Introducing Heart Health Month!

February 2017 marks the 57th annual American Heart Month, first begun by President Lyndon B. Johnson in February 1964. American Heart Month seeks to address the growing problem of heart disease. Since American Heart month began, annual deaths from heart disease have dropped by more than one million per year. In 2017, heart disease is […]

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 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.

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, […]

The Impact of Low Health Literacy on Heart Disease

October is Health Literacy Month. Let’s learn more about the importance of health literacy and how it impacts patients with heart disease. Health literacy is the ability of patients and the general public to understand health information. This includes information told to patients by healthcare professionals or given to them in writing. This is important […]

Staying Active Contributes to Heart Health and Brain Health, Even at 70

Stay active—no matter how old you get. The more active you are, the less likely it is that you will develop heart disease. That’s the conclusion of a recent study that investigated the link between physical activity and heart and brain health in older adults. Exercise has been shown to improve heart and brain health […]

Similarities Between Peripheral Artery Disease, Stroke and Coronary Artery Disease

Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood away from the heart to the rest of the body. Blood carries oxygen, carbon dioxide, and other nutrients that are needed for all of your organs to function properly. When blood flow through an artery is decreased or blocked, the amount of blood, oxygen and nutrients that reach […]

Tips for Recovering from PCI and Surgery

Before and after PCI and surgery there are procedures that doctors follow. The Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Society is studying ways to help people recover more quickly. A study reported by CommonHealth indicated that doctors whose patients follow the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery guidelines have a 90% decrease in heart-related complications and 66% fewer infections […]