Quitting Smoking & Heart Disease

Quitting Smoking reduces the risk of heart disease by around 40% within 5 years. Researchers followed nearly 9000 patients to see how quitting smoking affects the risk of heart disease. They found that within 15 years of quitting, a former smoker will lose nearly all excess heart disease risk from smoking.

One Pill for Heart Disease Prevention

Problem: It's hard to take four pills a day. Solution: Combine four medications into one. Result: 34% reduction in heart disease risk.

Colorful Foods vs. Cancer & Heart Disease

A new study suggests that eating more colorful foods may be good for you. Flavonoids, which are responsible for some colors in plants, may help you live longer. n fact, they may provide some protection against the negative health risks of smoking and drinking.

Smartphone Heart Monitor Effectiveness

Smartphones have begun to make an impact in healthcare. A new study compares smartphones and traditional heart monitors for symptomatic patients. Smartphone heart monitors detected more events and helped more patients get treatment.

How Sadness Affects the Heart

Sadness can damage the heart through inflammation. Among volunteers who had lost their spouse, those who grieved more had higher levels of inflammation. Researchers were able to find differences in sadness and depression reflected in a simple blood test.

Glucosamine May Prevent Heart Disease

Glucosamine supplements have been shown to reduce risk of heart disease and stroke in a surprising new study. Individuals who took glucosamine supplements had a 15% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 9% lower risk of stroke. This effect may be driven by a reduction in inflammation.

Working Out in your 40s vs 20s

A new study shows that starting a new workout routine in your 40s is nearly as good for your heart as working out for your whole life. Working out in your 20s then stopping does not appear to benefit your heart very much. These same patterns appear for cancer mortality as well.

Life Purpose & Longevity

A strong sense of purpose in life correlates with a significantly longer life. Individuals with the lowest sense of purpose had over twice the mortality rate as those with a high sense of purpose. This was driven by increases in heart disease mortality.

Pushups & Cardiovascular Health

Pushups don't just help you look good, they are also an important health indicator. Individuals who can do 40+ pushups were shown to have a 90%+ lower risk of heart disease compared to individuals who could not do one. Alongside BMI, push-ups are a great way to quickly and easily gauge your own heart and physical health.

Heart Attack Mortality Trends

Heart disease kills more Americans than any other disease. Fortunately, hospitals have gotten much better at treating it. Over the past 20 years, mortality and hospital readmission rates have fallen dramatically.

How Emotional Stess Affects Heart Disease

Emotional stress damages your heart and your health. New research shows significantly higher risks of heart attack and stroke after psychiatric diagnoses from stressful life events. PTSD was the most damaging stress-related disorder.

Diet Soda vs Regular Soda

A new study has linked sugary drink consumption with an increased risk of death. Researchers followed over 100,000 healthcare professionals over several decades. They found that drinking diet drinks may significantly reduce your mortality risk.

Dental Health in Kids Affects Heart Disease Risk

A new study shows that poor dental health in kids can increase risk of heart disease and thickened arteries as adults. The link was stronger for boys than for girls. Thickened arteries increases risk of heart disease and stroke.

Lipoprotein (A): A New Heart Disease Risk Factor

We've known for decades that LDL cholesterol raises your risk of heart disease. It turns out that LDL's little known sibling Lipoprotein(a) may be nearly just as important for your heart's health. Unfortunately cholesterol lowering medications, e.g. statins, don't appear to effectively lower it, suggesting a need for new therapies.

Eggs Protect You from Stroke and Heart Disease

A new massive study of nearly half a million people found that egg consumption is associated with protection from heart disease and stroke. The more often the patients ate eggs, the lower their odds of a heart attack. Eating egg also led to a very steep drop in their risk of hemorrhagic stroke.

Treating Depression May Reduce Heart Attack Risk

Depression has been linked to worse health, particularly heart health. Now, new research shows that treating underlying depression can reduce the odds of a heart attack. This adds to a growing understanding that mental wellbeing and physical wellbeing are closely linked.