Aspirin: Take it Without a Break

If you’ve been popping an aspirin a day on doctor’s orders, here’s a new order: Don’t stop.  A new study shows that patients with a history of heart disease who drop their aspirin-a-day regimen increase their risk of a heart attack by as much as 60 percent. “This study highlights the importance of staying on … Read More

Dr. Nissen talks about Niaspan Study

As a follow up to our recent article, Niacin Drug Test Results “a Shocker” , Dr. Nissen, Department Chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine talks about the recently halted niaspan study and what to do if you are taking niaspan. More questions and answers with Dr. Nissen on the web chat transcript, Hot Topics with Dr. Nissen

Depression and Heart Health

Many factors can lead to depression, including a person’s family history, high levels of stress, physical health and/or state of mind. In recent years, research is showing a strong link between depression and heart disease. Findings indicate that people who are depressed are more likely to develop coronary heart disease. The unfortunate thing is that … Read More

Attack of the Killer Potatoes

Overweight and obesity are major risk factors for heart diseases. That’s why TBE was particularly interested in a study published in the June 23, 2011 New England Journal of Medicine, that linked particular behaviors and food choices to weight loss and weight gain.  This study, which followed more than 120,000 people for many years, isolated … Read More

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Niacin Drug Test Results “a Shocker”

“This is a big deal,” said Steven Nissen, MD, chair of the Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute, speaking to Margaret Warner on PBS Newshour, May 27, 2011.  He was referring to a recent decision by the NIH to halt testing of a new niacin-based drug.  … Read More

FDA Simvastatin Warning “Overdue”

They call it simvastatin. Trade names Zocor and Vytorin. Millions of Americans take it to lower cholesterol. This week, the FDA slapped a safety restriction on the drug, warning that taking the highest dose, 80 mg., could cause severe muscle injury – especially in the first year of use. As soon as news of the … Read More

Faster Beat Means More Risk for Some

All patients with diagnosed coronary heart disease have a higher risk of death.  But which of these patients has the highest risk of death?  Michael Faulx, MD., of the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, may know.  The answer, he says, is in the heart rate: the faster it beats, the higher the risk.  Dr. … Read More

Mexican fiesta – delicious and heart-healthy

Mexican food is often thought to be unhealthy – or not heart healthy – but that can be far from true – fresh vegetables, zesty flavors can spice up your meals. When creating Mexican recipes, Julia Zumpano RD, LD, Preventive Cardiology provides these tips: Focus on foods: High in fiber – beans ,  corn , … Read More

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Gut Flora Linked to Heart Disease

Dr. Hazen and his team didn’t set out to nail lecithin. They were simply comparing the blood of subjects that were prone to coronary artery disease, with the blood of subjects that were not. But they found that some subjects had a certain type of gut flora (the bacteria that is in all our digestive … Read More