Health News

Predicting Heart Attacks
The ability to predict and prevent heart attacks is considered the holy grail in cardiology. Scientists may not be there yet, but they've taken another bold step toward prediction in a new clinical trial.
Inflammation Protein Tied to Gum Disease
Your gum health may be more closely linked to your cardiovascular system than you know. A protein associated with cellular inflammation appears to raise the risk of chronic gum disease.
Gum Disease Doesn't Cause Heart Disease
Though they share common risk factors, gum disease does not appear to cause heart disease or stroke. A new statement also reveals that treating gum disease is not proven to prevent stroke or plaque build up in the heart.
Spice Lowers Heart Attack Risk After Surgery
An Indian spice popular in curry appears to offer the heart a protective benefit following coronary artery bypass grafting. New research suggests turmeric may help prevent heart attacks after the operation.
Stents Safe for Metal Allergy Patients
For patients with allergies to metals such as nickel, metal stents to open arteries and improve blood flow to the heart had proved troubling for cardiologists treating their coronary artery disease.
Biodegradable Stents Safe Long Term
A lengthy study has found that experimental biodegradable coronary artery stents, designed to prop open clogged coronary arteries to increase blood flow, are safe long term.
Fatty Foods Damage Arteries Early
Consuming a high fat diet doesn't just cause you to pack on the pounds. It also may prematurely damage your blood vessels, which could lead to high blood pressure and coronary artery disease.
Carotid Artery Stents Safe for Grandpa
As patients are living longer, the need to assess heart treatments for the elderly has increased. Investigators have found that placing a stent in the neck's carotid artery of patients over the age of 70 is both safe and effective.
Radioactive Heart Scan
Scientists have found a method for injecting a radioactive antibody fragment capable of showing deposits of fat and debris in artery walls most likely to rupture and cause heart attacks.
Goldilocks Sleep Best for Heart
If you're feeling sleepy or irritable during the day, you may not be getting enough sleep. And not enough sleep could mean you're at higher risk for a range of heart problems.