Tag: heart healthy diet

Heart Disease Is a Woman’s Disease

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

Health Claims on Your Food

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—and How to Prevent Them

What Causes Heart Attacks—and How to Prevent Them

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

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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

Editor’s Note: Statins: Not a License to Slack Off

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.

Editor’s Note: The Heart of the Matter

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

Heart-Healthy Diet Still Key in Disease Prevention

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

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