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.

Study Questions Routine Heart Tests in Healthy Patients

Despite recommendations against routine heart tests, one in five healthy Canadians receive ECGs after annual visit.

Lifestyle Counseling Proves Useful for Heart Disease Prevention

Adults at low risk for heart disease consistently benefit from counseling that promotes exercise and a healthy diet.

Breastfeeding Protects Women from Heart Disease

Breastfeeding, especially for longer durations, helps reduce women’s risk for heart disease.

Swap Saturated Fats with Unsaturated Fats for a Healthy Heart

Unsaturated fats can reduce cholesterol levels and reduce risk for heart disease and stroke.

Extreme Long Distance Running Has Questionable Impact on Heart

Small study suggests extreme levels of running may hurt, not help, the heart.

Healthy Lifestyle Reduces Heart Risks in Elderly Individuals

Study suggests we’re never too told to benefit from heart-healthy changes.

Air and Noise Pollution Linked to Increased Heart Risks

Exposure to environmental stressors revealed higher cholesterol, blood sugar and triglycerides in study participants. 

Obesity Affects 1 in 10 People Worldwide

Global analysis shows rapid increase in overweight and obesity since 1990.

Education Has a Strong Impact on Heart Disease Risk

Dropping out of high school increases future risk for heart disease, including heart failure.

Anabolic Steroids Increase Risk for Heart Disease in Young and Middle-Aged Men

Study finds long-term steroid use may have a permanent impact on heart health.

U.S. Death Toll from Heart Disease Remains Highest in the South

While national mortality rates from heart disease have declined, the death toll remains high in southern U.S. states.

Diabetes Drug Protects Heart Health in Prediabetic Men

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

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.

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.