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 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: 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 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: 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 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 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 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 July 12, 2018 2 Comments
    Aspirin vs Activase: Cheaper Is Just as Good

    Alteplase, known under its brand name as Activase, is a clot buster. That means it is injected in the early treatment of stroke in an attempt to reduce damage to the brain. Might aspirin also be helpf…

    By: Terry Graedon May 31, 2018 7 Comments
    Can You Take Aspirin to Prevent Stroke?

    People who experience a transient ischemic attack, also known as a TIA or a minor stroke, are at a significantly increased risk for another blood clot in the brain. In a TIA, the clot resolves on its …

    By: Joe Graedon May 24, 2018 9 Comments
    Is Aspirin Better Than Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) To …

    Strokes are nasty business. When a blood clot lodges in a brain artery, it leads to the death of neurons. Depending upon where the damage occurs, patients can have difficulty speaking, moving or balan…

    By: Joe Graedon May 21, 2018 15 Comments
    What Can You Do If Ibuprofen Triggers Atrial Fib…

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like diclofenac, ibuprofen, meloxicam or naproxen are extremely popular pain relievers. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) and naproxen (Aleve) are even availab…

    By: Joe Graedon May 14, 2018 7 Comments
    Exercise Plus Sauna Bathing Better Than Either A…

    People in Finland love to spend time sauna bathing. They do not view a sweat bath as an indulgence. They think of the sauna as a special place with healing properties. The majority of people in Finlan…

    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 12, 2018 6 Comments
    Why Grandma Was Right about Vegetables

    Your grandmother may have told you to eat your vegetables. Ours certainly urged us to do so. Was Grandma following her own advice? She should have. A new study from Australia reinforces the benefits o…

    By: Terry Graedon March 19, 2018 5 Comments
    Will Garlic Really Lower Your Blood Pressure?

    Humans love variety in their food, and have found numerous ways to enliven it. Spices of various sorts have been used to give food an interesting flavor. Many of these additives have also been used me…

    By: Terry Graedon March 15, 2018 7 Comments
    Will a Crowded Emergency Room Interfere with You…

    Have you ever had to wait for hours to be seen in an emergency room? Who hasn’t? A Crowded Emergency Room May Mean Doctors Miss Information: A new study shows, unsurprisingly, that care may be compr…

    By: Terry Graedon December 21, 2017 14 Comments
    Can Ginkgo Help Stroke Survivors Keep Their Wits…

    Ginkgo biloba has long been a popular herb in China. It is credited with promoting memory and fighting dementia, although most studies using a German extract of the tree have not provided convincing r…

    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 November 13, 2017 7 Comments
    How Dangerous Is It to Stop Taking Aspirin?

    Aspirin, a drug that has been easing pain and even saving lives for more than a hundred years, gets very little respect. Perhaps because it is so old or maybe because it is available over the counter,…

    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 13 Comments
    Will Drug Shortages From the Puerto Rico Disaste…

    The unfolding hurricane damage is a terrible tragedy for the people of Puerto Rico. Being without power, water, food, transportation, communication and other critical services is a calamity of enormou…

    By: Joe Graedon October 5, 2017 14 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 August 31, 2017 17 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 April 27, 2017 15 Comments
    Is a Daily Diet Soda Bad for Your Brain?

    Could drinking a daily diet soda be bad for your brain? A new study of people participating in the Framingham Heart Study found an association between downing one artificially sweetened beverage daily…

    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: 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: Terry Graedon November 30, 2016 3 Comments
    Why Are Crowded Emergency Rooms Bad for Your Bra…

    When it comes to strokes, doctors say, time is brain. In other words, getting a prompt diagnosis and emergency treatment is crucial for limiting brain damage. According to one study, crowded emergency…

    By: Terry Graedon October 27, 2016 0 Comments
    Refined Grains Increase the Risk of Stroke

    The glycemic index of a food tells us how quickly it raises blood sugar, while the glycemic load of a diet also takes into account how much blood-sugar-boosting food is being eaten. Refined grains usu…

    By: Terry Graedon September 19, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Stay Healthy with a Mediterranean Diet

    Would you like to be able to improve your health by what you put on your plate? Health professionals and patients alike may doubt that diet can be as powerful as pills. When it comes to important bene…

    By: Terry Graedon August 17, 2016 2 Comments
    Staying Active Can Help Prevent Chronic Health P…

    Exercise remains one of the most powerful interventions for promoting health and preventing disease. An article in the BMJ reviewed 174 studies published over 25 years. The scientists evaluated the am…

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2016 2 Comments
    Can You Stay in the Sweet Spot for Your Warfarin…

    Warfarin is a classic anticoagulant that is used to prevent strokes and deep vein blood clots. Doctors know a lot about this old inexpensive drug, but they also know getting the warfarin dose just rig…

    By: Joe Graedon July 21, 2016 21 Comments
    Are Rehab Hospitals Hazardous to Your Health?

    If you suffer a serious injury in an automobile accident, get a knee or hip replaced or suffer a stroke, there is a very good chance you will end up in a rehabilitation hospital. These facilities are …

    By: Terry Graedon July 21, 2016 1 Comments
    What Are the Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet?

    The Mediterranean diet has gained quite a reputation of late. But is the buzz all hype, or is there science to support it? Studying the Mediterranean Diet: A new analysis of 56 studies of the Mediterr…

    By: Joe Graedon June 16, 2016 39 Comments
    Will Higher Bad LDL Cholesterol Help Older Peopl…

    A new analysis of prior research suggests that higher levels of so-called bad LDL cholesterol is associated with longer life for older people. Not surprisingly, many cardiologists are outraged over th…

    By: Terry Graedon May 26, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Lower Your Stroke Risk with Aspirin

    A sudden spell of dizziness, trouble walking or speaking, confusion or incoordination might signal a transient ischemic attack or TIA, even if it lasts for just a few minutes. Such a mini-stroke could…

    By: Joe Graedon March 7, 2016 13 Comments
    Eggs are Exonerated in Finnish Heart Study

    For more than five decades Americans have been told that cholesterol causes heart disease. That's why nutrition experts, cardiologists and family practice physicians advised their patients to limit eg…

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2016 1 Comments
    How Doctors Rescued Patients with Bleeding in th…

    Researchers report counter-intuitive results from a trial on treating hemorrhagic (bleeding) strokes. Usually strokes caused by clots are treated with drugs that can break up clots; strokes caused by …

    By: Terry Graedon December 7, 2015 6 Comments
    Is There an Antidote to Pradaxa?

    The human heart pushes blood out through the body to all the organs by beating rhythmically. When that rhythm falters, as it does in the condition termed atrial fibrillation, blood is still pumped but…