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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.

Aggressive Control of Cardiac Risk Factors Might Not Benefit All Patients with Diabetes

Report suggests that aggressively pursuing low blood pressure and cholesterol levels may not benefit, and could even harm, some patients with diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes and Heart Disease: Heavier May Mean Healthier

Researchers have found that more fat may have some advantages, at least for people, particularly women, who have type 1 diabetes.

Study Finds Colesevelam Effective in Reducing LDL Cholesterol

Colesevelam hydrochloride appears to be an effective lipid-lowering agent that significantly reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, according to a study published in the October issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Starting Beta-Blocker Before Discharge in Patients Hospitalized for Heart Failure Increases Usage

Initiating low-dose beta-blockers prior to discharge in heart failure patients hospitalized for worsening symptoms significantly improves the use of a drug that has been shown in previous studies to reduce death and morbidity by more than 35 percent.

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.
Doctors Not Following Guidelines on Diabetes and Statins

38% of At-Risk Diabetics Not Getting Recommended Treatment

Research reveals important gaps in care, showing that certain people with diabetes are not being prescribed treatment by their doctors that could prevent cardiovascular...

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.

Side Effects of Diabetes Drug Traced to Fat Action

For better or worse, a popular class of anti-diabetic drugs does more than lower blood sugar.

Adopting Healthy Habits in Youth Associated with More Favorable Cholesterol Levels in Adulthood

Lifestyle changes between childhood and adulthood appear associated with whether an individual will maintain, improve or develop high-risk cholesterol levels.

Prolonged TV Viewing Linked to Higher Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease

According to a new study, prolonged TV viewing was associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and premature death.

Pollution May Put Diabetics and Overweight At Heart Attack Risk

Univerisity of Alberta researcher believes obese humans face same dangers from diesel exhaust and coal emissions. Obese individuals at risk of diabetes are in danger of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks.

Silent Strokes Increase Odds of Devastating Strokes

People who have had silent strokes, which have no symptoms, are 8 to 12 percent more likely to have a major debilitating stroke within the following year.

Diabetes Medication May Help Slow Progression Of Artery Wall Thickening

A medication given to diabetics to improve their body's sensitivity to insulin also appears to slow the thickening of their artery walls, according to a study by JAMA.

Lipids Vary By Race, Gender

When it comes to lipid profiles, it appears that African-Americans and women have it better than whites and men.

Anger, Negative Emotions May Trigger Stroke

Anger and other negative emotions may be triggers for ischemic stroke, according to a study published in the December 14 issue of Neurology.
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Study: Simple Leg Exercises Can Help Diabetic Heart Health

A UBC study has found that a few simple leg exercises can reduce the risk of diabetes complications, improve blood vessel function and lower...

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