Atherosclerosis

Latest Research

Every week our cardiologists review the most recent advances in cardiovascular medicine and select news to share with you. Here you will find summaries of some of the latest research news about atherosclerosis. Share these articles with your friends and family via social media, print items you’d like to discuss with your care team, or add them to your toolbox to read later.

Extra Tax on Sugary Drinks Cuts Consumer Purchases by 21%

One county’s short-term soda tax resulted in a dramatic drop in sugar-sweetened beverage sales.
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Coronavirus and People With Heart Conditions: What You Need to Know | Webinar

In this Mended Hearts webinar, CardioSmart Editor-in-Chief Martha Gulati offers advice on what you can do to protect your heart during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

More Research Needed to Understand Role of Statins in COVID-19

If you are taking a statin for an underlying heart condition or to lower your chance of developing heart disease, continue to do so unless directed otherwise by your health care professional.

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Heart Patients Warned of Risks from Coronavirus

People with heart disease seem to be at higher risk of developing serious illness from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Eating Meat Linked to Slightly Higher Risk of Heart Disease

Fish seems to be heart healthier choice of protein, study suggests.
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Skip Milk? Opinions Vary on Its Benefits

The dietary guideline urging most Americans to drink three glasses of milk a day isn’t justified, according to authors of a review article in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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Highlighting the Concerns of Marijuana's Effects on the Heart

Marijuana use is associated with cardiovascular problems and can interfere with common heart medications, according to a review article.

More Research Needed to Achieve Health Equity in Preventive Care

Experts identify gaps in knowledge about how to put proven services into practice.

Study Supports Treatment of Lipoprotein(a) to Reduce Heart Risks

Study confirms link between lipoprotein(a) and heart disease, highlighting benefits of treatment.

Top CardioSmart News Articles of 2019

This year's most-read patient stories worth a second look.

Medications Boost Survival After Open Heart Surgery

Study confirms benefits of blood pressure, cholesterol and anti-clotting medications after open heart surgery. 

A Look at Long-Term Health Effects of Weight Loss

Maintaining weight loss is key in reducing major risk factors for heart disease.

Lowering Triglycerides to Reduce Heart Risks

Study confirms cardiovascular benefits of lowering triglycerides with therapies including an omega-3 fatty acid.

Questioning the Long-Term Safety of the High-Fat, Low-Carb Diet

A review of 10 studies finds a link between mortality risk and diets highest in protein and fat. 

Staying Young at Heart: It's Never Too Early to Start Healthy Habits

Expert recommendations help healthy individuals prevent heart disease.

Diet Soda and Sugary Drinks May Affect Lifespan, Study Finds

Two or more sodas a day shown to increase risk of death in nearly half a million Europeans.

Consumption of Plant-Based Proteins Could Add Years to Your Life

Study suggests that we eat plenty of plant-based foods, while limiting red and processed meat.

Not All Plant-Based Foods are Created Equal

Just because a food is vegetarian does not mean it promotes health and longevity. 

Strict Insurance Policies Reduce Access to Life-Saving Cholesterol Drugs

Most patients never get the PCSK9 inhibitors they’re prescribed, putting them at increased risk for heart events.

Three Prevention Efforts Could Save 94 Million Lives Over 25 Years

Global analysis shows that improving blood pressure and diet could save millions of lives over the next few decades.

Healthy Arteries are Linked to Better Heart Function in Middle Age

Developing heart-healthy habits as a young adult helps keep your heart strong in middle age.

Study Supports Aggressive Blood Pressure Treatment in All Adults with Diabetes

Intensive blood pressure treatment isn't just for high-risk patients with type 2 diabetes.

Red and Processed Meats Increase Risk for Heart Disease

Not all animal products threaten heart health, finds European study of 500,000 adults.

Screen Time and Inactivity on the Rise

Americans spend more time sitting in front of the TV or computer than ever before, despite known health risks.

Skipping Breakfast Nearly Doubles Risk for Heart-Related Death

Long-term study of U.S. adults underscores why the morning meal may be the most important of the day.