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  • 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