Cardiology Articles & Stories

Knowledge of Fat-Making Complex Could Fight Obesity

Knowledge of Fat-Making Complex Could Fight Obesity

In an advance that has implications for new anti-obesity and anti-cancer drugs, a “movie” has been made of how a molecular complex in the human cell performs a “dance” in which it dramatically changes shape to promote all of the stages of fat synthesis.   &nb... Read More


Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Teen Cardiovascular Problems

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Teen Cardiovascular Problems

Adolescents with low levels of vitamin D in their blood have a greater frequency of high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar, a recent study revealed, leaving them vulnerable to later heart problems and diabetes.     The research supports other work done in adults, which h... Read More


Expert Commentary: Dr. Elliot Goodman, MD April 22, 2009

Expert Commentary: Dr. Elliot Goodman, MD April 22, 2009

The latest study reported at the American Heart Association's Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention annual conference confirms what we are seeing all around us - our children are getting fatter.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that 24 percent of... Read More


Nicotine-Replacement Aids Help in Quitting Smoking

Nicotine-Replacement Aids Help in Quitting Smoking

President Obama’s love-hate affair with cigarettes is emblematic of that of thousands of other smokers in America who would like to quit but who are repeatedly pulled back into tobacco’s orbit by stress and addictive urges. But with all the aids available to smokers today in ter... Read More


Awareness Needed of Female Heart Attack Signs

Awareness Needed of Female Heart Attack Signs

Women need to become far more aware than they are of the signs of a heart attack, which differ significantly from heart attack symptoms in men, many doctors say.     And they desperately need to be educated in how to avoid heart problems in the first place. Why? Because heart ... Read More


Early Erectile Dysfunction May Predict Heart Disease

Early Erectile Dysfunction May Predict Heart Disease

Erectile dysfunction in men 40 to 49 years old is associated with a doubled risk of heart disease, according to a recent study. And men with erectile dysfunction overall have an 80 percent greater chance of developing a heart condition. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, who publi... Read More


For Obese, Losing a Little Helps a Lot

For Obese, Losing a Little Helps a Lot

If obese people lose even a moderate amount of weight, their risk of developing serious health problems, especially heart disease, is dramatically lowered, according to a recent study.     The research, done by doctors at the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center in Hous... Read More


Metabolic Abnormalities Linked to a Form of Dementia

Metabolic Abnormalities Linked to a Form of Dementia

The condition known as metabolic syndrome – a group of abnormalities that opens the door to heart disease and diabetes – appears to be linked with an amplified risk of developing so-called vascular dementia , but not Alzheimer’s disease, a recent study revealed. Vascular... Read More


Fewer Black Women Who Exercise Have Diabetes

Fewer Black Women Who Exercise Have Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is less frequent among black women who engage in vigorous walking for exercise several times a week, according to a recent study, regardless of whether they're thin or fat. The study, performed by Julie Palmer of Boston University and her colleagues and published in the Ame... Read More


Exercise Shields Blood Vessels From Fatty Meals' Influence

Exercise Shields Blood Vessels From Fatty Meals' Influence

If you exercise vigorously before eating a fatty meal, your arteries will likely still be able to dilate normally in response to the body's requirement for increased blood flow, a recent study has found. It was already known that intense exercise helps artery linings - called the vascular ... Read More


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