Chest pain can be a symptom of coronary artery disease – or a rare disorder called coronary spasm. Learn answers to five top questions about this little-known condition.
Clogged arteries in your legs or arms can signal potentially lethal blocked coronary arteries. Read more to learn who should be tested and who should not.
When individuals are seeking relief from the symptoms of chronic stable angina, in which exercise or stress can cause chest pain, they are faced with three options for treatment: medications, angioplasty and stent, or heart surgery. A new JAMA Internal Medicine study suggests that patients may not always get enough information from their doctors to … Read More
Many patients who are at low risk for heart problems don’t need screenings such as electrocardiography (EKG) and stress tests, a national association of primary care physicians recently recommended. The American College of Physicians (ACP) released guidelines recently that say that there is no evidence that these types of screenings benefit people with low risk. You might be considered low-risk for … Read More
Doctors use risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, body-mass index, gender and age to help determine the likelihood someone will suffer a future heart attack. However, risk prediction is an inaccurate science. Too often, someone thought to be at low or intermediate risk has an unexpected heart attack or dies … Read More
Few people know how closely heart health and kidney health are linked. Indeed, coronary artery disease is the Number One cause of death in people with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Even after starting dialysis or receiving a kidney transplant, their risk of heart attack remains sky-high. Gut bacteria may be a link Researchers at Cleveland … Read More
Just as a pilot’s plane needs maintenance for safety, the pilot himself needs regular checkups for his own health—especially when it comes to heart health. With the help of their cardiologists, many pilots can keep their hearts strong and continue to fly. Checking pilots’ health Federal Aviation Administration-authorized aviation medical examiners evaluate pilots and issue … Read More
If you have coronary artery disease or peripheral vascular disease, using statins is clearly a benefit to your health. In those cases, statins lower your risk of future cardiac events. However, when it comes to treating aortic aneurysm disease, the benefits of statin use are not clearly proven. Some evidence does support statin use for … Read More
The goal of bypass surgery is to open arteries and ensure good blood flow. Surgeons have been exploring alternative methods to perform this surgery safely with the best outcomes. The answer may be a hybrid procedure – one which blends grafting with stenting. In the right patients, it can one day offer the best aspects … Read More
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) remains the number one killer in the United States, but you have the power to prevent a heart attack and maybe save your life. A new Swedish study shows simple lifestyle changes reduce heart attack risk by 80 percent. Making five simple changes benefits men and women of all ages. And … Read More