By: Terry Graedon December 13, 2018 0 Comments
    Will a Mediterranean Diet Protect Your Heart?

    Will the Mediterranean diet protect your heart? Such diets have a reputation as a tasty way to cut your risk of heart disease. Previous randomized controlled trials, such as the Lyon Diet Heart Study …

    By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2018 7 Comments
    Can Fish Oil Really Help Your Heart?

    Fish oil is one of the most popular supplements on drugstore shelves. People take it to promote heart health, ease joint pain and relieve dry eyes. The value of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil has b…

    By: Terry Graedon November 19, 2018 32 Comments
    Study of Vitamin D Supplements Results in Disapp…

    Millions of Americans are low in vitamin D, but taking vitamin D supplements may not do any good. A study of vitamin D supplements recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine (online, No…

    By: Terry Graedon November 19, 2018 19 Comments
    How Can You Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally?

    Do you know how to lower your cholesterol naturally? Frequently, when doctors discover that a patient has an elevated cholesterol level, they offer a prescription for a statin drug to lower these bloo…

    By: Terry Graedon November 15, 2018 49 Comments
    Vitamin D Strikes Out Against Heart Attacks and …

    Millions of Americans are low in vitamin D. They are at higher risk for a range of health problems, from asthma to osteoporosis, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. These individuals may b…

    By: Terry Graedon November 15, 2018 9 Comments
    Is Fish Oil to Prevent Heart Attacks a Dud?

    In addition to vitamin D3, the VITAL study also considered the effects of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil to prevent heart attacks (NEJM, Nov. 10, 2018). The results were disappointing. Concentrated…

    By: Terry Graedon November 15, 2018 4 Comments
    Will Vascepa from Fish Oil Prevent Heart Attacks…

    A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine considered the effects of icosapent ethyl, a form of the omega-3 fatty acid EPA (NEJM, Nov. 10, 2018). The brand name for this drug is Vascepa.…

    By: Terry Graedon November 8, 2018 2 Comments
    Will Alirocumab Save You from a Heart Attack?

    Alirocumab (Praluent) is a cholesterol-lowering drug that works through a different enzyme system than statins. (Here are the technical details: alirocumab and its cousin evolocumab inhibit an enzyme …

    By: Terry Graedon October 25, 2018 12 Comments
    Why You Can Die of a Broken Heart

    Can you really die of a broken heart? This centuries-old idea may have seemed like an old wives' tale or a romantic fancy powering folk songs like "Barbara Allen." (Here's a link to Joan Baez singing …

    By: Terry Graedon October 18, 2018 5 Comments
    Do People Who Eat Fish Grow Old More Healthfully…

    Does eating fish or taking fish oil make any difference for your health? For decades, researchers have touted the anti-inflammatory benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. They have sug…

    By: Terry Graedon October 15, 2018 6 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Boost Your Mood This Winter?

    Vitamin D, sometimes known as the sunshine vitamin, is renowned for its contribution to bone strength. It may also help ward off lung infections, particularly among people who are especially susceptib…

    By: Joe Graedon October 1, 2018 17 Comments
    Can You Stop Aspirin Suddenly Without Risking a …

    A major controversy in medicine has to do with the value of aspirin. This inexpensive drug has been available for more than 100 years. It remains a gold-standard pain reliever and fever reducer. No ot…

    By: Terry Graedon September 24, 2018 14 Comments
    Will Statins Help or Harm 76-Year-Old Father?

    Statins to lower cholesterol are a pillar of cardiological treatment. People with high cholesterol take medications like atorvastatin or simvastatin to reduce blood lipids and prevent heart attacks. T…

    By: Joe Graedon September 13, 2018 62 Comments
    Is Whole Fat Dairy (Milk, Cheese and Yogurt) Goo…

    Cardiologists have been admonishing Americans to avoid saturated fat in the diet. Whole fat dairy products have been especially vilified. That is why skim milk, margarine and low-fat yogurt have becom…

    By: Terry Graedon September 13, 2018 15 Comments
    Statins Fail to Help Healthy Older People

    Statin drugs that lower cholesterol are among the most important tools cardiologists have for preventing heart disease among middle-aged patients. Until recently, however, no one knew whether drugs su…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2018 11 Comments
    Was Aspirin to Blame for Leaky Heart Valve?

    Nonprescription drugs don't always get the respect they deserve. Many over-the-counter medications have significant effects, for good or for ill. If you take anything day in and day out, you should di…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2018 10 Comments
    Will Certo and Grape Juice Help Your Sore Knees?

    The recent news that diclofenac, like other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), can make people more susceptible to cardiovascular complications is disturbing. It is not particularly surpri…

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2018 140 Comments
    The Dangers of Diclofenac and Other NSAID Pain R…

    Doctors love NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). That’s largely because they don’t have a lot of other tools in the toolkit when it comes to treating pain and inflammation. Opioids have…

    By: Terry Graedon September 3, 2018 3 Comments
    Will Your Eyedrops Affect Your Heart Rate?

