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.

Sodium Levels Remain High in Popular Foods

Study finds little progress in reducing sodium levels of common processed and restaurant foods since 2005.

Noisy Airports May Impact Heart Health of Nearby Residents

Study shows noise from planes may disrupt sleep, worsening cardiovascular health.

Could a Lack of Vitamin D Increase Risk for Heart Disease?

Research suggests link between vitamin D deficiencies and increased cardiovascular risk.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Directly Linked to Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

A common sleep disorder may significantly increase risk of sudden cardiac death.

Inflammation Associated With Cardiac Syndrome X

Study shows inflammation may play important role in patients with unexplained chest pain.

Secondhand Smoke Increases Heart Disease Risk, Study Shows

Exposure to secondhand smoke promotes build-up of calcium deposits in the arteries.

Vegetarians May Live Longer Than Meat Eaters

New research confirms that vegetarian dietary patterns can extend longevity.

Mediterranean Diet Could Prevent Memory Loss

In addition to being heart-healthy, the Mediterranean diet may also help protect our minds.

Novel Ads Encourage Smokers to Ask Their Doctors About Quitting

A new national campaign aiming to curb smoking rates features real stories from former smokers.

Magnets in iPad 2 May Interfere with Heart Devices

A study conducted by a 14-year-old student finds that the iPad 2 interferes with implantable cardioverter defibrillators.

Minimizing Radiation Exposure During Nuclear Stress Tests

With better education, providers can help reduce risk of radiation exposure for patients undergoing these types of tests.

Poor Diet Negatively Impacts Sleep Patterns in Middle-School Children

Among children, a link found between diet and sleep may be the key to promoting better heart health as adults.

Smokeless Tobacco Trends in Adolescents

Smokeless tobacco use remains unchanged between 2000 and 2011 among middle and high school students.

Pets May Boost Heart Health

After a comprehensive review of existing research, experts acknowledge an association between pet ownership and reduced cardiovascular risk.

Heart Patients Slow to Make Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Despite benefits, many heart patients fail to adopt healthy lifestyle changes following diagnosis.

Physically Demanding Jobs Increase Heart Disease Risk

Manual labor may increase risk for heart attack and stroke.

Compound in Red Meat Linked to Heart Disease

Carnitine, found in red meats and energy drinks, may increase heart disease risk.

Understanding the Tobacco Control Act

A review of the law that helps protect the public against health problems caused by tobacco use.

Binge Drinking Harms the Heart

A study highlights the negative impact that excessive drinking can have on the heart—even in young, healthy individuals.

Women Experience 'Typical' Heart Disease Symptoms, Too

Men and women with significant artery blockage are just as likely to experience typical symptoms—chest pain, pressure and tightness. Women differ, however, in how they describe their chest pain.

Witnessing CPR Helps Reassure Family Members, Provides Closure

Researchers find that family members who observed CPR on their loved ones are significantly less likely to have post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. 

Sitting Increases Heart Disease Risk Regardless of Physical Activity

Activity and exercise are essential for health, but sitting for extended periods takes its toll nonetheless.

Breathing in Other People's Smoke is Dangerous for the Heart's Arteries

Study shows a direct relationship between the amount of secondhand smoke exposure and the amount of calcium deposits on the inner walls of the arteries.

Roots of Heart Disease Found in Mummies Dating Back 4,000 Years

Atherosclerosis is evident in one-third of mummies, across all populations in the study.

Despite Lifesaving Benefits, Fewer Women Than Men Get Cardiac Rehab

Women with coronary artery disease can improve their heart health and reduce their risk of dying from heart disease by attending cardiac rehabilitation.