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.

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.

Sudden Cardiac Death Rare in Women

Study finds that sports-related sudden cardiac death is much lower in women compared to men.

Radiation Could Increase Heart Disease Risk in Breast Cancer Patients

Dosage and location or position of treatment can slightly increase heart disease risk in some women.

First-Ever Trial Comparing Angioplasty Strategies

Study finds that accessing arteries through the wrist for angioplasty is just as safe and effective in women as traditional access point in the leg.

Flu Shot Curbs Cardiovascular Risk

The seasonal flu shot is life-saving for patients at high risk for heart disease.

Is Surgery Safe for Stent Patients?

Study suggests that patients with stents should wait six months to undergo elective surgery to reduce risk of complications.

Comparing Life-Saving Procedures from a Patient Perspective

Trial compares quality of life in diabetic patients undergoing revascularization procedures CABG and PCI.

Exercise as Effective as Medications for Heart Disease and Diabetes

Forget the pills. Study finds exercise helps treat and prevent chronic disease as well as medicine.

Hormone Therapy: Do Risks Outweigh the Benefits?

Study advises against use of hormone therapy for chronic disease prevention, as it may increase long-term health risks.

Chronic Chest Pain Interferes with Work Ability

Study finds chest pain causes many patients to file for disability, regardless of a heart disease diagnosis.

Inflammation Helps Identify Unhealthy Individuals

Study finds that poor metabolic health is associated with inflammation in obese and non-obese patients.

Aspirin Underutilized in Angioplasty Patients

Despite its protective effects, many patients undergoing angioplasty don’t receive aspirin.

Tour de France Riders Live Longer, Study Finds

Elite cyclists live longer and have lower risk of death compared to average adults.

Healthy Obesity: An Oxymoron?

Being more physically fit, having a smaller waistline and having normal blood sugar may help protect some obese individuals from chronic diseases.

Registry Program Sheds Light on Quality of Care

A report on data from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry highlights success stories and areas of improvement in cardiovascular care.

Sudden Cardiac Death Risk Low Among High School Athletes

Study urges against widespread screenings to help prevent sudden cardiac death in young athletes.