Category: Heart Health

Understanding the heart attack gender gap

Understanding the heart attack gender gap

Imagine someone in the throes of a heart attack. If you pictured a man clutching his chest in agony, that’s understandable. At younger ages, men face a greater risk of heart disease than women. On average, a first heart attack — the most common manifestation of this prevalent disease — strikes men at age 65....

New research shows having good heart health is important for…

New research shows having good heart health is important for…

Having a healthy heart can help preserve brain processing and cognitive function over time, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers looked at whether meeting certain markers of a healthy heart—including not smoking, maintaining a healthy body weight, being physically active, having a good diet and keeping...

Heart disease signs not always obvious

Heart disease signs not always obvious

Pradip Desai didn’t think much of the repeated pressure he felt in his chest during daily walks with his five rescue dogs. The 63-year-old didn’t pay special attention to being out of breath after climbing the stairs in his north Houston home, either. To be cautious, Desai followed the advice of a family member, who...

Women and heart health: Know your risk factors

Women and heart health: Know your risk factors

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S. According to the American Heart Association, more than one in three female adults has some form of cardiovascular disease. Risk factors can be hereditary, but other factors are related to your habits and lifestyle — things you can control and change to minimize...

Panel Recommends Statin Drugs For Many Over Age 40

Panel Recommends Statin Drugs For Many Over Age 40

Heart disease, stroke, and other cardivacsular complications killed nearly 800,000 people in 2011, according to the American Heart Association. A government task force said that the common medications are going to be most useful to some people from age group 40 years to 75 years, whose cardiovascular disease risk is at least 10% over the...

Genetic cholesterol condition ups heart attack risk

Genetic cholesterol condition ups heart attack risk

Genetic Cholesterol A GENETIC condition which causes dangerously high cholesterol could be putting 250,000 people at risk of an early heart attack. New UK figures from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) show that double the number of people may be living with the deadly inherited gene which causes familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) than previously thought. However,...

Via Dying Cells, UVA Finds Potential Way to Control Cholesterol

Via Dying Cells, UVA Finds Potential Way to Control Cholesterol

Control Cholesterol A discovery about how the body deals with the cholesterol contained within its dying cells has suggested an exciting new approach to control people’s cholesterol levels – and thus their risk of developing heart disease. The discovery from the School of Medicine reveals a previously unknown mechanism by which cells that are about...

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