Heart Attack

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 heart attack. 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.

Fluctuations in Weight, Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Spell Trouble for Heart Health

Maintaining good health reduces risk for heart attack, stroke and death, shows Korean study of 6.7 million adults.

Racial Health Disparities Persist at Hospitals Across the Country

Analysis of U.S. hospital data shows that systemic issues may be to blame for health care disparities.

Anxiety and Depression Boost Heart Attack and Stroke Risk

Australian study finds that adults with high levels of anxiety and depression are at greater risk of life-threatening heart events.
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CT Imaging Improves Treatments and Outcomes in Patients with Chest Pain

CT imaging reduces risk of heart attack and death by 41% in patients with recurrent chest pain.

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An Update to European Guidelines for Managing Heart Disease During Pregnancy

Updated guidelines incorporate new research to minimize complications in women with heart disease.

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Study Questions Fish Oil and Daily Aspirin in Healthy Diabetic Adults

Recent findings fail to support use of fish oil supplements and low-dose aspirin to prevent heart disease in adults with diabetes.

Children Should Avoid Diet Drinks, Advise Experts

Experts can’t say with certainty that artificially sweetened drinks are safe, based on a recent advisory from the American Heart Association.

Study Supports Exercising Outdoors Despite Air Quality Concerns

Danish study finds that the benefits of exercise far outweigh the potential risks from exposure to air pollution.

Resuming Work After Heart Attack Linked to Better Outcomes

Study finds that heart attack survivors who don’t return to work tend to face poorer health, financial hardship, signs of depression.

Marriage Helps Protect the Heart

Study of more than 2 million adults finds that being married significantly reduces risk for heart attack, stroke and death.    

Erectile Dysfunction Associated with Increased Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke

Men with erectile dysfunction should discuss their risk for heart disease with their clinician.

Study Confirms the Heart-Health Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet

A second analysis reconfirms the results of a Spanish study demonstrating that a Mediterranean diet including olive oil and nuts can reduce heart risks. 

Health Literacy is Critical to Heart Disease Prevention

An American Heart Association statement addresses health literacy as a barrier to heart health. 

Loneliness is Bad for the Heart

A lack of social support is linked to poorer health outcomes in heart patients.

OB/GYNs are Critical to Helping Fight Heart Disease in Women

Experts ask obstetricians and gynecologists to help educate their patients about heart disease.

Calculations of Cardiovascular Risk are Outdated, Study Finds

New Zealand study finds current tools greatly overestimate 5–year risk of developing heart disease.

Advances in an Alternative Procedure to Open Heart Surgery

Recent medical statement highlights the evolution of percutaneous coronary intervention and for which heart patients it is most appropriate.

A Closer Look at Unexplained Chest Pain

Study sheds light on the needs of those who experience chest pain but don’t have heart disease.

California Wildfires Tied to Uptick in Heart Events

Statewide study shows increased heart-related hospital visits during the 2015 wildfire season.
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Wearable Defibrillators Provide Temporary Fix for Heart Attack Patients

The device could be lifesaving for heart attack patients at high risk for sudden cardiac arrest.

Raising Awareness for Heart Attacks Caused by SCAD

Experts highlight a common cause of heart attack in young, healthy women.

Marijuana and Cocaine are Risky for Heart Attack Survivors

Heart attack survivors with a history of marijuana and cocaine use have worse long-term survival, finds study.

Heart Attacks Often Follow Extreme Temperature Changes

Climate change may increase heart attack risk, a Michigan study suggests.

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Makes Heart Attack Twice as Likely

Individuals with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are encouraged to discuss their heart disease risk and prevention strategies with their health care team.
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Optimism Improves Outcomes for Patients with Chronic Chest Pain

Study finds that having a positive outlook could mean fewer hospitalizations for those with chronic angina.