Your heart is part of your cardiovascular system, which also includes all of the arteries that transport oxygenated blood from your heart throughout your body, and the veins that transport blood back to your heart. Many cardiovascular diseases and events—including coronary artery disease (CAD), peripheral artery disease (PAD), heart attack,
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While most heart conditions are of higher risk to older adults, a rare but especially sudden and severe heart problem is one that affects those in their 40s and 50s and even younger. It’s called spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), and it can cause a heart attack. This injury to
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., so it’s important that you can recognize the signs of a heart problem. Symptoms of heart disease, also called coronary artery disease (CAD), abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), and heart failure sometimes overlap. But if you’re at risk for any
If you’ve discovered that you have high triglycerides, it’s important to learn how to lower your levels. How to lower triglycerides? A number of ways are available, but you almost always should begin by using three of the most-researched natural therapies: omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and niacin, each of which
MGH RANKS SECOND IN NATIONAL HOSPITAL RATINGS
Once again, Massachusetts General Hospital has been honored as a top American hospital. MGH placed second in the Best Hospitals 2013-14: Honor Roll, published by U.S. News & World Report. The prestigious rankings, published in July 2013, are based on surveys of nearly 10,000
About 8.5 million Americans have peripheral artery disease (PAD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and up to 20 percent of them are age 60 and older. The fact seniors are living longer likely underpins these numbers, says Jeffrey W. Olin, DO, professor of medicine (cardiology) and
Cholesterol has always been known as a risk factor for coronary artery disease, heart attack and stroke. But a recent study shows how cholesterol plays a role in cancer, specifically, in colon/gastrointestinal cancers.
A Cautionary Tale. A high-cholesterol diet, consisting of foods high in saturated fat, such as fatty cuts of
Two forms of omega-3 fatty acids, known as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are found primarily in fish and other seafood. In some clinical studies, regular consumption of fish and seafood has been associated with a reduced risk of death from heart disease. Other studies, however, showed an
Flu Increases Heart Attack Risk.
It’s not too soon to think about the next flu season: New research confirms that chances of a heart attack increase six-fold in the first seven days after flu infection—and flu vaccine significantly reduces the risk of cardiovascular events and mortality. In a new study, Canadian
Taking steps to avoid heart disease and stroke may be the best way to preserve your brainpower as you age, new research suggests.
A study in the April 2, 2013 issue of the journal Neurology compared the scores of nearly 8,000 older adults on two widely used health assessment tools. In