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.

Some Physical Activity is Better Than None

Adults engaging in any level of regular physical activity have lower risk of death compared to those who get no exercise, according to research.
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Stumbling Block in Attempt to Reduce Risk of Complications from Surgery

Aspirin and blood-pressure lowering medication fail to improve outcomes in surgical patients at risk for heart disease.

Indoor Smoking Ban Saves Lives

Michigan’s new smoke-free air laws helped reduce hospitalizations from heart disease, finds study.
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Celiac Disease Linked to Increased Heart Disease Risk

Study suggests inflammation associated with celiac disease may increase risk for heart disease and stroke.
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Study Tests New Medication for Chronic Coronary Heart Disease

A new drug to reduce inflammation shows no added benefit in patients with stable heart disease.

Marriage Linked to Lower Heart Risk

People who are married have fewer heart problems than those who are single, divorced or widowed, according to recent study.

Diet Drinks Could Spell Heart Trouble for Older Women

Largest study of its kind links frequent diet drink consumption to increased risk for heart disease in older women.

Study Sparks Debate Over Saturated Fats

Researchers involved in new study question the association between fat consumption and heart health.

Secondhand Smoke Causes Permanent Damage to Children's Arteries

Exposure to secondhand smoke during childhood ages arteries later in life, study finds.

Panel: Depression Should be a Risk Factor for Heart Disease

After thorough review, experts recommend adding depression to the list of risk factors for heart disease.

Sudden Death in College Athletes: Cause for Concern?

Ten-year study finds risk of sudden cardiac death among college athletes is actually lower than in the general population.

Safety Concerns About Prescription Weight Loss Pills

Experts are concerned about the safety of two weight loss pills recently approved for use in the United States.

Cutting Back on Sugar for a Healthy Heart

Almost three-fourths of American adults consume too much added sugar in their diets.

Improvements in Heart Patient Safety Among U.S. Hospitals

Study finds fewer complications among patients hospitalized for heart attack or heart failure between 2005 and 2011.

Not All Plaque is Created Equal

Plaque density may prove an important factor when calculating risk for heart disease, heart attack and stroke, according to a recent study.

Anti-Smoking Efforts Saved 8 Million Lives—and Counting

On the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s first report on smoking and health, study finds tobacco control efforts have increased life expectancy and saved millions of American lives.

Multivitamins Fail to Improve Memory in Older Men

Study findings suggest that daily multivitamins fail to prevent cognitive decline in older adults.

Depression and Heart Disease: A Likely Pair

Improved diagnosis and treatment of depression in heart patients may improve outcomes, according to recent update.

Energy Drinks Increase the Heart's Contraction Rate

Study suggests that energy drinks may be unsafe for children and individuals with existing heart conditions, like an irregular heartbeat.

Magnesium Helps Keep Arteries Healthy

People with higher magnesium intake have healthier arteries, study finds.

Nut Consumption Linked to Longevity

Study finds that regular consumption of nuts could lower risk of death by as much as 20%.
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It's Easier to Lose Weight with Family and Friends, Study Finds

Weight loss interventions in social networks are more effective than standard care.
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Preschoolers Learn Heart-Healthy Lessons with 'Sesame Street'

Study finds heart-health messages in “Sesame Street” promote healthier behavior in preschool children.

New Guidelines for Treating Older Patients with Heart Disease

Scientific statement from the American Heart Association updates guidelines for secondary prevention in older adults.

Obesity, Alone, Increases Heart Disease Risk

Study finds carrying extra weight increases risk for heart disease, regardless of other medical conditions.