Category Archives: Heart Health

New Year’s Resolution #2 – Have a small piece of dark chocolate daily

In the past I’ve blogged on How to Make Chocolate a Healthy Indulgence and on the Largest Study to Date Links Chocolate to Lower Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Risk. Now comes another study about the healthful benefits of chocolate.

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Meeting heart-health guidelines dramatically reduces risk of early death

HealthDay reports, “People who follow seven recommended cardiovascular health behaviors are much less likely to die than those who follow few or none of the behaviors, according to a study that included nearly 45,000 US adults.”

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Blueberries, apples linked to reduced risk of diabetes

Fox News reports that, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, increased intake of blueberries, apples and pears may be associated with a reduced risk of diabetes.

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Lack of sleep opens door to health problems

In his column in the Los Angeles Times, Davis Lazarus writes that “according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 75 million Americans – more than one-quarter of the population – say they don’t get enough sleep.”

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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, … Continue reading

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Sugary drinks linked to increased heart attack risk

The CBS Evening News reported that research published in Circulation suggests that “men who drink soda or other sugary beverages greatly increase their risk of heart attack.”

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Red meat consumption linked to increased risk of premature death

A study linking red meat to a higher risk of early death generated significant coverage online and in print, and was also featured on ABC World News, which reported that a “major medical study from the Harvard School of Public … Continue reading

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Research shows daily walk helps beat “obesity genes”

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports that a study to be presented at an American Heart Association meeting “shows that people who are genetically prone to obesity can offset that influence by half by walking briskly one hour … Continue reading

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Ten foods provide half of sodium eaten in US

New figures from a US food survey detail that nine out of ten adults in the US consume more sodium than is recommended. See if these data hit home at your house.

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Citrus fruit consumption linked to reduced stroke risk in women

The ABC News “Medical Unit” blog reports, “Eating citrus fruits can be considered a marker of healthy living, and may lessen the risk of stroke, according to research published in the journal Stroke.”

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Frequent walking helps regulate glucose, insulin levels

Reuters reoirts that according to a study published in the journal Diabetes Care, taking a walking break every twenty minutes, rather than prolonged sitting, could help regulate the body’s glucose and insulin levels after meals.

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How concerned should you be about the statin warnings?

This morning I had a detailed post on the FDA warnings on statins. Let me explain why this will NOT change my prescribing habits.

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FDA adds new safety warnings to statins

Coverage of the FDA’s decision to add warnings to the labels of statins was widespread and presented the warnings as acknowledging a serious danger, while repeating that statins are still useful and effective medications.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea: What’s best? Oral appliance or CPAP?

Surprise, surprise! An adjustable oral appliance was about as effective as continuous positive airway pressure. I was rather shocked by this study. But, it’s good news for many patients.

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Diet soda tied to heart attack, stroke risks

Diet soda may benefit the waistline, but a new study suggests that people who drink it every day have a heightened risk of heart attack and stroke.

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FDA panel recommends new weight-loss drug

A panel of experts for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended a new diet drug called phentermine/topiramate [Qnexa] be approved. The recommendation comes despite concerns about heart and birth defect risks.

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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 … Continue reading

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Researchers use stem cells to regrow heart muscle

ABC World News reported that in a new study, “heart attack patients were treated with their own stem cells injected directly into their hearts and they grew new heart muscle.”

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THE winning diets on all counts!

The topic: What’s the best diet? The answer may surprise you and here’s information on why it should matter to you.

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Air pollution may be linked to an increased risk of heart attack

Reuters reports that, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, air pollution may be linked to an increased risk of heart attack.

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FDA to review safety of inhalable caffeine

The US Food and Drug Administration will review information brought to the agency’s attention about an inhalable caffeine shot, which delivers 100 milligram shot of caffeine with each use. About the same as is in a cup of coffee. What’s … Continue reading

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Women more likely to die of heart attacks

ABC World News reported “a groundbreaking study” that “hammers home critical points about women and heart attacks. A woman is less likely than men to experience that classic warning sign, chest pain. And she’s less likely than a man to … Continue reading

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Even for the overweight, exercise helps the heart

Getting and staying physically fit might help fend off heart disease even if you’ve put on a few pounds, new research suggests.

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Researchers warn consumers should “be wary” of buying statins on the Internet

HealthDay reports, “Be wary of buying the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins on the Internet,” British researchers said in a study published in the journal Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety.

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Scientists closer to developing ‘red wine’ in a pill

U.S. researchers believe they’ve discovered how resveratrol – a chemical found in red wine and other plant products – provides health benefits.

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Statins benefit women as much as men

For the first time a study proves statins are as effective in preventing heart attacks in women as well as men.

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Healthy Fats? They Exist!

All fats shouldn’t be treated equal. Your body craves certain “healthy” fats, which are unsaturated fats mostly found in plant-based foods.

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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.

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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.

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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 … Continue reading

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