another doesn't, studies find

  • Metabolic Syndrome Foretells Diabetes in Elderly
    But increased cardiovascular risk less certain, researchers find

  • Two Drugs for Heart Failure Show Mixed Results
    One drug should be used more often and the other not at all, researchers report

  • Oxidized LDL Cholesterol Linked to Metabolic Syndrome
    Condition can lead to heart attack and stroke, researchers note

  • Minneapolis Tops List of Heart-Friendly Cities for Women
    Nashville, St. Louis, and Detroit bring up the rear, survey says

  • Erectile Dysfunction a Strong Harbinger of Heart Trouble
    Studies found having ED increased risk in diabetic men

  • Air Travel Taxes Hearts of People With Sleep Apnea
    They experience higher heart rates and more demand for oxygen, study found

  • Childhood Cancer Survivors Prone to Early Heart Trouble
    Problems surface at younger age than in people who didn't have cancer as children, study finds

  • Statins May Help Older Women Control Irregular Heartbeat
    The cholesterol-lowering drugs showed some benefits in preliminary trial

  • Weight-Loss Aids Bought on Internet Might Harm Your Heart
    Pills, supplements have potentially dangerous ingredients, lack warning labels, study finds

  • Heart Device Recipients Often Not Aware of Recalls
    Some not clear on risks of problems, two surveys find

  • New Guidelines Issued for Implanted Heart Devices
    Prevention is as important as intervention, specialists say

  • Heart Device Recipients Often Not Aware of Recalls
    Some not clear on risks of problems, two surveys find

  • New Guidelines Issued for Implanted Heart Devices
    Prevention is as important as intervention, specialists say

  • Excess Drinking Boosts Cardiovascular Disease Risk
    Especially for women, heavy consumption tied to arterial stiffening, enlarged hearts

  • Biomarkers Predict Heart Deaths
    Studies find they might add to traditional risk factors

  • Heart Disease Starts Early in Life
    And childhood obesity is a key culprit, study says

  • Danger From Heart Surgery Drug Confirmed
    FDA says manufacturer of Trasylol now removing remaining stock of drug from U.S. market, following new data on increased death risk.

  • Danger From Heart Surgery Drug Confirmed
    FDA says manufacturer of Trasylol now removing remaining stock of drug from U.S. market, following new data on increased death risk.

  • Beta Blockers Raise Stroke, Death Risk After Surgery
    Experts note doses of the blood-pressure drugs given in the study were probably too high

  • Air Pollution Linked to Blood Clots in Legs
    Study suggests dirty air may be even more dangerous than previously thought

  • Viagra May Protect Hearts of Some Muscular Dystrophy Patients
    In study with mice, drug prevented heart failure in those with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

  • Drugs Alone Don't Lower Heart Disease Risks for Overweight Americans
    Study finds signs of trouble show up even when statins, blood pressure meds are used

  • Drug-Coated Stents Still Spark Debate
    Doctors divided on the risks posed by the artery-opening devices

  • Noise in Artery Could Warn of Heart Risk
    Carotid bruits linked to increased odds of heart attack, death, study finds

  • Study Offers Clues to Link Between Arrhythmia, Sudden Death
    Uncovering molecular underpinnings could lead to new, genetically targeted therapies

  • Obesity-Related Inflammation Boosts Heart Risks
    Blood chemicals in overweight participants were key predictors of organ failure, study says

  • Folic Acid Doesn't Help the Heart
    Long-term study, involving women, deals another blow to homocysteine theory

  • Health Tip: Healing Mentally After a Heart Attack
    Don't neglect your emotional needs

  • Simple Steps Lead to Better Blood Pressure Control
    Veterans' facility reports improvement in patients within 18 weeks

  • Suffering of Heart Failure Similar to Cancer
    Same kind of palliative care may be needed, researcher says

  • Younger Women Often Miss Signs of Heart Attack
    Small study found they attributed symptoms to stress, indigestion and fatigue

  • Home Monitoring Program Improves Outcomes for Heart Patients
    Remote screening cut hospital readmissions, provided timely intervention

  • Exercise, Counseling Benefits Depressed Heart Failure Patients
    Aerobic workouts, counseling therapy boosted physical ability, lessened melancholy

  • Mouse Skin Cells Reprogrammed to Act Like Embryonic Stem Cells
    New cells were coaxed into becoming three kinds of cardiac cells

  • Exercise Cuts Women's Risk of Heart Disease
    But without losing pounds, activity alone unlikely to reverse dangers for overweight

  • Pituitary Hormone May Boost Women's Heart Risk
    Thyrotropin levels increasing even within normal range associated with dangers

  • Device Approved to Assess Arterial Plaque
    Helps doctors evaluate heart attack risk

  • Infection, Cardiac Woes Send Heart Failure Patients to the Hospital
    Pneumonia, arrhythmias, poor blood flow blamed for almost 2 of every 3 admissions

  • Experimental Blood Substitutes Unsafe, Study Finds
    FDA delay in acting on heart hazards might have put some in jeopardy, researchers say

  • New Worries Over Blockbuster Meds Avandia, Fosamax
    Diabetes drug Avandia linked to fractures, while bone drug Fosamax is tied to irregular heartbeat

  • Diluted Seawater Boosts Nutritional Content of Tomatoes
    A 12% solution increased levels of antioxidants, researchers say

  • New Heart Disease Markers Discovered
    Genes associated with elevated CRP levels play role in metabolic syndrome, studies say

  • Cutting Phosphate May Protect Kidney Patients From Heart Trouble
    High levels are major source of cardiovascular death risk in those with chronic disease

  • Embryonic Stem Cells Turned Into Three Types of Heart Cells
    When transplanted into mice, they improved heart function, researchers report

  • Gene Variant Boosts Risk for Stress-Related Ischemia
    Patients 3 times more likely to suffer dangerous spike in blood flow to heart, study finds

  • New Drug-Coated Stent Does Well in Early Trial
    But doctors want more data, and device not yet approved for use in U.S.

  • Off-Hours Heart Patients Less Likely to Get Angioplasty
    But study also finds survival rates similar, no matter when admission occurred

  • Gene Variant Protects Black Heart Failure Patients
    Has same effect as beta blocker drugs in 40% of blacks, study finds

  • Metabolic Syndrome Triggered by Overeating, Not Obesity
    Mouse study concludes weight gain is an early symptom, not a direct cause

  • Migraines' Frequency Influences Heart Attack, Stroke Risk
    But the absolute risk to patients remains very low, expert says

  • Skin Test Spots Heart Risks in Healthy People
    No blood sample required with noninvasive cholesterol test, study shows

  • Cardiac Patients Admitted During Week More Likely to Survive
    Those going to hospital on weekend faced 13.4% lower chance of recovery, study finds

  • Health Tip: Having High Blood Pressure
    Are you at risk?

  • Diabetic Eye Problem Linked to Heart Failure
    Retinopathy more than doubled the risk of heart problems, study found

  • Heart's Stem Cells Not Created Equally
    Progenitor cells may not follow same pathways, researchers say

  • New Benefits From Old Heart Measures
    Statins lower blood pressure, DASH diet cuts cardiovascular risk, studies find

  • Atherosclerosis May Also Harm Vital Organs
    Toxic byproduct of plaque formation wreaks havoc on heart, lungs and liver, study suggests

  • Egg Consumption Poses Risks for Diabetic Men: Study
    Study of doctors shows 7 eggs a week raise risk of dying

  • Postmenopausal Women's Sexual Dissatisfaction Not Linked to Heart Troubles
    Study did see modest tie between displeasure, peripheral artery disease

  • Birth Size, Early Weight Gain Tied to Boost in Heart Risks
    Finnish study says early start to healthy lifestyles can pay big dividends later

  • Gene Mutations for Rare Heart Disease Also Found in Kids
    Test for adults with muscle-thickening disorder may also identify children at risk

  • Stenting as Good as Surgery for Stroke Prevention
    Three-year follow-up of study shows similar results

  • Kidney Dysfunction Puts Women at Risk of Sudden Death
    Cardiac threat more than 3 times higher for those with advanced disease, study contends

  • A Month of Exercise Helps Ease Heart Failure
    Moderate regimen saw heart output, breathing improve, researchers say

  • Food as Medicine?
    Caffeine, green tea, tart cherries may fight MS, cancer and heart disease, studies suggest

  • Aggressive Cholesterol, Blood Pressure Treatment Shows Some Benefit
    But jury still out on whether it makes difference in high-risk groups, study finds

  • Antipsychotic Drug Boosts Risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes
    French study in rats finds olanzapine changes metabolism in weeks

  • HRT Dosing May Determine Risks, Benefits
    Rodent study finds higher levels of estrogen replacement proved more dangerous

  • HIV Drugs Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Attack
    FDA reviewing safety profile of abacavir, didanosine

  • Drug Failed to Reduce Heart Attack Risk After Bypass
    MC-1 had no benefit for postoperative stroke, atrial fibrillation or kidney function

  • Normal Weight Doesn't Always Equal Healthy Weight
    Many have high percentages of body fat, leaving them prone to heart disease, diabetes

  • Home Defibrillators Fail to Boost Survival Rates
    But they still may be valuable for heart attack patients, study suggests

  • Cholesterol Drug Controversy Continues
    Doctors debate worth of lipid-lowering agent that combines 2 medications

  • Hands-Only Resuscitation OK for Cardiac Arrest
    New American Heart Association guidelines don't require ventilation

  • ACE Inhibitor as Effective as More Expensive Blood Pressure Drug
    Study focused on more than 17,000 people with coronary artery disease or diabetes

  • Diabetes Drug Slows Clogging of Arteries
    Actos better at fighting plaque build-up than older medication, study finds

  • Angioplasty Proves Reasonable Alternative to Bypass Surgery
    But patients who received stents required more procedures to reopen arteries, study found

  • Two Drugs Better Than One for High Blood Pressure
    Pairing ACE inhibitor with calcium channel blocker beat pairing it with diuretic; Celebrex study finds dose related to heart risk

  • Angioplasty Proves Reasonable Alternative to Bypass Surgery
    But patients who received stents required more procedures to reopen arteries, study found

  • Combining Internet With Office Visits Cut Heart Attack Risks
    Enhanced doctor-patient communication showed big drops in blood pressure, disease scores

  • Anticoagulant Drugs Had Similar Outcomes After Angioplasty
    Study also finds drug-releasing stents appear to work better than uncoated ones

  • Drug-Eluting Stents Safe After Heart Attack
    Long-term study indicates they lower restenosis risk and don't increase mortality probability

  • Anniversary of Parent's Passing Can Trigger Death
    Sudden death occurred in 13 percent of fatal coronaries in study

  • Key Protein Limits Damage of Heart Attack
    Activating Gi compound in mice was important protective mechanism, researchers say

  • Health Tip: How a Pacemaker Helps the Heart
    Why the device is prescribed

  • IPods Don't Interfere With Pacemakers, Study Shows
    Finding contradicts results of research published a year ago

  • Calcium Scans Help Predict Coronary Risk
    But the cost of such tests is a potential stumbling block, experts say

  • Heart Failure Raises Risks After Non-Cardiac Surgeries
    Post-op odds of dying increased for patients with the common condition, study found

  • Drug Therapy Boosting Heart-Attack Survival Rates
    10-year study finds less long-term mortality

  • Patients Do Better at Hospitals With Clinical Trials
    Attributes encouraged in the trials process may improve overall care, researchers say

  • Pacemakers Change Biology of the Heart
    Study with dogs shows devices much more than a mechanical fix for ailing patients

  • Lack of Sleep Hurts Women's Hearts Most
    Creates more stress, biomarkers for diabetes, heart disease than in males

  • Pacemakers Change Biology of the Heart
    Study with dogs shows devices much more than a mechanical fix for ailing patients

  • Happy Marriage, Happy Heart
    Study finds contented mates enjoy lower blood pressure

  • Artery Plaque Boosts Hispanics' Odds for Stroke
    Even a small amount in neck artery quadrupled the risk, study found

  • Gene Variants Can Predict Threat of Heart Disease
    Cholesterol-associated variants increase risk and may be early indication, study shows

  • The Elderly Can Be Candidates for Angioplasty, Stenting
    Those 80 and older may not need to be hospitalized, study says

  • Some Imperfect Hearts OK for Transplant
    Ventricular thickening didn't affect outcomes, could expand donor pool, experts say

  • Angina More Common in Women Than Men
    That means many women may be under-treated for the heart condition, study suggests

  • Chest Pain May Signal Cocaine Use in Young Patients
    It's important that doctors ask about drug use upfront, experts say

  • White Men With Chest Pains Treated Fastest in ERs
    Government study found minorities, women not given heart treatments as quickly

  • Melt-Away Stent Works Well in Trial
    Absorbed harmlessly in the body, it could replace traditional metal stents

  • Severe Menopause Symptoms Raise Heart Risks
    The worse the symptoms, the higher the chances of trouble, study shows

  • Heart Risk Can Be Predicted Without Lab Tests
    Finding might help spot high-risk cases in developing countries

  • Anxiety Helps Elderly Women Live Longer
    But stress linked to shorter life for men, study finds

  • Secondhand Smoke Hikes Tots' Risk of Heart Disease
    Younger children are more affected than teens, a new study finds

  • Caring for Heart Patients Can Strain Hearts
    Caregivers were stressed, ate poorly, study found

  • Magnesium May Lower Risk for Some Strokes in Male Smokers
    Study suggests eating foods such as whole grains cuts risk of cerebral infarction

  • Glaucoma May Boost Cardiovascular Death Risk in Blacks
    Inappropriate treatment with beta blockers, other meds also increases odds, study finds

  • New Method Boosts Cardiac Arrest Survival
    Emergency crews focus on uninterrupted chest compression, experts say

  • Depression After a Heart Attack Dangerous for Years
    Study finds long-lasting increased risk of death, but no clear explanation why

  • Vaccine Could One Day Control High Blood Pressure
    Preliminary study results encouraging; it would only be needed a few times a year

  • Even in Middle Age, Starting to Drink May Lower Heart Risks
    Wine is better than liquor, study says; a healthy lifestyle is even better, doctor adds

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs May Lower Heart Attack, Stroke Risk
    Reducing inflammation helps blunt cardiovascular threats, study suggests

  • Genetic Factors for Smoking Boost Chronic Bronchitis Risk
    Swedish study says it's first to quantify heritability of the disease

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration Doubles Heart Attack and Stroke Risk
    Eye disease carries same risk as other circulatory problems, experts say

  • Overweight Hispanic Kids Show Early Markers for Diabetes
    Blood vessel damage sets stage for insulin resistance, heart disease, study finds

  • Curry Ingredient May Cut Cardiovascular Risks
    Findings in mice show curcumin reduces heart enlargement and lowers odds of organ failure

  • Adult Stem Cells Help Those With Immune Disorders, Heart Disease
    Analysis of studies finds modest benefit with both conditions

  • National Effort Needed to Address Hyperglycemia in Heart Patients
    American Heart Association says high blood sugar condition linked to high mortality

  • Doing Angioplasty Long After Heart Attack Still Worth It, Analysis Shows
    But author of one of studies in the review challenges the finding

  • More Elderly Americans Living With Heart Failure
    Incidence has declined, but survival gains place burden on Medicare, analysis finds

  • Many Patients Fail to Take Drugs After Heart Attack
    One in five prescriptions were never filled after hospital discharge, study found

  • Experts Offer Clarity on Confusion Surrounding Stents
    Amid flurry of studies, certain advice emerging for heart patients

  • Heart Disease Deaths Over-Reported in New York City
    Study says doctors overestimated in-hospital mortality by 51%

  • Experts Offer Clarity on Confusion Surrounding Stents
    Amid flurry of studies, certain advice emerging for heart patients

  • Moderate Aerobic Fitness Levels May Cut Stroke Risk
    Findings show just 30 minutes of activity helped men, women regardless of family history

  • Cats Help Shield Owners From Heart Attack
    Study finds 30% risk reduction when felines are in the home

  • Awareness of Heart Attack Signs Lags in U.S.
    But most people surveyed know to call 911 when one happens, CDC says

  • More Evidence of Danger From Heart Surgery Drug
    Anti-bleeding agent Trasylol tied to increased death, complications, studies find

  • Hypertension a Health Challenge for Women
    Too many don't have their blood pressure under control, researchers say

  • Heart Attacks in Hospital More Deadly at Night, on Weekends
    Study suggests staffing, systemic issues behind difference in mortality rates

  • Free Drugs After Heart Attack Would Save Money, Lengthen Lives
    More patients would take recommended medications, study says

  • Drug Cuts Muscle Damage After Heart Attack
    Safety trial shows novel compound blocks enzyme triggering cell and tissue death

  • Triglycerides Linked to Coronary Disease Risk
    Should be considered along with LDL cholesterol in prevention efforts, study indicates

  • High Blood Pressure on Increase Among American Women
    State-by-state survey also found prevalence rate among men not as low as should be

  • Heart Attack Seldom Leads to Healthier Diet
    Most patients were still eating poorly one year later, study found

  • Drug Combo Tied to Kidney Risk With Some Cardiac Surgeries
    Aprotinin plus ACE inhibitor associated with renal woes during off-pump surgery, U.K. study finds

  • Gene Linked to Inflammatory Arthritis Also Raises Heart Risks
    British study found HLA-DRB1 increased chances of dying from cardiovascular causes

  • Harnessing Human Energy for Medical Good
    Device could use act of walking to power artificial limbs, insulin pumps, pacemakers

