Where in the Body are the Carotid Arteries?

Carotid arteries are the arteries that supply the brain with oxygen and nutrients. There are two carotid arteries, one on either side of your neck that provide blood to the brain, neck and face. Carotid arteries can become clogged and blocked with plaque, just like other arteries in your body. However, if blood flow through […]

Doing This When You’re Angry May Trigger A Heart Attack

Exercising while angry may increase the risk of a heart attack in people with an underlying heart condition. This is the conclusion of a study in Circulation that gathered information from 12,500 participants in 52 countries who had recently experienced their first heart attack. The day after the heart attack, the researchers asked each participant […]

Choosing Fats Wisely Can Decrease Your Risk of Heart Disease

Always reaching for the skim milk? Think again. The connection between dairy fat and heart disease may be more complicated than you thought. This is according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The report combined data from 220,000 participants in three separate studies that investigated the relationship between dairy […]

How Lowering Cholesterol can Reduce Heart Disease

Lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol can reduce your risk of heart disease. That is the conclusion of a recent meta-analysis, a study that combined data from 49 randomized clinical trials with a total of 312,175 participants.

Working Less Could Benefit Your Heart

Employees working long hours could be at increased risk for developing heart disease. This is the conclusion of a meta-analysis of 12 studies that assessed the correlation between working long hours (more than 10 hours a day or 50 hours a week) and the development of heart disease in 22,518 participants. The researchers concluded that […]

Smoking Damages the Structure and Function of the Heart

Smoking may damage the structure and function of the heart and increase the risk of heart failure, even in people without heart disease. This is the conclusion of a recent study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, which investigated the relationship between smoking habits and heart function. The study evaluated echocardiogram data and self-reported […]

How Smoking Damages Genes that are Associated with Heart Disease

Cigarette smoke leaves a lasting impact on the smoker by altering genetic information carried on the smoker’s DNA. DNA is altered through a process called methylation, which prevents gene expression by turning off genes. Within five years of smoking cessation, most damage caused by DNA methylation can be reversed. However, some altered genetic information may […]

What is Regular Exercise Worth for Heart Disease Patients?

An average of $2,500 per year in healthcare costs. Not only is exercise beneficial to your health, it may also be good for your wallet. This is according to a recent study that examined the economic impact of regular exercise on people with and without heart disease. The study included 26,239 participants of whom 9% […]

Why People With Depression Have a Higher Risk of Heart Disease

People with depression have an increased risk of stroke and dying from heart disease. This is the conclusion of a recent study that investigated the association between depression and heart disease. The study began with 22,666 participants without heart disease. Each participant was evaluated for depression by completing a depression screening questionnaire. The average age […]

How Antibacterial Soap Can Harm Your Heart and Muscles

Chemicals in antibacterial soaps may weaken the strength with which your heart beats and skeletal muscles contract. This is the conclusion of the Federal Drug and Administration, which recently banned the sale of products containing one or more of 19 antibacterial chemicals. Particular attention has been given to the chemicals triclosan, used in liquid products, […]