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Too Much Protein May Be Bad for Your Heart

For women over 50, following a diet high in animal protein may increase the risk of heart failure. This is the conclusion of a preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association annual meeting that investigated the effects of diet on heart failure in women ages 50 to 79 years of age. Researchers looked at […]

How Loneliness Hurts Your Heart

Loneliness and social isolation may increase your risk of heart disease. This is according to a meta-analysis published in the journal Heart that investigated the links between loneliness and heart disease. Researchers examined data from 181,000 patients and found that those who were lonely or isolated had a 29% greater risk of heart attack and […]

Liver Disease and Heart Disease: It’s A Two-Way Street

Nonalchoholic fatty liver disease is a risk factor for the development of heart disease, and vice versa. This is the conclusion of a study published in the Journal of Hepatology that investigated the link between nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and heart disease. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a chronic liver disease that occurs in people […]

This is Your Heart While Walking

What is one easy way to improve your heart health and incorporate heart healthy habits into your life– even in the short term? Walking. This is the conclusion of a study published in Creative Nursing that examined the effects of a regular walking program on improving risk factors for heart disease. The study included 70 […]

Why African-Americans Have Elevated Rates of High Blood Pressure

Compared to Caucasians and Hispanics, African Americans have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure, an important risk factor for heart disease. New research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging shows that elevated rates of high blood pressure in African Americans may be caused by increased stiffness or […]

Sleep Soundly So Your Heart Can Beat Smoothly

Poor sleep quality may increase your risk of heart disease. This is the conclusion of a meta-analysis that examined the effects of poor sleep quality on the heart. In particular, the study looked at the development of an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, a known risk factor for heart disease. It has been shown […]

Heartburn Medications Might Make Your Heart Burn

Regular use of the heartburn medications known as proton pump inhibitors may increase your risk of stroke. This is the conclusion of a recent study that evaluated the effects of proton pump inhibitors on stroke risk. The four proton pump inhibitors evaluated were omemprazole (Prilosec)1, pantoprazole (Protonix), lansoprazole (Prevacid) and esomeprazole (Nexium). Heartburn is a […]

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 […]

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 […]