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.

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.

Common Painkillers Increase Heart Risks

Study finds that taking high doses of NSAIDs for prolonged periods of time increases risk for heart attack and stroke.

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.

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.

Fiber Reduces Stroke Risk

Study shows increasing dietary fiber intake could drastically reduce risk for stroke.

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.

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.
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Ranexa Helps Control Chronic Angina in Diabetic Patients

Patients taking the drug in combination with standard therapy had significantly fewer angina episodes than those taking just the standard treatment.

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.
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Research Sheds Light on How Long Anticoagulants Should Be Taken After Stenting

Patients taking clopidogrel (Plavix) for a long period don’t see any health benefits and actually have a higher risk of bleeding.

Heart Attacks Triple After Hurricane Katrina

Researchers say psychosocial effects of the disaster play an important role.

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.

Marriage Reduces Heart Attack Risk

A Finnish study finds that unmarried men and women were much more likely to have a heart attack than their married peers.

Do Financial Conflicts of Interest Impact Study Results?

According to a recent study, funding sources and conflicts of interest have no impact on the outcome of medical studies and trials.