Topics :: cardiac health

Surgery Gives Long-Term Help for Obese Diabetics

By Marilynn Marchione | Tuesday Apr 1, 2014
Doctors on Monday gave longer results from a landmark study showing that stomach-reducing operations are better than medications for treating "diabesity," the deadly duo of obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

Test Accurately Rules Out Heart Attacks in the ER

By Marilynn Marchione | Tuesday Apr 1, 2014
A simple test appears very good at ruling out heart attacks in people who go to emergency rooms with chest pain, a big public health issue and a huge worry for patients.

Married Folks Have Fewer Heart Problems

By Marilynn Marchione | Friday Mar 28, 2014
Love can sometimes break a heart but marriage seems to do it a lot of good. A study of more than 3.5 million Americans finds that married people are less likely to have heart problems.

No Gym? No Problem. You Can Do This Workout Anywhere

By Stephen Mosher | Monday Mar 3, 2014
Beat the Clock: It’s a simple exercise that can be done anywhere that you have a nice bit of floor on which to move. It targets your chest and your core. It’s not crunches but, boy howdy, will it strengthen your abs.

Stroke Risk Tied to Cold, Humidity, Weather Swings

By Marilynn Marchione | Wednesday Feb 12, 2014
There may be a link between weather and the risk of suffering a stroke, say researchers who analyzed climate trends and hospital records on millions of Americans.

U.S. Representatives Push to End Gay Blood Ban

By Winnie McCroy | Wednesday Feb 5, 2014
On Jan. 30, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) observed National Blood Donor Month with a call for the need to reevaluate the donation criteria that prevents men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood for life.

Drinking Linked to Faster Mental Decline in Men

By Malcolm Ritter | Friday Jan 17, 2014
Middle-aged men risk a faster mental decline as they age if they’ve been drinking heavily for years, new research suggests.

Surgeon General Urges New Resolve to End Smoking

By Lauran Neergaard | Friday Jan 17, 2014
A new report from the U.S. Surgeon General’s office says the nation is at a crossroads, celebrating decades of progress against the chief preventable killer but not yet poised to finish the job.

Legacy Helps LGBTs Quit Smoking

By Winnie McCroy | Friday Jan 3, 2014
Did you know that gays smoke nearly 70 percent more than others, and tobacco companies target them specifically? This year, kick that butt with help from Legacy.

Lung Cancer Scans Urged for Some Smokers, Not All

By Lauran Neergaard | Wednesday Jan 1, 2014
Certain current or former heavy smokers should start getting yearly scans for lung cancer to cut their risk of death from the nation’s top cancer killer, government advisers said Monday -- even as they stressed that the tests aren’t for everyone.