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Current news, research and studies about heart disease, including stroke, cardiac arrest, clogged arteries, embolisms, stents, bypass surgery, statins, and more.

Diabetes Treatment Linked to Increased Blood Pressure in Study

A report in the July issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation has found that a group of drugs currently under development for the treatment of Type II diabetes caused both increased heart rate and elevated blood pressure in animal studies.

Prehypertension Triples Heart Attack Risk

People with prehypertension are at much higher risk of heart attack and heart disease, according to a study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Research Suggests Diabetes Drug Being Prescribed Even When Contraindicated

Some doctors prescribe metformin, the most widely used type 2 diabetes treatment drug, for patients also suffering from congestive heart failure or kidney dysfunction or both despite clear warnings on drug packaging not to do so.

More People Are Hospitalized For Stroke, But Fewer Strokes Are Fatal

The number of Americans who are hospitalized for stroke continues to increase, but the death rate is declining, according to a recent report.

Diabetes Medication Pioglitazone Hcl May Improve Predictors Of Cardiovascular Risk

Study results found that the diabetes medication pioglitazone HCl reduced carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT).

Buckwheat May Be Beneficial For Managing Diabetes

Researchers have found new evidence that buckwheat, a grain used in making pancakes and soba noodles, may be beneficial in the management of diabetes.

Lipoic Acid (ALA) Could Reduce Atherosclerosis, Weight Gain

A new study has discovered that supplements of lipoic acid can inhibit formation of arterial lesions, lower triglycerides, and reduce blood vessel inflammation and weight gain - all key issues for addressing cardiovascular disease.

Evidence Shows Aspirin Reduces Risk of a First Heart Attack

Aspirin conclusively reduces the risk of a first heart attack by 32%, according to a new report.

Extensive TV Watching Linked with Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, CVD and All-Cause...

In an analysis of data from several studies, watching television for 2-3 hours per day or more was associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular disease and all-cause death.

New Measure Trumps HDL Levels in Protecting Against Heart Disease

Recent findings have called into question the notion that pharmacologic increases in HDL cholesterol levels are necessarily beneficial to patients.

Dutch Study Links Tea Drinking to Reduced Heart Attack Risk

Tea is a rich source of dietary flavonoids, which have been shown to have a protective effect against ischemic heart disease through their antioxidant properties.

Severity of Diabetes is Key Determinant of Heart Transplant Success

Having diabetes should not automatically disqualify you from being considered for a heart transplant, according to a study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Stroke Patients With High Blood Sugar at Higher Risk of Death

Stroke patients who have hyperglycemia at the time of admission to the hospital for treatment of the stroke are at higher risk of death than stroke patients with normal blood sugar levels, according to a recent study.

Heart Failure Patients Treated for Diabetes with Insulin Have Increase in Mortality

Advanced heart failure patients with diabetes who are treated with insulin faced a mortality rate four times higher than heart failure patients with diabetes treated with oral medications.

Study Finds Traditional Diuretics Work Better Than Newer Medicines for Treating Hypertension

Less costly, traditional diuretics work better than newer medicines to treat high blood pressure and prevent some forms of heart disease.

Baby and Coated Aspirin May Not Reduce Risk of Stroke

The majority of patients who take baby or coated aspirin to prevent strokes are not getting the blood-thinning results they may need to help avoid these health threats.

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