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Cardiovascular Disease

At the Heart of the Matter: Women Need Better Testing Options

Alexandra J. Lansky | Posted 07.31.2015 | Health News
Alexandra J. Lansky

We need to be more informed so that we can weigh the potential costs, risks and complications of heart test in women to determine what is best. Some of the risks include radiation exposure, dye reactions and vascular injury. Let's put that into context. One nuclear stress test, one of the most common heart tests, is equivalent to radiation exposure of 39 mammograms and up to 1,000 chest X-rays. In case you are wondering, this is a big deal.

Spreading the Word, From One Heart to Another

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 07.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

When plaque blocks more than 50 percent of an artery, it is considered obstructive coronary artery disease. Since a woman's risk of CAD increases with her age, it's crucial to understand the symptoms - and know that they may differ from symptoms shown in men.

The New Science on the Health Benefits of Yoga

Sonima.com | Posted 08.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Sonima.com

We dug up some of the most recently published works (all in 2015) on the perks of a persistent yoga practice.

Transhumanism Is Booming and Big Business Is Noticing

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.17.2015 | Business
Zoltan Istvan

I recently had the privilege of being the opening keynote speaker at the Financial Times Camp Alphaville 2015 conference in London. Attending were nearly 1000 people, including economists, engineers, scientists, and financiers.

From Their Health to Their Pocketbooks, Women's Weight Looms Large

Bobbie Brinegar | Posted 07.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Bobbie Brinegar

Study after study confirms it: America is facing a serious adult obesity epidemic. The latest report from JAMA Internal Medicine found that 75 perc...

Your Pee May Hold a Clue to Your Destiny

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 07.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Just like when you really have to go to the bathroom, don't hold it in! Pee is a lifesaver, so at your next physical, ask your physician to check your kidney health with a simple urine test. It holds the key to catching kidney disease, heart disease and so much more!

Shark Attack: The Risk Is Tiny, but the Coverage, and Fear, Are High -- Why?

David Ropeik | Posted 07.06.2015 | Science
David Ropeik

The idea of being attacked by a shark, as unlikely as it is, is scary. But why, if the odds are so low? Because our perception of risk is not just about the numbers. It's about emotions too. There is no better example of how risk perception is more a matter of emotion than of quantitative reasoning than this classic illustration of how our fears sometimes don't match the facts.

Not Going to the Dentist Is Not an Option

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 07.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Ashley Wren Collins

Regular dental check-ups tend to fall off the to do list of many an adult. But good dental health is not only about the whiteness of your smile, the pink of your gums and the freshness of your breath, but also about your overall health.

Loud Noises Could Be Really Bad For Your Health

dailyRx News | Posted 06.19.2015 | Healthy Living
dailyRx News

Loud noise may hurt more than just your ears. A new study found that noise pollution like traffic, airplane noises and street activity could be hurting America's health -- to the tune of billions of dollars.

Taking Certain Heartburn Meds Linked To Higher Risk Of Heart Attack

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - People who take certain popular heartburn medications, like omeprazole (Prilosec), are at increase...

Women's Heart Health: What We Don't Know

Phyllis Greenberger | Posted 06.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Phyllis Greenberger

Despite this large number of women affected by cardiovascular disease, women and minorities are underrepresented in cardiovascular clinical trials. Only one-third of cardiovascular clinical trials report sex-specific results, making it ever more difficult for researchers and clinicians to know how a particular drug or device will affect women.

Catching Dick: Not Why We Care About Weight

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.04.2015 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

We are sold the idea that remaining slim is primarily important as a means of attracting the opposite sex, rather than as a path to good health and longevity.

Inflammatory Claims About Inflammation

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.29.2015 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

We all appreciate the elegance of simple solutions to complex problems. But we know too that simplicity can often masquerade as truth, hiding a more nuanced reality. Such is the case with inflammation, where pseudoscience, exaggerated claims, false promises, and dangerous oversimplification have dominated for too long.

Meet The Man Whose Tablet Invention Could Save Millions Of Lives In Rural Africa

Mic | Natasha Noman | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices

While HIV/AIDS is generally known to be the biggest killer in Africa, you might be surprised to learn cardiovascular disease (CVD) is second on that l...

African-Americans Receive Heart Transplants at Hospitals With Poor Performance Track Records

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

So how do patients decide where to have their heart transplants performed? And wouldn't a person who needs a heart transplant choose to go to a top center? Quality is obviously a major factor. But there is another big consideration in deciding where to get a transplant: accessibility.

Finnish study: Saunas protect against fatal coronary problems

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 06.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Alaska Dispatch News

Finnish researchers have a health tip for middle-aged men: To stay alive, spend more time in the sauna. A 20-year study led by scientists from the ...

How Middle-Aged Men Can Dramatically Reduce Their Cancer Risk

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 03.30.2015 | Fifty

For middle-aged men, exercise may do a lot more than just help them get a nice physique. Indeed, a new study says a high level of cardiovascular fitne...

Attention iPhone Users: Make Sure Your Heart Counts

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

You probably heard last week's news about Apple launching a watch, a cool way for iPhone users to access their device from their wrist. That news overshadowed something else the company launched the same day, something I think is even cooler because it could save and improve lives.

Engineering a Better Heart

Dr. Cynthia Thaik | Posted 05.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cynthia Thaik

Last week, my post started a conversation between myself and Dr. Adam Feinberg. In this week's post, our conversation continues, and we'll outline some of the exciting developments that are on the horizon for heart treatment.

The Keys to Heart Health: Diet, Exercise and Technology

Gary Shapiro | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Gary Shapiro

The consumer electronics industry has made it easier for you to watch your favorite movies, drive your car and communicate with friends across the wor...

The Latin Way

American Heart Association | Posted 04.05.2015 | Latino Voices
American Heart Association

If we want to have a chance to improve cardiovascular outcomes in the Latino community, we have to center our efforts on the heads of the families, Latinas. That being said, it is also important to understand that they will take care of everyone around them before attending to their own needs. For the benefit of our community, that has to change.

How Saving a Child's Heart Is Crossing Boundaries In the Middle East

Jessica Katz | Posted 04.05.2015 | Impact
Jessica Katz

"I love you too" I told her, as I hugged her back. We both meant those words, even though we didn't know each other's names. She had a large scar that ran across her chest, poking out from her blue tribal print dress.

Fixing 'Leaky' Blood Vessels to Combat Severe Respiratory Ailments and, Perhaps, Ebola

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 03.22.2015 | Science
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

New therapies to fix the leakiness of blood vessels in patients suffering from life-threatening illnesses, such as acute respiratory distress syndrome and Ebola virus infections, have the potential to save many lives.

A Young Global Leader at Johns Hopkins

Jim Luce | Posted 03.21.2015 | Good News
Jim Luce

Seal-Bin Han, 19, is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropic Korean-American who will receive our foundation's coveted 2014 Luce Leadership Award ...

Personalized Medicine Takes on the MTHFR Gene

Bianca Garilli, N.D. | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Bianca Garilli, N.D.

As the scientific community continues to learn more about individual genes and how and what they code for, it gives rise to increased personalized medical recommendations to support an individual's genetic makeup.