Study suggests HDL or “good” cholesterol may be less beneficial than previously thought, especially for black adults

CNN — High-density lipoprotein or HDL cholesterol — often referred to as the “good” cholesterol — may not be as helpful in predicting heart disease risk and protecting against it as previously thought, according to new research funded by the National Institutes of Health. A 1970s study found that high levels of HDL cholesterol concentrations … Read more

7 symptoms of a heart attack that can strike exactly one month early

A heart attack is a serious medical emergency and symptoms usually come on quickly. The main symptoms are usually chest pain and light-headedness or dizziness, says the UK’s National Health Service. However, research has found that there are seven symptoms that can strike a month before a fatal attack, The sun reports. Write in the … Read more

Morning physical activity is associated with the lowest risk of heart disease and stroke

Newswise – Physical activity in the morning is associated with the lowest risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a study of more than 85,000 individuals published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a magazine of the ESC.1 The findings were consistent regardless of total daily activity. “It is well established that … Read more

Research shows the added value of genetic information in measuring the risk of hereditary diseases

A new study from the University of Helsinki demonstrates the added value of genetic information in measuring hereditary disease risk, in addition to the commonly used family history assessment. Doctors use a lot of family history to assess an individual’s risk of developing common diseases, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cancers. In recent … Read more

Personalized ‘precision’ testing approach leads to efficient assessments of chest pain for cardiovascular disease risk

For people with stable chest pain, a personalized “precision” testing approach led to more efficient assessments of cardiovascular disease risk and improved diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease compared to usual care, according to the latest science presented today on the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2022. The meeting, held in person in Chicago … Read more

How a SARS-CoV-2 virus protein damages the heart?

Newswise – Researchers at the Center for Precision Disease Modeling at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have determined how a specific protein in SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, damages heart tissue. They then used a drug to reverse that protein’s toxic effects on the heart. Their findings, based on research with … Read more

Don’t bother with dietary supplements for heart health, study says

CNN — Six supplements people commonly take for heart health don’t help lower “bad” cholesterol or improve cardiovascular health, according to a study published Sunday, but statins did. Some people believe that common dietary supplements — fish oil, garlic, cinnamon, turmeric, plant sterols and red yeast rice — will lower their “bad” cholesterol. “Bad” cholesterol, … Read more

Six signs in your eyes that tell you about your health

Our eyes may be the window to our soul, but they’re also a window to our health — and we ignore eye problems at our peril. “The back of our eye is the only place we can see blood vessels without making an incision in the body,” says behavioral and neurologic optometrist Bhavin Shah of … Read more

Mild cases of COVID increase the risk of blood clots

In a recent study published in the journal Heartresearchers are investigating the association between the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and increased cardiovascular outcomes and death consequences. Study: Cardiovascular disease and mortality consequences of COVID-19 in the UK biobank. Image Credit: Artem Oleshko/Shutterstock.com Background Previous studies have reported a predominant pattern of COVID-19 consequences with debilitating … Read more

For Your Patients: Heart Health in Rheumatoid Arthritis

One of the many challenges you face as a patient with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the fact that you have a higher risk of developing heart disease — nearly twice the risk for individuals without RA. In addition, heart disease is a leading cause of death in patients with RA. The inflammation underlying your RA … Read more