Heart Health News & Features
- Despite Progress, Black Americans See Heart Health Disparities
February 22, 2023 — Increased rates of heart failure and stroke disproportionately affect Black Americans, even though overall rates of coronary heart disease are not significantly different than those found in non-Hispanic white peers.
- Happy, Loved Teens Become Heart-Healthier as Adults
January 11, 2023 — Researchers found that teenagers who generally felt happy, optimistic and loved went on to show better cardiovascular health in their 20s and 30s, versus kids who lacked that level of mental well-being.
- Several Supplements May Give the Heart a Boost
December 8, 2022 — Certain antioxidant supplements – such as omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid, and coenzyme Q10 – may benefit your heart’s health, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
- There's a Best Time of Day to Exercise for Women's Heart Health
November 21, 2022 — New research suggests that a morning workout may deliver more benefits for a woman's heart than an evening visit to the gym.
- Happy Marriage Helps Recovery After Heart Attack
November 2, 2022 — Researchers found that those who had the most stressful marriages were more likely to have more frequent chest pain or be readmitted to hospital in the year following their heart attack.
- More Evidence Sleep Counts Toward Heart Health
October 21, 2022 — Sleeping 7 hours or more but less than 9 hours every night is ideal and can help keep heart disease at bay.
- Study: Sweeteners May be Linked to Heart Disease
September 8, 2022 — A new study shows that sweeteners used instead of sugar have been linked to heart disease.
- Religion Tied to Better Heart Health for Black Americans
September 2, 2022 — Black Americans who go to church and pray regularly have better cardiovascular health than Black Americans who are not as religious or have no religious beliefs, according to a new study.
- Could a Broken Heart Have Killed Husband of Slain Texas Teacher?
May 27, 2022 — Irma Garcia was one of two teachers gunned down, along with 19 students, at Robb Elementary School Tuesday. Family members said Thursday that her husband and high school sweetheart, Joe, died of a broken heart.
- ‘Broken Heart Syndrome’ Also Linked to Happy Hearts
May 5, 2022 — New research shows that a small portion of takotsubo syndrome or "broken heart" heart failure patients actually have "happy heart syndrome," occurring after joyful life events.
- Will You Have Cardiac Arrest? New Tech May Predict If and When
April 26, 2022 — Researchers at Johns Hopkins University want to create a 3D model of your heart to predict a life-threatening problem before it happens.
- Peloton Reacts After Mr. Big’s Death on ‘Sex and the City’ Reboot
December 10, 2021 — Peloton responded to the role that one of their bikes played in the death of Mr. Big in HBO Max’s “Sex and the City” reboot, saying the fatal heart attack was likely due to the character’s “extravagant lifestyle” rather than exercise.
- There May Be a 'Best Bedtime' for Your Heart
November 9, 2021 — A new study finds hitting the sack between 10 and 11 p.m. may be the ideal time to cut the risk for cardiovascular trouble.
- Your Smartwatch Says You’re in AFib. Now What?
September 7, 2021 — A new generation of wearable devices enable patients to catch atrial fibrillation earlier than ever. Is that a good thing?
- Ever Heard of Lignans? Eat Them and Your Heart Will Thank You
August 9, 2021 — Aug. 9, 2021 -- A new study finds a link between eating plant-based foods rich in certain nutrients and a lower risk of heart disease.
- 'Baby' Aspirin As Effective As High-Dose for Heart
May 25, 2021 — A new study found no difference in the rate of heart attack, stroke, or death between low- or high- dose aspirin in people with heart disease.
- 'Race Gap' in Heart Health Has Changed Little in 20 Years
March 15, 2021 — New research shows Black Americans who live in rural areas are two to three times more likely to die from diabetes and high blood pressure compared with white rural folks.
- High Ozone Levels Up Cardiac Arrest Risk: Study
November 9, 2020 — For every increase of 12 parts per billion (ppb) in the ozone level, the odds of cardiac arrest rose 1%, which is statistically significant, according to the researchers.
- For Black Americans, Resilience Key to Heart Health
October 7, 2020 — Study suggests that feelings of optimism and a sense of purpose and control -- hallmarks of psychosocial resilience -- are more important to heart health than where people live, researchers said.
- Neighbors Harvest Crops After Farmer’s Heart Attack
September 24, 2020 — About 40 or 50 volunteers tended to the farm, harvesting 1,000 acres in just 7 hours.
- Doctor, Patient Sing Duet Before Heart Transplant
August 18, 2020 — Two days after the sweet duet, Tiwanak received a new heart. Cedars-Sinai said the surgery went “extremely well” and that Tiwanak is expected to make a speedy recovery.
- Sweet News: Chocolate May Help Your Heart
July 23, 2020 — The study found that people who ate one or more servings of chocolate a week were up to 10% less likely to have heart disease than people who ate less or no chocolate weekly.
- Variations Found in 'Normal' Resting Heart Rate
February 5, 2020 — The study suggests the value of further research to investigate whether tracking a person's daily resting heart rate could lead to earlier detection of potential problems.
- Expert Q&A: What’s New in Heart Disease Prevention
January 27, 2020 — Some ways to boost heart health have sound science to back them up. Others are pure hype. See what an expert says about the latest ways you can prevent heart disease.
- Is That Statin Doing You Any Good?
