By: Terry Graedon June 15, 2017 4 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 17 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 46 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 14 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 …

    By: Joe Graedon March 27, 2017 8 Comments
    Does the New Cholesterol Drug Repatha Save Lives…

    The results are finally in on an eagerly anticipated trial of a new cholesterol-lowering medicine. Many cardiologists are happy with the results, calling the drug a breakthrough. But others are disapp…

    By: Terry Graedon March 23, 2017 6 Comments
    Absorbable Stent Is Worse, Not Better, for Preve…

    When people have serious heart disease and require balloon angioplasty, interventional cardiologists frequently insert a stent. This tiny mesh cylinder fits inside a blood vessel to keep it open. It …

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2017 5 Comments
    Should You Take Fish Oil to Protect Your Heart?

    If you have heart disease, you've probably read lots about statin drugs to lower cholesterol. You may have seen recommendations about eating a Mediterranean-style diet for heart health. But should you…

    By: Terry Graedon March 9, 2017 12 Comments
    You Are What You Eat: Is Your Diet Killing You?

    Researchers have found an answer to the question: Is the standard American diet killing us? Unfortunately, too often what we eat and what we skip contributes to disease and death. The Link Between …

    By: Joe Graedon March 9, 2017 29 Comments
    Why Didn’t Statins Protect Dad from Clogge…

    Most cardiologists take it as absolute fact that cholesterol is a bad actor in the heart disease saga. They believe that LDL cholesterol in particular is responsible for causing clogged coronary arter…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 16 Comments
    Is Coconut Oil Good or Bad for Your Health?

    Some topics seem to generate ongoing confusion. One of these areas of contention is whether or not coconut oil is harmful or beneficial for health. If you search online, you'll find a wide range of op…

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2017 3 Comments
    Does Testosterone Really Boost the Risk of Heart…

    Men have raised questions in the past about the cardiovascular effects of testosterone. Two studies published this week offered conflicting answers. As a result, men are left still wondering whether …

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2017 13 Comments
    Why Is Olive Oil So Good for Your Heart?

    The Mediterranean diet has gotten a lot of attention, but scientists haven't known exactly why it works. A new analysis of data from a randomized trial shows why olive oil is so protective. The PREDI…

    By: Terry Graedon January 12, 2017 0 Comments
    Are Weekend Warriors Doing More Good than Harm?

    Physical activity is crucial for good health, but many people find it difficult to do workouts during the work week. Some are weekend warriors, exercising intensely when they find the time. Can leisur…

    By: Terry Graedon December 18, 2016 11 Comments
    Could Magnesium Supplements Be a Miracle for You…

    It is a truism that we need a well-balanced diet for good health. Ideally, we would routinely be eating the vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes that could provide all our essential vitamins a…

    By: Terry Graedon December 15, 2016 7 Comments
    Why Smoking Just a Little Is Still Bad for You

    Everyone recognizes that smoking is hazardous to your health. But some people have been telling themselves that smoking just a few cigarettes a day doesn't increase their risk of premature death. Are …

    By: Terry Graedon December 8, 2016 12 Comments
    What Is the Story on Nuts and Health?

    Nuts are not the dietary demons doctors once thought. There was a time when we were warned to stay away from nuts because they are high in both fat and calories. But there is new evidence on nuts and …

    By: Terry Graedon December 8, 2016 17 Comments
    How Bad Is It to Eat Saturated Fat?

    For decades we have been told to reduce our overall fat consumption. In particular, saturated fat consumption has been considered a risk factor for metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular dise…

    By: Joe Graedon November 28, 2016 7 Comments
    Is There a Link Between NSAIDs like Ibuprofen an…

    Pain relievers like ibuprofen, indomethacin, meloxicam, naproxen and piroxicam have been popular for decades. Tens of millions of people take these non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) daily…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2016 0 Comments
    Is a Bit of Beer Better for Heart Health?

    For years, scientists have noted with some puzzlement that people who drink moderately seem less prone to heart attacks. They haven't really known what to do about that information, though. They didn'…

    By: Joe Graedon November 14, 2016 8 Comments
    Are ALL Arthritis Drugs Including Celebrex Risky…

    The big news out of the American Heart Association meetings in New Orleans is that Celebrex (celecoxib) is no more dangerous for the heart and cardiovascular system than pain relievers like ibuprofen …

    By: Terry Graedon November 14, 2016 0 Comments
    Can Cocoa Compounds Prevent Heart Attacks?

    Could cocoa compounds be helpful for heart health? Epidemiologists report that people who eat chocolate frequently are less likely to have type 2 diabetes or cognitive decline (Appetite, online Oct. …

    By: Terry Graedon November 10, 2016 0 Comments
    Can Eating Lots of Colorful Berries Protect Your…

    Dietary flavonoids make fruits and vegetables colorful. The anthocyanidins have lovely red and purple colors. They are found in colorful berries such as cranberries, currants and blueberries. What W…

    By: Terry Graedon November 7, 2016 12 Comments
    How Not to Die of a Heart Attack

    No one wants to die of a heart attack. Many people probably don't even imagine that such a fate could overtake them. When it happens to a family member, though, people pay attention. This reader got j…

    By: Terry Graedon November 3, 2016 2 Comments
    Bicycle Your Way to Avoid Heart Disease

    Spending time on a bicycle can help reduce the risk of heart attacks, according to a Danish study. Danes Traveling by Bicycle: The researchers collected data on nearly 54,000 people, including 45,000…

    By: Terry Graedon October 13, 2016 3 Comments
    Exertion and Anger Can Lead to Heart Attacks

    Physical exertion, anger or emotional distress are linked to heart attacks. A large case-control study has just confirmed that common wisdom. INTERHEART and Extreme Emotion: The INTERHEART study was …

    By: Joe Graedon October 11, 2016 92 Comments
    Are Calcium Pills Hardening Your Heart Arteries?

    The latest flip-flop in health has to do with calcium. For decades, doctors, nutrition experts and registered dietitians have been urging women to take calcium supplements to strengthen their bones. A…

    By: Terry Graedon October 10, 2016 1 Comments
    Listen to Dr. DuBroff Discuss the Cholesterol Hy…

    We spoke with cardiologist and lipidologist Robert DuBroff, MD, a few months ago about his take on the cholesterol hypothesis. Since that time, he has retired from his position as associate professor…

    By: Terry Graedon October 5, 2016 10 Comments
    Medical Journals Clash in the Latest War Over St…

    Researchers have been clashing over the benefits and risks of statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs in the pages of two major British medical journals. What Do the Medical Journals Say About Statins?…