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.

Sudden Death in College Athletes: Cause for Concern?

Ten-year study finds risk of sudden cardiac death among college athletes is actually lower than in the general population.

Safety Concerns About Prescription Weight Loss Pills

Experts are concerned about the safety of two weight loss pills recently approved for use in the United States.

Improving Medication Adherence in Heart Attack Patients

New support program helps patients adhere to a personalized treatment plan following a heart attack.

Improvements in Heart Patient Safety Among U.S. Hospitals

Study finds fewer complications among patients hospitalized for heart attack or heart failure between 2005 and 2011.

Fit Teens Have Lower Heart Attack Risk Later in Life

Study finds that fitness early in life helps reduce heart attack risk during adulthood.

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.

Exercise Reduces Risk of Cardiac Events in Heart Patients

High-risk patients who add in about 20 minutes of walking each day can lower their risk for a cardiac event by 10%.

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.

Does Chest Pain Differ Among Men and Women During a Heart Attack?

Study finds small differences in characteristics of chest pain by gender.
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Taking Aspirin at Bedtime Decreases Heart Attack Risk

Taking aspirin before bed helps prevent blood clotting and reduces cardiovascular risk in heart attack patients.

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.

Sleep Apnea Hinders Recovery After Heart Attack

Study finds sleep-disordered breathing impairs healing after a heart attack.

Sudden Cardiac Death Rare in Women

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

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.

Widespread CPR Education Improves Survival Rates

National program in Denmark increased CPR bystander rates and tripled survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest.

Comparing Life-Saving Procedures from a Patient Perspective

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

Chronic Chest Pain Interferes with Work Ability

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

Few ICD Patients Utilize New Safety Feature

Study finds less than half of patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators are using remote patient monitoring.

Aspirin Underutilized in Angioplasty Patients

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

Popular Estrogen Therapy May Increase Cardiovascular Risk

Study finds that the most-prescribed estrogen therapy may increase risk for blood clots and heart attack compared to other medications.

Tour de France Riders Live Longer, Study Finds

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