By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2017 0 Comments
    Do Nuts Help the Heart Stay Strong?

    We’re nuts about nuts. A new epidemiological study demonstrates that people who enjoy an ounce of nuts several times a week are less likely to be diagnosed with heart disease (Guasch-Ferré et al, J…

    By: Joe Graedon November 9, 2017 8 Comments
    The Shocking Results of a Heart Stent Experiment

    More than half a million Americans and Europeans undergo angioplasty and a receive a heart stent in one or more coronary arteries annually. The cost of this procedure can vary enormously in the U.S. E…

    By: Terry Graedon November 2, 2017 1 Comments
    FDA Reverses Its Stand on Soy Health Claims

    Since 1999, food manufacturers have been allowed to make heart health claims for foods containing soy protein. This was based on the idea that soy protein might lower LDL cholesterol, which in turn sh…

    By: Joe Graedon October 30, 2017 3 Comments
    If You Stop Aspirin Suddenly Could You Trigger a…

    Patients don't always get clear instructions about how to stop medicines. That is especially true when it comes to over-the-counter drugs. Discontinuing PPIs (proton pump inhibitors like esomeprazole …

    By: Terry Graedon October 16, 2017 0 Comments
    Is It Safe to Use a Sauna If You Have High Blood…

    Sauna baths are popular in Scandinavian countries. People there appreciate the strong contrast between the extreme dry heat of the sauna and the cold outside. Classically, when people emerge from the …

    By: Terry Graedon October 12, 2017 1 Comments
    How Potassium Rich Foods Help Your Heart Stay He…

    If you want a healthy heart, fill your plate with potassium rich foods, especially vegetables. That seems to be the message from an important new study in mice (Sun et al, JCI Insight, Oct. 5, 2017). …

    By: Joe Graedon October 5, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Stopping Aspirin Lead to A Heart Attack?

    Many people take low dose aspirin, usually 81 mg, to prevent cardiovascular complications. Doctors frequently prescribe aspirin after a patient has had a heart attack or after a stent has been placed …

    By: Terry Graedon October 4, 2017 2 Comments
    Should You Add Meditation to Your Medication?

    The American Heart Association (AHA) has just issued guidelines for the first time on meditation. Sitting practices such as zen, mindfulness and transcendental meditation were considered for their po…

    By: Terry Graedon September 25, 2017 15 Comments
    What Happens If You Eat Saturated Fat?

    At least since the middle of the 20th century, Americans have been warned not to eat saturated fat. The idea was that fats that are solid at room temperature, like butter or the fat found in meat like…

    By: Terry Graedon September 21, 2017 6 Comments
    Show 1095: How Do You Cope with Changing Recomme…

    Heart Disease and Inflammation: Is cholesterol the main problem leading to clogged arteries and heart attacks? It certainly is important, but a brand-new study suggests that inflammation may also be c…

    By: Terry Graedon September 21, 2017 24 Comments
    How Good Is the Evidence for Whole Grains?

    Whole grains have a golden reputation as the mainstay of a healthy diet. The old food pyramid was built on a foundation of whole grains. But how good is the evidence that eating brown rice, steel cut …

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2017 2 Comments
    Why You Should Get Up from Your Chair

    If you want to stay healthy, don't just sit there. Make sure you get up from your chair every half hour or so. Why Should You Get Up? A new study of approximately 8,000 people shows that those who get…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2017 14 Comments
    Just How Scary Is Saturated Fat?

    Have you ever heard the saying "you can't teach an old dog new tricks"? It's not true. Many old dogs learn new tricks with the right training and motivation. It turns out that it could be a lot harder…

    By: Joe Graedon August 31, 2017 9 Comments
    Preventing Heart Attacks With a Unique Anti-Infl…

    A new study shows that inflammation may be as important as high cholesterol when it comes to preventing heart attacks (New England Journal of Medicine, Aug. 27, 2017). Researchers have known for years…

    By: Terry Graedon August 31, 2017 16 Comments
    Is the Bread Worse for You Than the Butter?

    For years, we've all been admonished to skip butter and other sources of fat, especially saturated fat. Now, however, it seems that the bread may be riskier than the butter you put on it. High-Carb vs…

    By: Terry Graedon August 24, 2017 9 Comments
    Are New Cholesterol Drugs Way Too Pricey?

    Are the new cholesterol-lowering drugs such as alirocumab (Praluent) and evolocumab (Repatha) marvelous breakthroughs for treating heart disease? Or are they irrelevant because most patients who might…

    By: Terry Graedon August 17, 2017 11 Comments
    Almonds Are Better Than Banana Muffins for HDL

    HDL cholesterol is considered beneficial, and people with high levels of this good fraction of cholesterol are less prone to heart disease. But people have a difficult time raising their HDL levels. C…

    By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2017 0 Comments
    Exercise Hard During Free Time to Offset Workday…

    It has been suggested that sitting is the new smoking. Having a sedentary job that requires you to sit and stare at a computer screen all day is bad for your health. Can you offset the danger if you e…

    By: Joe Graedon August 7, 2017 9 Comments
    What Should Patients Do When Doctors Fight?

    When doctors disagree in public, it drive patients crazy. Most people assume that their health professionals know what the best treatment is for any given ailment. But on some matters there is surpris…

    By: Joe Graedon July 27, 2017 47 Comments
    Will Stopping Statins Kill People?

    Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs have been controversial for decades. Atorvastatin (Lipitor), lovastatin (Mevacor), rosuvastatin (Crestor), simvastatin (Zocor) and similar meds have made tens of…

    By: Terry Graedon July 27, 2017 8 Comments
    High Blood Level of Calcium Raises Heart Attack …

    Could a high blood level of calcium increase a person's risk for a heart attack? That question arose after studies showed that people taking high-dose calcium supplements appear to be more likely to e…

    By: Terry Graedon July 13, 2017 7 Comments
    Shingles Linked to Risk of Heart Attack

    Recent research from South Korea raises the unsettling prospect that an attack of shingles is not only painful but scary. It could raise the risk of heart attack. What Is Shingles? Shingles, known med…

    By: Terry Graedon July 6, 2017 24 Comments
    Show 1085: The Statin Standoff and New Drugs for…

    Cardiologists agree that we should all be getting regular exercise and eating a healthful diet with lots of vegetables and fruits. But they don't agree on which of us should be taking statins to prote…

    By: Joe Graedon June 26, 2017 23 Comments
    How Does Red Yeast Rice Compare to Statins?

    Tens of millions of people take statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs. Physicians believe such drugs are dramatically effective against heart disease. We will not deal with that controversial topic i…

    By: Terry Graedon June 15, 2017 5 Comments
    Is There a Link Between Poverty and Heart Diseas…

    It's no secret that Americans are not all equal when it comes to income. A new study in JAMA Cardiology shows that these income disparities are related to the risk of heart disease. How Does Income R…

    By: Terry Graedon June 15, 2017 12 Comments
    The Unexpected Risks of French Fries

    French fries may be tempting, but giving in to temptation could be deadly. Nutrition scientists from Italy, Great Britain and the US noted that potatoes have a high glycemic index. That is, they tend …

    By: Terry Graedon June 15, 2017 4 Comments
    What Bread Is Best for Your Microbiome?

    Previous research has identified bread, especially bread made from refined white flour, as a food that can raise blood sugar and insulin levels rapidly. This is considered a food with a high glycemic …

    By: Terry Graedon June 12, 2017 18 Comments
    Is Lowering Cholesterol with Saturated Fats a Pa…

    If you have been paying attention, you are no doubt aware that saturated fats like butter or coconut oil are a dietary no-no. The theory is that these fats, which are solid at room temperature, can cl…

    By: Terry Graedon June 8, 2017 2 Comments
    Are Olive Oil and Wine Really Good for You?

    Independent research has shown that both olive oil and wine appear to protect people from cardiovascular disease. For example, a recent review pointed out that red wine, in particular, contains polyph…

    By: Terry Graedon May 18, 2017 6 Comments
    How Will Beetroot Juice Help Your Heart?

    Beet juice has developed quite a reputation over the past few decades. Researchers have discovered that it lowers blood pressure and improves athletic endurance. Canadian scientists demonstrated that…

    By: Joe Graedon May 11, 2017 49 Comments
    Really Bad News About Ibuprofen, Naproxen and Ot…

    People who are hurting are caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. Whether they're suffering from a bad back or arthritis, there aren't many medications that are effective. Now more bad …

    By: Terry Graedon May 11, 2017 9 Comments
    Are Full-Fat Milk and Cheese Really Risky?

    Health professionals and nutritionists have been telling people for decades that full-fat milk and cheese (as well as other dairy products such as yogurt) are bad for the heart. They were sure that th…

    By: Terry Graedon May 4, 2017 0 Comments
    Where Is the Synergy Against Heart Disease?

    Both exercise and adequate vitamin D have been identified independently as contributing to good cardiovascular health. But could the combination offer special advantages against heart disease? How Do …

    By: Terry Graedon May 1, 2017 6 Comments
    Is It Risky to Reduce Salt in Your Diet?

    If you have high blood pressure, chances are good that your doctor has told you to reduce salt in your diet. Epidemiological studies show that highly-processed high-sodium diets go hand in hand with h…

    By: Joe Graedon April 27, 2017 10 Comments
    Should a Flip Flop on Saturated Fat Freak You Ou…

    We've been told for decades that saturated fat clogs coronary arteries. Butter, cheese and ice cream are supposed to be the enemies of a heart-healthy diet. But three cardiologists challenge the conve…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2017 15 Comments
    How to Ease Statin-Induced Muscle Pain

    Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs are an important part of every cardiologist's tool box. They lower cholesterol, which is a significant risk factor for heart disease. People who already have hea…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 11 Comments
    Why Do Heart Attack Patients Stop Taking Statins…

    There is considerable controversy about the value of statins for preventing initial heart attacks. Some physicians are convinced that these drugs are extremely useful, while others point out (as in t…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Protect Your Heart?

    The higher your vitamin D levels are, the less likely you are to die from cardiovascular disease. But will taking vitamin D protect your heart? Does Vitamin D Protect Your Heart? A meta-analysis of 3…

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2017 8 Comments
    Can You Afford Repatha to Crush Your Cholesterol…

    Two years ago, the FDA approved a new type of cholesterol-lowering medicine. It sends "bad" LDL cholesterol into the basement, lowering it even more than potent statin drugs. But at the time, the FDA …

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 0 Comments
    People Who Exercise Boost Their Chances of Survi…

    The American Heart Association urges Americans to exercise for heart attack prevention. But here's another reason to lace up your sneakers. A Danish study has found that people who exercise regularly …