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 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 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 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 May 31, 2018 14 Comments
    High Protein Diet Is Linked to Heart Failure Ris…

    Many people striving to lose weight turn to a low-carb diet to try to jump-start the process. Instead, they try to get most of their energy from fat or protein sources. But does this increase their he…

    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 24, 2018 3 Comments
    Will Exercise Prevent Heart Failure?

    Does it really make a difference whether you exercise? A new study from Johns Hopkins shows that just six years of increased physical activity in middle age may help prevent heart failure later (Flori…

    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 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…

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2017 15 Comments
    Coffee Drinkers Lower Their Chances of Heart Fai…

    One of the longest running heart studies comes from Framingham, Massachusetts. It began in 1948 and continues to this day. The Framingham Heart Study is a longitudinal epidemiological study that coll…

    By: Terry Graedon October 16, 2017 1 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 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 July 6, 2017 28 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: 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: Joe Graedon May 11, 2017 50 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 12 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 11 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 4 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 16 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 30 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 22 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: Terry Graedon July 24, 2014 6 Comments
    Study Prompts Reassessment of Cardiovascular Ris…

    The Women's Health Initiative began more than two decades ago. The study recruited over 160,000 women over the age of 50 20 years ago and has followed them ever since. New data from the observational …

    By: Joe Graedon June 9, 2014 39 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…