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.

Lack of Evidence on Herbal Remedies and Heart Disease

Experts urge more research on the risks and benefits of Chinese herbal remedies for heart health.

Diabetes Drug Protects Heart Health in Prediabetic Men

Metformin helps prevent calcium build-up in men with prediabetes.

Yo-Yo Dieting May Be Harmful for Patients with Heart Disease

Study links body weight fluctuation to increased risk for heart attack, stroke and death in patients with heart disease.

Coronary Artery Calcification Likely the Best Marker of Heart Health

Checking for calcium build-up in the heart’s arteries identifies patients at increased risk for heart disease, finds study.

Quality of Life as a Key Goal for Older Adults with Heart Disease

Maintaining independence should be a key goal of treatment, argue experts.

Gum Disease and Tooth Loss Linked to Heart Risks in Older Women

Maintaining healthy gums may help reduce risk for heart disease.

New Tool Helps Predict Heart Risks in Patients with Familial Hypercholesterolemia

New tool to guide treatment in patients with a genetic disorder causing dangerously high cholesterol levels.

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South American Tribe Has World's Healthiest Arteries, Study Finds

What we can learn from the Tsimane tribe, in which heart disease hardly exists.

Excess Sodium is Leading Dietary Cause of Heart-Related Deaths

Consuming too much salt has a strong impact on mortality risk from heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Heavy Drinking Increases Heart Risks in Men

Study links heavy drinking to stiffened arteries in men.

Testosterone Treatment Accelerates Artery Plaque Build-Up

Study highlights potential health risks of testosterone treatment in older men.

Mediterranean Diet Powers 'Good' Cholesterol's Abilities

The Mediterranean diet enriched with olive oil improves HDL function in adults at high risk for heart disease.

Heart Failure Rates on the Rise, Show Latest Statistics

While heart failure has become an increasing concern, overall death rates from heart disease declined by 25% in recent years.

Alcohol Abuse Doubles Risk for Heart Disease

The negative health effects of alcohol abuse are similar to that of traditional cardiovascular risk factors, finds study.

New, Sex-Specific Calculator Refines Heart Patients' Mortality Risk

Used with exercise stress tests, the new calculator better predicts mortality risk for both women and men.

Healthy Lifestyle Helps Offset Genetic Risk for Heart Disease

For patients with high genetic risk for heart disease, healthy lifestyle choices nearly cut risk in half, finds study.

Inflammation Triggers Heart Problems From Air Pollution

Chronic inflammation of blood vessels leads to clogged arteries and increased cardiovascular risk.

Calcium Has No Impact—Good or Bad—On Heart Health

Despite mixed findings, experts offer guidelines on calcium intake for adults without heart disease.

Low Testosterone is Not an Independent Risk Factor for Stroke, Finds Study

Researchers question whether treating testosterone level improves heart health.

Statins Aren't the Only Option for Lowering Cholesterol

Other cholesterol lowering therapies—including a heart-healthy diet—can be similarly effective at lowering cholesterol and cardiovascular risk, finds study.

The Importance of Promoting Heart Health in Children

Experts highlight early education about heart health for prevention later in life.

Sleep Deprivation Takes a Toll on Heart Health

Many studies show that a lack of sleep can have a negative impact on heart health, but few have determined why.

Air Pollution Accelerates Damage to the Heart's Arteries

Study shows how long-term exposure to air pollution promotes dangerous calcium build-up.
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New Decision Tool Helps Refine Blood Thinner Use in Stent Patients

DAPT score helps weigh the risks and benefits of continued dual antiplatelet therapy after stent implantation.

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Equally Aggressive Treatment Needed for Men and Women with Heart Disease

While risk factors may differ, study findings suggest plaque build-up in arteries is just as dangerous in all patients.