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.

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.
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Stress Tests Less Useful for Assessing Heart Disease in Women than Men

Cardiac imaging proves more useful than stress tests for determining heart risk in women, finds study.

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Virtual Health Programs Could Improve Global Health

An online challenge promotes physical activity and weight loss in over 60 countries.

Heart Disease Burden Has Shifted to Southern U.S. States

The highest death rates from heart disease have shifted to the South since the 1970s.

Coronary Artery Calcium Scans Help Refine Treatment Decisions

Landmark research demonstrates the benefits of using CAC tests when appropriate.

Tai Chi Boosts Quality of Life in Patients with Heart Disease

A review of 35 studies confirms heart health benefits of traditional Chinese exercises.

Experts Endorse Routine Imaging to Screen for Heart Disease

Experts argue for more comprehensive heart screenings.

Endometriosis Increases Risk for Heart Disease in Young Women

A condition affecting the female reproductive organs triples risk for heart disease in women under 40.

Updated Guidelines for Dual Blood Thinners to Treat Heart Disease

New recommendations help reduce risk of complications and maximize benefits of treatment.

Anxiety Masks Heart Disease in Women

Heart disease may be overlooked in women with anxiety, causing delays in diagnosis and treatment.

Decline in Dementia Rates Over Past Three Decades

Study analyzed data on trends in older adults in the Framingham Heart Study.

Dementia and Heart Disease Are Major Concerns for Elderly Adults

Researchers explore whether preventing calcium build-up in arteries would mitigate the likelihood of developing the conditions.

Texting Programs Improve Medication Adherence in Patients with Chronic Disease

A recent study suggests that text messaging programs double the odds of medication adherence in adults with chronic disease.

Simple Tests Help Assess Risk for Heart Disease

Other health markers besides traditional risk factors can shed light on risk and treatment.

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Promote Dangerous Belly Fat

Consuming one sugar-sweetened beverage a day increases dangerous belly fat linked to heart disease and diabetes, finds study.

Too Little Exercise Remains a Prime Concern for Americans

Experts reaffirm that health benefits from exercise far outweigh risks.

Cardiac Rehab is Lifesaving for Heart Patients

Exercise-based rehab programs reduce risk for heart-related death by 26%.

Heart Disease Remains Top Killer in the United States

Heart disease accounts for 1 in 3 deaths, highlighting an urgent need for prevention and treatment.

Women with Diabetes at Greater Risk for Heart Disease than Men

Experts highlight the need to better address increased cardiovascular risk in women with diabetes.