In the U.S., 1 in 4 women will die from heart disease—almost half a million deaths each year—yet the perception that heart disease is primarily a man’s disease persists. An American Heart Association survey found that fewer than one-half of American women are aware that heart disease is their leading
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Have you read your groceries lately? Many of them tout reasons why health-minded shoppers should buy them, such as to lower cholesterol, reduce risk of osteoporosis or prevent cancer. Some sport bright red hearts claiming the products are heart healthy. But can you trust such health claims? It depends. There
What causes heart attacks is the stoppage of blood flow through a coronary artery. The heart muscle that normally keeps pumping blood out to the body and the lungs becomes starved for oxygen. Without a steady supply of oxygenated blood, heart muscle tissue becomes damaged. If blood flow remains blocked
An analysis of 19 studies involving 45,637 participants in 16 countries provides the most comprehensive picture to date of how omega-3 fats may influence heart disease. Higher blood levels of omega-3s from seafood as well as plants were associated with a lower risk of dying from heart attacks
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The BRAIN Initiative
Never before has so much science been focused on exploring the secrets of the human brain. In October 2015, the National Institutes of Health announced a second wave of grants to support the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, bringing the NIH’s annual investment to $85
Gallstones Linked To a Higher Risk of Heart Disease
Researchers have found an association between a history of gallstones and an increased risk for developing coronary heart disease (CHD). When researchers analyzed data from three large, long-running U.S. studies that included 225,000 women and 43,000 men, they found that a history
The management of cholesterol and cardiovascular (CV) risk has dramatically changed since the advent of statin drugs (Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor). In the past, patients had only diet and exercise to lower lipid levels. Now, with widespread use of statins, the “knee-jerk” response to hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol) has been statin use.
It’s long been known that women have gotten short shrift in terms of being screened for heart disease. Women who present to emergency rooms, as well as to their physicians’ offices, tend to be less aggressively tested and treated for heart disease than men. Women get fewer stress tests, coronary
New heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines were recently issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology. Based on the evaluation of years of scientific research, the new guidelines outline the best strategies for weight management, optimal cholesterol levels, heart disease risk assessment, and lifestyle measures
Q. I keep seeing advertisements for a supplement called Prevagen, which is supposed to boost memory. Is it worth it for me to buy some?
A. The manufacturer of Prevagen claims that the product enhances memory by replacing proteins that are lost as we age with a protein called apoaequorin, which