Tag: cardiovascular disease

The Changing Role of Aspirin as a Preventative

Q. I’ve heard that daily aspirin is advised to help prevent a second heart attack, but my doctor said it’s not recommended anymore to help prevent a first heart attack. Can you explain?
A. Aspirin remains an integral part of heart attack and stroke prevention. It interferes with blood clotting, which

Apple Shape Versus Pear Shape? What’s Healthier?

Q. My best friend and I are having an argument we hope you can solve. I say that being pear-shaped is healthier than being apple-shaped. She says extra fat is bad, period. Who’s right?
A. This is not a simple question. Fat is not harmless. It causes inflammation, which can trigger

Your Gut May Determine Your Risk of Heart Disease

We’ve heard that the saturated fat and cholesterol found in red meat, egg yolks and full-fat dairy products can lead to clogged arteries. But there appears to be an additional danger in how bacteria in our digestive system process these foods.
A team of Cleveland Clinic researchers found that a

Heart Disease May Put You At Risk for Dementia

Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women in this country, with 400,000 succumbing to heart attack, heart failure or stroke every year. Yet the high prevalence of risk factors for cardiovascular disease indicates the threat is not being taken seriously.
If you are not concerned about your heart health, listen

News Briefs

Although many studies have linked dietary consumption of omega-3s with better brain health, a five-year clinical trial involving 4,000 older adults has found no association between taking omega-3 fatty acid supplement s and a reduction in the rate of cognitive decline. The study was

Children and high cholesterol

Q. My son and I have high cholesterol. Should my 10-year-old grandson have his cholesterol levels measured?
A. There is little disagreement that adults should undergo cholesterol screening. The question of if and when to screen children has been more contentious. Why consider screening at an early age? The U.S. Department

Cardiologists sound the alarm about poor exercise habits

The American College of Cardiology’s Sports and Exercise Cardiology Leadership Council is calling on adults to exercise more, saying the cardiovascular risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle are profound. Rather than worry about the risk of injury from too much exercise, Americans should do a better job of being more

Know the Four Cardiovascular Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Maintaining good cardiovascular health is about more than eating a healthy diet, exercising every day, quitting smoking and taking your medications as prescribed. It’s also essential that you respond appropriately to changes in your health, especially when those changes could indicate a problem with your heart or the rest of

The Lowdown on Low-Fat Diets

Low-fat diets have been around for decades, with the hope of cutting weight, as well as disease risk. Most of the research on low-fat diets (less than 30 percent of calories from fat) has not been fruitful, though some studies indicate that very low-fat diets may be an option for

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