Tag: angina

Newsbriefs: Trans Fats; Heart Attack Risk

New York Proves That Banning Trans Fats Reduces Heart Attacks.
You’ve heard that trans fats are harmful, and that you should ban this form of cholesterol from your diet. Now there’s solid proof this advice is good medicine. In 2007, some counties in New York state began restricting the use of

Heart Failure? Stay Vigilant for Worsening Condition

Heart Failure? Stay Vigilant for Worsening Condition

More than 5 million Americans have heart failure, and 500,000 more cases are diagnosed each year. The condition develops gradually, due to injury to or weakness of the heart—underlying causes include these, among others:
Heart attack
High blood pressure
Coronary artery disease
Heart valve disease
Abnormal heart rhythms
Diseases of the heart muscle (cardiomyopathies)
Diabetes
There are two

Newer LDL-Lowering Drug Shows Excellent Benefit

In the ongoing effort to find drugs that safely and effectively reduce cardiovascular events, there’s a new class of stars: PCSK9 inhibitors. These drugs are antibodies directed at the PCSK9 protein, which regulates LDL receptor recycling.  Blocking the protein results in increasing the effective number of receptors, which leads to

Ask the Doctor: Whole-Grain Foods & Diabetes; Melatonin

Q: I have had type 2 diabetes for more than 20 years. Should I eat whole-grain foods? I know they are touted for their health benefits, but they are high in carbohydrates, and years ago, I was told to limit my carbohydrate intake.

A: Carbohydrates, which were once considered by many

Editor’s Note: LDL: What’s the New Number?

Many patients are asking about the latest guidelines on reducing cardiovascular risks issued by the American College of Cardiology. These guidelines, which were published several months ago, suggests that patients without other cardiovascular risk factors can have LDL cholesterol levels up to 190 before they get treated. Prior to the

The 4 Heart Problem Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

The 4 Heart Problem Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., so it’s important that you can recognize the signs of a heart problem. Symptoms of heart disease, also called coronary artery disease (CAD), abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), and heart failure sometimes overlap.
But if you’re at risk for any

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: How It Can Help Your Heart

Like all of your muscles, your heart needs a steady supply of oxygen-rich blood to remain healthy. But if there’s blockage in a coronary artery—a blood vessel that supplies blood to the heart—the result can be a heart attack. Even if blood flow is partially reduced, you can experience angina—episodes

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