October 17, 2019 — Changes in clinical guidelines have increased the number of people eligible to take statins. In many countries, the majority of people taking the drugs do so for primary prevention.
- Your Dog May Be Leading You to a Healthier Heart
August 23, 2019 — Researchers found that compared with people who had no pets, dog owners tended to have fewer risk factors for heart disease: They got more exercise, and had healthier diets and lower blood sugar levels.
- One Pill for All Your Heart Health Is On the Way
August 22, 2019 — The "polypill" reduced the risk of life-threatening heart health problems by more than one-third during a five-year period in a group of more than 3,400 people aged 50 to 75.
- Soy's Heart Benefits Hold Steady Over Time
July 1, 2019 — The team's findings come as the FDA mulls possibly removing the right to a labeling claim that soy "may reduce the risk of heart disease," first approved by the agency in 1999.
- Vitamin D Supplements May Not Help Your Heart
June 19, 2019 — The research found no decrease in major heart events in people taking vitamin D supplements. There was no drop in heart attack rates. No drop in stroke. No drop in death from any cause
- Skipping Breakfast a Bad Move for Your Heart?
April 23, 2019 — More Americans than ever are opting out of a morning meal.
- Replace Red Meat With Plant Protein for Heart Health
April 17, 2019 — Your heart will thank you if you replace red meat with healthy plant proteins. Doing so will lower your odds for heart disease, according to a new study.
- Your Life Span May Be Foretold in Your Heart Beats
April 16, 2019 — A gradual rise in heart rate could mean trouble ahead for your heart health.
- Israeli Team Announces First 3D-Printed Heart Using Human Cells
April 15, 2019 — The printer-generated heart is only about a third the size of an actual human heart -- and it doesn't actually work.
- Recipe for Healthy Heart: Big Breakfasts, Less TV
March 6, 2019 — Those who ate energy-rich breakfasts -- consuming at least a fifth of their daily calories at the breakfast table -- had significantly less buildup of fatty plaque and stiffness in their arteries, compared to people who had a less caloric breakfast or skipped breakfast altogether, said a team led by Dr. Sotirios Tsalamandris.
- For Healthy Diet, Not All Plants Are Created Equal
March 6, 2019 — For participants who adopted a plant-based diet high in fruit juices, refined grains, potatoes and sweets, the risk of death jumped 11 percent.
- Another Plus to Cardiac Rehab: Better Sex
December 6, 2018 — Attending cardiac rehab is associated with improved sexual function and more frequent sex, according to a new evidence review.
- FDA Bans Import of Meds From Chinese Firm
September 28, 2018 — The 'import alert' from the FDA against Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals comes after a series of recalls for valsartan heart and blood pressure drugs that include ingredients made by ZHP.
- Is Dairy Due for a 'Heart Health Makeover'?
August 28, 2018 — But new research involving 24,000 U.S. adults suggests milk and milk-derived products don't pose the dire health risks suggested by prior research, and maybe those old warnings should be relaxed.
- New Triple-Combo Pill Aids Blood Pressure: Study
August 14, 2018 — Target blood pressure for people in the United States is now 130/80, according to the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.
- Heart Docs Analyze Trends,Name Healthiest Foods
July 23, 2018 — A review of popular diet trends by a panel from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) finds that omega-3 fats and legumes (including beans, lentils and peas) have good evidence of heart benefits. Coffee and tea, meanwhile, are reasonable choices -- just hold the cream and sugar. And full-fat dairy foods should probably be avoided.
- Marriage Is Good Medicine for the Heart
June 19, 2018 — Add protection from heart disease and stroke to the health benefits of marriage.
- Lifelong Exercise Can Guard Heart Health
May 21, 2018 — Those who had exercised two to three times a week for at least a half-hour a day for many years had more "youthful" -- that is, less stiff -- middle-sized arteries, the researchers found.
- Eat Fish Twice a Week to Ward Off Heart Disease
May 17, 2018 — The best choices are oily fish with large doses of omega-3 fatty acids. The options include salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, lake trout, herring and sardines.
- U.S. Women Less Likely Than Men to Get Statins
April 16, 2018 — The findings suggest efforts in recent years to close gender gaps in the use of recommended treatments after a heart attack have failed, according to the researchers.
- Veggies a Healthy Recipe for Older Women's Hearts
April 4, 2018 — Eating lots of vegetables may help older women keep their blood vessels healthy, with the biggest benefit from cruciferous vegetables, including cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli.
- Daily Aspirin Has Heart Benefits, But Risks Too
March 1, 2018 — The study found the daily pill can reduce the risk for heart failure-related hospitalization and death in people who have both conditions. However, it also found that a daily aspirin raises their risk for nonfatal heart attack and stroke.
- Two Healthy Diets Equally Good for Your Heart
February 26, 2018 — On either diet, participants lost about 3 pounds of body fat and about 4 pounds of weight overall. They also had similar decreases in body mass index (BMI), an estimate of body fat based on height and weight.
- Crash Diets Might Derail Your Heart Health
February 6, 2018 — However, the study researchers are concerned that the fat migration could pose a problem for people who already have heart issues.
- Fish Oil Supplements May Not Help The Heart: Study
February 1, 2018 — Millions of people take fish oil supplements, hoping to benefit from the omega-3 fatty acids they contain. And the American Heart Association recommends omega-3 fatty acids supplements for people with a history of heart disease.