By: Terry Graedon November 24, 2021 2 Comments
    What Is the Best Time to Go to Sleep?

    When do you go to sleep? Are you a night owl or an early bird? The answer to that question has implications for your risk of cardiovascular disease. Finding a Good Time to Go to Sleep: A new study in …

    By: Terry Graedon November 11, 2021 5 Comments
    For Preventing Stroke, Type of Fat Matters More …

    The type of fat in your diet is far more important than the amount, according to a new analysis of data from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (AHA Scientific Ses…

    By: Terry Graedon November 8, 2021 28 Comments
    Will Certo and Grape Juice Help Your Sore Knees?

    People with sore joints face a terrible dilemma. Pain interferes with quality of life. On the other hand, medications like diclofenac and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can make p…

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2021 23 Comments
    How Dangerous Is It to Stop Taking Aspirin?

    Aspirin gets very little respect. Perhaps that's because it is well over 100 years old, or because it is inexpensive and available over the counter. Whatever the reason, it's our observation that peop…

    By: Joe Graedon October 14, 2021 51 Comments
    The Salt Wars Rage On | How Do You Cope with the…

    Americans have been told for more than 50 years that they should cut back on salt. Doing so was supposed to help lower blood pressure. That in turn would theoretically reduce the risk of heart failure…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2021 17 Comments
    Do You Really Have High Blood Pressure?

    Have you been told you have high blood pressure? Doctors recognize that untreated hypertension can increase your chance of developing heart disease, kidney damage or stroke. Consequently, you should t…

    By: Terry Graedon September 2, 2021 2 Comments
    Getting Systolic Blood Pressure Under 130 Makes …

    How important is strict blood pressure control to prevent strokes, heart attacks and other adverse cardiac events? A large randomized, controlled trial from China confirms that getting systolic blood …

    By: Terry Graedon September 2, 2021 12 Comments
    You Are What You Eat: Is Your Diet Killing You?

    For years, researchers have sought to answer the question: Is our diet killing us? Unfortunately, too often what we eat and what we skip contributes to disease and death. We’ve all heard that what w…

    By: Terry Graedon July 22, 2021 2 Comments
    Show 1265: The Advantages of Whole Brain Living

    Is it true that we only use 10 percent of our brains? That seems to be a myth, along with the relegation of logic to the left brain and emotion to the right. How can we engage in whole brain living? H…

    By: Terry Graedon June 17, 2021 2 Comments
    Gut Microbiota Linked to Stroke Severity

    We have been hearing increasingly about connections between the brain and the gut microbiota. Now, research from the Cleveland Clinic demonstrates that the denizens of the digestive tract impact the s…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2021 60 Comments
    You Have Likely Been the Victim of Diagnostic Mi…

    Americans are generally unforgiving when it comes to mistakes. If a bank teller shortchanged you on a check, you would squawk, right? If the expensive fish you purchased was spoiled when you unwrapped…

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2021 1 Comments
    People with Cardiovascular Disease Do Better Eat…

    Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer throughout the world. People at high risk are often prescribed a number of medications to control cholesterol, lower blood pressure and prevent blo…

    By: Terry Graedon December 10, 2020 5 Comments
    Show 1239: How Can We Prevent Diagnostic Disaste…

    It seems obvious that to provide the proper treatment, a doctor first needs to know what is wrong. However, although medical experts have been focusing on improving diagnosis in medicine for more than…

    By: Joe Graedon August 20, 2020 8 Comments
    How Can You Save Your Brain if a Stroke Strikes?

    Quick, what are the symptoms of a stroke? You must know this to save your brain or the brain of someone you love! For years, neurologists have been encouraging people who might suspect they are having…

    By: Terry Graedon June 18, 2020 2 Comments
    Healthy Eating Can Help Prevent Heart Disease

    We have heard for years that eating a well-balanced diet will have positive health benefits. Now, three decades of data demonstrate that healthy eating patterns reduce heart disease (JAMA Internal Med…

    By: Terry Graedon May 21, 2020 6 Comments
    Show 1213: How Does COVID-19 Affect Your Heart?

    What comes to mind when you think of COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus? Chances are, you think of the lungs. There’s been a tremendous amount of attention to the breathing difficu…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2020 3 Comments
    Show 1201: Hard-to-Diagnose Conditions Can Be De…

    Diagnosis is a crucial first step for medical treatment. In some situations, recognizing the condition as soon as possible makes a big difference in the outcome. However, doctors may have difficulty w…

    By: Terry Graedon February 3, 2020 22 Comments
    What Are the Health Benefits of Coffee and Choco…

    Americans have a puritanical streak. This way of thinking suggests that if something hurts or tastes bad, it must be good for you. Conversely, if it tastes good, you might conclude it's bad for you. T…

    By: Terry Graedon January 16, 2020 8 Comments
    Will You Live Longer If You Sip Green Tea?

    Is coffee or tea your beverage of choice? News from China, where a lot of people prefer tea, suggests that you might want to sip green tea. Apparently, tea drinkers live longer. Why Should You Sip Gre…

    By: Joe Graedon December 31, 2019 10 Comments
    Should You Take Aspirin or Shun the Wonder Drug?

