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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 high cholesterol. 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.

Caloric Intake of Obese Children is Underestimated

Study uses model to show obese children consume significantly more calories each day than healthy children.

Study Highlights Need For More AEDs

Availability of life-saving devices must be widespread in public places.

Echocardiograms Unnecessary for the General Population

Study finds that a useful heart test has negligible benefit for healthy patients without a family history of heart disease.

Small Restaurants Have Calorie-Packed Items, Too

Meals from non-chain or small-chain restaurants typically have higher calorie content than their fast-food peers.

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.

Coffee and Heart Health

Studies suggest coffee helps protect our hearts, rather than harm them.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Directly Linked to Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

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

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.

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.

Diabetes During Pregnancy Increases Cardiovascular Risk Later in Life

Women with high blood sugar levels during pregnancy are at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome.

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. 

CardioSmart News

In High Doses, Niacin Causes More Harm than Good

Commonly used to treat high cholesterol, the B vitamin can cause serious side effects and complications.

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.

Southern Diet Explains the 'Stroke Belt'

A new study finds that a Southern-style diet filled with fried foods, processed meats and sugary drinks can increase stroke risk.

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.

Baby Boomers Less Healthy Than Previous Generation

A recent study finds baby boomers have higher rates of chronic disease, higher levels of disability and lower self-rated health than those born a generation prior.