Category Archives: Heart Health

Review of pycnogenol studies says most too flawed to prove efficacy

The New York Times “Well” blog reports on research into pycnogenol, which is an extract from “French pine bark” that can be made into a supplement that users claim “strengthens cardiovascular systems and eases symptoms of chronic disorders like asthma, osteoarthritis and chronic venous insufficiency.” Continue reading

Report on cholesterol screening in children still controversial

In the New York Times “Well” blog, Perri Klass, MD, writes about the “Summary Report of the Expert Panel on Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents,” which addresses the question: “What do we know about how the hearts of children become the hearts of adults?” Continue reading

Fructose consumption linked to evidence of heart disease in teens

HealthDay reported, “Teens who consume large amounts of the food and beverage sweetener fructose show evidence of cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk in their blood,” according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Continue reading

Blood pressure variation between arms linked to CV risk

MedPage Today reports, “A substantial difference in blood pressure from one arm to the other could be a warning sign for overall cardiovascular and mortality risk,” according to a meta-analysis published online in The Lancet. Continue reading

CV risk factors in midlife linked to risk of premature death from heart disease

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “They’re called ‘risk factors’ for a reason – people with high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and/or a smoking habit are much more likely to have heart attacks, strokes and other manifestations of cardiovascular disease, including death,” according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Continue reading