    Aspirin is one of our oldest medications. The Bayer company first began marketing aspirin in 1899. But Chinese healers were using willow bark, the precursor to modern-day aspirin, as far back as 500 B…

    By: Terry Graedon October 24, 2019 7 Comments
    Show 1186: What Happens When Doctors Make Diagno…

    When you get sick, you need a diagnosis. If the diagnosis is wrong, the treatment won’t be appropriate. What happens when doctors make diagnostic errors? We talk with a leader in the Society to Impr…

    By: Terry Graedon October 10, 2019 4 Comments
    Dog Owners Get Survival Benefit

    We are dog lovers, along with 85 million other American families. If your household includes a canine member, you may be getting an unexpected survival benefit. A new study and a meta-analysis publish…

    By: Terry Graedon October 2, 2019 0 Comments
    Are Optimists Protected from Heart Attacks?

    Americans are often exhorted to walk on the sunny side or look for the silver lining. Can a cheery attitude influence your health? A recent meta-analysis suggests that optimists are less likely to suf…

    By: Terry Graedon September 4, 2019 1 Comments
    Is Your Diet Putting You at Risk for Heart Disea…

    By now, it should come as no surprise that dietary choices can affect health. But do you know how your diet affects your risk for heart disease and stroke? Meat Eaters vs. Vegetarians vs. Pescatarians…

    By: Terry Graedon August 21, 2019 5 Comments
    How Soon Do Smokers Benefit from Quitting?

    Ask any health professional what you should do to stay healthy, and you'll hear the advice: Don't smoke! If you do smoke, quit! It should come as no surprise to learn that heavy smokers are more likel…

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2019 5 Comments
    Forget Vitamin D Supplements for Heart Disease

    Vitamin D supplements disappoint again. That’s the conclusion of a meta-analysis published in JAMA Cardiology this week. The researchers noted that many epidemiological studies have linked low vitam…

    By: Joe Graedon June 10, 2019 21 Comments
    Can Stopping Aspirin Suddenly Lead to Deadly Blo…

    Aspirin gets very little respect from health professionals or patients these days. That may be partly because: 1) it’s really old. Aspirin has been around for more than 100 years. 2) Americans prize…

    By: Terry Graedon May 23, 2019 19 Comments
    How Risky Is It to Eat an Egg?

    How risky is it to eat an egg? For decades, we’ve been warned to avoid eggs, especially yolks. We should stick with egg white omelets if we persist in consuming them at all. The idea is that egg yol…

    By: Terry Graedon May 22, 2019 13 Comments
    Is Juice as Bad for Your Health as Soda?

    Choosing healthful foods and beverages has become increasingly controversial. For years, nutrition experts recommended a breakfast of cold cereal, toast with margarine and a glass of orange juice. We …

    By: Joe Graedon April 11, 2019 11 Comments
    Low LDL Cholesterol Linked to Bleeding Strokes

    Ask any golfer if you can have too low a golf score and he will think you're nuts. After all, the lowest score wins in golf. Ask almost any cardiologist if you can have too low LDL cholesterol levels …

    By: Terry Graedon February 14, 2019 27 Comments
    Will Drinking Diet Soda Raise Your Risk of Strok…

    Sugar-sweetened beverages have developed a very bad reputation over the past decade or so. They contribute empty calories without corresponding nutritional value. Sugary drinks have been linked to kid…

    By: Joe Graedon January 24, 2019 19 Comments
    Should You Take Aspirin for your Heart? Does You…

    Aspirin is a very old drug but scientists are still trying to figure out if it should be used to prevent heart attacks and strokes. In April of 2016 the United States Preventive Services Task Force pu…

    By: Terry Graedon November 15, 2018 9 Comments
    Is Fish Oil to Prevent Heart Attacks a Dud?

    In addition to vitamin D3, the VITAL study also considered the effects of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil to prevent heart attacks (NEJM, Nov. 10, 2018). The results were disappointing. Concentrated…

    By: Joe Graedon September 13, 2018 63 Comments
    Is Whole Fat Dairy (Milk, Cheese and Yogurt) Goo…

    Cardiologists have been admonishing Americans to avoid saturated fat in the diet. Whole fat dairy products have been especially vilified. That is why skim milk, margarine and low-fat yogurt have becom…

    By: Terry Graedon August 30, 2018 1 Comments
    Aspirin Strikes Out for Preventing Heart Attacks

    Low-dose aspirin has been a staple of heart disease prevention for decades. However, although data have indicated that people taking aspirin are less likely to have heart attacks, they appear more lik…

    By: Terry Graedon August 23, 2018 26 Comments
    When Is High LDL Cholesterol a Problem?

    You have probably heard that high LDL cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease. That is the reason doctors prescribe medication to lower cholesterol. Most people imagine this is most important f…

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2018 8 Comments
    Should You Stop Taking Aspirin Before a Biopsy?

    Millions of people take low-dose aspirin (once called "baby aspirin," though it is not for babies) to protect themselves from blood clots that could lead to a heart attack or stroke. People at higher …

    By: Terry Graedon July 12, 2018 8 Comments
    Multivitamins No Help Against Heart Disease

    Are multivitamins no help against heart disease? Millions of Americans take multivitamins, perhaps as many as 40 percent of older adults. A new study suggests that mixed vitamin and mineral formulatio…

    By: Terry Graedon July 12, 2018 2 Comments
    Aspirin vs Activase: Cheaper Is Just as Good

    Alteplase, known under its brand name as Activase, is a clot buster. That means it is injected in the early treatment of stroke in an attempt to reduce damage to the brain. Might aspirin also be helpf…

    By: Terry Graedon May 31, 2018 7 Comments
    Can You Take Aspirin to Prevent Stroke?

    People who experience a transient ischemic attack, also known as a TIA or a minor stroke, are at a significantly increased risk for another blood clot in the brain. In a TIA, the clot resolves on its …