You shouldn’t have to choose between the health of your heart and your bones. Yet, news headlines sparked by studies over the past decade have resulted in a lot of confusion about possible ties between getting too much calcium and an increased risk of heart attack. A new analysis in
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Don’t be misled by the “pre” in prediabetes—even though the condition is not yet full-blown diabetes, it’s likely to become so if you ignore it.
Prediabetes and diabetes occur because you have too much glucose (sugar) in your blood. Insulin, a hormone produced by your pancreas, helps transport glucose from your
Previously, it had been established that having a heart attack raises the risk of having atrial fibrillation (AFib), a condition that produces an irregular and/or fast heartbeat. Now, researchers have determined that the connection appears to work both ways, and that having AFib is associated with an increased risk of
Higher heart risks linked with inflammatory bowel disease
People who have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), particularly women, are at an increased risk for stroke and heart attack, according to a study presented in October 2013 at the annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology. Among patients with IBD, risks for
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 Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC8) guidelines on the management of adult hypertension (high blood pressure) contain some significant changes from previous guidelines, which were released a decade ago in 2003 by the JNC7. One change is the recommendation that adults age 60 and older aim for a blood pressure
A stroke is a devastating event that changes the lives of nearly 800,000 U.S. adults every year. When a stroke doesn’t kill, it often leaves the victim seriously disabled and unable to live independently. Stroke is the primary reason for nursing home admission.
Ischemic strokes are caused by blood clots and
Aerobic exercise improves brain blood flow to key areas
Exercising on a stationary bike or treadmill increased blood flow to areas of the brain involved in memory and cognition, according to a study that appeared online Nov. 12, 2013 in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. Study participants were sedentary adults
The realization that conventional hormone replacement therapy increased cancer and heart disease risk was a devastating blow to millions of women who were desperately seeking relief from hot flashes, brittle bones, and weight gain. Fortunately, today there’s another option that is quite effective and much safer.
You’ve probably had a blood pressure reading dozens or maybe hundreds of times in your life. Unless you get a result that gives a nurse or doctor pause, you may not think much about those numbers. Or maybe you’ve wondered, “What is high blood pressure?”—and wondered what it really means