  • Sucking Out Clot Debris Helps Heart Attack Patients
    Dutch study found vacuuming clogged vessels before angioplasty improved outcomes

  • Death Rates From Cardiovascular Causes Vary Widely Across Europe
    Differences were found between and within countries, researcher notes

  • First 90 Days After Stopping Plavix Most Dangerous
    Study finds highest risk of adverse events for heart patients is in early period

  • Drug-Coated Stents Better Than Bare-Metal Ones in Complex Cases
    Survival advantage found in 'off-label' uses, report suggests

  • Stars Don Red to Raise Awareness of Women's Heart Risk
    Dress show is kickoff to campaign on nation's top killer

  • IPods Don't Interfere With Heart Pacemakers
    Government study checked 4 models and found no problems

  • Study Challenges New Benchmark for High-Volume Heart Transplant Hospitals
    Johns Hopkins researchers question government decision to lower requirements for designation

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Fixes Aneurysms
    Study finds advantages over conventional operation

  • Super Bowl Fans Should Heed Heart Risk Finding
    German study found higher chances of cardiovascular trouble during 2006 World Cup matches

  • Stents Slightly Better Than Bypass for Blocked Left Coronary Artery
    But experts question results of small Polish study

  • Study Finds Both Coated Stents Perform the Same
    Incidence of major adverse events was also lower than researchers anticipated

  • Stents Slightly Better Than Bypass for Blocked Left Coronary Artery
    But experts question results of small Polish study

  • Diuretics Best for Hypertension and Metabolic Syndrome
    Drugs as good or better than others in treating both conditions

  • Anti-Clotting Drug Trial Shortened by Bleeding Problems
    But study author says medication could help many avoid stroke

  • FDA Will Wait for Trial Results on Vytorin
    Early findings saw no medical benefit; heart expert calls it 'second-line' medication

  • A Little Regular Exercise Extends Men's Lives
    Brisk 30-minute walk a few days a week cut death risk in half, study found

  • Peripheral Arterial Disease Costlier to Treat Than Heart Trouble
    Prolonged recovery, potential for repeat treatments to blame, study finds

  • Surgery Better Than Stents for Multiple Blockages
    Fewer deaths, heart attacks found in 18-month study

  • Surgery Better Than Stents for Multiple Blockages
    Fewer deaths, heart attacks found in 18-month study

  • Another Study Links Western Diet to Heart, Health Risks
    But it also found that diet soda doesn't protect against metabolic syndrome

  • Liver Cancer Drug Raises Blood Pressure
    Patients taking Nexavar need to be monitored closely, study says

  • U.S. Deaths Down From Heart Disease, Stroke
    But childhood obesity epidemic could undo gains, heart association says

  • Genetics Influence Blood Pressure Medications
    A person's gene profile seems to dictate reponse, study finds

  • High Blood Sugar Boosts Women's Heart Disease Risk
    Men don't seem to be as prone to problem, study finds

  • 'Drug-Free' Stent Coating Shows Promise
    Trial finds polymer reduces inflammatory reaction associated with current devices

  • Smallest Air Pollution Particles Hurt Heart Most
    Cause plaque build-up in arteries, negate effects of "good" cholesterol

  • Heart Association Renews Call for CPR Training
    If more people knew the technique, more lives could be saved

  • Aspirin Resistance Boosts Heart Risks in Cardiac Patients
    They're four times more likely to suffer heart attack, stroke and even death, study finds

  • Specialized System Speeds Heart Attack Treatment
    Patients got arteries open faster with program established in Ottawa, Canada

  • ER Wait Times Getting Longer
    Even those needing most urgent care are waiting more, study finds

  • Calcium Supplements Could Raise Heart Risks in Postmenopausal Women
    Study found those taking tablets had 47% higher risk of cardiovascular trouble

  • Biotechnology Builds a New Heart
    Stem cells injected into 'skeleton' of animal organ was beating in just 8 days

  • Cholesterol Drug Zetia Doesn't Cut Heart Attack Risk: Study
    Results might also pertain to Vytorin, which contains Zetia, experts say

  • Priming Heart Before an Attack Could Limit Damage
    Animal study shows preconditioning cardiac cells helps organ better tolerate loss of blood flow

  • Test Finds Rare Heart Defect in Some Young Athletes
    Finding may fuel debate about screening for cardiovascular problems

  • Anxiety Raises Heart Attack Risk
    Older men with chronic anxiety are at substantially higher risk, experts say

  • Low Vitamin D Linked to Heart Risk
    But experts are split on the need for supplements

  • High Levels of Stress After 9/11 Raised Heart Disease Risk
    Cardiovascular problems surfaced in people with no history of heart trouble

  • Defibrillation Comes Late in 30 Percent of Hospital Cases
    Heart treatment doesn't always begin in recommended 2 minutes, study shows

  • Restless Legs Syndrome May Cause Heart Problems: Study
    Patients face twice the risk of stroke, heart disease compared to people who don't

  • High Blood Triglycerides Linked to Stroke Risk
    Boosted concentrations of these fats doubled the odds, researchers say

  • Lower Body Temps Increase Blood Loss During Surgery
    Analysis of 40 years' data shows somewhat risky transfusions often necessary

  • Study Sheds Light on Origins of Sudden Cardiac Death
    New imaging techniques help researchers probe ventricular fibrillation

  • Class of Chemotherapy Drugs Helps Certain Breast Cancer Patients
    Anthracyclines increase survival for HER2-positive tumors, but not negative ones, analysis finds

  • Heart Procedure Reduces Need for Defibrillator Shocks
    While study results are promising, they don't address benefits of drug therapy

  • Aspirin, Hormone Therapy Combo Can Shorten Lives of Prostate Cancer Patients
    First, prescribed to protect the heart, can lead to halting of cancer therapy, report says

  • New Type of Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Shows Promise
    Experimental agent works differently than statin medications, researchers say

  • Diagnosis of Heart Attack Can Be Wrong
    Study finds false positives occur 9.2% of the time in emergency rooms

  • U.S. Heart Disease Death Rates Falling
    But cardiovascular disease remains America's No. 1 killer, AHA says

  • Moderate Exercise Cuts Risk of Metabolic Syndrome
    Just a 30-minute walk most days reduces threat, even without diet changes, study finds

  • New Cancer Drug Tied to Heart Problems
    Sutent linked to hypertension, heart events in patients battling stomach cancer

  • Report Finds 'Widespread Steroid Use in Baseball'
    The banned drugs can cause dangerous side effects, including heart trouble

  • High Blood Pressure Key Factor for Cardiovascular Disease
    Only one-third to one-half of those getting treatment reach their target levels, survey finds

  • Abdominal Fat Tied to High Risk for Coronary Trouble
    Waist-hip ratio measurement is a strong predictor of heart disease, Britsh study says

  • Chest Compressions Effective in Emergency Cardiac Arrest
    Simple bystander-delivered CPR without mouth-to-mouth boosted survival outcomes

  • Older Diabetics Using Avandia Face Increased Death Risk
    Canadian study also found those over 65 more likely to have heart trouble with drug

  • Coronary Artery Calcium May Raise Women's Heart Risk
    New study challenges traditional assessment of risk

  • Heart Attacks Peak During the Holidays
    People put off going to the doctor or overindulge in unhealthy habits, experts say

  • Diabetes Linked to Blood Vessel Inflammation
    Easing the blood sugar disease may help the heart, researchers say

  • Cell Transplants Hold Promise for Heart Attack Survivors
    Studies in mice suggest they might prevent cardiac arrest

  • 2-in-1 Test Signals Risk After Heart Attack
    It measures nervous system and heart's electrical system

  • Newer Anticlotting Drug Safe, Effective for Heart Surgeries
    Bivalirudin lowers bleeding risk for patients undergoing bypass, study finds

  • Cholesterol-Stroke Relationship Puzzles Researchers
    High blood-fat levels not always linked to higher stroke risk, studies show

  • Knowing Heart Risk Keeps Patients on Cholesterol Drugs
    In study, users were informed of their odds for cardiovascular disease

  • Low Testosterone Might Shorten Men's Lives
    Study finds it's linked to higher death risk, but replacing the hormone may not help, experts say

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Boosts Heart Disease Threat
    But checking typical risk factors can help head off problems, research says

  • Diesel Exhaust Increases Clot Formation
    2 hours after exposure to fumes, volunteers' blood platelets thickened, study found

  • Regular Exercise Helps Fight Heart Failure
    It stimulates tissue repair better than drugs, study finds

  • Cholesterol Drug Tied to Sleep Disturbances
    But Zocor, a statin, still offers significant heart benefits, researchers say

  • Stem Cells Show Early Promise for Heart Problems
    But far more research is needed to benefit heart attack patients, studies show

  • Statins After Bypass Lower Stroke Risk
    The cholesterol-busting drugs could be lifesavers, study suggsts

  • Atkins Diet Can Raise Heart Risks
    Other research supports moderate drinking, fasting for cardio health

  • Early HRT Protects a Woman's Heart
    But contraceptives heighten risk of arterial problems, studies find

  • Obesity Leaves More Americans With Physical Limitations
    But some extra weight may not lead to cardiovascular disease and cancer, research finds

  • Blood Pressure, Heartbeat Problems Aggravate Alzheimer's
    Treating vascular conditions might lessen memory loss, study suggests

  • CPR, Defibrillator Combo Boosts Cardiac Incident Survival
    Making more AEDs available in communities could save hundreds of lives, study finds

  • Certain Cholesterol Drugs Show Their Limits
    Studies reveal that some of these heart medications aren't perfect

  • New Computerized Scans Effective for Spotting Clogged Arteries
    They could eliminate need for invasive procedures for some patients, study says

  • Peripheral Artery Disease Up Sharply Among U.S. Women
    The condition, which is symptomless, can lead to heart attack and stroke

  • New Heart Pump Helps Women Awaiting Transplants
    It's smaller than the first-generation device, researchers report

  • Balloon Valve May Be Alternative to Open-Heart Surgery
    It props open closed aortas in older patients, research suggests

  • New Anti-Clotting Drug Shows Promise in Heart Patients
    Prasugrel reduced heart risks after angioplasty/stenting, but raised bleeding risks when compared to Plavix

  • Drug-Coated Stents No Riskier in Long Run Than Bare Metal Ones
    Largest study to date finds no difference in heart attack or mortality rates

  • New Measures Improve Heart Care
    Programs that simplified treatment choices led to better outcomes, research shows

  • New Heart Pump Helps Women Awaiting Transplants
    It's smaller than the first-generation device, researchers report

  • Just Anticipating a Nap May Be Good for the Heart
    Expectation produced small drops in blood pressure, but more study needed, researchers say

  • Preeclampsia Linked to Heart Disease Risk
    Women need to be aware of their heart disease risk before and after pregnancy

  • Test Spots Who Should Get Implanted Defibrillator
    Not every patient needs the expensive but lifesaving devices, experts note

  • Siblings Often Share Heart Risks
    Brothers, especially, may be most affected, study finds

  • Defibrillator Use Urged to Save Children's Lives
    American Academy of Pediatrics says heart problems in kids have been underestimated

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Death Rate Unchanged
    Underlying inflammation may affect heart despite symptom relief, experts say

  • Study Supports Controversial Heart Failure Drug
    But small, short-term trial is unlikely to quiet Natrecor's critics

  • Drug Lessens Heart Attack Injury
    Patients given ANP also had better long-term outcomes, researchers say

  • Marital Stress Linked to Heart Disease
    Couples with troubled relationships have hardening of the coronary arteries, research says

  • Study Shows How Exercise Helps Women's Hearts
    Much of the benefit comes from changes in blood pressure, inflammation

  • Whole Grains Do a Heart Good
    Cereal cuts cardiovascular risk, as do fruits, veggies, research shows

  • Angioplasty Equals Bypass Surgery for Heart Patients: Study
    Survival rates virtually the same, but some people may prefer one option over the other

  • Defib Wire Warning Shouldn't Worry Most Users: Experts
    Overall risk is low, but patients should consult with their doctors

  • Defib Wire Warning Shouldn't Worry Most Users: Experts
    Overall risk is low, but patients should consult with their doctors

  • Chest Compressions Key to Revised CPR Guidelines
    Keeping blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs is critical for survival, experts say

  • Sleep Apnea Treatment Helps Stave Off Heart Disease
    Study shows link between the breathing disorder, arterial trouble

  • Hypertension Triples Women's Diabetes Risk
    It does so outside of normal diabetes risk factors, such as obesity, study finds

  • Statin Benefits Persist After Treatment Stops
    Lower death rates seen up to a decade later, study found

  • Stressful Jobs Hard on the Heart
    High anxiety, low control double recurrent heart attack risk, study finds

  • Family Infighting Hurts the Heart
    Spats with spouse, kids, others boosts cardiovascular dangers, study finds

  • Erectile Dysfunction: A Harbinger of Heart Trouble
    Studies link this common problem with vascular disease

  • Study Rates Heart Health of Popular Diet Plans
    Ornish beat Atkins, but any weight loss is good for the heart, researchers say

  • Randy Jackson Takes Aim at Diabetes
    American Idol judge is part of a campaign to stress the disease's link to heart disease

  • Cardiac Artery Trouble Boosts Family Heart Risk
    Relatives of those affected face higher odds of heart disease, study finds

  • Study Finds Benefits With Drug-Coated Stents
    Better outcomes for high-risk patients

  • Drug Combo Helps Fight Marfan Syndrome
    Inherited condition can lead to sudden cardiac death

  • Panic Attacks May Hike Heart Disease Risk in Women
    Study of postmenopausal women finds association, but no direct cause and effect

  • Women Less Likely to Get Heart Defibrillators
    And blacks are less likely to receive the lifesaving devices, studies find

  • Coronary Disease Might Toughen Up Heart
    Mice with the ailment suffered less cardiac damage after injury, study finds

  • Diabetes Drugs Boost Heart Failure But Not Death
    Experts split on what this means for those taking Avandia, Actos

  • Fried Food Compounds May Harm Heart
    'AGEs' are produced in fatty foods at high heat, experts say

  • Heart Attack Survivors Benefit From Rehab
    But too many go without this valuable form of care, experts say

  • Guidelines Seek to Boost Study of Critically Ill
    Barriers around informed consent are impeding lifesaving research, experts say

  • High HDL Levels Protect Heart Health
    Reduced risk of cardiovascular trouble even when LDL levels were low, study finds

  • Study Links Coronary Disease, Colon Cancer
    Higher incidence of malignancies found in heart patients

  • Take Care of Your Heart Before and After Problems
    Healthy blood pressure and weight can help avoid heart failure; rehab can aid recovery

  • Take Care of Your Heart Before and After Problems
    Healthy blood pressure and weight can help avoid heart failure; rehab can aid recovery

  • Link Between Air Pollution, Stroke Gets Clearer
    Fine particles in lung spur dangerous clots, research shows

  • 'Cosby' Star Tackles a Silent Heart Threat
    Family deaths get Phylicia Rashad talking about peripheral artery disease

  • Few Americans Know of Leg Artery Danger
    Peripheral arterial disease is common and sometimes deadly, researchers say

  • Stem Cells From Testes Produce Wide Range of Tissue Types
    Work with mice might lead to treatments for diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer's

  • Study Downgrades Gene as Heart Risk Factor
    Screening for variations in APO gene not warranted, researchers say

  • FDA Approves Osteoporosis Drug to Cut Breast Cancer Risk
    Manufacturer calls Evista a valuable tool, but critics say its heart risks outweigh benefits

  • Doctors Debate Drugs vs. Surgery for Angina
    Data re-analysis supports angioplasty, but not everyone agrees

  • Drug-Coated Stents Go Head to Head
    Data analysis suggests sirolimus-coated model is safer

  • Novel Cooling Therapy May Have Aided Injured Football Player
    Lowering Kevin Everett's body temperature helped protect his spinal cord, doctors say

  • Screening Proposed for Childhood Cholesterol Levels
    Treatment would reduce risk of genetic condition that can lead to early death

  • Being Overweight is Hard on the Heart
    It raises risks even if blood pressure, cholesterol factored out, study finds

  • Jogging in Traffic Cuts Blood Flow to Heart
    Men with stable heart disease showed effect after brief exposure to diesel exhaust

  • Bypass 'Off-Pump' Boosts Women's Outcomes
    And another study suggests vitamin E protects their hearts

  • Lowering Blood Protein Won't Help Kidney Patients
    Homocysteine may be a marker, not a cause, of renal trouble, study suggests

  • Diabetes Drug Avandia Boosts Heart Risks: Study
    Another study finds a similar drug, Actos, may be a better choice, researchers say

  • Small Incisions Make Heart Valve Surgery Safer
    Death risk lowered for those who had undergone previous heart surgery, Belgian study finds

  • Saturated Fat: Even a Little Splurge May Be Too Much
    Fatty meal has immediate, negative effect on heart health, research shows

  • Family History Has Strong Effect on Cardiac Risk
    Screening, treatment of close relatives proposed

  • Cutting Salt Won't Affect Foods' Safety
    High-sodium processed foods are major contributor to heart trouble, researchers note

  • Drug, Pacemaker Fight Irregular Heartbeat
    Studies suggest new weapons against dangerous atrial fibrillation

  • Drug, Pacemaker Fight Irregular Heartbeat
    Studies suggest new weapons against dangerous atrial fibrillation

  • Fat Builds Up in Hearts Before Diabetes Onset
    Technique giving researchers static image of beating heart could be new screening tool

