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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 type 2 diabetes. 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.

Extra Tax on Sugary Drinks Cuts Consumer Purchases by 21%

One county’s short-term soda tax resulted in a dramatic drop in sugar-sweetened beverage sales.

Managing Cholesterol to Prevent Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease

This article summarizes the current information about how to treat patients with high lipid levels.

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Coronavirus and People With Heart Conditions: What You Need to Know | Webinar

In this Mended Hearts webinar, CardioSmart Editor-in-Chief Martha Gulati offers advice on what you can do to protect your heart during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

More Research Needed to Understand Role of Statins in COVID-19

If you are taking a statin for an underlying heart condition or to lower your chance of developing heart disease, continue to do so unless directed otherwise by your health care professional.

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For Older Women, a Little More Protein Each Day Could Keep AFib at Bay

Eating 1-2 more servings of protein could cut the chance of developing atrial fibrillation by 5%, study shows.
Cancer treatment

Statins for Breast Cancer? Maybe for Some.

Popular cholesterol-lowering drug linked to a lower chance of treatment-related heart failure.

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Alarming Uptick in Deaths Linked to High Blood Pressure, Study Shows

Rising death rates affect all demographic groups, with the rural South hardest hit.
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Patients Urged to Continue Blood Pressure and Heart Failure Medications Amid Coronavirus Concerns

The HFSA/ACC/AHA issued a joint statement about COVID-19 and a group of drugs used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

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Heart Patients Warned of Risks from Coronavirus

People with heart disease seem to be at higher risk of developing serious illness from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Use Olive Oil Instead of Saturated Fats for Heart Health, Study Suggests

Olive oil linked to lower risk of cardiovascular disease in analysis of more than 90,000 U.S. adults.

Long-Term Use of Evolocumab to Treat FH is Safe and Effective, Study Shows

New type of treatment, called a PCSK-9 inhibitor, can lower cholesterol in people with familial hypercholesterolemia.

Eating Meat Linked to Slightly Higher Risk of Heart Disease

Fish seems to be heart healthier choice of protein, study suggests.
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Skip Milk? Opinions Vary on Its Benefits

The dietary guideline urging most Americans to drink three glasses of milk a day isn’t justified, according to authors of a review article in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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Highlighting the Concerns of Marijuana's Effects on the Heart

Marijuana use is associated with cardiovascular problems and can interfere with common heart medications, according to a review article.

A Closer Look at How to Manage Heart Failure

Evidence-based dietary and medication changes can help promote recovery and a higher quality of life. 

More Research Needed to Achieve Health Equity in Preventive Care

Experts identify gaps in knowledge about how to put proven services into practice.

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Quality Comes First in Carbs vs. Fats Debate

Healthy low-carbohydrate diet and healthy low-fat diet are linked to decreased mortality, study shows.

Women with Heart Failure Face Greater Risk of Death After Surgery than Men

Women tend to fare better after surgery, except in study patients with heart failure. 

Receiving a Heart Transplant in Your Region's Leading Center Can Improve Survival

Heart transplants should be performed in high-volume hospitals to improve outcomes, suggests U.S. study.

Study Supports Treatment of Lipoprotein(a) to Reduce Heart Risks

Study confirms link between lipoprotein(a) and heart disease, highlighting benefits of treatment.

Cholesterol Experts Recommend Focusing on a Healthy Overall Diet

Experts recommend choosing healthy foods, rather than cutting cholesterol from our diet, to promote heart health.

Long Work Hours Linked to High Blood Pressure

Working more than 40 hours a week may increase risk of high blood pressure, finds study of white-collar workers. 

Top CardioSmart News Articles of 2019

This year's most-read patient stories worth a second look.

Substance Use More Likely in Children Whose Parents Use Marijuana

National survey shows that children whose parents use marijuana are more likely to use drugs and alcohol.

Experts Explore Diagnosis and Treatment of Lung Damage from Vaping

A study of 60 patients sheds light on symptoms and treatment of vaping-associated lung illness.