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  • Obesity as a cardiovascular disease: Time to take your BMI seriously

    Obesity as a cardiovascular disease: Time to take your BMI seriously

    Obesity now has an official designation as a disease. Learn how the new obesity guidelines may affect your heart health. It’s a well-accepted fact that excess body fat strains the heart, wreaks havoc on blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, and diminishes health and well-being on many other levels. Despite this knowledge, it has […]

  • Abnormal rhythms of the atria

    Abnormal rhythms of the atria

    Several kinds of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) occur in the heart’s upper chambers (the atria). These include atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, atrial tachycardia, and paroxysmal atrial tachycardia or paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia. Atrial fibrillation is a common heart rhythm disturbance. More than 2.5 million Americans have it. Instead of forcefully contracting in a coordinated manner, the […]

  • No need to shun gluten if you don’t have celiac disease, study suggests

    No need to shun gluten if you don’t have celiac disease, study suggests

    Research we’re watching Gluten, a storage protein in wheat, rye, and barley, triggers inflammation and intestinal damage in people with celiac disease. Due to concern that gluten may also increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease among healthy people, the number of people without celiac disease who have adopted a gluten-free diet grew […]

  • Artery-opening angioplasty via the arm is safe for elderly

    Artery-opening angioplasty via the arm is safe for elderly

    Research we’re watching Coronary angioplasty, a procedure to open a blocked artery in the heart, usually involves snaking a thin tube (catheter) through a vessel in the upper thigh up to the heart. But growing numbers of doctors now perform the technique through a person’s wrist artery instead. In people ages 70 or older, these […]

  • Optimism and your health

    Optimism and your health

    Look for the silver lining… Buddy DeSylva’s upbeat lyrics to Jerome Kern’s lovely tune provide an appealing call to a positive outlook on life, even in the face of adversity. Indeed, a cheerful disposition can help you get through the tough patches that cloud every life, but do people who see the glass half-full also […]

  • Are trans fats bad?

    Are trans fats bad?

    Download video. The warning about trans fats are everywhere, but so are trans fats. Dr. Jorge Chavarro is here to answer the question: Are trans fats bad for you? Watch to find out.

  • Satisfaction with job, family, sex life, and self may help the heart

    Satisfaction with job, family, sex life, and self may help the heart

    It’s impossible to measure emotional well-being with the kind of objective numbers we use to track cholesterol and blood pressure. Nevertheless, there’s near-universal agreement that emotional well-being influences health, and many studies have confirmed an association between depression and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. But does the opposite hold true? Does satisfaction with life […]

  • Is angioplasty right for you?

    Is angioplasty right for you?

    Survey finds you may not have been told about other options. When fatty plaques threaten to obstruct the coronary arteries, three treatment options are available: medications to control symptoms; a procedure to open the blockages with a balloon (angioplasty), usually followed by the placement of a stent, a cylindrical metal scaffold that holds the vessel […]

  • Research we’re watching: Arsenic and heart disease

    Research we’re watching: Arsenic and heart disease

    People with relatively low-level arsenic exposure are at higher risk of death from heart disease and stroke, a study of Native Americans suggests. Researchers led by Dr. Ana Navas-Acien, associate professor of environmental science at Johns Hopkins University, measured the amount of inorganic arsenic in the urine of 3,575 men and women ages 45 to […]

  • What tests do you recommend for detecting my risk of heart disease?

    What tests do you recommend for detecting my risk of heart disease?

    Download video. Learn not only the risk factors doctors look for, but the one area more doctors are taking to heart when detecting your risk for heart disease. Dr. Paula Johnson shares the necessity of this test and what it could mean for you.

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