    As many as three million Americans have glaucoma, a condition that can damage the optic nerve and impair vision. Frequently, glaucoma is associated with increased pressure within the eye, which is why…

    By: Terry Graedon August 30, 2018 1 Comments
    Aspirin Strikes Out for Preventing Heart Attacks

    Low-dose aspirin has been a staple of heart disease prevention for decades. However, although data have indicated that people taking aspirin are less likely to have heart attacks, they appear more lik…

    By: Joe Graedon August 27, 2018 28 Comments
    The Salt Wars Rage On | How Do You Cope with the…

    Americans have been told for more than 50 years that they should cut back on salt. Doing so was supposed to help lower blood pressure. That in turn would theoretically reduce the risk of heart failure…

    By: Terry Graedon August 23, 2018 1 Comments
    Helping Your Heart Means Boosting Your Brain

    We have long suspected that taking care of your heart health with exercise, a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains, stress management and social interaction could also benefit your brain. …

    By: Terry Graedon August 23, 2018 26 Comments
    When Is High LDL Cholesterol a Problem?

    You have probably heard that high LDL cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease. That is the reason doctors prescribe medication to lower cholesterol. Most people imagine this is most important f…

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2018 14 Comments
    Are High Carb Diets Better Than Low Carb Diets?

    Do you shun fats and focus on carbohydrates for most of your energy? Or do you subscribe to a low-carb lifestyle? Proponents of both high carb diets and low carb diets have been debating their pros an…

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2018 8 Comments
    Should You Stop Taking Aspirin Before a Biopsy?

    Millions of people take low-dose aspirin (once called "baby aspirin," though it is not for babies) to protect themselves from blood clots that could lead to a heart attack or stroke. People at higher …

    By: Terry Graedon August 9, 2018 7 Comments
    Sauna Bathing and Its Health Benefits

    Finnish researchers have been studying the health benefits of sauna bathing for years. Now, a new study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings reviews the evidence for cardiovascular and other healt…

    By: Terry Graedon August 9, 2018 1 Comments
    Does Work Email Bother You at Home?

    Does your boss expect you to respond promptly to email or Slack messages outside of working hours? Did you know that before you took the job? Why Answering Email from Home Could Harm Your Health: A ne…

    By: Terry Graedon July 26, 2018 4 Comments
    Can an Antidepressant Help after a Cardiac Event…

    A cardiac event is a frightening occurrence, and it increases the likelihood of further cardiovascular complications. Is there a way to reduce that risk? The antidepressant escitalopram, sold under th…

    By: Terry Graedon July 23, 2018 22 Comments
    Rosuvastatin Linked to High Blood Sugar

    Statin medications are used to lower cholesterol because that is considered a pillar of lowering the risk for a heart attack. While people likely to suffer a heart attack generally welcome the protect…

    By: Terry Graedon July 12, 2018 8 Comments
    Multivitamins No Help Against Heart Disease

    Are multivitamins no help against heart disease? Millions of Americans take multivitamins, perhaps as many as 40 percent of older adults. A new study suggests that mixed vitamin and mineral formulatio…

    By: Terry Graedon June 28, 2018 14 Comments
    Will Eating Walnuts Lower Your Cholesterol?

    Could eating walnuts lower your cholesterol? A few decades ago, people were warned to avoid walnuts as well as other types of tree nuts because of their high fat content. Experts expected this to lead…

    By: Terry Graedon June 21, 2018 25 Comments
    Better Diet for Poor Americans Is Not a SNAP

    Poor diet may underly a wide range of undesirable health problems, from obesity to diabetes and heart disease. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was designed to help very low-income…

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2018 2 Comments
    Make Sure Your Vegetarian Diet Is High Quality

    A vegetarian diet can be beneficial, but even vegetarians need to pay attention to the quality of the food they eat. Harvard researchers who have tracked the dietary habits and health of more than 125…

    By: Terry Graedon May 31, 2018 13 Comments
    Will Vitamin Supplements Prevent Heart Problems?

    Does it make sense to take vitamin pills? A new systematic review looked at 179 recent studies of commonly used supplements to see whether any of these pills helped ward off heart problems (Jenkins et…

    By: Terry Graedon May 21, 2018 35 Comments
    Is Cooked Oatmeal Better for You Than Instant Oa…

    Oats have been a dietary staple for many centuries, and they have a reputation as a healthy whole grain. Eating cooked oatmeal on a regular basis (daily or several times a week) can help control chole…

    By: Terry Graedon May 17, 2018 4 Comments
    Risky Trans Fats in the Global Food Supply

    Where in the world are risky trans fats? For years, food manufacturers and fast food restaurants used hydrogenated vegetable oils because they were shelf stable and low in cholesterol. At one time peo…

    By: Terry Graedon May 10, 2018 7 Comments
    Can People with Diabetes Really Eat Eggs?

    For decades, Americans were warned not to eat eggs for fear that their blood cholesterol levels would rise. After all, egg yolks are high in cholesterol. Even after data showed that there was no link …

    By: Terry Graedon May 10, 2018 8 Comments
    How Do You Weigh the Benefits and Risks of Aspir…

    Aspirin has been around over 100 years. It is one of the most versatile drugs in the pharmacy. It relieves pain, lowers fever and reduces inflammation. In addition, it has anti-platelet activity that …

    By: Joe Graedon May 3, 2018 12 Comments
    Will a Sauna Bath a Day Keep Strokes and Heart A…

    When most people think about sauna (pronounced SOW-nah) baths they imagine relaxing in a hot wooden room and sweating. But this Finnish tradition may pay unexpected dividends. There is growing evidenc…

    By: Terry Graedon April 23, 2018 18 Comments
    No Study Support for Fish Oil Soothing Dry Eyes

    Fish oil is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These compounds have anti-inflammatory activity, and doctors have hoped that fish oil supplements would prove useful against a wide range of…