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A Woman's Heart
Charlotte LoBuono

Women's hearts don't get the respect they should. Too often issues like hypertension and high cholesterol are left un- or under-treated. Read more >

Poverty and Prevention
Charlotte LoBuono

Income plays a big role in who does and doesn't get preventive heart care. Read more >

Meat's Other, Sulfur, Problem
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It's not just fats in meat that make it hard on heart health. Certain amino acids add to the risk, too. Read more >

Aging Optimists
Charlotte LoBuono

Living with an optimist brings mental benefits that make serious, age-related memory issues less likely. Read more >

Don't Fear the Bean
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

If you avoid legumes because they make you fart, consider what they do for your heart, weight and wallet. Read more >

Making Bad Cholesterol Better
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Avocados reduce the worst kind of bad cholesterol. Antioxidants appear to be the reason why. Read more >

HRT and Breast Cancer
Charlotte LoBuono

Hormone replacement therapy can ease the symptoms of menopause, but there's a downside -- a higher risk of breast cancer. Read more >

The Anti-Aging Compound in Blueberries
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Nearly everyone loves them, and for those over 65, blueberries are a tasty hedge against aging. Read more >

Dietitians to the Rescue
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Few MDs feel qualified to make dietary recommendations. That's a problem for patients' health. Read more >

Put a Little More Fish in Your Life
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Red and processed meats are bad for you; fish is good. So why aren't people in the U.S. eating more fish? Read more >

Save Billions in Healthcare Costs
Leslie Carr

If the US switched to pricing models used in Canada and the UK, the cost of drugs to Medicare could drop by as much as $73 billion a year. Read more >

Diet Soda Can Be a Heartbreaker
Charlotte LoBuono

Drinking two or more diet beverages a day can raise the risk of blood clot-related stroke. Read more >

The Wallet-Well Being Connection
Charlotte LoBuono

Financial security and physical health are more closely linked than people probably think. Read more >

Obesity Drains the U.S. Economy
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The costs related to caring for an increasingly overweight population come to over $1.7 trillion. Read more >

Low-Carb Diets are High-Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Cutting carbohydrates raises your risk of premature death and serious health problems. What matters is the kind of carbs you eat. Read more >

For Women, HDL May Be Not-So-Good Cholesterol
Charlotte LoBuono

HDL is called the good cholesterol because it protects your heart. But not when menopause hits. Read more >

Controlling Blood Pressure on a Budget
Charlotte LoBuono

Here's what we can do to help economically-disadvantaged patients keep their BP under control. Read more >

Give Fish a Chance
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating fish twice a week dramatically cuts your risk of heart problems. You can learn to love it. Really. Read more >

What A Good Diet Can't Do
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

You have to reduce salt to prevent high blood pressure. But don't start with the salt shaker. Read more >

Breastfeeding and Diabetes
Esther Entin, M.D.

Breastfeeding reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Here's why. Read more >

Health Tips to Take into 2018
Leslie Carr

The new year is a clean slate that inspires us to try to do better. So here are some tips for body and mind to energize your efforts. Read more >

The Bar for High Blood Pressure Just Got Lower
Neil Wagner

The idea is to prevent cardiovascular damage before it occurs. Read more >

Blood Pressure Control
Aditya Khetan MBBS, Richard A Josephson MS MD, and Sri Krishna Madan Mohan MBBS, MRCP, FACC

Keeping hypertension under control protects your health. So why do so many fail to do it? Part 2. Read more >

It's a Not-So-Small World After All
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

About a third of all the people on the planet are overweight or obese. These countries have the highest average BMIs. Read more >

To Prevent Alzheimer's, Start Early
Esther Entin, M.D.

In your 40s and worried about dementia? Try to reduce these cardiovascular risk factors. Read more >

Trans Fat Bans Pay Big Dividends
Neil Wagner

Heart attacks are down; so are strokes. But trans fats still lurk in some of our favorite foods. Here's how to find them. Read more >

Low T? More News
Neil Wagner

A new series of studies of testosterone therapy and bone health, anemia, heart risks and memory have just been published. Read more >

Four Unhealthy Eating Habits That Make You Gain Weight
Esther Entin, M.D.

The American Heart Association offers way to tweak your eating habits to keep the pounds off. Read more >

Holiday Heart Syndrome
Esther Entin, M.D.

Don't let Holiday Heart Syndrome land you or a loved one in the ER this season. Read more >

New Dosing Guidelines for People on Statins
Esther Entin, M.D.

Higher doses statins can significantly prolong life, even for those over 75. Read more >

You Need to Eat More Plants
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Meats are killers. Here's a game plan to help you begin to move to a more plant-based diet. Read more >

Silent Heart Attacks
Esther Entin, M.D.

