By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2017 4 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 12 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 7 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 16 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. A new study shows that 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 20 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…

    By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2015 0 Comments
    Active Seniors Have Fewer Heart Attacks and Stro…

    A ten-year study of older Americans shows that those who are physically active have a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes. The study included more than 4,000 men and women whose average age at the…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2015 1 Comments
    Do Antidepressants Speed Stroke Rehabilitation?

    Doctors have long recognized that people who have suffered a stroke are prone to depression. You might think this is only natural: after all, they are adapting to a situation in which some of the abil…

    By: Joe Graedon June 4, 2015 6 Comments
    Blood Pressure Pills Fall Short on Stroke Preven…

    High blood pressure is a serious health problem because it increases the risk for strokes. A new study shows, however, that controlling hypertension with medication may not provide the kind of outcom…

    By: Joe Graedon May 21, 2015 5 Comments
    Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Reduce the Risk of St…

    New Benefit from Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Cholesterol-lowering drugs are usually prescribed to reduce the risk of heart attacks in middle-aged people. A new study published in The BMJ shows that the…

    By: Joe Graedon March 19, 2015 3 Comments
    Folic Acid Adds Extra Layer of Stroke Protection

    A large study from China found that people who took the B vitamin folic acid along with the blood pressure medication enalapril reduce their risk for a stroke. What the Researchers Did The researchers…

    By: Joe Graedon January 22, 2015 7 Comments
    Salt Restriction May Not Be Helpful for All Olde…

    Sodium and salt intake continues to be controversial. No Obvious Link Between Sodium Intake and Mortality A 10-year study of 2,600 older adults in Georgia started with an assessment of how much salt t…

    By: Joe Graedon December 18, 2014 3 Comments
    New Treatment Offers Hope for Stroke Victims

    Strokes are often caused by a blood clot in the brain. If the patient shows up at the emergency department soon enough after symptoms* start, doctors can inject an enzyme that dissolves the clot and o…

    By: Terry Graedon June 18, 2014 0 Comments
    Higher Protein Diets Are Associated with Lower R…

    An analysis of seven studies identified another dietary factor that may help reduce the risk of stroke. Chinese epidemiologists reviewed the studies, each of which followed the participants for at lea…

    By: Joe Graedon May 8, 2014 4 Comments
    Eat Your Vegetables and Reduce Your Risk of a St…

    Strokes kill. Nearly 130,000 Americans die from one each year. Maybe even worse, strokes can cause terrible disability and depression. Almost 800,000 people suffer a stroke annually. As a result many …

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2014 3 Comments
    Does Vitamin C Help Protect Against Bleeding Str…

    A small case control study from France suggests that people with adequate levels of vitamin C circulating in their systems are less prone to hemorrhagic strokes. These bleeding strokes are less common…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2013 14 Comments
    New Study Fails to Clarify Which Blood Thinner I…

    Using anticoagulants is a bit like walking a tightrope. If the dose is too high, there is a danger of hemorrhage. If the dose is too low, there is risk of a deadly blood clot. For years, warfarin, ori…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2013 27 Comments
    Which Cocoa Offers the Greatest Health Benefits?

    Q. I have heard that cocoa can be good for the brain. I'd like to drink it, and I wonder if there is a cocoa that is especially recommended. Quality differs among companies, so how would I find a good…

    By: Terry Graedon August 15, 2013 0 Comments
    Mediterranean Diet to Prevent Stroke

    Can you reduce your chance of having a stroke through what you eat? A study from Spain shows that the Mediterranean diet helps to prevent stroke in a vulnerable population. PREDIMED Tests the Power of…

    By: Terry Graedon June 27, 2013 2 Comments
    Caffeine in Pills Linked to Stroke

    Drinking coffee has been associated with health benefits such as a reduced likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes, heart failure, Alzheimer's disease or certain cancers. But caffeine in medications …

    By: Terry Graedon March 7, 2013 2 Comments
    High-Tech Goggles Help Diagnose Stroke

    Diagnosing a stroke in the emergency room can be difficult. Patients who have atypical symptoms such as dizziness may be especially likely to go undiagnosed. That's particularly true when the health c…

    By: Terry Graedon January 24, 2013 26 Comments
    Does Low Cholesterol Lead to Strokes?

    For the last four decades Americans have been told that cholesterol was our enemy. Eggs were bad because the yolks contained cholesterol. Lowering cholesterol was supposed to prevent heart attacks and…

    By: Terry Graedon February 9, 2012 8 Comments
    Triglycerides Increase Risk of Stroke

    We've all been warned about the risks of high cholesterol, but investigators now say that a different type of blood fat is the strongest risk factor for strokes in older women. Women with the highest …

    By: Joe Graedon February 1, 2012 6 Comments
    Can Low Cholesterol Cause Stroke?

    Q. I take simvastatin, and I am concerned that my cholesterol may be too low (143, HDL 46, LDL 75). My mother died at age 64 from a massive stroke. Somewhere I read that very low cholesterol increases…

    By: Terry Graedon January 18, 2012 2 Comments
    Magnesium May MInimize Stroke Risk

    People who eat foods rich in the mineral magnesium appear to be less likely to suffer strokes. That is the conclusion of a meta-analysis involving roughly 250,000 people. Foods rich in magnesium inclu…