Rising Incidence of Stroke in Young Adults

Although declining in older adults, the incidence of stroke is increasing in younger adults in comparison with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) rates which remain stable. While the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors in young adults may be on the rise, if they were the cause of increased stroke incidence changes in AMI rates would be […]

The 10 Most Common Diagnoses and Procedures in Primary Care

Spearheading the fight against cardiometabolic disease alongside cardiologists and cardiometabolic specialists are primary care physicians – integral members of the healthcare system. Leaders in population health management and preventative personalized patient care, PCPs play a vital role  in improving outcomes and reducing mortality rates, ultimately contributing to the increased longevity and life expectancy seen in […]

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, […]

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 […]

Stroke & Dementia Risk Grows with Intake of Artificial Sweeteners

Diet sodas are gaining negative attention yet again, and for good reason. A recent study found that consuming a daily can of sugar-free soda is associated with higher risks of suffering a stroke or developing dementia. Heavily sugared drinks already had a bad rap for causing a myriad of health issues such as weight gain, […]

Stopping Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Could be Deadly

A new study confirms that stopping a cholesterol-lowering drug can be critically dangerous. Researchers found that people who stopped taking statins, after reporting a side effect, were 13% more likely to die, or have a hear attack or stroke over the next four years. Statins work by inhibiting the liver’s ability to produce cholesterol, while […]

Breastfeeding May Lower Risk of Heart Disease & Stroke

While there is extensive research documenting the benefits of breastfeeding for babies, a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association indicates that the practice may lessen a mother’s risk of heart disease and stroke. Moreover, researchers found that a mother’s risk of cardiovascular disease further decreased with each additional 6 months […]

Obesity Crisis Will Double Number of Stroke Victims

Fueled by the consistently worsening obesity crisis, cases of stroke victims are expected to almost double in the next two decades. Experts note that the number of new strokes in the United Kingdom alone could jump by 44% by 2035; currently, more than one in four adults qualifies as obese or overweight—compared to one in […]

Calling All Cheese Lovers

A large-scale analysis indicates that cheese, and other dairy products, do not lead to an increased risk of death from heart disease or stroke. A study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology involving scientists at the Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health at the University of Reading, England analyzed 29 studies that collectively represented almost 1 […]

Air Pollution & Traffic: Environmental Impacts on the Heart

Recent findings that are part of the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, an ongoing examination in six U.S. communities of the lifestyle factors that predict development of cardiovascular disease, indicate that traffic-related air pollution may increase heart disease risk by lowering levels of so-called “good” cholesterol. In a study of 6,654 middle-aged and older adults from […]