  • Trial to Test Gene Therapy for Angina in Women
    Novel treatment promotes blood vessel growth in heart muscle, researchers say

  • Stopping Statins After Stroke Doubles Death Risk
    Almost 40% of patients stopped taking drugs in Italian study

  • Case Management Cost-Effective Way to Cut Heart Risks
    California study shows such visits with patients reduced risk by 10% and also cut costs

  • Study Points to Cause of Vioxx Heart Risk
    The drug ups levels of a protein linked to clotting, researchers say

  • Heart Attacks at School Involve More Adults Than Kids
    Whether defibrillators should be available an open question, researcher says

  • Make a New Assault on Salt
    Most Americans get far too much than is healthy, experts say

  • Heart Attack Boosts Diabetes Risk
    Each condition encourages the other, study finds

  • Drug That Lowers Resting Heart Rate Being Tested
    Slower heartbeat linked to better cardiac outcome, scientists report

  • Restricting Blood Flow May Help Heart Bypass Patients
    The technique reduces levels of protein linked to poor surgery results, study says

  • Restricting Blood Flow May Help Heart Bypass Patients
    The technique reduces levels of protein linked to poor surgery results, study says

  • Diet Still Important to Patients on Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs
    They don't see medications as a license to eat fatty foods, study finds

  • Obesity Heightens Kidney Disease Risks
    It can spur parathyroid disorder and heart woes, study finds

  • FDA Updates Prescription Guidelines for Blood Thinner
    Gene variations dictate how quickly a patient metabolizes warfarin, officials say

  • Avandia to Carry Stronger Heart Failure Warning
    Four other diabetes drugs in same class will also get a 'black box' on label, FDA announces

  • Nursing Home Residents at Highest Heatstroke Risk
    They're most vulnerable to die from an attack, French study finds

  • Study Details Heart Risks to Diabetics
    From angina to severe heart attacks, the death rate is higher than for non-diabetics

  • Total Cholesterol, HDL Good Predictors of Heart Disease Risk
    There's no added benefit to measuring other lipids, researchers say

  • Antioxidants No Magic Bullet for Heart Disease in Women
    No substitute for conventional medicines or a healthy lifestyle, study finds

  • Cluster Headache Treatment Poses Cardiac Dangers
    Off-label use of verapamil linked to heart rhythm abnormalities, study finds

  • New Drug Combo Fights High Blood Pressure
    But cost, safety issues could keep Diovan, Tekturna from most patients, experts say

  • Low-Carb Diets Combat Metabolic Syndrome
    Researchers find out how the diets seem to reduce appetite, weight

  • Health Tip: Before You Use a Blood Thinner
    Tell your doctor about your other meds

  • Better Hospital Care Means More Lives Saved
    Top-ranked U.S. centers did better against heart attack, pneumonia, study found

  • CT Heart Scans Raise Cancer Risk
    Study suggests the tests be carefully matched to patients' need, risk

  • High Triglyceride Levels Linked to Cardiac Risk
    Findings could lead to changes in cholesterol testing

  • No Danger Found in Blood Thinner-Statin Combination
    Study detects no increase in heart attack, stroke, death

  • Patch Helps Heart Grow New Cells
    Rat study suggests a way of repairing lost cardiac tissue

  • Traffic Pollution Could Raise Heart Risks
    Living near a freeway associated with artery damage, study finds

  • Hospitalized Patients at High Risk of Vein Clots
    But only half get clot-preventing treatments, researchers say

  • Another Study Sees Heart Risks in Hormone Replacement Therapy
    But treatment can offer relief from menopausal symptoms for younger women, researchers say

  • Reevaluating Hormone Replacement Therapy
    Researchers have gained valuable insights since Women's Health Initiative was halted in 2002

  • 'America's Best Hospitals' Tops for Heart Attack Survival
    But some centers that don't make the list offer fine care, study finds

  • Death Rate High in Drug-Coated Stent Trial
    Small study of bypass patients found no such risk from bare-metal stents

  • Dying of a Broken Heart Can Happen
    Grief-stricken woman's near-death experience sheds light on the phenomenon

  • Molecule Signals Heart Disease in Early Stages
    Study found high levels of protein predicted development of cardiovascular trouble

  • Opening of Kidney Arteries Brings Dangers
    Microscopic 'debris' is left behind with these angioplasties, study finds

  • Lung Trouble May Raise Heart Risk
    Inflammation may be factor linking the two problems, study suggests

  • Some High-Carb Diets May Boost Women's Heart Risk
    Stay away from white breads and processed baked goods, experts advise

  • Methamphetamine Tied to Heart Problems
    Animal studies show the drug damages coronary and blood vessels

  • Body Fat Might Be Healthy for Type 1 Diabetics
    The finding is no reason for them to become obese, however, researchers add

  • Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Tougher on Arteries
    Switching to beverages with glucose might be preferable, experts say

  • Study Will Test Stem Cells Against Heart Attack
    British team hopes treatment will improve patient outcomes

  • U.S. Health Experts Rate Hospitals' Cardiac Care
    And consumers can now check out the results online

  • Obesity Cuts Risk of Dying After Heart Attack
    But being overweight boosts odds for an attack in the first place, experts warn

  • Estrogen May Lower Younger Women's Heart Risk
    Findings differ from prior HRT study involving those over 60

  • Experts Debate Limits on Implanted Defibrillator Use
    Reserving them for younger, healthier patients might make sense, study suggests

  • U.S. Women Lagging in Diabetes Care, Study Suggests
    Death rates are down for men but up for women

  • Pre-Diabetic Changes Double Heart Disease Risk
    These early blood sugar trends can be lethal, study finds

  • Artificial Arteries Might Aid Bypass Patients
    The lab-grown vessels are working well in rats, researchers say

  • Lung Illness Linked to Heart, Bone Problems
    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease speeds arterial stiffening and osteoporosis, research suggests

  • Echocardiography Helps Identify Heart Disease
    Test is more accurate than others when used in patients at risk, experts say

  • Heart and Kidneys Share Tight Medical Bond
    When one system fails, so can the other, new research shows

  • Blood Pressure Drop During Bypass Might Impair Thinking
    Reasons for the phenomenon aren't yet clear, researchers say

  • Drug May Cut Aneurysm Risk for Heart Defect Patients
    Doxycycline prevented rupture in mice engineered to have Marfan syndrome

  • Faster Heart Attack Care Saving Lives
    One hospital's experience points the way, researchers say

  • Blacks Less Likely to Get Angioplasty After Heart Attack
    U.S. Medicare study shows a gap, but reasons remain unclear

  • Heart Disease a Risk Factor for Alzheimer's
    Patients treated for vascular trouble had better cognition, study found

  • Diabetes Cuts 8 Years Off Life
    It boosts heart disease risk as well, new research shows

  • Cut Down on Lawn Mower Injuries This Summer
    Watch out for flying rocks, steep slopes, experts warn

  • Prostate Cancer Treatment Can Speed Heart Attacks
    Hormome-suppressing therapy linked to cardiac risk in study

  • New Imaging Techniques Hold Promise for Variety of Diseases
    Advances could lead to better treatments for illnesses such as heart disease, Alzheimer's, ovarian cancer, studies say

  • Drop in Cardiac Deaths Tied to Better Treatments, Lifestyles
    But rising obesity and diabetes rates could offset those gains, study finds

  • s Kids
    Even minor exposure can compromise cardiovascular system, study says

  • Study Links Inflammation to Heart Disease
    British researchers focused on autoantibody rheumatic factor

  • High-Tech Imaging Might Advance Heart Disease Diagnosis
    Two technologies assess cardiac function and arterial health at once, developers say

  • Heart Patch Helps Damaged Cardiac Tissue Heal
    Biodegradable scaffold worked well in rats induced to have heart attacks

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Lower Blood Pressure
    The nutrients are found in certain fish, nuts, seeds and vegetable oils

  • Folic Acid Supplements Cut Stroke Risk
    Their effect on other heart outcomes is less clear, study finds

  • Biodegradable Stent Successful in Human Trial
    Could be the future of these artery-opening devices, German researchers report.

  • Getting Swifter Treatment for Deadliest Heart Attacks
    American Heart Association to launch national program called 'Mission Lifeline'

  • Discrimination Linked to Health Problems Among Minorities
    Study of Asian-Americans suggests higher rate of heart trouble, pain, other problems

  • Rheumatoid Illness, Smoking Can Harm Heart's Aorta
    And that can increase risks for aneurysm and heart attack, experts warn

  • High-Tech Images Can Reveal Stent Status
    The technology to see if it is open or blocked could one day spare some patients invasive tests, study suggests

  • Doctors Not Ready to Abandon Diabetes Drug
    Study that links Avandia to heart attacks needs further exploration, experts say

  • Certain Painkillers May Negate Heart Benefits of HRT
    Some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers are focus of new study

  • Diabetes Drug Avandia Boosts Heart Attack, Death Risk: Study
    FDA expresses caution; manufacturer defends the safety of oral medication for type 2 disease

  • Many With High Blood Pressure Shun Heart-Healthy Diet
    More people might comply if nutritious foods were cheaper, one expert says

  • Online Education Program Helps Heart Patients
    AHA site boosts awareness of treatment options, survey finds

  • Blood Thinner's Approval Expanded to Include Most Severe Heart Attack
    Lovenox shown to reduce recurrent attacks and death

  • Aspirin May Cut Pregnancy Complication Risk
    Daily use lowers odds for the dangerous spike in blood pressure called preeclampsia

  • Unfair Treatment Can Harm the Heart
    Sense of injustice raises heart attack risk, study finds

  • Just 10 Minutes of Daily Exercise Boosts Heart Health
    Study finds a little exercise provides cardiovascular benefits, and more is even better

  • Fish Oil-Exercise Combo May Boost Cardio Health
    Supplement plus workouts raise good cholesterol levels, study finds

  • Anxiety Ups Death Risk in Heart Failure Patients
    Stressed-out had double the odds for poor outcomes, study found

  • 'Light' Cigarettes Take Heavy Toll on Blood Flow
    Smoking them constricts vessels just as much as regular brands, study finds

  • Enzyme Puts Brakes on Racing Heartbeat: Study
    Finding may lead to better drug treatments for common heart ailments

  • Hospital Protocol Change Cuts Kids' Cardiac Arrest Risk
    Rate drops by 63% if help is summoned before CPR is needed, study finds

  • Many High-Risk Patients Going Without Anti-Clotting Drugs
    Study also finds regional differences across U.S.

  • Higher Dose of Clot-Buster Is Better Before Artery Procedure
    Twice as much Plavix halves the number of deaths, heart attacks, study finds

  • Implanted Defibrillators Are Getting Better
    Failure rates are falling, but one expert also sees flaws in a new study

  • Is 1 Pill Better Than 2 for Heart-Disease Protection?
    Single pill could be cheaper and more effective, study says, but one expert questions the finding

  • Implanted Defibrillators Are Getting Better
    Failure rates are falling, but one expert also sees flaws in a new study

  • Registry to Track Those With 'Broken Heart Syndrome'
    Rare, life-threatening condition can occur after major emotional trauma

  • Younger Women Fail to Heed Heart Attack's Warning Signs
    Focusing on chest pain may not be enough, experts warn

  • iPods Make the Heart Skip a Beat
    The result could be a dangerous malfunction, study says

  • rinking May Trigger Irregular Heart Rhythm
    Atrial fibrillation can lead to stroke, heart attack, experts warn

  • iPods Make the Heart Skip a Beat
    The result could be a dangerous malfunction, study says

  • Implanted Pumps May Help End-Stage Heart Failure Cases
    LVADs could allow patients to leave hospital without a transplant, study suggests

  • Low-Dose Aspirin Best for Preventing Heart Attack
    Higher doses no more protective and increase risk of stomach bleeding, study says

  • Half of Drug-Coated Stents Used Off-Label
    But this unapproved use doesn't boost patients' risk, studies conclude

  • Angioplasty Beats Drugs in Restoring Heart's Blood Flow
    Procedure eases a dangerous condition called 'silent ischemia' after heart attack, study shows

  • Statin Helps Keep Second Strokes at Bay
    Lipitor study supports use of cholesterol-lowering drugs after attacks

  • Higher White Blood Cell Count May Boost Death Risk
    45-year study shows a link, especially with heart disease

  • Clot-Preventing Drug Improves Heart Blood Flow After Angioplasty
    But doctors question whether the practice results in long-term benefits

  • Gene Material Strongly Linked to Heart Disease
    The same cluster raises diabetes risk, too, and a test is in the works, scientists say

  • Most Americans Don't Have High Blood Pressure Under Control
    The condition raises the risk of heart attack and stroke, study authors note

  • Secondhand Smoke Boosts Risk for Alzheimer's
    Dementia 30% more common in those with long exposures, researchers say

  • Migraines During Pregnancy Linked to Heart Disease, Stroke
    Study advises women to control risk factors such as diabetes and obesity

  • Fewer Heart Patients Dying After Hospitalization
    Improvements in care are cutting heart failure, mortality rates, study finds

  • Implantable Defibrillator Wires Prone to Failure
    Study finds failure rate for old, new versions reaches 20% at 10 years

  • Implantable Defibrillator Wires Prone to Failure
    Study finds failure rate for old, new versions reaches 20% at 10 years

  • Genes Could Boost Arthritis Patients' Death Risk
    DNA may pose hazard for people with rheumatoid form of the disease

  • FDA Says No to Vioxx Successor
    Critics have questioned adequacy of safety trials for Arcoxia

  • Low-Dose Aspirin Won't Help Aging Brain
    Major 10-year study of older women shows no differences

  • HIV Drugs May Raise Heart Attack Risk
    But the danger from protease inhibitors remains small, experts say

  • Emergency Care Lacking for Patients Over 90
    Too often, doctors don't provide recommended heart attack treatments, study finds

  • HIV Infection Seems to Raise Heart Attack Risk
    Doctors suspect that inflammation may be to blame

  • New Angina Drug Fails to Cut Heart Attacks
    But ranolazine may still have a place in therapy, experts say

  • Novel Stent Relieves Acute Heart Pain
    It diverts blood to oxygen-starved heart muscle, researchers say

  • Unhealthy Young Adults Are Harming Their Hearts
    Weight gain, hypertension quickly damage arteries, study shows

  • Heavy Drinking in College May Harm Heart
    But moderate amounts of alcohol could be healthy, study shows

  • Cut Your Salt Use and Cut Your Risk of Heart Disease
    It can also reduce your chances of dying from cardiovascular disease, study finds

  • Drug-Coated Stents as Good as Bypass Surgery
    Study finds complication, survival rates essentially same

  • Drug-Coated Stents as Good as Bypass Surgery
    Study finds complication, survival rates essentially same

  • Protein Monitoring Improved Heart Failure Treatment
    French trial found fewer deaths and hospital stays

  • Doctors Aggressively Treating Heart Attack
    Study finds they're using tools available even before lab tests confirm diagnosis

  • Stroke Guidelines Focus on Critical First Hours
    Intravenous delivery of clot-busting drug still best treatment for patients, groups concur

  • FDA Advisory Panel Rejects Vioxx Successor
    Merck's new painkiller Arcoxia shows cardiac risk, committee says in 20-1 vote.

  • Implantable Defibrillators Offer Heart Patients a Better Quality of Life: Study
    Recipients report high level of satisfaction with the devices

  • Implantable Defibrillators Offer Heart Patients a Better Quality of Life: Study
    Recipients report high level of satisfaction with the devices

  • Restless Legs Syndrome Boosts Heart Risks
    Repetitive nature of neurological disorder increases blood pressure, study says

  • Co-Payments Cut Statin Use
    Discontinuing the cholesterol drugs could lead to higher health-care costs, study says

  • Study Fails to Confirm Gene Variants as Heart Risk Factors
    New method of measuring association holds promise, researchers say

  • Study Questions Value of Stents for Blocked Heart Artery
    More improvements may be needed to boost patient outcomes, experts say

  • Patient Questionnaire Can Gauge Heart Failure Risk
    23 points can help spot who's in gravest danger, experts say

  • Small Steps Lead to Healthier Hearts for Women
    But many still don't know cardiovascular disease is their biggest enemy

  • Gene Marker May Predict Diabetes Risk
    'Telomeres' at chromosomes' ends shorten as disease nears, experts say

  • Heart Attacks a 'Wake-Up' Call for Hispanics: Survey
    Poll finds too few are taking steps to prevent future illness

  • Guidelines Target Prevention of Sudden Heart Death in Young Athletes
    Task force focuses on quick action in first critical minutes

  • Ibuprofen May Boost Aspirin Users' Heart Risk
    Study of arthritis patients needs to be confirmed, experts say

  • Hormone Therapy Doesn't Boost Heart Attack Risk in Younger Women: Study
    But it can still increase stroke and breast cancer risk, researchers add

  • Fish Helps Statins Protect the Heart
    Omega-3 fatty acids are believed to be the key, Japanese study says

  • Heart Patients Seek Guidance on Stents, Statins
    Experts offer advice after recent flurry of controversial studies

  • Heart Patients Seek Guidance on Stents, Statins
    Experts offer advice after recent flurry of controversial studies

  • MRI Technique Could Predict Heart Attack Risk
    It tracks cholesterol-like molecules to show points of artery weakness

  • Herbal Extract Shows Some Benefit for Heart Failure
    But it failed to meet primary goal in large European trial

  • Experimental Drug Controls Cardiac Patients' Blood Pressure
    Another study finds a quick way to spot cause of shortness of breath

  • Long-Term Aspirin Use Cuts Death Risk for Women: Study
    Two decades of tracking shows low to moderate use has major impact on heart disease and cancer

  • Diabetes, Hypertension Explain Blacks' Higher Risk for Heart Failure
    Controlling these two factors should lower disease rates, experts say

  • High Trans Fat Intake Triples Heart Disease Risk
    Fast-food component is even more dangerous than suspected, study finds

  • Early Use of Cholesterol Drug Boosts Outcomes After Angioplasty
    A second study suggests statins prevent plaque buildup in arteries

  • Drug Fails to Cut Deaths from Cardiogenic Shock
    Tilarginine had no effect on 30-day survival, study found

  • Heart Pumping Variation Found in Racial Groups
    Weaker contractions in black Americans could explain their higher heart-disease rates, study says

  • Drugs as Good as Angioplasty for Stable Heart Disease
    A new study found no difference in rates of death or heart attack

  • More Diabetes, More Heart Disease: Study
    Two-thirds of diabetics will die from heart attack or stroke, researchers warn

  • Drugs That Boost HDL Cholesterol Not Ready for Prime Time
    But researchers say the concept remains valid in fight against heart disease

  • Studies Highlight Pitfalls of Drug-Coated Stents
    For example, many patients don't take drugs that can ward off dangerous clots

  • Cutting-Edge Devices Assist Cardio Treatments
    Experimental technologies proving their mettle as powerful tools for docs

  • Heart Test Shows Who Needs Implantable Defibrillators
    It also spots those patients who don't need the cardiac rhythm devices, study says

  • Depression Ups Heart Failure Death Risk
    Doctors need to pay more attention to patients' mental health, study suggests

  • Low-Dose Aspirin Therapy Effective After Heart Surgery
    Major bleeding was noticeably reduced after 8 months, Canadian study finds

  • Bypass Better Than Stent Use for Blocked Artery
    Studies favor bypass, but experts say decision must be made on case-by-case basis

  • Heart Association Backs Statin Use for At-Risk Kids
    Those with family history of heart disease, diabetes could benefit from cholesterol drug therapy, revised guidelines now say.