They are more common that even doctors believed, and are likely to be missed — unless you know what to look for or check an EKG. Read more >

Why We Miss So Many Heart Attacks in Women
Esther Entin, M.D.

Heart attacks in women can be sneaky. Know the warning signs. Read more >

Like Magic: A Quick Turn-Around For Kids’ Health
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Simply reducing sugar in the diets of children who are overweight changes their metabolism for the better. Read more >

Workaholics, Overtime May Be Killing You
Neil Wagner

Working 10 to 15 hours of overtime each week greatly increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Read more >

Time to Stop Blaming Fat
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Four decades of nutrition wisdom may be overturned when the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are released later this year. Read more >

FDA Bans Trans Fats
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The FDA has banned partially hydrogenated oils starting in 2018. What to look for until then. Read more >

A Plan of Action for Desk Jockeys, Couch Potatoes
Neil Wagner

Guidelines for workers and employers to help get more people off their seats and on their feet. Read more >

Should 400,000 More Teens Be on Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Over 400,000 more teens would be on heart medications if pediatric guidelines were followed. Read more >

Vitamin D in Health and Disease
Malcolm D. Kearns, M.D. and Vin Tangpricha, M.D., Ph.D.

Nearly half of the population is deficient in Vitamin D. Age, skin color and weight can put you at risk. Read more >

Atypical Antipsychotics: What Parents Need to Know
Esther Entin, M.D.

Antipsychotic drugs can be lifesavers for kids. But parents, you have a major role to play. Read more >

Moderate Drinkers at Lower Risk for Heart Failure
Charlotte LoBuono

Drinking offers health benefits, particularly for the heart, that rapidly give way to health risks if you drink too much. Read more >

Avocados Are Good for Your Bad Cholesterol
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Avocados help your body process fats, reducing the risk of atherosclerosis. Read more >

Discovery Paves Way for Early Detection of Blood Cancer
Sami Hocine

Two new studies identify the genetic mutations that lead to some cancers and offer hope for treating precancerous conditions early. Read more >

Enlisting Community Pharmacies to Improve Healthcare Delivery and Savings
Esther Entin, M.D.

Your local pharmacist just may be one of the best healthcare cost-containment strategies around. Read more >

Outdoor Time Breeds Fitness in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Time outside translates into more physical exercise. That brings better health. Read more >

Skip the Hotdogs; Help Your Heart
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Processed red meats raise the risk of heart trouble — and death — by a lot. Have a fish taco. Read more >

Researchers Dispute Claims that Supplements Offer Little or No Benefit
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Several studies find nutritional supplements provide little or no benefit. But not everyone agrees. Read more >

The Keys to Life after a Heart Attack: Medication and Lifestyle Changes Part 2
Richard Josephson, M.D., and Sri K. Madan Mohan, M.D.

For many people, having a heart attack is a wake-up call that sets them on a healthier path. Read more >

The Keys to Life after a Heart Attack: Medication and Lifestyle Changes Part 1
Richard Josephson, M.D. and Sri K. Madan Mohan, M.D.

More and more people are surviving heart attacks, but follow-up care is crucial. Know your options. Read more >

Weight Gain During and After Pregnancy Signals Serious Health Problems
Esther Entin, M.D.

It's not a problem to gain weight when you are pregnant, but you need to lose it after the baby arrives. Read more >

New Mothers Face An Increased the Risk of Stroke
Esther Entin, M.D.

New moms are at higher risk for having a stroke, but too often the signs go unnoticed. Read more >

Exposure to Ultraviolet Rays Lowers Blood Pressure
Esther Entin, M.D.

A little time in the sun significantly lowered blood pressure. But what about skin cancer? Read more >

Santa Claus, Aging Successfully
Neil Wagner

How healthy is Santa Claus? He surely has some belly fat. But he's actually in pretty good shape. Read more >

Game-Changing New Report on Sodium Stirs Controversy
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

While eating too much salt can be dangerous, taking in too little is perhaps even riskier. The IOM and AHA face off. Read more >

Substance in Red Meat Linked to Heart Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

TMAO, a substance found in abundance in the guts of meat eaters, has artery-clogging effects. But is meat the problem? Read more >

A Shift Away from Fast Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Americans are eating less fast food. You can guess what group eats the most. Read more >

Acute Decompensated Heart Failure: Definitions, Symptoms, and Treatment
Joel Schilling, M.D., Ph.D.

Heart failure is one of the most common and life-threatening conditions in the U.S. What to do when things go from bad to worse. Read more >

Confirmed: The Cardiovascular Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Olive oil, nuts, a glass of wine, what's not to love about the Mediterranean diet? It prevents heart attacks, too. Read more >

Tea's Many Health Benefits
Charlotte LoBuono

Tea is a plant food. And much like a serving of fruit or vegetables, it provides important health benefits. Read more >

Newborn Screening
Esther Entin, M.D.

