The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Heart Attack

How Soon Do Smokers Benefit from Quitting?

A careful study shows that smokers benefit from quitting. It may be more than a decade, though, before their risk of heart attacks drops to normal.

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Drug Side Effects

For Seniors, More Blood Pressure Medication Is Not Better

Increasing blood pressure medication at hospital discharge might do more harm than good for older people without heart disease.

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Heart Attack

People Who Have Sex More Often Live Longer

Israeli heart attack survivors who said they had sex more often lived longer (and possibly happier) than those who had sex infrequently or not at all.

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Heart Attack

Do You Really Have High Blood Pressure?

People who have high blood pressure in the doctor's office may need to confirm that it is sustained throughout the day with home blood pressure measurement.

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Cancer

Do People Who Eat Nuts Live Longer?

A study of older Americans show that people who eat nuts live longer. However, peanut butter eaters get no advantage.

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cardiac arrest

Are Diets and Supplements Useless for Your Heart?

An analysis of more than 200 trials concluded that diets and supplements won't protect you from heart attacks. But this conclusion might not apply to you.

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Heart Attack

Forget Vitamin D Supplements for Heart Disease

A meta-analysis in JAMA Cardiology shows no benefit from vitamin D supplements for heart disease. This is the latest in a series of such disappointments.

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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Can Stopping Aspirin Suddenly Lead to Deadly Blood Clots?

Is aspirin a wonder drug or has it been overhyped? Does stopping aspirin suddenly increase the risk for heart attacks or strokes? Can you stop ASA safely?

Mark Menolascino, MD, author of Heart Solution for Women: A Proven Program to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.
Podcasts

Show 1168: What Should You Know About Women’s Heart Health?

We often assume that women's heart health is the same as men's, but there are some subtle and significant differences. What should you know?

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Angina

Is White Meat Better for Your Heart Than Red Meat?

Should you choose white meat such as chicken instead of red meat like beef or pork? To lower cholesterol, pick plant protein in a low sat fat diet.

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Drug Side Effects

Baby Aspirin for a Heart Attack

Long-standing advice to call the ambulance and then chew a baby aspirin for a heart attack is still good. Most people no longer should take aspirin daily.

Oranges, grapefruit, and a glass of orange juice
cardiac arrest

Is Juice as Bad for Your Health as Soda?

Fruit juice seems like a healthful choice, but it is high in fructose. People who drink a lot of juice are at risk of premature death.

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Diabetes

Are Pecans Good for Your Heart?

Nuts, including pecans, can be a healthful addition to the diet. People who eat a few handfuls a week have lower blood sugar and cholesterol.

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Heart Attack

For Blocked Arteries, Is Surgery More Effective Than Stents?

A comparison of stents to CABG results shows that surgery is more effective than stents when people have more than one blocked coronary artery.

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cardiac arrest

Eat Breakfast – Live Longer! Skip Breakfast – Die Faster

Does it matter whether you eat breakfast or run out the door on an empty stomach? A new study suggests that breakfast eaters have less heart disease. Why?

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Diabetes

How Can You Overcome the Harms of Sitting Too Much?

How much time do you spend sitting on average? Chances are it's way too much and it's surprisingly bad for your health. How can you counteract the harm?

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Drug Side Effects

What Is the Story on Grapefruit Juice and Meds?

The story on grapefruit juice and medicines can be confusing. The interaction is fairly long-lasting, but only certain drugs interact with grapefruit.

Dr. Aaron Carroll, author of The Bad Food Bible: How and Why to Eat Sinfully
Podcasts

Show 1160: How Good Is the Evidence for Cutting Salt?

Cutting salt from our diets has been dogma for many years. Yet there is not very much evidence to support the extreme efforts some people make.

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Heart Attack

Will Kiwifruit Raise Your Good HDL Cholesterol?

A reader found that eating two kiwifruit daily for many months raised beneficial HDL cholesterol into the desirable range.