Muscle Strength: Tied to Type 2 Diabetes Risk

While various studies have linked strength to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings indicates that even ‘moderate amounts of muscle strength’ were associated with a 32% reduced risk of developing T2DM.

The Importance of Women’s Cardiovascular Health

February is not only designated as American Heart Month, it is also recognized as a month to commemorate women’s cardiovascular disease: the number one cause of death among females. Statistics indicate that women are twice as likely to die from cardiovascular disease than they are from breast cancer, and up to 40% of all premature […]

Heart Health on Valentine’s Day

February is not only famous for Valentine’s Day, but it also celebrates American Heart Month: an optimal time to teach ourselves about heart health. With this month, we hope that many people not only make a commitment to their loved ones, but also teach themselves how to maintain a healthy heart. This month, remind people […]

How to Handle High Blood Pressure

While the new guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology indicate that nearly half of U.S. adults qualify for high blood pressure, the AHA has additionally noted that as many as one in seven people being treated for high blood pressure does not have the condition under control. Known as […]

The Risk of Heart Disease with Painkillers

A large-scale study conducted in 2017 originally indicated that common painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen are considered risky for people who have had heart attacks; additional research has demonstrated that the risk can begin within the first week of usage. The initial study involved NSAIDs: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including ibuprofen—generically known under its brand names […]

African-Americans More Likely to Die From CVD

According to the American Heart Association, African Americans experience significantly worsened cardiovascular health, and thus face greater mortality rates from heart disease. African Americans die an average of 3.4 years before white Americans, a gap largely attributable to widespread cardiovascular disease and increased risk factors. Recent publication of a scientific statement from the organization reads: […]

The Economic Burden of Cardiovascular Disease

Despite the extensive literature and research that indicates the preventability of cardiovascular disease, it remains a primary and leading cause of not only mortality & morbidity, but also a tremendous health care cost and economic burden. A Vital Signs report recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited that in 2016 alone, […]

Aggressively Lowering LDL-C Reduces Cardiovascular Risk

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States, affecting more than 92 million people, with 45 million more being at an increased risk for developing CVD within 10 years. Elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) is one of the key risk factors for CVD and several studies have shown that lowering […]

Marriage Reduces Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

A new study published online last month in the journal Heart suggests that protection from heart disease and stroke may be health benefits from marriage. British researchers analyzed data from 34 studies that were published between 1963 and 2015, including more than 2 million people between the ages of 42 and 77, in Asia, Europe, […]

Coronary Artery Calcium as a Predictor of ASCVD Risk

Louis J. Aronne, MD, FACP

Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) is the leading cause of death in the US, and prevention of ASCVD is a public health priority in order to minimize its impacts on morbidity and mortality. Global CVD risk assessment is an integrated approach to evaluate the total risk of developing CVD over a given period (usually 10 years) […]

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