  • Cardiac Risk Greatest While Firefighters Fighting Flames
    Study found they're most likely to die while responding to emergencies

  • Artery Disease Poses Immediate Risks
    1 of every 7 patients suffers serious event, including death, within one year, study finds

  • Quitting Smoking Rejuvenates Arteries
    10 years after last cigarette, vessels regain lost flexibility, study finds

  • For Heart Attack Victims, Skip the Mouth-to-Mouth
    Results are better if bystanders perform chest compressions only, study finds

  • Obesity's Ties to Heart Disease Still Unclear
    More research is needed, experts say, especially when it comes to gender differences

  • Weekend Heart Attacks Can Be Deadlier
    Patients less likely to get artery-opening procedures, study says

  • Heart Disease Lower in Children of Parents Who Live to 85
    But genes are no substitute for a healthy lifestyle, one expert says

  • Almost Two-Thirds of Pacemaker Users Have Sleep Apnea
    The breathing disorder often goes undetected, study finds

  • Heart Disease, Diabetes, Depression a Deadly Mix
    People with the three conditions are 30% more likely to die, study finds

  • Invasive Therapy Doesn't Cut Deaths in Acute Coronary Syndrome
    Patient's risk profile should determine best treatment, one expert says

  • FDA Tightens Warnings on Anemia Drugs
    Higher-than-recommended doses can be fatal to kidney, cancer patients

  • Invasive Therapy Doesn't Cut Deaths in Acute Coronary Syndrome
    Patient's risk profile should determine best treatment, one expert says

  • Stress, Obesity Taking Toll on Latin Americans' Health
    Changes in diet, society are boosting heart disease risk, study finds

  • Rising Blood Sugar Means Rising Heart Risk
    The danger begins even before glucose climbs abnormally high, experts say

  • Majority of Drug-Coated Stent Use Not Approved by FDA
    More research on the controversial practice is needed, researchers say

  • EKG Predicts Heart Risk in Postmenopausal Women
    Even minor abnormalities can signal future trouble, study finds

  • Lipitor Approved for Additional Uses
    To reduce risks of heart attack and stroke

  • Specialty Heart Hospitals Increase Rate of Surgeries
    But the for-profit centers may be offering needed services, study suggests

  • Radiation for Breast Cancer in 1980s Ups Heart Risk
    But the treatment's lifesaving benefits still outweigh the dangers, experts say

  • Cheney's Blood Clot Highlights Fairly Common Condition
    Deep vein thrombosis can be life-threatening if not treated promptly, doctors say

  • Depression Worsens Outcomes for Heart Failure Patients
    Study finds that those depressed are 50% more likely to die or be hospitalized for the condition

  • Sleep Apnea Increasingly Tied to Heart Risks: Study
    Mounting data suggest causative role in cardiovascular disease

  • Heartburn or Heart Attack? Know the Symptoms
    Experts offer useful pointers, urging people to err on the side of caution

  • Hispanic Women's Hearts at High Risk: Study
    Contrary to popular wisdom, they develop signs of heart disease earlier than white women

  • Vacuum Method Breaks Up DVT Blood Clots
    Lingering deep vein clots can cause serious trouble, doctors warn

  • Mom's Smoking Raises Kids' Adult Heart Risk
    And Dad's secondhand smoke can cause long-term trouble, too, study finds

  • Drink a Little, Live a Little Longer?
    Another study suggests that light alcohol intake, especially wine, boosts health

  • Do Early Growth Spurts Protect Against Bad Cholesterol?
    Finding suggests adult heart disease may have roots in childhood

  • One Family's Gene Defect May Help Explain Heart Disease
    Finding supports the notion of a 'metabolic syndrome,' scientists say

  • Education Works to Lower Patients' Heart Risk
    Simple intervention kept blood pressure, cholesterol levels down, study found

  • Infected Gums Can Harm the Heart
    Periodontal treatment improves blood flow, study finds

  • Gene Variant Keeps Blood Triglyceride Levels Low
    And it's much more common in whites than blacks, research shows

  • New Beta Blocker Drug Reduces Heart Risks
    Coreg cut heart attacks, strokes compared to older drug, company-funded study found

  • Heart Experts Issue Guidelines on Use of Celebrex
    Cox-2 painkiller should be last resort because of cardiovascular risk, American Heart Association says

  • ADHD Drugs Need Better Warnings on Heart, Psychiatric Risks: FDA
    All meds must now come with patient guideline inserts, agency says

  • Blood Pressure Numbers Warn of Heart Rhythm Risk
    Difference between high and low readings can point to abnormal heartbeat, research shows

  • High-Tech CT Scans Speed Diagnosis of Chest Pain
    Time and money was saved in 75% of ER cases, study finds

  • Experts Issue New Heart Disease Guidelines for Women
    American Heart Association recommendations now focus on a woman's lifetime risk

  • Experts Devise New Women's Heart Risk Predictor
    It will help more women get the help they need sooner, cardiologists say

  • Warm Weather Smog May Boost Stroke Risk
    Findings are similar to those already found for heart attack

  • Heart Disease Rates Vary Widely Across U.S.
    Prevalence similar among whites, blacks and Hispanics, study finds

  • Steroid Drugs Won't Help Most Kids With Kawasaki Disease
    The illness can cause serious heart trouble and affects 5,000 US children each year

  • Secondhand Smoke Poses Heart Disease Risk
    Study finds warnings signs in blood of those exposed to smoke

  • Blood-Letting Treatment Might Help Some Heart Patients
    It appears to reduce harmful iron stores, especially for younger people

  • Trial Looks at Timing of Anti-Clotting Drugs for Heart Attack Patients
    Findings lean toward using them later, not sooner

  • Siestas May Cut Heart Disease Risk
    Their stress-reducing effect may be key, study suggests

  • Majority of Drug-Coated Stent Use Not Approved by FDA
    More research on the controversial practice is needed, researchers say

  • Drug May Improve Post-Op Outcomes for Bypass Patients
    Company-funded study of nesiritide finds lowered hospital stays, death risk

  • Carotid Artery Surgery Brings Higher Than Expected Risk
    Odds for stroke, heart attack especially high for black patients, study finds

  • gkin's Disease Treatment Raises Lifelong Heart Risk
    Survivors had more than double the rate of heart attack, study found

  • Depression Linked to Early Heart Disease
    It may contribute to hardening of the arteries, study suggests

  • Study Sees Benefits in Boosting Levels of 'Good' Cholesterol
    Doing so helps reduce plaque in arteries

  • Heart Surgery Drug May Boost Death Risk
    Aprotinin had already been linked to kidney and heart failure, researchers note

  • Brain Stents Might Help High-Risk Stroke Patients
    Encouraging findings need to be confirmed in a larger trial, experts say

  • Gene Variant May Predict Heart Disease, Stroke
    Early signs of trouble seen in gene carriers

  • Experts Issue Blood Clot Treatment Guidelines
    They could help manage threats such as deep-vein thrombosis

  • Air Pollution Poses Heart Risk to Postmenopausal Women
    And the higher and longer the exposure, the bigger the threat, study finds

  • Drug-Eluting Stents Best After Artery Re-Closure
    Study upholds the use of these devices to replace bare metal stents

  • Ex-NFL Linemen Prone to Heart Disease
    Excess weight and inactivity are the key reasons, study says

  • Calculator Helps Users Gauge Heart Attack Risk
    Online tool scores threat based on health, habits and lifestyle

  • Aspirin Saves Cancer Patients' Lives After Heart Attack
    Study results could change standard practice, researchers say

  • Metabolic Syndrome Predicts Heart Risk: Study
    The syndrome includes factors such as obesity and high blood pressure

  • Antidepressants Fight Heart Disease-Linked Depression
    Common drug outperformed psychotherapy in trial

  • Some Blood Pressure Drugs Boost Diabetes Risk
    Treatment should be tailored to individual patients, experts say

  • South Asians Plagued by Heart-Attack Risk Factors
    They suffer first attack at 53 years, compared to 58.8 years for westerners

  • Drug Combo May Benefit Heart-Disease Patients
    Medicines for diabetes and cholesterol cut risk factors for heart attacks, study suggests

  • Heart Association Urges Americans to Start! Walking
    Program also recognizes companies that foster healthy work environments

  • Telomere Length May Predict Heart Disease Risk
    The tip of chromosomes might be useful diagnostic tool for men, study suggests

  • Case Study Examines Rare Heart Attack Complication
    CT scan detected potentially fatal subepicardial aneurysm

  • Cardiologists Issue Guidelines for Stent Use
    Goal is to reduce blood-clot risk in heart patients getting drug-coated devices

  • Experimental Drug Tackles Inherited High Cholesterol
    But study was small and the compound has downsides, experts caution

  • People With Congenital Heart Disease Living Longer
    Despite rising diagnoses, better care means patients enjoying better quality of life, study finds

  • Blood Test May Predict Risks for Heart Patients
    But some specialists say study findings won't have immediate impact on practice

  • Milk Blunts Heart Benefits of Tea
    It wipes out the valuable effects of antioxidants, study finds

  • Heart Association Kicks Off Walking Campaign
    'Start!' asks employers to encourage regular exercise for workers

  • Brain Bleeds From Blood Thinner on the Rise
    Doctors need to weigh the risk of stroke vs. bleeding before prescribing warfarin

  • Implantable Defibrillator Not for Every Heart Patient
    New test detects who will benefit from the costly device, study finds

  • Liver Sugars May Help Control Triglycerides
    The blood fats are a major cause of artery-clogging illness

  • Parkinson's Drugs Can Damage Heart Valves
    Pergolide and cabergoline have same effect as now-banned Fen-phen, studies find

  • Inflammation-Fighting Drug Fails in Heart Trial
    But researchers think the approach could one day pay dividends

  • Heart Disease, Stroke Still Big Killers
    Latest U.S. statistics suggest obesity, smoking are largely to blame

  • Traditional Heart Risk Factors Outdo Biomarkers
    Researcher says newer measures not ready for primetime

  • FDA Strengthens Warning on Heart Surgery Drug
    Cardiovascular, kidney risks mean Trasylol should only be used in special circumstances

  • Medicare's Hospital Ratings System May Be Flawed
    Study finds it bears little relation to actual patient outcomes

  • Folic Acid Doesn't Help the Heart
    Lifestyle changes more likely to prevent second heart attack, study finds

  • Raising 'Good' Cholesterol Levels Still a Worthy Goal
    Despite death of Pfizer drug, researchers say investigation of concept should continue

  • Coated Stents Should Stay on Market, U.S. Advisers Say
    But all patients at heightened risk of blood clots, FDA panel concludes

  • Drug-Coated Stents Don't Boost Death Risk, U.S. Advisers Say
    But the devices may be the cause of blood clots, FDA panel notes

  • Statin Users Risk Heart Attacks by Stopping Treatment
    Dutch study finds chance for incident increased at least 30 percent

  • FDA Panel to Weigh Value of Drug-Coated Stents
    Safety concerns are raising doubts about the artery-opening devices

  • Drug-Coated Stents Create Clot Risk
    While they offer benefits, they may not be appropriate for all heart patients, FDA says

  • Medicaid Patients Receive Poorer Cardiac Care
    They're more likely to lack medication and endure delays in care, study finds

  • 2 Studies Find Drug-Eluting Stents Risky Without Blood Thinner
    Heart patients with such stents face higher sudden-death risk, cardiologists report.

  • Drug-Eluting Stents Risky Without Blood Thinner, Study Suggests
    Despite clotting dangers, the devices are still the best option, some cardiologists say

  • Doctors Divided Over Loss of Experimental Cholesterol Drug
    Pfizer compound sought to raise 'good' cholesterol, but trial revealed unacceptable death rate

  • Compound in Red Wine May Be Key to Heart Health
    But levels of procyanidins aren't the same in all wines, study says

  • Statins Cut Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke in Those Without Heart Disease
    But the drugs didn't reduce threat of coronary heart disease or overall death

  • Newly Depressed Heart-Attack Patients at Cardiac Risk
    Their odds of second attack are higher than for those with prior history of depression, study finds

  • Healthy Hearts Are Thankful Hearts
    Tiny implanted devices are keeping one Texas family alive

  • Cellular Changes Could Spur Heart Failure Death
    Genetics could alter the cells' sodium channel function, study finds

  • New Blood Thinner Offers Safer Heart Attack Care
    Bivalirudin cut down on bleeding episodes, researchers found

  • Embryonic Stem Cells Yield Full Range of Heart Tissues
    The finding brings experts a step closer to stem cell-based treatments

  • Heart Risk Tool May Be Failing Kidney Patients
    Widely used 'risk score' underestimates dangers to end-stage patients, study finds

  • High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Boosts Disease Risk Later in Life
    Threat of stroke, heart attack and midlife high blood pressure all increase, study finds

  • Newly Released Data Stirs Naproxen Debate
    Study finds Aleve boosts heart risks, but expert says data is unreliable

  • Diabetes Dragging Down America's Health: Reports
    Increasingly, young people are suffering from the obesity-linked illness

  • Blood Transfusions Won't Help All Heart Patients
    Procedure can harm those with low levels of a blood marker, researchers say

  • Blood Test Spots Heart Failure
    Lowers costs of hospital care, study finds

  • 10% of Americans Struggle With Chronic Pain
    And one in four adults suffered a daylong bout of pain in past month, report found

  • Smoking Linked to Cognitive Decline in Heart Patients
    Even those who gave it up decades ago had more problems after heart surgery

  • Angioplasty Won't Always Cut Risk for Second Heart Attack
    Using the procedure more than 3 days after an attack does no good, study finds

  • Amniotic Stem Cells Offer Hope Against Congenital Heart Defects
    Condition causes more deaths in first year of life than any other birth defect

  • Low-Carb Diet Can Be Heart-Healthy
    But get dietary fats from plant sources, not meat, experts say

  • Heart Failure Patients Can Waltz Their Way to Stronger Hearts
    Dancing sometimes offers better results than exercise, researchers report

  • Key Steps Speed Heart Attack Care
    All U.S. hospitals should follow these six rules, researchers say

  • Implanted Heart Devices Should Be Recyled After Death, Researchers Say
    Morticians and patients willing to donate defibrillators and pacemakers for further use, survey finds.

  • Drug-Coated Angioplasty Balloons Keep Arteries From Reclosing
    The finding could eliminate the need for drug-coated stents, study suggests

  • Diabetes Drug Curbs Arterial Thickening
    Actos may be another weapon against heart disease, study finds

  • Doctors Debate the Merits of Drug-Coated Stents
    Some worry the artery-opening devices may contribute to long-term mortality

  • Anticoagulant-Antidote Pairing Passes 1st Human Safety Test
    Medication system could prove a significant advance for heart-disease patients

  • Implanted Heart Devices Should Be Recyled After Death, Researchers Say
    Morticians and patients willing to donate defibrillators and pacemakers for further use, survey finds.

