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  • How steak and eggs may increase heart attack risk

    How steak and eggs may increase heart attack risk

    Image: © gbh007/Thinkstock New research may help explain why diets rich in animal-based foods are linked to a higher risk of heart attack. The average American diet contains about 300 milligrams per day of choline, a nutrient found in meat, eggs, and milk. Earlier research found that when gut bacteria feed on choline, they make […]

  • Throughout life, heart attacks are twice as common in men than women

    Throughout life, heart attacks are twice as common in men than women

    Research we’re watching Experts still aren’t sure why heart attacks are more common in men than in women. But differences in risk factors (such as high cholesterol) do not explain the contrast, new research suggests. The study included nearly 34,000 people (about half of whom were women) in Norway who had a heart attack between […]

  • Thinking about sex after a heart attack

    Frank discussions with a doctor can help heart attack survivors return to sexual activity. Image: UrosPoteko/Thinkstock Few things shake your sense of well-being more than a sudden heart attack. When the initial shock wears off, an over-whelming need to get life back to normal as quickly as possible usually takes hold. “Patients always ask me […]

  • Working out while angry? Just don’t do it

    Working out while angry? Just don’t do it

    Research we’re watching If you’re very upset or mad, a strenuous workout might seem like a good way to blow off steam. But that could be extra risky for your heart, according to a study in the October 2016 Circulation. For the study, researchers surveyed nearly 12,500 people from 52 countries who had experienced a […]

  • Do premature heart attacks run in your family?

    If so, be extra vigilant about measuring and managing your blood pressure and cholesterol. Filling out those family history forms at the doctor’s office can be tedious. But sometimes, the devil is in those details. Because heart disease is so common, many people check “yes” to the question about whether their father or mother had […]

  • Men: talk with your doctor about resuming sex after a heart attack

    Men: talk with your doctor about resuming sex after a heart attack

    In the Journals Most men are able to resume their sex life after a heart attack, but a majority do not talk with their doctor about it, says a study published online Aug. 31, 2016, by JAMA Cardiology. Researchers from the University of Chicago found that if physicians talk to their male patients about sexual […]

  • The danger of “silent” heart attacks

    About half of all heart attacks are mistaken for less serious problems and can increase your risk of dying from coronary artery disease. Image: goir/Thinkstock You can have a heart attack and not even know it. A silent heart attack, known as a silent myocardial infarction (SMI), account for 45% of heart attacks and strike […]

  • Are heart attack triggers real?

    Are heart attack triggers real?

    News Briefs We’ve all seen the standard movie heart attack scene: the victim (who is almost always a man), after an argument or physical exertion, clutches his chest and collapses. Does that happen in real life? A large international study of people around the world, published online Oct. 11, 2016, by Circulation, suggests that extreme […]

  • What you may not know about your heart

    Cardiovascular disease in women isn’t identical to that in men. Understanding the differences can help you prevent or minimize the effects of a heart attack. Image: SomkiatTakmee /Thinkstock Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women, but women’s heart disease hasn’t captured the popular imagination the way men’s has. Although you can probably recall a […]

  • Large study indicates racket sports offer best protection against cardiac death

    Research we’re watching Image: Digital Vision /Thinkstock A team of European and Australian researchers looked at large British and Scottish health studies to see if some forms of activity had greater benefits than others. They examined the associations of six different types of exercise with the risk of death over all and death from cardiovascular […]

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