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: 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 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 January 5, 2017 10 Comments
    Why Is a Magnesium-Rich Diet So Good for You?

    Following a magnesium-rich diet may be an often-overlooked path to good health. That is the conclusion of a new study. It found that people who eat foods that are good sources of magnesium are less l…

    By: Joe Graedon December 5, 2016 11 Comments
    High Prescription Drug Prices: Bargaining for yo…

    Americans are used to negotiating prices--some call it haggling--for big-ticket items like cars and houses. Sometimes parents arm-wrestle colleges over tuition aid. But rarely do we bargain over the p…

    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 October 27, 2016 9 Comments
    Could Your Pain Reliever Hurt Your Heart?

    If you take a pain reliever on a regular basis, it might hurt your heart. People who take NSAID pain relievers are more prone to developing heart failure, according to a new study from Europe. NSAIDs …

    By: Terry Graedon October 20, 2016 4 Comments
    Should People with Heart Failure Be Forbidden to…

    Coffee may be OK even for people with heart failure. For years, cardiologists have warned their heart patients to avoid coffee. That's because they worried that caffeine would trigger irregular heart…

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2016 7 Comments
    What Vitamins and Minerals are in the Cardio For…

    Last week we asked the question, "Can You Trust Your Multivitamin?" A report from ConsumerLab.Com stated "defects found in 33% of multis [multivitamins] put to the test." This was based on analyses …

    By: Joe Graedon June 6, 2016 7 Comments
    Should the “Salt Is Safe” Heretics B…

    Modern medicine likes to think of itself as scientific, driven by data. But when new evidence disputes old dogma public health leaders might wish for the old days when dissenters were dealt with harsh…

    By: Terry Graedon April 7, 2016 5 Comments
    How Vitamin D Could Help Heart Failure

    Heart failure is becoming increasingly common, but it can be quite difficult to manage. In this condition, weak heart muscles have difficulty pumping blood through the body effectively and efficiently…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2016 7 Comments
    Could Digoxin Protect Your Heart Two Ways?

    A very old drug derived from the foxglove plant (Digitalis purpurea) may turn out to be surprisingly effective against heart disease. (How old? you may ask. Its first mention in medical literature dat…

    By: Terry Graedon January 18, 2016 3 Comments
    What Is the Downside of a Low-Sodium Diet?

    When it comes to a healthful diet, we are constantly exhorted to eat less overall, avoid sugary beverages, shun fat (especially sat fat) and stick to a low-sodium diet.  Perhaps the simplest way to …

    By: Terry Graedon December 31, 2015 15 Comments
    People with Heart Failure Suffer on Low Sodium D…

    Should you eat less salt? Public health authorities generally include cutting back on sodium as one of the important dietary steps we can all take for good health. The American Heart Association has j…

    By: Terry Graedon December 31, 2015 2 Comments
    Do Bad Bacteria in the Intestines Harm the Heart…

    Over the last few years it has become clear that our microbiota, the collection of bacteria, yeast, fungus and other microscopic denizens of our guts, skin, reproductive tracts and other parts of our …

    By: Terry Graedon December 3, 2015 29 Comments
    Patients Want Doctors to Look at Them, Not the C…

    If you have seen a doctor in the last several years, the chances are good that he or she has entered your data into a computer during the visit. Electronic health records have become ubiquitous in hea…

    By: Joe Graedon November 23, 2015 19 Comments
    Doctors Despise EDTA Chelation But Science Suppo…

    Q. Are you familiar with EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid)? My newspaper has a large ad today on this for artery cleaning. It sounds too good to be true...and I know the rest of that sentence.…

    By: Terry Graedon November 5, 2015 3 Comments
    Soft Drinks Linked to Heart Failure in Swedish M…

    Soft drinks have come in for a lot of criticism over the last several years. Some experts have claimed that the obesity epidemic in the US can be traced in part to America's weakness for soda. (See Dr…

    By: Joe Graedon September 24, 2015 11 Comments
    Beet Juice Strengthens People with Heart Failure

    Beet juice has been shown to boost muscle performance for athletes. (You can read more about that here.) Stronger Leg Muscles for Heart Failure Patients: Now a study shows that it can also help improv…

    By: Joe Graedon September 10, 2015 1 Comments
    HIIT Undid Heart Damage from Diabetes

    A small study from England shows that people with diabetes can reverse some of the heart complications of the disease with a special approach to exercise called HIIT. HIIT (High-Intensity Intermittent…

    By: Joe Graedon April 30, 2015 0 Comments
    Could Gratitude Help the Heart Grow Stronger?

    Heart failure is a hard-to-treat condition that results when the heart does not have adequate pumping power. About 5 million Americans suffer from this chronic condition, which often leads to repeat h…

    By: Joe Graedon June 9, 2014 27 Comments
    If Statins Cause Diabetes, Why Should ALL Diabet…

    The guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology are crystal clear. People with diabetes (both type-1 and type-2) should all be on a statin-type cholesterol-lo…

    By: Terry Graedon April 18, 2013 8 Comments
    Rapid Pulse May Wear Heart Out Sooner

    Danish researchers report that resting heart rate may predict longevity. A study of 2,800 men followed for 16 years reveals that those with a rapid pulse at rest die earlier, even if they are in good …

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2012 7 Comments
    CoEnzyme Q10 Fights Heart Failure

    The antioxidant Coenzyme Q10 has been promoted for years as a way to treat heart failure. Studies gave conflicting results, but a new meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials shows modest benefit…

    By: Terry Graedon August 27, 2012 20 Comments
    Pros and Cons of Coffee

    Q. Years ago I heard you on the radio praising the benefits of coffee. You made an exception for French press coffee, though. I never understood why this would pose a problem when regular coffee doesn…

    By: Terry Graedon July 5, 2012 2 Comments
    Coffee Lowers Likelihood of Heart Failure

    Many people assume that drinking coffee is bad for the heart, perhaps because caffeine may raise blood pressure. But a new analysis of five studies with 140,000 participants found that those who drank…

    By: Terry Graedon May 3, 2012 3 Comments
    Aspirin vs. Warfarin for Heart Failure

    Aspirin appears to work as well as prescription warfarin for patients with heart failure. Such patients are at increased risk for blood clots and strokes because their hearts do not pump blood efficie…

    By: Terry Graedon April 19, 2012 1 Comments
    Hormone for Heart Failure

    Testosterone may be beneficial for patients with heart failure. In this condition, the heart is less capable of pumping blood throughout the lungs and the body. Fluid may accumulate in the ankles and …

    By: Joe Graedon July 23, 2009 1 Comments
    Healthy Lifestyle Wards Off Heart Failure

    Healthy living is not just for women. Men can benefit too! A study of 20,000 male physicians over more than 20 years found that those who maintained a normal body weight, did not smoke, got regular ex…

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2009 1 Comments
    DASH Diet Reduces Heart Failure Risk

    A vegetable rich diet designed to lower blood pressure also reduces the risk of congestive heart failure. Scientists studied 36,000 Swedish women for seven years. Those who came closest to following t…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2006 0 Comments
    Erectile Dysfunction Signals Possible Heart Dise…

    Q. All my life I have had a strong sex drive. Over the last few years, however, I have had some difficulty maintaining an erection. My urologist prescribed Cialis, which works pretty well. But he scar…

    By: Joe Graedon September 8, 2003 0 Comments
    Heart Failure Is A Confusing Killer

    Five million Americans suffer from a potentially life-threatening condition. It has claimed the lives of Henry Fonda, Ella Fitzgerald, Wilt Chamberlain, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Even though half a m…