Heart Health from the Sauna

Anuja Dokras, MD, PhD

A visit to the sauna is more than just relaxing; it seems to have real heart and cardiovascular benefits, as well. A group of researchers from the University of Eastern Finland—who previously found that people who regularly used saunas had lower rates of hypertension, cardiac death and dementia compared to infrequent users—now find in a […]

Simple & Preventive Changes to Combat CVD

Carlos Olimpo Mendivil Anaya, MD, PhD

Cardiovascular disease has the highest mortality rate in the United States, and billions of dollars are given to pharmaceutical industries each year in order to combat and reduce risks. Yet recent research on cardiovascular risk factors offers renewed hope and optimism regarding heart disease, demonstrating a number of simple life changes to implement in order to prevent […]

Higher Risk Factors for Women

Alanna Kendig, FNP, MSN

Fewer women who suffer a heart attack each year in the UK would die if they were simply given the same treatments as men, according to new research. Scientists at the University of Leeds and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden used data from Sweden’s extensive online cardiac registry, SWEDEHEART, to analyze the outcomes of 180,368 […]

Cheese: A Heart Healthy Snack?

Cheese is typically considered more of an indulgence than a health food, but a new review of research suggests that it may not be as bad for you as once thought. In fact, people in the analysis who ate a little bit of cheese every day were less likely to develop heart disease or have […]

Early Baldness: Higher Risk Factor Than Obesity?

Male pattern baldness and premature greying are more of a risk factor for heart disease than obesity in men under 40, new research suggests. A study of more than 2,000 young men in India showed more who had coronary artery disease were prematurely bald or grey than men with a full head of hair. Dr […]

Running Reigns Supreme

A recent review of evidence published in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Disease indicates that runners live three years longer than no-runners, solidifying the hypothesis that longevity can be increased by exercise—to a substantial degree. The research states that not only does running significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and premature death, but also […]

Dangerous Correlations: Cardio Disease & Depression/Anxiety

Psychiatric disorders and symptoms like depression and anxiety are not only pervasive and persistent, but they also have gravely negative impacts on functioning, quality of life, and the cardiovascular health—the latter of which has recently been studied, including the physiologic and health behavior mechanisms that mediate the relationship. Studies indicate that patients with heart disease […]

Heart Health: Staggering Statistics Urge Prevention

As the number of Americans with heart disease increases, medical and health experts have been forced to come to terms with the enormous and far-reaching impacts of cardiovascular disease: the primary killer in the U.S., responsible for approximately 1 in every 4 deaths. Data recently released by the National Health Center for Health Statistics indicates […]

Heart Disease & Pregnancy: Careful Considerations

A recent report published through a study at Oxford University reveals a number of cases involving pregnant women and heart disease, during which physicians have failed to intervene and treat the cardiovascular condition. Because pregnancy and childbirth often exert extra strain on the heart, which is exacerbated by pre-existing and underlying conditions, several deaths of […]