Patient Education Newsletter

  • Americans Still Eat Too Much Salt - January 1, 2011

    Americans Still Eat Too Much Salt Despite repeated warnings about the health effects of a high-salt diet, Americans haven’t cut back – at all. A new study found that salt consumption is the same today as it was nearly 50 years ago, an...

  • Peripheral Artery Disease Treatment Improved - December 1, 2010

    Peripheral Artery Disease Treatment Improved A new approach to clearing plaque from arteries is helping doctors treat patients who require a procedure called balloon angioplasty. Balloon angioplasty is among the standard treatments for pe...

  • Fat in Arteries Can Worsen Cardiovascular Problems - November 1, 2010

    Fat in Arteries Can Worsen Cardiovascular Problems Some people with abnormal fatty deposits in their arteries are at higher risk than others for heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular death, a new study shows. The fatty condition, refer...

  • CPR Using Chest Compressions Alone Effective - October 1, 2010

    Performing only chest compressions to help keep the blood flowing during a heart attack can be as effective as standard cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, that includes mouth-to-mouth breathing, says a new study.

  • Anxiety Disorders May Increase Heart Attack and Stroke Risk - September 1, 2010

    Anxiety disorders may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and death in people with heart disease, a new study suggests.

  • Lack of Exercise at Young Age Raises Hypertension Risk - August 1, 2010

    High blood pressure, or hypertension, increases significantly with low levels of physical activity and fitness, a study of young adults shows.

  • Heart Risk Prediction May Improve with Calcium CT Scan - July 1, 2010

    Using a computed tomography (CT) test to measure calcium in coronary arteries helps predict a person's future heart disease, a new study finds.

  • Heart Disease Plus ED May Raise Risk for Death - June 1, 2010

    A new study published in Circulation shows that men with both cardiovascular disease and erectile dysfunction (ED) have a higher risk for a host of heart problems, including death.

  • A Happy Mind May Equal a Healthy Heart - May 1, 2010

    People who experience joy, happiness, excitement, enthusiasm, and contentment have what's called a positive affect. It's been linked with living longer and a having a lower risk for diabetes and high blood pressure. Now, a study published in the European Heart Journal suggests that it might also lower your risk for heart problems.

  • Even Mild Lung Disease Hurts the Heart - April 1, 2010

    Past evidence has shown that severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can damage the heart. But a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that even mild COPD affects heart function.

  • After Heart Attack, Quit Smoking to Live Longer - March 1, 2010

    A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that it's never too late to quit smoking. Even after a heart attack, quitting can boost your long-term survival odds compared to those who don't quit.

  • Good Cholesterol Levels May Help Prevent Heart Failure - February 1, 2010

    New research published in the journal Circulation suggests that unhealthy cholesterol levels can affect your risk for heart failure, a serious condition that occurs when the heart can't pump enough blood throughout the body.

  • Heart Disease: Few Americans Are Out of Danger - January 1, 2010

    When it comes to the factors that put people at greatest risk for heart disease, few Americans today can say that they are in the clear.

  • For Your Heart’s Sake, Get a Flu Shot - December 1, 2009

    In an article published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases, researchers report that deaths from heart disease and heart attack are higher during flu season. But getting a flu shot may help lower the risk of dying from heart disease or having a heart attack.

  • No Amount of Cigarettes Is Safe for Your Heart - November 1, 2009

    Research has shown that smoking cigarettes, as well as being exposed to secondhand smoke, raises risk for heart disease. But what is the difference in the effect of a little versus a lot of smoke? A new study published in the American Heart Association's medical journal, Circulation, found that even small amounts of smoke are linked to the steepest increases in risk for death from heart disease.

  • Boost Your Health with Active Commuting - October 1, 2009

    If you're tired of sitting in rush hour traffic, a new study offers motivation to pedal or walk your way to work instead. Researchers analyzed the commuting habits of more than 2,300 men and women. They found that close to 17 percent were active commuters-those who walked or biked for at least part of their commute.  These active commuters were more physically fit than those who didn't use foot power. The active men in particular were less likely to be overweight and had healthier triglyceride, blood pressure, and insulin levels-all factors that cut heart disease risk.

  • Veggies and Grains Help Lower Blood Pressure - September 1, 2009

    In the medical journal Circulation, researchers report a way to help lower blood pressure, and it may be as easy as eating more vegetables and grains.

  • Time Widens for Giving Clot-Busting Drug for Stroke - August 1, 2009

    An advisory committee of the American Stroke Association/American Heart Association has issued a recommendation that the window of time for tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) therapy be opened much wider. The advisory appears in the medical journal Stroke.

  • Heart Failure Creates Needs for Patient and Caregiver - July 1, 2009

    People with heart failure, and those who care for them, want more attention paid to their psychological needs, a new study finds.

  • Protect Heart with Low Blood Pressure and Cholesterol - June 1, 2009

    The tightest control of the major risk factors for heart disease seems to provide the greatest protection against cardiovascular problems, says a study reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

  • Abnormal Heart Rhythm May Be Predicted By Risk Score - May 1, 2009

    Weighing a combination of risk factors could help doctors predict which patients are the most likely to develop atrial fibrillation, says a study reported in the medical journal.

  • Echocardiography a Valuable View of the Heart - April 1, 2009

    The advanced imaging technique called contrast echocardiography can have a significant impact on the diagnosis and treatment of people hospitalized with heart disease, says a report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

  • Extra Sleep May Decrease Calcium Deposits in Arteries - March 1, 2009

    A good night's sleep may be just what your arteries need, says a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

  • Heart Health Includes Vitamin D - February 1, 2009

    A lack of vitamin D, which is absorbed primarily through exposure to sunlight, helps boost the risk of heart attacks and strokes, new research finds.