News: Heart

  • Does 'good cholesterol' really protect heart health?
    July 22, 2018
    It has been generally accepted that high levels of 'good cholesterol' protect the heart. But new research questions this, urging specialists to reassess.
  • Diabetes: Switching to common drugs raises risk of complications
    July 19, 2018
    A new study finds that switching from metformin to sulfonylureas to control blood sugar levels may significantly increase the risk of major complications.
  • Do omega-3 supplements really benefit the heart?
    July 18, 2018
    A major systematic review of clinical trials led by independent researchers finds 'little to no' evidence that omega-3 capsules benefit heart health.
  • Large study reviews the cardiovascular benefits of walnuts
    July 17, 2018
    The results of a meta-review of 25 years worth of research on the cardiovascular effects of nuts are in: a walnut-enriched diet keeps your heart healthy.
  • What causes a bounding pulse?
    July 13, 2018
    A bounding pulse is when a person can feel their heart beating strongly. They may feel the pulse in their chest, neck, or wrists. This is often caused by anxiety or panic attacks, though in some cases it can signal another medical condition. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for a bounding pulse here.
  • Full-fat dairy may actually benefit heart health
    July 13, 2018
    New research challenges the widely held belief that full-fat dairy must be avoided. In fact, some types of dairy may even prevent stroke, says the study.
  • Gut bacteria and heart health: Is there a link?
    July 13, 2018
    A first-of-its-kind study finds a link between having a healthy heart and having a diverse range of beneficial bacteria in one's gut.
  • What causes clammy skin?
    July 13, 2018
    Clammy skin is a widespread occurrence, particularly in people who sweat a lot. Clammy skin may occur periodically if a person is too warm, but someone with frequently clammy skin may have an underlying medical condition. In this article, learn about the causes of clammy skin, as well as the treatment options.
  • How long does it take to recover from heart bypass surgery?
    July 12, 2018
    If someone has a blockage in the heart, they may need bypass surgery to lower the risk of a heart attack. It is the most common heart surgery performed on adults. The operation can take many hours, but the success rate is high. Recovery time varies from person to person but usually involves 1 week in the hospital.
  • What is lisinopril?
    July 11, 2018
    Lisinopril is an oral medication used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart failure. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more.
  • New protein 'regenerates' the heart after an attack
    July 11, 2018
    The body's attempt to recover after a heart attack can lead to heart failure. But, researchers may now have found a different way to regenerate the heart.
  • Multivitamins 'of no benefit' to heart health
    July 10, 2018
    A review of 18 studies of 2 million people over an average of 12 years finds no evidence that multivitamin and mineral supplements protect heart health.
  • Gene editing shown to lower cholesterol in monkeys
    July 10, 2018
    In a first-of-its kind study, genome editing is proven to reduce 'bad' cholesterol in large animals. The findings pave the way for human clinical trials.
  • Blood-thinning foods, drinks, and supplements
    July 5, 2018
    There are many things that people can eat and drink that may help to keep the blood thin and reduce the chances of dangerous clots developing. These include ginger, garlic, and turmeric. Learn more about 11 potential natural blood thinners, including foods, drinks, and supplements here.
  • New potential risk factor for heart failure
    July 3, 2018
    A study of more than half a million people identifies leg bioimpedance as a new risk factor for heart failure that can be measured noninvasively.
  • How to stop heart palpitations during pregnancy
    July 2, 2018
    Heart palpitations sometimes occur during pregnancy. It may feel as though the heart is skipping beats. Usually, the causes are not severe, and the palpitations do not require treatment. However, a pregnant woman should see a doctor for a diagnosis to be sure. Learn more about heart palpitations during pregnancy here.
  • Exercise, the 'best antidepressant,' also prevents heart disease
    June 28, 2018
    Depression often interferes with the motivation to exercise and raises the risk of heart disease. New research aims to help people overcome this obstacle.
  • Fifteen good foods for high blood pressure
    June 27, 2018
    The diet has a strong influence on blood pressure. Certain foods are scientifically shown to reduce high blood pressure, including berries, bananas, and oats. In some cases, dietary changes alone can lower blood pressure to normal levels. Learn more about good foods for high blood pressure, or hypertension, here.
  • Why do I get heart palpitations after I eat?
    June 26, 2018
    Some people experience heart palpitations after eating. This could be due to a range of causes, some of which are more serious than others. Specific foods and drinks are often responsible, with studies confirming alcohol as a trigger. Here, learn more about the causes of heart palpitations and when to see a doctor.
  • Five hot baths per week may be good for the heart
    June 26, 2018
    A new study examines the cardiovascular benefits of taking regular hot water baths among middle-aged to elderly Japanese individuals.

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