Screening newborns for a variety of conditions saves lives. But finding care can be difficult. Read more >

The Body's Clock And Its Role in Health
Alice G. Walton

Jet lag and seasonal depression are just two ways our bodies remind us that we have an inner clock that affects our health. Read more >

A Closer Look at Over-the-Counter Painkillers
Alice G. Walton

Turning to acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin now and then is fine, but long-term use can damage organs. Read more >

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements: Risks As Well As Benefits
Neil Wagner

Some studies of supplements actually found they increase the risk of death. But it may depend on how you crunch the numbers. Read more >

The Skinny on Fat: How to Tell the Healthy from the Harmful
Alice G. Walton

"Fats" is not just a 4-letter word. It pays to be able to tell the good from the bad. Read more >

Stressed Out: The Behavior and Biology of Stress
Alice G. Walton

Stress is a feeling, but it is also a biological response that is both helpful and harmful. Read more >

Kids and Cholesterol: To Screen Or Not To Screen?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children are starting to show dangerously high cholesterol, triglycerides and lipid levels. How to prevent life-long damage to young hearts. Read more >

Acute Pulmonary Embolism
Christopher Kabrhel, M.D.

Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common and potentially deadly disease, which occur when arteries become blocked, PE is part of a family of diseases that occur when veins become blocked. Read more >

For Seniors: What to Do About High Blood Pressure
Abbas Ali, M.D.

Hypertension in the Elderly: Too Little, Too Late
Abbas Ali, M.D.

Cut down on salt, alcohol and lose weight to help lower your blood pressure. Read more >

Carotid Artery Repair: Stent Or Scalpel?
Joseph G. Salloum, M.D., Morgan Campbell, M.D., and Richard W. Smalling, M.D., Ph.D.

Successful carotid artery surgery can reduce the risk of stroke. Read more >

Reversal Therapy, a Better Treatment for Heart Disease
K. Lance Gould, M.D.

Cholesterol-lowering drugs are more effective than cardiac bypass surgeryfor the treatment of heart disease. Read more >

Good Health to Diet For: Blood Pressure and Nutrition
Robert M. Russell, M.D. and Paolo M. Suter, M.D.

Some people are "salt sensitive." If they increase their salt, they increase their blood pressure. Read more >

"Time is Brain": Treating Stroke as an Emergency
Morgan Campbell, M.D.

Aspirin, taken every day (81-325 mg dose), can help prevent a stroke. Read more >

Less is Less: the Undertreatment of High Blood Pressure
Eli A. Friedman, M.D.

If your doctor says your blood pressure is "a little high," you should betreated with anti-hypertensive drugs. Read more >

A New Treatment for Congestive Heart Failure?
Frank A. Laws, M.D., and Richard W. Smalling, M.D., Ph.D.

A New Way of Looking at Atherosclerosis
Felicita Andreotti, M.D., Ph.D., Ignatios Ikonomidis, M.D., Stefano Sdringola, M.D., and Petros Nihoyannopoulos, M.D.

Traumatic Aortic Rupture
Lynn Schrader, M.D., and Martin J. Carey, M.D.

Car crash victims who have difficulty speaking or swallowing may havea torn aorta, a life-threatening medical emergency. Read more >

Sleep Apnea: The Noisy Killer
Ahmed Syed Ali, M.D., and John E. Morley, M.D.

If you are often sleepy during the daytime, you may have sleep apnea and should see your doctor. Read more >

Coronary Heart Disease in Women
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Two common conditions that can produce chest pain and are frequently confused with angina are esophageal reflux disease and panic attacks. Read more >

Lasering the Heart When Coronary Bypass Isn't Possible
Ran Kornowski, M.D., and Martin B. Leon, M.D.

Diet and Heart Disease
Robert M. Russell, M.D., and Alice H. Lichtenstein, D. Sc.

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Current Treatments for Heart Attacks
Richard W. Smalling, M.D., Ph.D.

The most common symptom of a heart attack is chest pain; but sometimes,the pain starts in the arm, neck or back. Read more >

Emerging Treatments: Unstable Angina
Brian M. Go, M.D., and H. Vernon Anderson, M.D.

Calcium antagonists have been found to be very beneficial in preventing heart attacks inpatients with unstable angina who are unable to use beta blockers. Read more >

Why Doctors Use Echocardiography
Eddy Barasch, M.D.

Echocardiography is so sensitive that it can detect mild murmurs not otherwise heard, alerting your doctor to potential problems. Read more >

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