FDA Boosts Heart Attack, Stroke Warning for Pain Relievers

If you take more than the recommended dose of a non-aspirin pain reliever in the belief the medicine is harmless, there’s good reason now to pay close attention to the directions on the label. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday strengthened warning label requirements for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which include pain relievers … Read More

FDA Decision Aims to Eliminate Trans Fat From Your Food

Everyone agrees: trans fat is unhealthy. Now federal regulators are taking steps to eliminate it from our diet completely. In three years, food manufacturers will have to phase out artificial trans fats from their products, under guidelines announced this week by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA says scientific research is overwhelming that consumption of trans … Read More

Do Your Cholesterol Numbers Really Matter?

Cholesterol is hot in the news ever since a top nutrition advisory committee stated that people no longer need to be concerned about eating foods high in cholesterol earlier this year. This guideline caused confusion as people wondered: Is checking my cholesterol still important? Do I need to change my diet? Do my numbers matter? … Read More

Age Shouldn’t Solely Dictate Your Heart Care Decisions

Cardiologists have long wondered if they should treat older patients as aggressively as they do younger ones. A new study shows that for at least one segment of the 80-and-over demographic, they should consider it. In a study that was presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting in March, doctors from Norway reported that … Read More

Are You Too Young to Have a Heart Attack?

When an older woman has a heart attack, it is almost always the result of coronary artery disease (CAD). But when a young woman has a heart attack, often no evidence of CAD is found. That’s because a common cause of heart attack in young women is spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD. “The typical SCAD patient … Read More

Do You Know the Color of Body Fat? (Infographic)

Body fat gets a bad rap, but you’d die without it. Body fat stores crucial energy. It provides insulation. It protects your organs. It even helps hold your cells together. But too much of a good thing can be fatal. Explore this field guide to human body fat. Discover the different colors and what they mean. … Read More

Is Marathon Training Too Hard on Your Heart?

Marathons push the envelope of a human’s physical limitations. But can the strenuous training for this ultimate endurance test push a runner’s heart too hard? Outwardly healthy runners do on rare occasion collapse with unforeseen heart issues.  Should a middle-aged recreational runner worry about straining his heart when ramping up training for the big race? … Read More