Tag: cardiology

Newsbriefs: Herbal Supplements; Medication Reviews

Herbals and Heart Patients
Herbal supplements are popular among heart disease patients, despite questions over their safety and efficacy. A review published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology looked at 42 herbal medications that have a possible indication for treating one or more cardiovascular conditions,

Statins May Offer Benefits Beyond Cholesterol Control

You may take a statin to help improve your cholesterol profile, but research suggests that there may be additional benefits, as well as some potential risks, to go along with these widely prescribed medications.

Statins work by inhibiting an enzyme that controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body. The

6 Best Natural Diuretics: How to Reduce Fluid Retention Safely

6 Best Natural Diuretics: How to Reduce Fluid Retention Safely

Natural diuretics are herbs or other plants used for their effect on the urinary tract and fluid balance. Diuretics are primarily used to eliminate excess fluid from body tissues, to flush the urinary tract in the treatment of urinary infections, and in detoxification of the body via increased excretion of

Determine Your Risk for Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral artery disease (PAD), a serious circulatory condition that affects about eight million Americans, is the result of narrowed peripheral arteries, usually in the pelvis or legs, and is characterized by leg pain, usually while walking or exercising. In more serious cases, PAD can result in permanent damage to the

What You Should Know About Open-Heart Surgery

What You Should Know About Open-Heart Surgery

The phrase open-heart surgery is often used interchangeably with “bypass surgery,” which is technically “coronary artery bypass grafting,” or CABG. But open-heart surgery can actually refer to any of several operations that require surgeons to open up the chest cavity and work directly on the heart.
Other procedures requiring open-heart

Is Wine Healthy?

Is Wine Healthy?

It’s a logical question to ask if you’re enjoying a glass after a long day at work: Is wine healthy? Research has shown that drinking wine every day—following some important guidelines, of course—may provide adults with multiple health benefits. First, it’s important to keep in mind that the American Heart

Coconut Water Disadvantages

Coconut Water Disadvantages

Editor’s note: When used safely, coconut water benefits can include lowering blood pressure and boosting hydration. Learn more about the benefits of drinking coconut water daily in this article.

One of the best-known coconut water benefits, an uncommonly high amount of potassium, is also the main reason that drinking too much

Slash Your Stroke Risk by Addressing Crucial Modifiable Risk Factors

Around 750,000 people have a stroke every year, and of these, 5 to 14 percent will have a second stroke within 12 months. Many of the risk factors for stroke can be mitigated with simple lifestyle changes—according to the American Stroke Association, 80 percent of strokes are preventable. However, research

Should You Try to Raise Your HDL?

For many years, the formula for better heart health has included measures to reduce the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol while at the same time increasing the levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in their circulating blood.

And while a high level of LDL—the so-called “bad” cholesterol—continues to be recognized

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