Imaging Tests May Predict Stroke and Heart Attack
If your arteries have dangerous plaque build-up, determining your risks for stroke and heart attack can help guide self-care and medical care. Certain imaging tests may aid in predicting those risks.
Mediterranean Diet Beats Low-Fat for Heart Health
Following a low-fat diet may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. A Mediterranean-style eating plan, however, may help you live longer.
Blood Pressure as a Predictor of Atherosclerosis
High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart and vessel disease, but can blood pressure patterns in young adults affect heart health later in life?
Does a Great Smile Reveal a Healthy Heart?
Your mouth may give clues to your overall health. Inflammation linked with gum disease, for example, may play a role in heart disease. Treating gum disease, however, may not lower heart risks.
Three Big Factors to Beat Heart Disease if Obese
Being overweight or obese can raise the risk for heart disease and stroke. While losing weight may help, shedding pounds can be hard. There may be other ways for overweight people to lower these risks.
Brushing Teeth to Keep Heart Disease Away
The expression "To have your heart in your mouth” may have a new meaning. Gum health has been shown to influence heart health, and good oral hygiene may even slow hardening of the arteries.
Diabetes-Free Hearts Not Helped by Metformin
The most widely prescribed medication for diabetes, metformin, also has heart health benefits for diabetes patients. For those without diabetes, however, its effects on the heart may be limited.
Troubled Hearts for Women with Diabetes
In general, women under the age of 60 are less likely than men to get heart disease. Having diabetes, however, can be a game changer, potentially raising a woman’s heart disease risk to that of a man.
Heavy Drinking and Hangovers Tied to Stroke
Waking up with a hangover can leave you with a headache for the rest of the day. Recent research suggests that it also may lead to lasting damage to blood vessels.
Weighing Procedures for Clogged Arteries
Stenting is a common procedure to treat blocked arteries. While the benefits may outweigh possible complications, stenting still poses risks, including a higher chance of stroke in older patients.