  • 3 Million Worldwide Die From High Blood Sugar
    Risk kicks in before glucose reaches diabetic levels, experts note

  • Cholesterol Control Boosts Lymphoma Survivors' Outcomes
    Cancer treatment leaves patients prone to heart disease, experts note

  • Could Aid Some Cases of Heart Failure
    Device might help hearts adjust to physical activity, researchers say

  • Malaria Drug May Fight Metabolic Syndrome
    Chloroquine is giving clues to the group of risk factors that harm the heart

  • Study Finds High Incidence of Less-Recognized Heart Failure
    It involves abnormalities with heart refilling with blood, not pumping it

  • For Many Women, Daily Aspirin Can Protect the Heart
    But not every woman is a candidate for the therapy, so check with your doctor first

  • Regular Exercise Helps Obese Teens' Hearts
    But a push from parents is crucial to keeping kids healthy, experts say

  • Test Gauges Pulmonary Hypertension Risk
    Simple heart measurement predicts survival, experts say

  • Statins Could Aid Heart Failure Patients
    Findings suggest the cholesterol-lowering drugs improve survival

  • New Scanning Tool Could Prevent Unneeded Heart Attack Hospitalizations
    Computerized technique reveals blocked arteries

  • Proper Care Prevents Deep Vein Clots in Elderly
    These leg clots can move to the lung and prove fatal, experts say

  • Statins Good for Smokers' Lungs
    But they're no substitute for quitting smoking, researchers add

  • Daily Drink or Two Cuts Healthy Men's Heart Attack Risk
    Moderate drinking benefits more than high-risk individuals, study suggests

  • Health Tip: If Someone Is Having a Heart Attack
    Call 911 first, experts say

  • Precaution
    FDA move on drug label unlikely to dim enthusiasm for the medication, experts say

  • Breakthrough Cancer Drug Gleevec Gets Heart Precaution
    FDA move on drug label unlikely to dim enthusiasm for the medication, experts say

  • Surgery Better Than Stents at Stroke Prevention
    French trial focused on patients with blocked arteries who showed symptoms

  • Gum Disease Can Trigger Host of Problems
    Left untreated, it can contribute to ills ranging from diabetes to heart trouble

  • Psoriasis Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Attack
    Younger patients with more severe disease face highest odds, study finds

  • Walnuts May Beat Olive Oil for Heart Health
    Spanish study suggests they leave arteries more elastic

  • 2-Drug Treatment Reverses Heart Attack Damage
    Therapy proves successful with rats, but human trials a long way off

  • Bypass Best for Clogged Arteries
    It provides better survival than drugs or angioplasty, study found

  • Study Favors One Type of Drug-Coated Stent
    But experts call for better, longer trials of the artery-opening devices

  • Heart Screening Prevents Sudden Deaths in Athletes
    Italian program cut cardiac deaths by nearly 90 percent

  • Heartburn Drugs Might Slow Heart Failure
    Small study finds value in over-the-counter Pepcid

  • Intensive Statin Therapy Beneficial in Heart Emergencies
    Studies find a reduction in deaths, cardiovascular problems

  • 'Silent Killer' Helps Treat Lung Condition
    Carbon monoxide plays Jekyll and Hyde, destroying cells blocking blood flow

  • 2 Trials Show Stem-Cell Therapy Benefits Heart-Attack Patients
    But third trial shows no gain at all, researchers report

  • High Levels of Lipoprotein Spell Cardiac Trouble in Women
    In large study, risk was even greater if women also had high LDL cholesterol

  • Heart Attack Patients Skipping Important Meds
    More than half don't take beta blockers as prescribed, study finds

  • Expensive, Drug-Coated Stents Offer Modest Benefit
    Based on studies, bare-metal stents may be just as good, experts say

  • Early Symptoms Can Warn of Sudden Cardiac Death
    Chest pain, breathlessness call for quick action, study finds

  • Exercise: The Antidote for a High-Fat Meal
    Even a mild workout reverses arterial damage, study suggests

  • Gene Holds Clues to Heart Disease
    Variants of GATA2 could help explain familial risk, study shows

  • Celebrex Has 'No Role' Against Colon Cancer
    It helps prevent polyps but doubles users' heart dangers, two studies find

  • New Cholesterol Guidelines Proposed for Teens
    Gender, age taken into account to assess future heart-disease risk

  • 31 States Record Increases in Adult Obesity
    Two-thirds of Americans now at risk of diseases like diabetes, heart disease, report finds

  • U.S. Adds TLC to New Cholesterol Guide
    80-page publication offers prescription for therapeutic lifestyle changes

  • Long Work Days Linked to High Blood Pressure
    Risk is higher for those with little job control, study suggests

  • Health Tip: Know Your Blood Pressure
    Are your pressure and cholesterol levels within normal range?

  • Lifetime Cost of Women's Angina Tops $1 Million
    Even mild artery blockages can trigger serious expense, study finds

  • Statins Protect Heart After Heart Attack
    Animal experiments find role for popular drug beyond lowering cholesterol

  • Does Body-Mass Index Really Predict Heart Risk?
    New data suggests BMI can't distinguish between fat, muscle

  • Any Tobacco Use Raises Heart Attack Risk
    That includes smoking, chewing and secondhand exposures, study finds

  • Expanded Use of Plavix Approved
    To prevent blocked arteries after heart attack

  • Blacks, Hispanics Hospitalized More Often for Diabetes, Heart Disease
    Many cases could have been prevented through better outpatient care, U.S. group finds

  • Heart Failure Patients Fare Better With Follow-Up Nursing Care
    Researchers cite fewer hospitalizations, improved functioning for those enrolled in study

  • Coffee Might Trigger First Heart Attack in Some
    Study found those at risk for coronary disease were most vulnerable

  • Heart Drug May Help Reopen Arteries After Stroke
    Small study says low-dose argatroban used with intravenous rtPA may improve outcomes

  • Breast Cancer Patients Should Monitor Heart Risks
    2 studies find potential side effects from Herceptin, radiation

  • Alternative Test Uncovers Hidden Risks for Kidney, Cardiovascular Disease
    Patients with high cystatin C protein levels were 50% more likely to die, study says

  • ACE Inhibitors Good for Hardened Arteries
    While some doctors still debate the practice, new research finds benefits

  • Just a Little High-Saturated Fat Can Be Hard on the Arteries
    Researchers find that even one high-fat meal reduces effects of 'good' cholesterol

  • External Defibrillator Warnings Not Adequate
    FDA has issued warnings for one in every five devices, study finds

  • Lowering Blood Pressure Can Stop or Reverse Heart Disease
    Keeping hypertension at bay as important as reducing cholesterol, study suggests

  • Blood Clot Threads Are Nature's Most Stretchable: Study
    Fibrin fibers could be pulled more than four times their length before they broke

  • Guidelines Suggest When Resuscitation Works for Cardiac Arrest
    Only about 1 percent of victims survive an attack, study says

  • New Gene Therapy Shows Promise for Hereditary Heart Conditions
    In animal study, single injection into a vein hints of long-lasting treatment for humans

  • Heart Attacks Often Go Unrecognized
    Some estimates run as high as 43 percent; women frequently under-diagnosed

  • Men at Higher Risk of Recurrent Blood Clots
    Deep venous thrombosis often occurs in the legs and can be fatal, experts warn

  • Paralyzed Patients Can Need Heart Pacing Help
    Spinal cord injuries at the neck can slow cardiac function, researchers say

  • New Test Identifies Blood Clot Risk
    Could help spot people in need of blood-thinning therapy, study says

  • Light Drinking Cuts Risk for Death, Heart Attack
    A drink a day may bring benefits, but experts aren't sure why

  • Head Online for Advice on Heart Attack
    New U.S. National Institutes of Health Web site is aimed at seniors

  • Impotence Can Foreshadow Coronary Artery Disease
    Doctors should monitor heart health of patients with erectile dysfunction, study says

  • Journal Editor Criticizes Authors of Migraine Study
    Research on link to heart risk was OK, but writers' financial interests were not revealed

  • Adolescent Obesity Linked to Premature Death
    But diet pill, not yet approved for children, works for teens, researchers report

  • Surgery a Lifesaver When Aortic Dissection Strikes
    Cardiac condition that killed actor John Ritter mimics heart attack, experts say

  • Eyes May Provide Window on Heart Risk
    Measuring width of retinal vessels predicts cardiac dangers, study finds

  • Living Alone Boosts Heart Risk
    Solitary seniors, especially, had much greater odds of heart attack, study found

  • High Humidity May Be Linked to Heart-Attack Risk
    But researchers say the findings are far from definitive

  • Experts: Screen Most Older Adults to Prevent Heart Attacks
    Panel advises regular arterial exams for even healthy Americans

  • New Markers Won't Help Docs Assess Heart Risks
    Blood levels of C-reactive protein, other markers, add little to known risk factors, study shows

  • Enron Founder's Death Linked to Heart Disease
    While stress contributed, Kenneth Lay also had coronary-artery disease, autopsy shows

  • Hospital Ratings Don't Fully Reflect Patient Outcomes
    Specific interventions help, but don't explain variations in heart attack survival, researchers say

  • Five Steps Help Men Live Longer
    Exercise, healthy diet, no smoking, staying trim and moderate drinking are key, study finds

  • New Guide May Help Lower Blood Pressure
    Government health experts offering up revised DASH diet booklet

  • Diabetes Brings Earlier Heart Disease, Death
    Developing the type 2 form of the illness is like aging 15 years, researchers say

  • Two Technologies Together Spot Clogged Vessels
    Noninvasive cardiac MRI plus contrast enhancement worked better than angiography, researchers report

  • Antioxidant May Prevent Kidney Damage, Study Finds
    The organ can be harmed by imaging techniques to help doctors see inside the body

  • Testosterone Offers Women Benefits, Risks
    Higher levels may boost sexual function, but increase heart trouble, studies find

  • Nighttime Blood Pressure Linked to Heart Failure
    Absence of normal drop more than doubles the risk, study finds

  • Secondhand Smoke a Threat to All, Surgeon General Warns
    It increases risk of heart disease, lung cancer and SIDS, report finds

  • Women's Heart Care Varies Widely By Hospital
    New survey finds a 40% difference between best, poorest performers

  • May Fight High Blood Pressure
    The more consumed, the bigger the benefit, study finds

  • Journal Corrects Vioxx Article to Reflect Short-Term Heart Risk
    Experts call the change overdue, given the accumulated evidence

  • Heart Differences May Explain Young Athletes' Deaths Despite CPR
    Experts say underlying structural problems are probably to blame

  • Blood Pressure Woes Start Earlier Than You Think
    59 million Americans have prehypertension, a condition with serious health risks

  • Late-Life Job Loss Raises Heart Attack Risk
    Older workers could benefit from stress reduction after layoffs, researchers say

  • Mutant Gene May Help Cause Abnormal Heartbeat
    The finding could explain many cases of atrial fibrillation

  • Veggies Do a Heart Good
    Mice fed 30% vegetable diet were thinner with clearer arteries, study found

  • NSAIDs Pose Death Risk for Heart-Attack Patients
    The painkillers include cox-2s like Vioxx and high-dose ibuprofen, study finds

  • New Heart Guidelines Add Exercise to Healthy Diet
    This combo is the best route to cardiovascular health, American Heart Association says

  • Engineered Cells Could Control Irregular Heartbeat
    Natural tissues might replace implanted pacemakers in children, study suggests

  • Gum Disease Can Harm Much More Than Your Teeth
    Periodontal problems could aggravate other ailments, such as diabetes and heart disease

  • High Blood Sugar Can Be Deadly After Heart Attack
    Death was 15 times more likely in some patients with hyperglycemia, study found

  • Fish Oil Won't Fix Abnormal Heart Rhythms: Study
    But eating fish may still be heart-healthy, expert says

  • Jury Still Out on Best Delivery of CPR
    One study supports manual method, another picks machine-based technique

  • Medication Use Crucial After Stent Placement
    Heart attack patients who didn't follow regimen had 9-fold higher death risk, study says

  • Defibrillator Recipients Face Increased Heart-Failure Risk
    They need more care than they're getting to ensure their health, study says

  • Major Changes Could Reduce Diabetes Death Toll
    American Diabetes Association warns 62 million could die in next 30 years

  • New Campaign Launched to Fight Global Rise in Diabetes
    Experts predict that 350 million could be diabetic by 2026

  • Imaging Combo Catches Cardiovascular Trouble
    Two types of scans were more accurate at spotting blood flow problems

  • Heart Patients Need More Fitness Follow-Up
    Women are in worse physical shape than expected, study finds

  • Researchers Spot Earliest Signs of Heart Disease
    PET scans detected arterial damage long before symptoms arose

  • Non-Cox-2 Painkillers May Also Carry Heart Risks
    British study finds hazards with ibuprofen, diclofenac; other experts disagree

  • Enlarged Heart Not Always a Sign of Trouble
    Type of stress determines how the heart reacts, researchers report

  • Mild Heart Disorder Raises Stroke Risk
    Slight reduction in pumping ability found to cause the problem

  • Expert Advice on Heart Attack Now Online
    American Heart Association's Web site is new resource for heart patients

  • High Doses of Statins Carry Dangers, Swedish Report Says
    But top American cardiologists say evidence doesn't back up the claim

  • Air Pollution Boosts Death Rates
    Those with diseases like diabetes, heart failure and rheumatoid arthritis are vulnerable, study finds

  • Drug Combos Best for Controlling Blood Pressure
    Lowering cholesterol also offers benefits, studies find

  • Research Questions Usefulness of Public Defibrillators
    Outside of a few locales, other methods of saving lives may be more cost-effective

  • Early Treatment Helps People With Prehypertension
    Medication slowed progression to hypertension, researchers say

  • Hispanics Less Likely to Get Bystander CPR
    They received the lifesaving procedure half as often as U.S. whites

  • Cooling Brain Improves Cardiac Arrest Outcomes
    'Controlled hypothermia' limits the damage when blood supply dwindles, study finds

  • Spirituality May Help Lower Blood Pressure
    Church-going U.S. blacks had better BP, even with standard risk factors

  • Fish Consumption Linked to Heart Abnormality
    But experts insist the food is a heart-healthy choice

  • Safety of External Defibrillators Examined
    Study shows one in five was recalled for potential malfunction in past 10 years

  • New Vioxx Data Confirm Concerns About Risk, Doctors Say
    Study shows heart dangers began at four months, not 18 as Merck has stated

  • Popular Supplement Doesn't Reduce High Cholesterol
    Policosanol is no more effective than a placebo, study finds

  • Problems With Implantable Heart Devices Need More Public Airing
    Experts say companies that make them should work closely with government, doctors

  • U.S. Experts Issue New Heart Disease Treatment Guidelines
    Among the changes: a lower recommended dose of daily aspirin, and more exercise

  • Statin Drugs Help Heart Patients Survive
    Giving the cholesterol-busters to cardiac patients saves lives, study suggests

  • Experts Point to Best Centers for Heart Attack Care
    Hospitals that adhere to guidelines boost patient outcomes

  • Women Benefiting Less From Improved Heart Disease Care
    Cardiovascular death rate falling faster for men, study shows

  • Ultrasound Can Help Predict Heart Attack Risk
    Atherosclerosis in neck artery is key warning sign, study finds

  • Heart Drug Side Effects More Common in Minority Patients
    But experts say race may not necessarily be to blame

  • Health Tip: Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
    Chest pain isn't the only possible symptom

  • Surprising Report on Statins Won't Deter Doctors From Using Them
    They see great value in administering the cholesterol drugs to heart patients

  • New Method Gauges Blood Needed for Bypass Surgery
    It's a means of preserving this precious resource

  • Heart Attacks Are Biggest Threat to U.S. Firefighters
    Fatal motor vehicle crashes a close second for volunteers, report finds

  • Free Guidebooks Make for Heart-Healthy Reading
    Experts at U.S. National Institutes of Health offer exercise, diet tips

  • New Guidelines Recommended for Implanted Heart Devices
    Cardiac group asks FDA and manufacturers to cooperate on pacemakers, defibrillators

  • Younger Women Prone to Depression After Heart Attack
    40% struggle with the condition, which can hamper recovery, study says

  • Pacemaker, Defibrillator Reliability Can Be Improved
    While the devices have gotten better, they still malfunction, studies find

  • Survival Rises When Hospitals Heed All Heart Attack Guidelines
    But one out of four hospitals aren't adhering completely, study finds

  • Pacemaker, Defibrillator Reliability Can Be Improved
    While the devices have gotten better, they still malfunction, studies find

  • Heavy Coffee Drinking Doesn't Hurt the Heart
    No risk of heart disease found in two long-term studies

  • Education Level Linked to Heart Disease: Study
    Those with just a high school degree more likely to have calcium deposits in arteries

  • Sleep Apnea Raises Arrhythmia Risk
    Finding could explain rise in risk for sudden death linked to the condition

  • Can Frequent Infections Damage a Child's Heart?
    Study suggests that elevated protein levels may signal future trouble

  • Blood Pressure Drugs Help Prevent Stroke, Heart Attack
    Review of the data suggests ACE inhibitors are lifesavers

  • 't Cause Breast Cancer: Study
    But treatment isn't risk-free, so women should consult their doctors, experts say

  • Standard Test Misses Heart Disease Signs in Women
    Angiograms don't find blockages in smaller vessels that women tend to have, study shows

  • Chest Protectors Don't Protect Young Athletes
    Catchers, goalies at risk of fatal blow to heart, study says

  • Prostate Drug Might Boost Heart Risks
    In mouse study, doxazosin helped induce heart failure

  • Multiple Lifestyle Changes Help Lower Blood Pressure
    Measures include counseling on nutrition and exercise, study reports

  • Many Women Still Misinformed About Heart Disease
    Risk factors and symptoms of trouble can be very different from those for men

  • Infections May Trigger Dangerous Blood Clots
    Respiratory, urinary tract problems linked to deep vein thrombosis, study suggests

