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.

Running for Health? Moderation is Key

You don’t have to be a marathon runner to reap full benefits, according to a new study.

Study Questions Strict Sodium Guidelines for Older Adults

Reducing sodium intake to less than 1,500 mg a day may be excessive for older adults.

Shedding Light on a Mysterious Type of Heart Attack

MINOCA is a heart attack not resulting from narrowed arteries.

Ability to Process Nicotine Linked to Efficacy of Patch vs. Pill

How quickly smokers metabolize nicotine may impact whether the nicotine patch or Chantix works best, finds study.

Well-being in Childhood Impacts Adult Heart Health

Key indicators of a child’s well-being may determine risk for heart disease later in life, finds study.

Experts Emphasize the Importance of Cardiac Rehabilitation

Despite its value and importance, cardiac rehab is vastly underutilized by patients.
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Physician Sleep Deprivation Has No Significant Effect on Angioplasty Outcomes

According to a new study, patients undergoing angioplasty performed by a sleep-deprived doctor fared about the same as those whose doctor was rested.

New Report Conveys Global Impact of Heart Disease and Stroke

Heart disease remains the No. 1 global cause of death, according to updated statistics.

Dramatic Impact of Unhealthy Lifestyle on Heart Health

Study finds that unhealthy lifestyle choices can explain almost three-fourths of heart disease cases in young women.

Aspirin Overused in Patients at Low Risk for Heart Disease

Ten percent of patients are inappropriately prescribed daily aspirin to prevent heart disease, finds study.

Early Puberty Impacts Heart Risk in Women

Women that reached puberty early or late as a child have increased risk for heart disease later in life, finds study.

Report Raises Awareness for Health Effects of Air Pollution

A thorough review of studies highlights the negative impact of air pollution on heart health.

Daily Aspirin Fails to Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Older Adults Free of Heart Disease

A large Japanese study finds no association between once-daily, low-dose aspirin and risk for heart attack, stroke or death in older adults.
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New Plaque Test Helps Identify High-Risk Heart Patients

Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) helps identify heart disease patients at increased risk for heart attack and stroke, finds study.

Asian Americans Face Greater Risk for Stroke and Hypertension

Asian Americans face higher risk for stroke and hypertension compared to whites, finds study.

Risks and Benefits of Extending Drug Treatment After Stent

Lengthening anti-clotting treatment after stent implantation may prevent heart attacks but increases risk of bleeding, finds new study.

Head-to-Head Comparison of Big-Name diets

No single big-name diet is superior when it comes to long-term weight loss, finds study.

Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Overlooked in Heart Patients

Secondhand smoke worsens outcomes for patients living with heart disease, but is often overlooked.

Belly Fat Increases Risk for Heart Disease

Measuring belly fat is essential to assessing risk for heart disease, finds study.

Lupus Linked to Congenital Heart Defects

Study finds that women with lupus are almost 3 times more likely to have a child with a congenital heart defect.

Study Reveals Paradox of Cigarette Sales in Pharmacies

Patients at risk of smoking-related diseases often purchase cigarettes at the same pharmacy used to fill prescription medications.

Healthy Fats Lower Cholesterol, Despite Weight Gain

Healthy fats help offset the negative impact of weight gain on heart health, finds a recent study.

Rapid Weight Loss is Not So Bad, After All

Gradual vs. rapid weight loss has little impact on long-term weight control.

Keeping Radiation to a Minimum for Heart Patients

With radiation exposure a hot topic in recent years, here are strategies for enhancing radiation safety in heart imaging.

Childhood Risk Factors Have Lifelong Impact on Heart Health

Weight and blood pressure during childhood have a long-lasting impact on heart function later in life.