Heart Disease and Diabetes

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

Ibuprofen Blocks Aspirin’s Ability To Protect Against Heart Attacks

The ibuprofen that you take to ease arthritis pain can counteract the aspirin that you take to protect your heart, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Cardiac Stress Tests May Indicate If Blockages Will Recur After Angioplasty With Stent Implant

A nuclear cardiac stress test administered shortly after a coronary angioplasty with stent implantation may give important clues to whether the procedure was successful or whether the patient will require more procedures.

High Blood Triglycerides Are Independent Risk Factor For Stroke

For the first time, researchers have shown that high triglycerides – a type of blood fat – are a strong independent predictor of a person’s risk for stroke.

Two New Treatments for Congestive Heart Failure

Researchers continue to develop treatments for this condition, in which the heart cannot adequately pump blood around the body, causing fluid to seep into the lungs and hinder breathing. Two of these treatments - a drug injection and a new type of pacemaker -recently were approved by the FDA.

Unique Study to Begin Examination of Whether Treating Periodontal Disease Cuts Heart Disease

Mounting scientific evidence has suggested that a significant link exists between heart and gum disease.

World’s Largest Cholesterol-Lowering Trial Reveals Massive Benefits for High-Risk Patients

Around a third of all heart attacks and strokes can be avoided in people at risk of vascular disease by using statin drugs to lower blood cholesterol levels – irrespective of the person’s age or sex, and even if their cholesterol levels do not seem high.

Short Legs Associated With Precursor of Diabetes and Heart Disease

Short-legged men have an increased risk of heart disease and a condition that leads to diabetes, insulin resistance syndrome, shows research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Nearly Two-thirds of GPs are Unaware that Insulin Resistance, a Fundamental Cause of Type...

While GPs’ understanding of the definition of insulin resistance is excellent (85% know it is the inability of the body to respond to its own insulin), the number of patients that it affects is being greatly underestimated.

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.

Nurses Health Study Links Dietary Glycemic Load with Cardiovascular Risk Factors

A study by Liu et al. strengthens the evidence that glycemic load, a measure of carbohydrate intake, can predict cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, especially in those who are insulin resistant.

Do Eggs Have a Lipid That Lowers Cholesterol Absorption?

Nutrition researchers at Kansas State University have published the first evidence that the absorption of cholesterol is reduced by another compound in the egg, a lecithin.

Estrogen Doesn’t Prevent Second Strokes: Protective Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy Challenged

Estrogen hormone replacement therapy does not reduce the risk of stroke or death in postmenopausal women who have already had a stroke or a transient ischemic attack, according to a report.

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.

Scientists Find that Heart Muscle Cells Regenerate After a Heart Attack

Challenging one of medicine's long-standing beliefs, a team of scientists funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) has found the strongest evidence to date that human heart muscle cells regenerate after a heart attack.

Anti-Clotting Drug Safer Than Aspirin at Averting Second Strokes

An anti-clotting drug is as effective as aspirin at preventing a second stroke, but without the bleeding complication sometimes associated with aspirin use, according to two new studies.

Scientists Report New Findings on the Connection Between Diabetes and Heart Disease and Stroke

Research findings released today at the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) annual meeting shed new light on the connection between diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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