  • Health Tip: Internet Recipes Good for the Heart
    Heart Association offers tasty alternatives

  • Smoking Can Kill In Middle Age
    Study shows rise in death rate, but quitting cuts the risk

  • Fish Not a Proven Heart Protector: Study
    But the presence of omega 3 fats confers a likely benefit, experts say

  • Billing Records Help Assess Care for Heart Patients
    The best hospitals produce the best results, study finds

  • Exercise No Threat to a Woman's Heart
    But excess weight and sedentary lifestyle are, studies find

  • Health Tip: Heart Attack or Indigestion?
    How to tell the difference

  • Costly Heart Test Could Save Medicare Money
    Cardiac screen spots those who need a defibrillator, study says

  • Test to Predict Heart-Attack Risk Underused
    Younger, healthier patients who would benefit don't get the exam, study says

  • Blood Thinner Protects Heart Patients
    Abciximab boosted survival after angioplasty, stent placement, study found

  • Blood Pressure Drugs Keep Hypertension in Check
    Patients using angiotensin receptor blocker postponed progression to hypertension, study finds

  • Anti-Clotting Drugs May Improve Heart Attack Care
    Arixtra and Lovenox extend survival, lower post-attack events, studies show

  • Lumbee Indian Tribe at Raised Heart Risk
    Members of the North Carolina tribe may need more focused care, researchers say

  • Pregnancy Complications May Signal Long-Term Heart Trouble
    Obstetric problems may put women at cardiovascular risk, study finds

  • Women, Minorities Less Likely to Get Best Heart Attack Care
    White male patients are most often transferred to high-quality medical centers, study finds

  • Aggressive Statin Therapy May Reverse Atherosclerosis
    Crestor not only inhibited but reduced plaque build-up on artery walls, researchers say

  • Folic Acid Supplements Won't Lower Heart-Attack Risk
    Two studies suggest folate and B vitamins are not as heart-healthy as thought

  • Doctors Rethinking Aspirin-Plavix Combination
    Blood-thinning regimen can double death risk if used to prevent first heart attack, study finds

  • Study Will Look at Early Use of HRT
    Estrogen replacement might be heart-healthy for menopausal women

  • Drug-Coated Stents Beat Radiation at Reopening Arteries
    Two studies with different brands produce similar results

  • Health Tip: Aspirin Therapy Isn't for Everyone
    Healthy people should avoid long-term use, FDA says

  • Blood Pressure Dropping Globally
    Better diets, not antihypertensive medications, may be the reason, experts say

  • Researchers Reduce Enlarged Hearts in Fat Mice
    Finding could spur new treatments for obesity-related heart failure

  • Aspirin Therapy Benefits More People Than Thought
    Those with heart disease risk of 7.5 percent or more are helped, study finds

  • Genes May Dictate Caffeine's Dangers
    One form of DNA might increase heart attack risk, study finds

  • Air Pollution Ups Hospitalizations in Seniors
    Cardiovascular, respiratory troubles increase, study finds

  • Health Tip: Keep Your Cholesterol Down
    It will help prevent heart disease

  • Health Tip: A Broken Heart Can Make You Sick
    But usually there's no permanent damage

  • Diabetes May Roll Back Victories Over Heart Disease
    Growing epidemic threatens America's health, study finds

  • Combat Stress Boosts Heart Disease Risk
    Cardiac dangers continue even decades later, study finds

  • Radiowave Technique Steadies Abnormal Heartbeats
    Catheter ablation helped atrial fibrillation patients in study

  • 'Wave' Test Could Spot Heart Disease
    Noninvasive screen relies on pulses within arteries

  • Stem Cell Treatment for Heart Attack Ineffective
    But experts say the field remains full of promise

  • Overactive Thyroid Tied to Irregular Heart Rhythm
    But other heart problems aren't linked to trouble with the gland, study suggests

  • Stress Can Trigger, Worsen Heart Attacks
    Blood pressure, heart activity took longer to return to normal, study finds

  • Two Rare Clotting Genes Hike Heart Disease Risk
    Study analysis finds moderate increase for cardiac problems

  • Two Drug-Coated Stents Perform Equally Well
    Head-to-head trial of the artery-opening devices found little difference

  • Statins, Beta Blockers Help Block First Heart Attack
    These drugs do more than just reduce cardiovascular disease, study suggests

  • Focus, Flexibility Speed Heart Attack Care
    Lessons from the nation's best-responding hospitals can improve centers elsewhere, experts say

  • Birth-Control Patch May Boost Risk of Blood Clots
    But a second study found no heightened risk, officials report

  • More Than 40% of Heart Attacks Go Undiagnosed
    The problem affects women more often than men, researchers report

  • Poverty Lowers Cardiac Stress Test Results
    Experts say poor diet and lack of access to fitness facilities to blame

  • Drugs May Hinder, Not Help, Angioplasty
    Common practice may actually raise risks to patients, researchers say

  • Estrogen Therapy of No Value to Heart Health
    But it may offer some protection to younger postmenopausal women, study finds

  • Many Men Drive to ER During Heart Attack
    One in 14 do so, researchers say, even though ambulance is the better option

  • Health Tip: Tooth Pain May Actually Signal a Heart Attack
    Pain can also radiate from the jaw, abdomen or back

  • Diabetics' Hearts Fueled by Fats
    Finding could explain high heart attack rate in those with diabetes, researchers say

  • Health Tip: Women Have Different Heart Attack Symptoms
    Or no clinical symptoms at all

  • Stem Cells Offer Hope Against Heart Failure
    No breakthroughs yet, but getting the 'recipe' right will be key, experts say

  • Self-Monitoring of Blood Drug Helps Patients
    Fewer problems, lower death rate, researchers found

  • Women More Aware of Heart-Disease Risk...
    ... But treatment still doesn't equal that of men, studies find

  • Gene Explains Asians' Resistance to Angina Drug
    Switched-off DNA may explain why many don't get relief from nitroglycerin

  • Fruits and Veggies Protect Against Stroke
    Three daily servings are good, five or more are better, study finds

  • Study Looks at Hispanic Hypertension 'Race Gap'
    Black Hispanics more likely to have high blood pressure than white Hispanics

  • Statins May Prevent Sepsis in Heart Patients
    Risk of deadly reaction to infection was reduced by cholesterol drugs, study says

  • Trauma Centers Save More Lives
    The findings could help save facilities threatened with closure, experts say

  • Heart-Surgery Drug Poses Risks: Study
    It can cause kidney failure, stroke, heart problems, researcher says

  • Heart Tests, Treatments May Be Overused
    Use of expensive interventions far exceeds rise in disease incidence, studies find

  • Erectile Dysfunction Can Signal Heart Trouble
    Men with condition performed more poorly on cardiac stress test, researchers found

  • On-the-Job Stress Bad for the Heart
    British study links it to increase in risk factors for cardiovascular disease

  • Science Creates a Living Bandage for Broken Hearts
    'Cardiac patch' and other advances are on the horizon, researchers say

  • Impotence Drugs Linked Again to Vision Problems
    Small study suggests users with previous heart attack history may be at risk

  • Aspirin Protects Men and Women Differently
    Fewer strokes for women, fewer heart attacks for men, study found

  • Diuretic May Ease Sleep Apnea
    Study of heart-failure patients found acetazolamide improved symptoms

  • Angioplasty Works Best When Hospitals Use It Most
    Making the procedure first-line therapy makes a difference, study finds

  • Give Shoveling Injuries the Heave-Ho
    Experts offer safety tips for clearing away the white stuff

  • Lifestyle Changes Can Quickly Reverse Heart Risks
    In 3 weeks, improvements in diet and exercise can have big impact, study finds

  • Making a Lifesaving Device Less Painful
    Drug treatment reduces need for defibrillator shock, study finds

  • Obesity Alone Boosts Heart Disease Risk
    Research also finds other risk factors are undertreated

  • Electrocardiograms Help Predict Heart Failure
    Study finding based on people with high blood pressure

  • Heart Patients Not Taking Meds As Directed
    Nearly half failed to follow doctor's orders, study found

  • Soy Might Worsen Heart Condition
    Male mice prone to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy did better on milk-protein diet, study finds

  • Elderly Alcoholics Get Equal Heart Attack Care
    They're just as likely to receive needed drugs and advice to quit smoking, study finds

  • Amino Acid Supplement No Good After Heart Attack
    It might even raise death risk for older patients, researchers find

  • Drug-Eluting Stents May Cause Allergic Reactions
    But they remain a lifesaving device for heart patients, study finds

  • Hot Weather Heats Up Blood Pressure
    For elderly, rising temperatures means rising hypertension, early study suggests

  • Genetic Test Can Detect Heart Transplant Rejection
    It may also reduce the need for invasive heart-muscle biopsies, researchers say

  • Angioplasty Best for Heart Attack Survival
    When emergency clot-dissolvers failed, it upped survival rates, study found

  • Marker for Heart Failure Works in Kidney Patients
    Study found renal disease did not alter accuracy of blood test

  • Heart Attack Drugs Often Misprescribed
    Powerful anti-clotting meds aren't adjusted for patient size, study finds

  • If Your Siblings Have Heart Disease, You May, Too
    Study finding should encourage people to control risk factors, experts say

  • Heart Rhythm Drug Does the Trick
    Reduced abnormal heartbeats by 50% in most heart patients, study finds

  • Hold on to Health During the Holidays
    If jingle bells jangle nerves and send you snacking, simple tips can help

  • Gene Test Could Spot Dangerous Heart Condition
    A number of genetic markers may help pinpoint long QT syyndrome

  • Depression Raises Heart Risks
    The effect is especially strong in younger adults, study suggests

  • Strict Blood Sugar Control Cuts Diabetes Heart Risk
    Odds of heart attack, stroke fell by more than half in type 1 patients, study found

  • A Little Dark Chocolate Does A Heart Good
    It sweetly staves off hardening of the arteries in smokers, study finds

  • Diesel Exhaust Chokes Human Arteries
    'Exposure chamber' study shows fumes narrow vessels, raise clot risk

  • Fish Oil Fights Pollution-Linked Heart Trouble
    Study in elderly finds it helps stabilize cardiac regulation

  • Diesel Exhaust Chokes Human Arteries
    'Exposure chamber' study shows fumes narrow vessels, raise clot risk

  • U.S. Health Gains Starting to Slow: Study
    Rates of early death, prenatal care, smoking stable in recent years; obesity way up

  • Scoring Method Misses Women's Heart Disease Risk
    Doctors may not be spotting a third of women at risk for heart attack, study finds

  • Experimental Treatment for Sleep Apnea Disappoints
    Using a pacemaker to speed up heart rate failed to produce desired result, study finds

  • Heart Failure Drug for Blacks a Good Deal
    Study found Bidil cost 34% less than standard therapy over course of a year

  • Young Adults Lax on Cholesterol Control
    No decrease for them over past two decades, new study finds

  • Vioxx Drama Echoes Earlier Concerns About Missing Data
    Renewed outrage triggered by medical journal's charge that drug maker withheld heart risks

  • Heart Attack Gives Most Survivors a 'Second Chance'
    Yet many surveyed say they aren't doing enough to prevent a recurrence

  • New England Journal Charges Merck Deleted Vioxx Study Data
    Editors contend drugmaker withheld information on heart risks before findings were given to journal

  • Obesity, Blood Pressure Woes Haunt Aging Boomers
    But life expectancy has hit an all-time high, annual U.S. health report finds

  • Women, It's Never Too Early to Protect Your Heart
    Stress, fluctuating hormone levels can cause problems long before menopause, study suggests

  • Medications Keep Heart-Failure Patients Alive
    Vigilant use reduces risk of death by nearly 50 percent, researchers report

  • Volunteer-Operated Defibs are Lifesavers
    Study shows they improve survival even in rural areas

  • Got Gum Trouble? Your Heart Might Be Next
    Infected gums can contribute to clogged arteries, experts say

  • Thyroid Trouble Raises Heart Risk
    Study finds increased odds of heart failure as thyroid fails

  • Links Between Depression, Heart Disease Get Clearer
    Depressed patients are more stressed and prone to skipping meds, studies find

  • Heart Failure Patients in Two Countries Compared
    U.S. patients did better than Canadian ones in short run, but difference disappeared after a year

  • Simpler CPR Guidelines Unveiled
    They emphasize chest compressions over rescue breaths

  • C-Reactive Protein Signals Cardiovascular Risk, Sometimes
    Two studies arrive at different conclusions on value of test for inflammatory protein

  • As Noise Rises, So May Heart Risks
    Loud environments boost odds for heart attack, study finds

  • Study Compares Use of Anti-Clotting Drugs for Heart Patients
    Researchers found little difference between two forms of heparin

  • Program Improves Heart Patients' Care
    'Get With the Guidelines' encourages health staff to stick to treatment standards

  • Obesity Ups Arrhythmia Risk After Bypass
    Being overweight can more than double the odds, study found

  • Protein Test Gauges Heart Failure Risk
    High blood levels of NT-proBNP can signal danger, study finds

  • Innovative Research Gives Heart Patients Hope
    Robots, gene-driven pacemakers and even a link to creme brulée served up at AHA meeting

  • Arthritis Patients Missing Out on Aspirin Therapy
    Rheumatoid sufferers at higher risk of heart disease, study notes

  • Decaf Coffee Might Slightly Boost Heart-Disease Risk
    Study found it raised levels of blood fats, LDL cholesterol

  • Diabetes Drug Pulls Double Duty
    Actos cut risk of second heart attack in patients with type 2 diabetes, study finds

  • U.S. Heart Patients May Get Too Many Blood Transfusions
    Many of these potentially risky procedures may be unnecessary, researchers contend

  • Daily Aspirin a Smart Move After Menopause
    Study suggests it reduced death risk in those with heart disease

  • High-Dose Lipitor Equal to Lower-Dose Zocor
    But study found Lipitor did reduce risk of some cardiovascular events

  • Pet Therapy Boosts Heart-Failure Patients
    Visit with dogs improved heart, lung function in hospitalized men and women, study found

  • Roller Coasters Can Tax the Heart
    People with cardiac problems should avoid the amusement park staples, study warns

  • Progenitor Cells Stem Damage After Heart Attack
    Study found infusions doubled the improvement in heart pumping function

  • Post-Heart Attack Drug Therapy Improving
    But many doctors aren't keeping up with the latest medications, study finds

  • OTC Painkillers Raise Death Risk After Heart Attack
    The higher the dose of NSAIDs, the greater the risk, study finds

  • Cholesterol-Busting Drugs Help After Kidney Transplant
    Statins may help shield organ recipients from heart attack

  • Heart Disease, Diabetes Are Preventable
    Better habits could prevent 80% of heart disease, 90% of type 2 diabetes, expert says

  • Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk of Stroke, Death
    Study provides first real link to troubled nighttime breathing

  • Plavix Helps Heart Attack Patients Survive
    Clot-buster lowered risk of second heart attacks, strokes and death in large trial

  • Waist-Hip Ratio a Better Heart Measure Than BMI?
    International study finds ratio spots three times more of those at risk

  • Merck Wins 2nd Vioxx Lawsuit
    Unlike first case, plaintiff failed to prove drug caused his heart attack

  • Health Tip: Coughing Can Help During Heart Attack
    It can push blood through your system

  • Underprivileged at Greater Risk of Heart Disease
    The tools to spot their risk are lacking, British study finds

  • Child's Growth Predicts Adult Heart Woes
    Low birthweight, a failure to thrive, then adding fat boost risks, study finds

  • Heart Attack Deaths Higher in Hospitals With More Black Patients
    Finding underscores need to improve disparities in care, experts say

  • Viagra May Treat Heart Failure
    Impotence drug reduced hormonal stress on heart by 50 percent, researcher says

  • Don't Work Your Heart Out
    Stressful jobs and unfair bosses can raise cardiac risks, study finds

  • Drug-Eluting Stents Better for Aging, Grafted Veins
    Study found they outperformed bare metal stents

  • Gene That Helps Control Heartbeat Found
    Could help against human arrhythmias, researchers say

  • Drug Improves Type 2 Diabetes Outcomes
    Study found pioglitazone cut risk for heart attacks, strokes

  • Quality Gap Widens Between America's Best, Worst Hospitals
    Patients at higher death risk in poorest-performing centers, study finds

  • Booze Thins the Blood
    Alcohol's effect can be both good and bad, study finds

  • Many Women Still Don't Take Heart Disease Seriously
    Campaign seeks to highlight risks, encourage proactive approach to heart health

  • Cholesterol Levels Can't Be Too Low
    Study finds very low levels of LDL cholesterol are both safe and better

  • Obesity During Midlife Ups Dementia Risk
    Study found those with BMI higher than 30 also more likely to have heart attack, diabetes

  • Researchers Question Value of CRP Test
    High levels of protein tend to occur only with other cardiovascular risk factors, study says

  • Many Smokers Stick With Habit After Heart Attack
    European study shows one in five don't quit, despite risks

  • Implanted Defibrillators Found Cost-Effective
    Findings may open the door to wider Medicare coverage, experts say

  • Cardiovascular Trouble Hits Some Native Americans Hard
    Montana study found the disparity between Indian, white death rates is growing

  • Mixed Reviews for Pulmonary Artery Catheters
    Two studies find no clinical benefit, but they aren't harmful, either

  • More Heart Attack Patients Die in December
    Reason why that month is associated with more deaths still a mystery to researchers

  • Drug-Coated Stents Better for Diabetics
    Fewer problems develop than with older bare stents, study finds

