Baby Boomers are the “Stroke-Healthiest” Generation

Baby boomers born between 1945 and 1954 have the lowest rates of stroke when compared to both their younger and older peers. This is the conclusion of a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association that examined the incidence of stroke across generations. Researchers looked at over 225,000 records of stroke between […]

Better Heart Safe Than Sorry When It Comes to Daily Aspirin

Many doctors recommend a daily dose of aspirin to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, cancers, and other conditions. The daily aspirin is not without risks, however, most notably increased incidence of stomach bleeding. Does the risk outweigh the benefit? This is the focus of a meta-analysis published in Public Library of Science that […]

This Essential Mineral Keeps Your Heart Healthy

Anemia, which is a decreased number of red blood cells, may increase the risk of death after stroke. This is the conclusion of a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association that investigated the connection between anemia and stroke. The study examined the hemoglobin levels of 8,000 stroke patients with an average […]

How Obesity Alone is a Risk Factor for Heart Disease

Obesity is a known risk factor for heart disease. One reason for this is that many people who are obese also exhibit other risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. But even after accounting for risk factors for heart disease that are often associated with obesity, something doesn’t […]

How Daily Bike Rides Protect Your Heart

Exercise is important for heart health, but it can be difficult to squeeze exercise time into our daily routine. One simple way to make sure you get your heart rate up is to ride your bike instead of using a car or public transportation. In fact, biking from place to place as part of your […]

Cooking at High Temperatures May Increase Risk of Heart Disease

Why do some ethnic groups have increased rates of heart disease? It may be related to food preparation. This is according to a recent study published in the journal Nutrition that investigated one reason for increased rates of heart disease in South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Sri Lankan) populations living in South Asia and […]

Drinking Till Your Heart’s Content

Long-term alcohol consumption can simultaneously protect and damage your heart. This is the conclusion of a recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. This study examined the effects of long-term alcohol use on the heart. The researchers examined the heart health of patients admitted to hospitals based on whether or not […]

This is Your Heart on New Year’s Day

Drinking any alcohol may increase your risk of a cardiovascular event, such as heart attack or stroke, within the first 24 hours after consumption. This is the conclusion of a meta-analysis published in Circulation that examined the results from 23 studies with over 29,000 participants. This meta-analysis evaluated the immediate effects of drinking alcohol on […]

4 Ways to Avoid Holiday Heart Syndrome

The holidays can often be a time of excess: rich foods, elegant desserts, and an abundance of holiday drinks. If this isn’t how you usually eat—and we hope it isn’t—such indulgence can be damaging to your heart. Holiday Heart Syndrome is the term used by some doctors to describe the adverse effects caused by unrestrained […]

Genetic Heart Disease Risk Eased by Healthy Habits

A heart-healthy lifestyle can cut your genetic risk for heart disease in half. This is the conclusion of a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The investigators looked at data from 55,000 participants who were at high risk for heart disease due to genetic factors. A genetic predisposition to heart disease […]