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) […]

Meat Proteins Increase Risk of Heart Disease by 60%

A recent study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology has found that eating meat regularly is associated with a 60 percent increase in the risk of heart disease, while plant-based proteins have been found to benefit the heart. Researchers who investigated the effects of different sources of protein on the heart found that people […]

How Depression Affects Heart Health

Joshua Samuels, MD, MPH

Two new studies highlight the negative impact of depression on the health outcomes and health-related quality of life of people with cardiovascular disease. A new study has found that undiagnosed depression can significantly affect the lives of those who had a heart attack, and an increasing body of evidence points to a strong correlation between […]

The Harms from Cigarette Smoking

Fasiha Kanwal, MD, MSHS, AGAF, FAASLD

A large study from the BMJ indicates that smokers must quit cigarettes, rather than simply cut back on them, to significantly lower their risk of heart disease and stroke. Statistics demonstrated that those who smoked even one cigarette each day were still about 50% more likely to develop CVD, and 30% more likely to have […]

Health Food for the Heart

Caroline M. Apovian, MD, FACP, FTOS, DABOM

A number of studies indicate that nuts, which are typically full of nutritious fats and fiber, can actively lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Due to the food’s abundance of nutrients and antioxidants, nuts have additionally been studied to help assess their ability in fighting the damage to cells that can trigger cancer. This health food […]

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 […]

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