  • The Lowdown on Bad Cholesterol
    Experts see gains in ever-decreasing levels, with even 'normal' people benefiting from statins

  • Trial Will Look At Widening Angioplasty's Reach
    Research to examine whether community hospitals can use it for non-urgent care

  • High Blood Pressure Can Be Lethal in Overweight
    It's the prime factor raising their cardiovascular risk, study finds

  • Artery-Opening Drugs Don't Help Valve Problem
    Spanish study finds vasodilators not effective for aortic regurgitation

  • Couch Potatoes Threatened by 'Visceral' Fat
    This type of fat lying around organs is especially unhealthy, experts warn

  • Aggressive Treatment No Better for Acute Coronary Syndrome
    Finding that conservative approach works as well contradicts previous trials

  • U.S. Death Trends Show Successes, Failures
    Big gains against heart disease, but diabetes, COPD deaths are rising, report finds

  • Severe Heart Failure Undertreated: Study
    Doctors need to devote more time, effort managing these cases, experts say

  • Why Cholesterol Is Such a Killer
    It crystallizes, then breaks on artery walls, new research reveals

  • Heavy Drinking Boosts Stroke Risk
    Five or more drinks per day raises odds for dangerous irregular heartbeat, study finds

  • 9/11 Offers Lessons for Future Crises
    One study found health-care workers hesitant to respond to certain emergencies

  • Obesity Tied to Fatal Blood Clots
    Study finds risk is particularly great for those younger than 40

  • New Technique Tracks Stem Cells' Progress
    Scientists watched as the cells made their way to the heart and beyond

  • Aggressive Therapy Best for Chest Pain
    Large, ongoing British study finds it would save lives

  • New Heart Risk Factor: Low Levels of Artery Repair Cells
    German study finds increased risk of heart attack, death

  • Aggressive Therapy Best for Chest Pain
    Large, ongoing British study finds it would save lives

  • Using Anti-Clotting Drug Before Angioplasty Cuts Risk
    Plavix nearly halved odds for death, second heart attack, study found

  • Pressure Drugs Beat Back Heart Attack
    Modern meds like ACE inhibitors protect better than older agents, study finds

  • Body Size Matters After Bypass
    ate, study shows

  • Swift Statin Therapy Cuts In-Hospital Heart Attack Deaths
    Treatment in first 24 hours saves lives

  • Aspirin Before Surgery Benefits Bypass Patients
    In-hospital death rate more than halved, new study finds

  • Obesity in America Continues to Expand
    Government programs are failing to meet the challenge, report says

  • Brain Damage Is Linked to Heart Failure
    Scans show problems with vital areas that control heart functions, study says

  • Heart Bypass Safe, Effective for Patients Over 80
    British study shows most still alive 5 years after procedure

  • Nights, Weekends Worst for Heart Attack Help
    Patients wait longer for artery-opening procedures at hospitals, study finds

  • A Clear Winner in the Coated-Stent Derby -- Sort Of
    New studies back sirolimus, but some heart doctors prefer paclitaxel

  • Blood-Thinner Warfarin Underused in Heart Attack Patients
    Review says teaming it with aspirin halves the risk of a second attack

  • Beta Blockers Best After Cardiac Surgery
    Study finds they prevent irregular heartbeat after procedures

  • Slightly Elevated Blood Pressure Raises Risk for Heart Disease
    'Prehypertensive' people three times more likely to have heart attack, study finds

  • Breast Cancer Risk with HRT May Be Lower Than Thought
    Risk is lowest with estrogen-only therapy, study suggests

  • Stress Test Gauges Women's Risk of Death From Heart Disease
    This new, more accurate model uses data based on women, not men, study reports

  • Hypertension Undertreated in Elderly
    Yet they're at highest risk of heart attack and stroke, study says

  • Cardio Drugs May Prevent Surgery-Linked Heart Attack
    Beta blockers seem to shield high-risk patients, but more study needed

  • Stem Cells Restore Heart Function in Pigs
    Trials in heart attack patients to begin soon, researchers say

  • Rare Children's Disease Unlocks Aging's Secrets
    Progeria research is also broadening understanding of heart disease

  • New Hope for Those With High Blood Pressure
    Novel drugs and devices promise to improve hypertension management

  • U.S. Hospital Care Better, But Gaps Remain
    Quality varies widely between cities and centers, studies find

  • Heart Device Maker Stayed Silent on Defects, Critics Claim
    Guidant under fire for "foot-dragging" over recalled implantable defibs

  • Pacemaker Patients Urged to Consult Their Doctor
    Guidant alert warns of possible malfunction

  • Hospital Report Cards Don't Improve Heart-Patient Care
    Paying hospitals based on quality would work better, an expert says

  • Insulin Resistance Linked to Heart Failure
    Condition may be another predictor of heart problems, study finds

  • Key Tests Predict Women's Heart Risk
    Specific cholesterol screens plus a blood protein work best, study finds

  • Cardiovascular Dangers Cut Across Race, Gender
    High cholesterol plus hypertension a killer combo for everyone, experts say

  • Study Questions Value of 2-Chamber Pacemakers
    Researchers finds no survival advantage, but other experts endorse the devices

  • Study Questions Value of 2-Chamber Pacemakers
    Researchers finds no survival advantage, but other experts endorse the devices

  • Antidepressants May Improve Heart Attack Survival
    But the evidence is not conclusive, researchers say

  • Sudden Cardiac Death Spells Heart Trouble in Family
    Dying at young age means relatives should be tested for heart defects, study says

  • Growth Hormone Helps Hearts of Childhood Cancer Patients
    Therapy can restore organ to near normal size, study finds

  • Symptomless Hypertension Too Often Ignored
    Other conditions divert patient attention from dangerous high blood pressure

  • Women's Cardiac Care Varies by Hospital
    Survival is improving, survey finds, but rates differ between centers

  • Middle-Age Hypertension Cuts Five Years Off Life
    Findings are another reason to reduce high blood pressure early, experts say

  • Snuff, Chew Tobacco Raise Heart Death Risk
    Study suggests oral cancer not the only threat to users' health

  • Restoring Full Blood Flow Boosts Bypass Survival
    Researchers also urge transplanted arteries instead of veins

  • Heart Drug Approved for Blacks Raises Race Issue
    BiDil endorsed in milestone move by FDA

  • Gene Therapy Improves Heart Stem Cell Treatment
    Tweaking a gene got rid of arrhythmia complication, researchers report

  • Blood Test Predicts Heart Attack Risk
    When patient complains of chest pain

  • Have Stockings, Will Travel
    Compression hose cuts in-flight blood clot risk 12-fold, study finds

  • Overweight People More Likely to Survive Bypass Surgery
    But they have procedure at younger ages, researchers note

  • Blood Protein Signals Heart Disease Risk
    Routine screening for inflammatory C-reactive protein is increasing

  • Studies Confirm Ozone's Health Risks
    Strong link between higher air levels and increased mortality rates

  • Scientists Grow Heart Bypass Blood Vessels in Lab
    Bioengineering could benefit patients unsuitable for coronary surgery

  • Stent Treatment May Be Best Even Hours After Heart Attack
    Study might challenge existing treatment guidelines

  • Fish Oil Doesn't Benefit Defibrillator Patients
    The supplement may even harm people with the heart devices, study finds

  • Viagra Treats Children's Lethal Hypertension
    The impotence drug relaxes lung arteries, extending survival

  • Heart Patients at High Post-Hospital Stroke Risk
    Study suggests more aggressive therapies are warranted

  • Depression Often Untreated in Heart Patients
    Cardiologists need to spot warning signs, arrange for help, study suggests

  • More Studies Link Painkillers to Heart Problems
    Research builds on earlier findings surrounding anti-inflammatory drugs

  • Statin Treatment Doesn't Help Heart Valve Problem
    Anti-cholesterol drug ineffective against aortic stenosis in small trial

  • Blacks at Increased Risk for Enlarged Heart
    Finding spurs call for better blood pressure control

  • New Test Could Speed Cardiac Care
    Blood screen quickly identifies heart failure type

  • Low-Level Jobs Increase Cardiac Risk
    Rapid heartbeat, less heart response found in British study

  • Gene May Affect Blood-Clot Drug's Effects
    Testing could one day help doctors prescribe the best dose, study says

  • Key Factors Raise Clogged Artery Risk
    Metabolic syndrome plus vascular calcium greatly boost the odds, study finds

  • Too Few At-Risk Heart Patients Offered Statins
    Cholesterol-lowering drugs discussed in fewer than half of doctor's visits

  • Experts Weigh in On the Better Bypass
    Use of heart-lung machine depends on surgeon's skill, AHA concludes

  • Many Heart Attack Patients Have Metabolic Syndrome
    Risk factors include wide waistlines, hypertension and high blood sugar, study finds

  • 'Bad' Metabolism Could Damage Arteries
    Mouse study suggests another risk factor for vascular disease

  • Depressed Heart Surgery Patients Face Higher Mortality Rates
    Physicians should pay closer attention to emotional well-being, study suggests

  • Bypass Beats Stents for Heart Surgery
    The new findings run counter to previous studies, however

  • Erectile Trouble May Signal Heart Disease
    Studies suggest men with ED get checked for vascular problems

  • A Better Way to Diagnose Heart Disease?
    Computerized X-rays give clear pictures of coronary arteries

  • Secondhand Smoke Increases Heart Risks
    Accumulated data supports smoke-free environments, experts say

  • Mouse Study Casts Doubt On CRP Heart Disease Test
    But one expert dismissed the finding as "not important"

  • Study Questions Daily Aspirin's Overall Benefit
    Some doubt this statistical reassessment, however

  • New Kidney Test Can Predict Heart Risk
    Study suggests it's a better predictor than current screen

  • Fancy Blood Tests Won't Predict Lung Clot Risk
    Simple patient factors, such as age and sex, tell the story on recurrence

  • Wider Use of Statins May Make Economic Sense
    But experts not sure British finding would apply in United States

  • Drug Might Lower Heart Attack Risk
    Protein inhibitor reduces inflammatory markers in those at high risk

  • Heart Rate During and After Exercise Tied to Sudden Death
    Slow response, slow recovery raises risk, study finds

  • Cocaine Can Harm Heart's Blood Vessels
    High incidence of aneurysms found in users, study finds

  • Regular Exercise Cuts Women's Sudden Cardiac Death Risk
    Even two hours a week makes a difference, though more is better

  • Defibrillators Help Newly Diagnosed Heart Patients
    Study suggests Medicare guidelines may need to be revised for implanted devices

  • Three-Drug Combo May Best Protect Heart
    Aspirin, statin and beta-blocker trio beats any one drug alone

  • Blow to Chest Won't Restore Normal Heartbeat
    External defibrillation is the best treatment, study finds

  • Anger Can Be a Heartbreaker
    Arrhythmias provoked by hostility more like to trigger cardiac arrest

  • Heart Attack Diagnosis Tool Misses Some Patients
    Ethnicity, race affect accuracy of computerized system, study finds

  • Fish Oil Nutrient Boosts Ailing Hearts
    Better outcomes for bypass patients and those using pacemakers

  • Treatment of Abnormal Heartbeat Tricky
    Trial assesses two rhythm-restoring drugs for atrial fibrillation

  • Depression Raises Men's Heart Risks
    Blue moods bring cardiovascular system down, too, study finds

  • Drug-Coated Stents Show Shortfalls
    Real-life results below those in controlled trials, study finds

  • Protein Can Help Heart Heal Itself
    Studies found TGF-beta could be targeted to help repair or prevent cardiac damage

  • Diet Can Circumvent Heart Disease
    Studies suggest vegetable tablets, whole grains and baked or broiled fish

  • Combat Veterans Pay a Price Decades Later
    Many are heavy drinkers and smokers, and face possible heart trouble, study finds

  • Antiplatelet Drug May Help Aspirin Prevent Stroke
    Clopidogrel-aspirin combination reduces formation of tiny clots, study finds

  • High-Volume Hospitals Best for Aortic Valve Repair
    There's a better chance of getting the best device for your age, study finds

  • Bypass Surgery Doesn't Harm Cognitive Ability
    New study finds heart procedure free of lasting deficits

  • Experts Downplay OTC Painkiller Risks
    Much more study is needed to determine serious heart hazards

  • Pacemakers Continue to Prove Their Worth
    21st century twists improve performance, experts say

  • Pacemakers Continue to Prove Their Worth
    21st century twists improve performance, experts say

  • Antibiotics Don't Fight Heart Disease
    Two studies find no effect from drugs meant to fight chronic infection

  • Weight-Loss Drug Shows Further Promise in European Trial
    Results for rimonabant trial parallel those of American study

  • Meat Preservative Could Preserve Human Heart
    In animal studies, sodium nitrite reduced damage after cardiac arrest by 67%

  • Minor Misdosage of ER Clot-Busting Drugs May be OK
    Patient characteristics probably cause poor heart attack outcomes, study suggests

  • Fish, Soy Oil Quickly Cut Heart Attack Risk
    In study, elderly who took supplements showed better heart function within weeks

  • Exercise Isn't Always Enough to Lower Blood Pressure
    Older people with the condition may need to lose weight, start medications earlier

  • A New Blood Test for Heart Risk?
    Study finds predictive value of a heart-produced molecule

  • Study Questions Ibuprofen Ban Before Surgery
    The drug's effects on clotting may be too brief to matter

  • Diuretics Best for High Blood Pressure
    Large study found they beat out newer drugs when treating blacks and whites alike

  • Scientists Spot New Cholesterol-Lowering Target
    Mice without a key protein cut their "bad" cholesterol in half

  • Can Stem Cells Reverse Heart-Attack Damage?
    Therapy might revolutionize treatment of heart patients

  • Aspirin as Good as Warfarin for Some Stroke Prevention
    It's easier to use and equally effective against blocked brain arteries

  • Researchers Find Potential Key to Preventing Heart Attack Damage
    In mice, the drug cyclosporin shields cardiac cells from destruction

  • Artery Cells Can Produce Heart Disease-Linked Protein
    C-reactive protein discovery a new insight into killer illness

  • New Surgery Detours Within Clogged Artery Walls
    The procedure can restore blood flow when all else fails, study says

  • Antidepressants Don't Raise Heart Attack Risk
    Study suggests depression itself drives increase in cardiac trouble

  • Sudden Stress, Exertion Can Trigger Heart Attack
    But risk from any one event still low in those with heart disease, experts note

  • Sleep Apnea Can Be Deadly At Night
    Cardiac death risk rises as sleepers' breathing is impaired

  • Congestive Heart Failure Drug May Lead to Kidney Trouble
    Clinical trial review found increased risks, but manufacturer says Natrecor has no such impact at recommended doses

  • High Blood Pressure: An Elusive Threat
    25 percent of Americans get inadequate therapy for hypertension, experts say

  • Anger Hurts Younger Hearts
    Hostile feelings can speed coronary artery disease, study finds

  • Breast Cancer Radiation Carries Little Cardiac Risk
    Better technology means this treatment safer than ever, study finds

  • Drug Therapy as Good as Invasive Procedures After Heart Attacks
    Medications offer an equal chance of long-term survival for older folks, study finds

  • Vitamin E Ups Heart Failure Risk
    Study also finds supplement doesn't prevent cancer or heart disease

  • Racial Disparities Persist in Heart Care
    Studies point up gaps in many areas of cardiac treatment

  • White Blood Cell Counts Hint at Heart Disease Risk
    High levels in women indicate greater chances of cardiovascular trouble

  • Consumer Drug Ads Facing Their Moment of Truth
    Less show, more show-and-tell seen in wake of drug safety hearings

  • Bill Clinton's Surgery Successful
    Doctors remove scar tissue, fluid buildup that resulted from his heart bypass last fall

  • Clot-Blocking Drug Combats Severe Heart Attacks
    Plavix keeps arteries open, improves survival rates, studies find

  • Clinton Surgery Called Rare, But Not Risky
    Doctors will remove fluid buildup following his bypass surgery

  • Sharply Lower Cholesterol Levels Cut Heart Attack, Stroke Risk
    More study is needed before guidelines should be changed, researchers say

  • MRI Safe for Those With Pacemakers, Defibrillators
    The finding applies only to recent models of these implanted devices, however

  • Even Mild Depression Ups Heart Failure Death Risk
    Mortality rate was more than 50 percent higher in seven-year study

  • Blood Sodium Levels Affect Heart Failure Survival
    Doctors should pay closer attention to this key factor, study finds

  • Low-Dose Aspirin Reduces Stroke Risk for Women
    But the drug only cuts heart attack risk in older women, study finds

  • Implanted Defibrillator Helps Spot Death Risk
    It tracks trouble with daily heart rhythms, study finds

  • Genes Predict Kidney Complications After Bypass Surgery
    Finding could lead to a test that identifies patients at risk

  • Debris-Collecting Device Flunks Artery Test
    But an improved, second-generation model still holds hope

  • Supersized in the NFL
    More pro football players are obese, study finds

  • Celebrex Bests Vioxx as Potential Cancer Fighter
    Despite cardiovascular risks, painkiller appears to block key protein for cancer cell replication

  • Secondhand Smoke No Health Bargain
    Evidence mounts that bystanders face big risks

  • Quitting Smoking After Heart Attack Cuts Death Risk
    Survival benefit begins within one month of attack, study finds

  • Unraveling Estrogen's Effect in Older Women
    Researchers think they know why HRT raises cardiovascular risk after menopause

  • Health Tip: Heart Attack Warning Signs
    Dont 'wait and see'

  • Coated Stents Superior Over the Long Term
    Study finds advantages over bare-metal stents after three years

  • Heart Failure Drug Extends Lives
    It's also relatively inexpensive, large study finds

  • Painkillers Should All Stay on Market, Despite Heart Risks: FDA Panel
    Advisers vote to recommend keeping Celebrex, Vioxx and Bextra available while finding all raise cardiovascular risks

  • Health Experts Wary After FDA Panel's Cox-2 Recommendations
    The painkillers' problems haven't gone away, they say

  • Patients Urge FDA Panel Not to Ban Painkillers
    Hearing gets personal tales of pain relief with cox-2s

  • Wives Who Bite Their Tongues Risk Their Lives
    Avoiding conflict with husbands boosts likelihood of death, study finds

  • FDA Whistleblower Warns of Cox-2 Risks
    Vioxx increases heart dangers dramatically, Graham tells government advisers

  • Cox-2 Drugs Take Center Stage at Government Hearings
    First of three days of testimony gets underway

  • Heredity Plays a Role in Heart Artery Blockages
    Fatty deposits form in dangerous places for some families, study finds

  • Studies Spell Bad News for Cox-2 Drugs
    Results will be focus of three days of government hearings

  • FDA to Weigh Fate of Bextra, Celebrex, Similar Drugs
    Panel must balance health risks against benefits

  • Tamoxifen Cuts Heart Attack Risk
    But benefit of breast cancer drug no reason to use it for cardiovascular protection

  • Cox-2 Drugs Boost Blood Pressure: Study
    Other research finds more evidence of heart attack, stroke risk

  • Stretching Artery-Opening Stents Deemed Safe
    Ensuring snug fit in vessel won't compromise patient outcomes

  • Sometimes a Heart Attack Is Really a 'Broken Heart'
    Stress can temporarily stun main pumping chamber, study finds

  • Some Hospital Transfers in Heart Cases Potentially Harmful
    Long delays to surgery may warrant new treatment strategies, experts say

  • 3 Risky Diabetes Drugs May Be Safe for Heart Patients
    Study finds drugs that FDA says should not be given actually may help diabetics.

