Heart Health

Bacterium in mouth finds its way to the heart to cause disease

Bacterium in mouth finds its way to the heart to cause disease

The human mouth can harbor more than 700 different species of bacteria. Under normal circumstances these microbes co-exist with us as part of our...
Compounds found in spicy foods might fight cancer and cardiovascular disease

Compounds found in spicy foods might fight cancer and cardiovascular disease

Compounds called sesquiterpenes—found in spicy foods, insects, plant leaves, and beer—show potential for treating malaria, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and even colds. Because they’re very sticky...
Long-term heavy drinking may age arteries over time

Long-term heavy drinking may age arteries over time

Heavy alcohol drinking habits over the years may prematurely age arteries, especially in men, putting them at an increased risk for heart disease, according...
Gene variants associated with body shape increase risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes

Gene variants associated with body shape increase risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes

A study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers has found that a pattern of gene variants associated with an "apple-shaped" body type. In this body...
Premature ventricular contractions could lead to a more serious heart condition

Premature ventricular contractions could lead to a more serious heart condition

If you’ve ever had a fluttering heart, or noticed that your heart seems to skip a beat, you might be experiencing premature ventricular contractions...
Being fit may help you survive a heart attack

Being fit may help you survive a heart attack

Being physically fit may not only reduce your risk of having a heart attack, but can also improve your chances of surviving if you...
3 questions about ICDs for arrhythmia treatment

3 questions about ICDs for arrhythmia treatment

For individuals with arrhythmias, or an irregular heart rate in the lower chambers (ventricles), an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, can help. ICDs provide immediate...
Chest pain: New tool helps doctors decide when tests are needed

Chest pain: New tool helps doctors decide when tests are needed

A two year follow-up on a study involving more than 10,000 people with stable chest pain finds that an online tool can accurately predict...
Debunking cardiac rehab myths: Why some patients don’t go (and why they should)

Debunking cardiac rehab myths: Why some patients don’t go (and why they should)

If you’ve had heart surgery or another heart-related procedure, cardiac rehab is most likely an important part of your recovery. Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically...
‘Female gender roles’ make 2nd heart attack more likely

‘Female gender roles’ make 2nd heart attack more likely

Sex differences are increasingly being studied to assess symptoms, risk factors, and outcomes for various diseases, but a new study suggests gender—not sex—is a...