Inflammation Testing Could Prevent 10% of Heart Attacks and Strokes, Saving $187 Million, Study Finds

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A new peer-reviewed study model published in the Journal of Medical Economics, suggests that thousands of heart attacks and strokes could be avoided–and millions of dollars in healthcare costs saved–by using inflammation testing to improve cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment. The study model analyzed the clinical and financial impact of adding Cleveland HeartLab’s (CHL) inflammation testing to standard cholesterol screening. more »

4 Delicious Superfoods That Are Good For The Heart

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It sounds too good to be true, but a variety of tasty treats – including nuts, berries, and even dark chocolate – help protect against cardiovascular disease, according to new research. Here is a look at some of the latest discoveries about which foods are the most beneficial. Peanuts may help prevent heart disease. Eating peanuts may protect against fatal cardiovascular more »

5 Supplements that Boost Heart Health

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Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Omega-3 fish-oil supplements may have heart-protective benefits and reduce the “overall atherothombotic risk profile” of patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD), new research presented at the American College of Cardiology 2015 Scientific Sessions suggests. The study, which included 600 subjects with suspected CAD, found that those who took fish-oil supplements had significantly lower levels of more »

Hormone Replacement Therapy: Helpful or Harmful to Women’s Hearts?

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The cardiovascular effects of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) vary depending on the age at which women begin taking it after menopause, according to a new systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. The researchers analyzed 19 randomized clinical trials involving 40,410 women, with treatment times ranging from seven months to more than ten years. Overall, the review found that HRT more »

What’s the best Way to Predict Heart Attack and Stroke Risk?

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The cardiovascular “risk calculators” medical providers commonly use to assess patients’ likelihood of suffering a heart attack or stroke may greatly overestimate the danger in some patients and underestimate it in others, according to a new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Both scenarios pose potential perils for patients, since clinicians often use data from risk calculators to help more »

4 Delightful Cardiovascular Benefits of Positive Emotions

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Embracing positive emotions–from optimism and gratitude to love, laughter and other joyful experiences–has been shown to dramatically reduce heart attack and stroke risk, and could even add years to your life, new research suggests. In fact, the most optimistic people are twice as likely to have ideal cardiovascular health, compared to those who are pessimistic, according to a study of more »

6 Surprising Heart Health Benefits of Vitamin D 

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Getting enough vitamin D could add years to your life, since people with the lowest levels of the sunshine vitamin may have a 57 percent higher risk of early death from both cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all causes combined, compared to those with the highest levels, according to a meta-analysis published in British Medical Journal. Despite these potential dangers, up more »

How Effective Are Anti-Inflammatory Diets for Lowering Heart Attack Risk?

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In advice that many American have taken to heart, Hippocrates wrote, “Let food be thy medicine.” In fact, diets to reduce chronic inflammation–which is linked to disorders ranging from heart attacks and strokes to type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer–have become a health craze. However, there’s debate about which eating plan–and foods–offers the greatest cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory benefits. more »

3 Surprising Myths About Cholesterol

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Cholesterol is the most demonized, misunderstood and controversial substance in both our bodies and our diets. New and recent cholesterol guidelines, in particular, have sparked headlines and hot medical debate about its role in heart disease. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) ignited fresh controversy this month by suggesting that cholesterol-rich foods–such as eggs, shellfish and liver–may not be a more »

5 Benefits Of Fish Oil For Heart And Brain Health

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Americans spend more than $1 billion a year on fish oil supplements to support heart health, fight inflammation, prevent diseases, and boost mental functioning. But how significant are cardiovascular benefits? Both supplements and fatty fish (such as salmon, tuna, herring, lake trout and sardines) are rich in two essential omega-3 fatty acids: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Some more »

5 Ways Love Literally Does The Heart Good

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Romance, marriage and even hugs can have surprising cardiovascular benefits, studies show. For example, couples who attempt heart-healthy lifestyle changes together are up to 11 times more likely to succeed than people who try changes on their own, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study examined data from 3,722 married or cohabiting couples aged 50 more »

How Effective is Aspirin for Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention?

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Although aspirin is one of the most extensively studied drugs in medical history, researchers continue to make new discoveries about its risks and benefits for preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD), which kills 2,150 American a day, one every 40 seconds. Also known as acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), aspirin’s origins date back to 2000 BC, with references to medicines made from salicylate-rich plants more »

6 Surprising Ways Chronic Inflammation Affects Health

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In a medical version of the “unified field” theory in physics, many scientists now believe that most—or perhaps all—chronic diseases may have the same trigger: inflammation. Studies have linked this fiery process to a wide range of disorders, from heart attacks and strokes to type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic pain, and even cancer. Here is a look at six more »

6 Ways Women May Reduce Their Heart Disease Risk by 92%

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Following six healthy lifestyle habits may reduce women’s risk for heart disease by 92 percent, compared to women with none of these habits, a new study published in Journal of American College of Cardiology suggests. Researchers from Harvard and other centers tracked 88,940 women whose ages were 27 to 44 at baseline over a 20-year period. With February marking American more »

The Great Debate About Cholesterol Guidelines

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The 2013 American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology (AHA/ACC) cholesterol guidelines sparked headlines and hot medical debate around the world, says Marc Penn, MD, PhD, FACC, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Cleveland HeartLab and Director of Research of Summa Cardiovascular Institute. “Nearly a year later, there’s still widespread confusion about what clinicians should do with such dramatically changed guidelines more »