  • Put Your Heart on That To-Do List
    Women must keep a healthy lifestyle to avoid cardiovascular disease, experts advise

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Attacks the Heart
    Study confirms it doubled the risk of heart failure in patients

  • New Tool Gauges Heart Failure Death Risk
    Simple test identifies patients in greatest danger

  • More Evidence Links Vioxx to Heart Attacks
    But large Canadian review finds no risk with Celebrex

  • A Molecular Explanation of Why Burgers Are Bad For You
    Researchers identify cholesterol-forming mechanism

  • Tailored Drug Protects Heart Attack Patients
    Variation of anti-clotting agent heparin improves survival rates, study finds

  • Gene Mutation Linked to Heart Failure and Arrhythmia
    Discovery may lead to earlier diagnosis and improved treatments in some cases

  • Doctors Should Push Cardiac Rehab Programs
    They can prevent recurrent heart attacks, experts say

  • Study Blames Vioxx for Up to 140,000 Cases of Heart Disease
    As many as 40 percent of cases may have been fatal, FDA scientist contends

  • Heart Attack: Less Treatment May Be Better
    Multi-country study finds long-term death rate higher for patients given 'invasive'procedures

  • New Guidelines Simplify Care for Acute Coronary Syndrome
    Alphabetized rules based on results of recent clinical trials

  • Implanted Defibrillator Research Convinces Medicare to Expand Its Use
    Study finds 23 percent lower death rate

  • Plavix Not Best for Heart Patients With History of Ulcers
    Can lead to stomach bleeding, although second study finds blood thinner generally safe

  • Experimental Stent Could Revolutionize Treatment of Artery Disease
    It's absorbed by the body, but vessels stay open, researchers report

  • Experts Fail to Perform CPR Correctly
    Medical personnel often don't follow recommended technique, studies show

  • Bextra Data Suggests All Cox-2 Drugs Pose Heart Risks
    Painkiller linked to cardiovascular dangers in latest research

  • Muscle Loss Can Point to Heart Failure
    Study shows how angiotensin II leads to weight loss

  • High Blood Pressure a Worldwide Problem
    Big increase predicted in less developed countries

  • Cord Blood Stems Heart Attack Damage
    Umbilical stem cells restored heart pumping function to near normal in rats

  • Some Cases of Sudden Cardiac Death May Start in Brain
    Disrupted signals to heart may be fatal in stressful settings, study finds

  • C-Reactive Protein a Red Flag for Heart Trouble
    It's as important as elevated cholesterol levels, studies find

  • Study Unlikely to Change Use of Hypertension Drugs
    Experts say diuretics safe enough, but alternatives do exist

  • Dual-Chamber Pacemakers Better for Heart Patients
    They cost more, but reduce hospitalizations and disability, study finds

  • Dual-Chamber Pacemakers Better for Heart Patients
    They cost more, but reduce hospitalizations and disability, study finds

  • Teen Obesity Is a Ticking Time Bomb
    Excess weight leads to serious adult health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease

  • Drugs Recommended to Clear Heart Arteries
    Bypass no better for most having elective vascular surgery

  • Internal Clock Affects Heart Rhythm Patterns
    Finding could lead to better understanding of heart disease

  • Drug-Eluting Stents Work for Restenosis
    Effective treatment for repeat in-stent narrowing

  • MRI Helps Judge Heart Attack Size
    Accurately measures extent of damage in dogs

  • Embryonic Stem Cells Keep Heart Beating
    They acted like pacemaker in animal trials

  • Home Blood Pressure Monitors Are Valuable Tools
    They may better reflect daily hypertension readings, heart experts say

  • U.S. Halts Use of Celebrex in Cancer Trial
    Will review heart safety of all cox-2 inhibitors

  • Pacemakers Can Avert Fatal Attack in Some Epilepsy Patients
    Study found slowed or stopped heartbeats during seizures

  • More Evidence of Inflammation's Role in Heart Disease
    Even infection can have inflammatory effect on blood vessels, research finds

  • A Puzzling Blood Pressure Drug Finding
    Supposed danger of calcium channel blockers requires further study, experts say

  • Death Rates Highest During Holidays
    Study finds bump on Christmas and New Year's

  • Heart Risk Spikes After Stopping Painkillers
    More infarctions seen in first month after discontinuing NSAIDs

  • Study Urges Delay for Implantable Defibrillators
    Inserting them right after heart attack doesn't cut death rate

  • Fingertip Test Catches Early Signs of Heart Disease
    Check of smallest vessels a clue to condition of coronary arteries

  • Study: Celebrex Safer on Heart Than Vioxx
    But another expert questions safety of entire class of drugs

  • Gay Men Using Viagra Recreationally
    Study: Practice may raise risk of STDs, fatal drug interactions

  • High Doses of Beta Carotene Pose Lingering Threats
    Supplement, once thought to prevent lung cancer, actually increases risk

  • Molecule Promotes Growth of Heart Muscle
    Helps repair heart attack damage in mice

  • Obesity Raises Risk of Abnormal Heartbeat
    More weight means more likelihood of atrial fibrillation

  • Obesity Bad for Brain, Study Finds

  • Joe Montana Leads Fight Against High Blood Pressure
    Football great urges people to get checked for hypertension

  • Ozone Pollution Raises Death Risk
    Study finds it's dangerous even at present EPA standards

  • New Weapon Against Arrhythmias
    Implantable cardioverter defibrillators benefit both men and women

  • Clot-Busting Drugs Don't Lead to Rare Heart-Bleeding Problem
    Widespread use of these medicines hasn't increased rate of cardiac tamponade

  • Morphine Increases Death Risk for Heart Patients
    Study found chances of trouble go up by almost 50 percent

  • Gender, Ethnic Gaps Found in Heart Care
    Men, blacks usually fare worse, studies find

  • Even Placebo Pills Can Help Heart-Failure Patients
    Survival rates were higher if pill regimen was followed, study finds

  • Hypertension Drugs Serve Another Role
    Save lives in those with heart disease and normal blood pressure

  • Stem Cells Reverse Damage of Heart Attacks
    Therapy tried in pigs could one day be used on humans, researchers say

  • Obesity Drug Shows Great Promise
    Trial participants had sustained weight loss of almost 20 pounds over two years

  • Combo Surgery Combats Cardiovascular Disease
    Angioplasty, robotically assisted keyhole bypass surgery worked in pilot study

  • ds Rich in Alpha-Linolenic Acid May Protect the Heart
    The substance appeared to reduce the risk of death in women, study finds

  • Drug Combo Cuts Heart Disease Death Rate in Blacks
    But researchers believe the therapy would benefit all races

  • tients Treated Same
    Surgery patients receive less aggressive discharge care than angioplasty patients

  • Stents Don't Lengthen Life
    They don't increase long-term survival rates after angioplasty, study finds

  • Study Faults Popular Hypertension Drug
    Atenolol doesn't prevent heart deaths, Swedish researchers say

  • Prayer Helps Cardiac Patients
    Gives them confidence, hope and sense of control, study finds

  • Some Chest Pains Require More Scrutiny in ER
    Small percentage of patients go on to have heart attacks, problems a month later

  • Genetic Link in Heart Valve Disease Deaths Found
    Study finds up to 2.5 times the risk if relative died of it

  • Excess Weight Hurts Even Seemingly Healthy Heart
    It limits the muscle's ability to expand and contract, study finds

  • New Guidelines for Kawaski Disease Issued
    Refines criteria for diagnosing inflammation of blood vessels

  • Blood Vessel Function May Point to Heart Problems
    Root of those problems can be traced to childhood ills such as obesity

  • New Stents Tied to Rare Heart Attack Risk
    It may increase if anti-clotting therapy stops

  • Study Finds New Road Hazard: Heart Attacks
    Finds that pollution, not stress, is the culprit

  • Blood Pressure Drug Helps Fight Heart Failure
    It cuts death and hospitalization rates, study says

  • Binge Drinking May Be Bad for the Blood
    Alcohol causes platelets to stick, but red wine does not, study finds

  • Ephedrine Can Cause Sudden Death
    Supplement created potentially fatal heart rhythms in dogs

  • New Technology Clears Clogged Arteries
    Might reduce number of bypass surgeries, study says

  • Fresh Blood Isn't Always Best for Little Heart Patients
    Stored blood products produce better results during bypass surgery, study says

  • Parents Affect Kids' Heart Disease Risk
    Maternal smoking, lack of exercise just two of the factors

  • Alcohol Could Hike Risk of Irregular Heartbeat
    Moderate to heavy male drinkers faced 25% to 46% greater risk of atrial fibrillation

  • Schools Must Help in Fight Against Obesity
    Physical activity and good nutrition should be stressed, heart experts say

  • Simple Kidney Test Predicts Heart Death
    New study strengthens connection between two organ ailments

  • Caminiti's Death Puts Spotlight on Steroids
    Former baseball MVP also had recent history of cocaine abuse

  • Not All Progestins Equal for Heart
    One kind made attacks more severe, while the other limited damage

  • Safety of All Cox-2 Drugs Questioned
    Expert says they work on same heart mechanism as recalled Vioxx

  • Stem Cell Molecules Repair Genetic Damage
    They sent signals that fixed damaged heart cells in mice, study says

  • Caution Urged on Transfusions in Some Heart Patients
    Finding of higher death rate among those with anemia, study suggests

  • Sibling Heart Attack a Sign You're at Risk, Too
    Aggressive steps should be taken to lower that risk, study finds

  • Vioxx Users Can Find Safe Alternatives
    Other drugs on the market offer arthritis relief, experts say

  • Statins Expand Their Role in Protecting the Heart
    They're now recommended for some people without obvious cholesterol problems

  • Anger Linked to Heart Disease Inflammation
    It boosts blood levels of C-reactive protein, study finds

  • Aggressive Care Improves Odds for Heart Attack Patients
    Americans fared better than Canadians, who received more conservative treatments

  • Blood Protein Gives Early Warning for Heart Disease
    More evidence that C-reactive protein is linked to artery damage

  • Tight Glucose Control Needed for Diabetics
    Analysis suggests ways to ward off heart disease

  • Child Abuse Leads to Adult Heart Disease
    It adversely affects the body and mind, study finds

  • Alcohol Reduces Damage After Heart Attack
    In moderation, it helps keep tissue slick and clear, study finds

  • Inflammatory Protein May Point to Vessel Blockage
    Study says high levels seem to serve as early warning signal

  • Aggressive Therapy After Heart Attack Backed
    Drugs, quick angioplasty deemed safe and effective

  • Drug Cuts Stroke Risk During Bypass Surgery
    Dangers reduced by 47 percent in these patients, study says

  • Intensive Statin Use Not for All Heart Patients
    High doses don't always prevent problems, and may cause some

  • Exercise Can Keep Heart Failure in Check
    It keeps the muscle from growing stiff, research finds

  • Upping the Ante to Lower Cholesterol
    New national goals seek to cut risk of heart attack and stroke

  • Drug Reduces Cardiac Arrest by 21 Percent
    It's of real value to those at high risk of heart attack or stroke, study finds

  • Common Antibiotic Tied to Rare, Fatal Heart Effect
    Erythromycin combined with some drugs can raise risk, study finds

  • Studies Add to 'Fat-but-Fit' Debate for Women
    Diabetes risk for obesity, heart problems for inactivity

  • Clinton Recovering After Quadruple Bypass
    Former president expected to leave hospital within 4-5 days

  • Weight-Loss Products Not Always Safe
    Those that contain Seville orange herb ineffective and potentially dangerous

  • Implanted Defibrillators Cut Down on Cardiac Arrest
    Study finds benefits of implantation over 17-year period

  • Ignoring Heart Attack, Stroke Risks Costs Billions
    Untreated smoking, hypertension, cholesterol has fiscal toll

  • Older Americans Aren't Being Treated for High Blood Pressure
    A systolic reading of 160 or higher is dangerous, study says

  • Rehab Improves Survival After Heart Attack
    Study finds participation raises chances by 50%

  • Two Signs of Heart Trouble
    High blood pressure and elevated LDL cholesterol add up to danger

  • Surgery Not Risky for Older Heart Patients
    Study finds similar survival rates for medication, surgery in those over 75

  • Statin Drugs Effective in the Long Term
    10-year study suggests cholesterol-busters lower heart attack risk

  • Early Heart Attacks Likelier in Smokers
    Risk of nonfatal event before age 40 is fivefold, study finds

  • Metabolic Syndrome Hikes Heart Risk
    Traits like belly fat, high blood pressure are part of the syndrome

  • High Blood Pressure Up 30% in U.S.
    65 million adults have it, government report says

  • An Aspirin a Day -- Good Medicine For Many
    It can help heart patients but may pose risks for others

  • Benefits of Drug-Coated Stents Limited
    They keep arteries open better, but don't reduce deaths

  • Device Helps Bystanders Restart Failing Hearts
    Minimal training and defibrillators could save thousands

  • Painless Heart Attacks Pose Extra Risk
    Doctors don't always diagnose those who don't report chest pain correctly

  • Experience Counts With Coronary Bypass Surgery
    Study says hospitals that handled more than 200 a year showed better survival rates

  • Two Drivers Help on the Road to Recovery
    Golfer Nancy Lopez and husband, Ray Knight, credit teamwork for his comeback from a heart attack

  • Risk Seen in Transfusions During Bypass
    Study finds higher odds of death, stroke and infection

  • Diuretic Not Suited for Everyone With Heart Failure
    Those on spironolactone and ACE inhibitors need monitoring, researchers caution

  • Aggressive Treatment Saves Lives of Older Heart Patients
    Procedures such as angioplasty and stenting aren't too taxing, study finds

  • MRIs, Heart Implants Can Coexist Safely
    Study still urges caution for those with pacemakers, defibrillators

  • Many Heart Patients Fail to Get Needed Drugs
    One-third of those with heart failure aren't prescribed ACE inhibitors

  • MRIs, Heart Implants Can Coexist Safely
    Study still urges caution for those with pacemakers, defibrillators

  • Statins: The Next Miracle Drugs?
    Besides cutting cholesterol, they may fight breast cancer, even arthritis

  • Migraine Drug Users Don't Need Cardiac Stress Test
    Concerns about possible heart problems are overstated, researchers say

  • On-the-Job Exercise Helps Diabetics
    Even light lifting reduces heart risk, study finds

  • Vacations Can be a Heart-Stopper
    If you're at risk of a heart attack, take it easy on your next trip

  • Study Questions Combo Therapy for Stroke Patients
    Using aspirin with anti-clotting medication increases risk of bleeding problems

  • Is Angioplasty Right for All Heart Patients?
    Experts differ over procedure's merits in many cases

  • Is Angioplasty Right for All Heart Patients?
    Experts differ over procedure's merits in many cases

  • Statin Drug Helps Kids Who Inherit High Cholesterol
    It reduces arterial wall thickness and blood fat levels

  • Experts Urge Tighter Cholesterol Control
    Recommended even lower levels for high-risk persons

  • Beta Blockers Safe for Heart-Failure Patients
    Benefits outweigh possible side effects

  • Sleep Apnea Tied to Abnormal Heartbeat
    Screening for nighttime disorder urged in atrial fibrillation patients

  • Stem Cells Repair Heart Attack Damage
    Advances prompt call to scientists to plead their own case

  • Common Clot-Buster May Have a Superior
    Variation of heparin effective and easier to use