• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Nov 11, 2019

    Cholesterol Levels Dropping in US, But Many Still Need Care

    Some good health news: Americans’ cholesterol levels are dropping, and more people at especially high risk are getting treatment. Researchers say Monday’s report suggests a controversial change in recommendations for cholesterol treatment may be starting to pay off. “It is very heartening,” said Dr. Pankaj Arora of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, who led the study. “But there is...

  • Facebook Oct 28, 2019

    Facebook Will Now Remind You to Get Flu Shots and Medical Checkups

    Facebook is now going to start reminding you when to get a medical checkup. The company is rolling out a tool to remind its users in the U.S., based on demographic factors such as age and gender, to get a screening or health test. The company is making this move, according to Freddy Abnousi, a cardiologist who runs Facebook’s health...

  • Harvard Jul 22, 2019

    Study: Millions Should Stop Taking Aspirin for Heart Health

    Millions of people who take aspirin to prevent a heart attack may need to rethink the pill-popping, Harvard researchers reported Monday. A daily low-dose aspirin is recommended for people who have already had a heart attack or stroke and for those diagnosed with heart disease. But for the otherwise healthy, that advice has been overturned. Guidelines released this year ruled...

  • director May 28, 2019

    Study Suggests E-Cigarette Flavorings May Pose Heart Risk

    E-cigarettes aren’t considered as risky as regular cigarettes, but researchers have found a clue that their flavorings may be bad for the heart. Longtime smokers who can’t kick the addiction sometimes switch to e-cigarettes, in hopes of avoiding the cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco smoke. But cigarette smoking doesn’t just cause lung cancer. It’s a leading cause of heart attacks, too,...

  • NBC News Mar 18, 2019

    Daily Aspirin No Longer Recommended to Prevent Heart Attacks for Healthy, Older Adults

    Taking a low-dose aspirin daily to prevent a heart attack or stroke is no longer recommended for adults age 70 or over, according to new guidelines released Sunday, NBC News reported. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association reversed previous guidance that recommended adults over the age of 50 take a baby aspirin a day to prevent...

  • New Orleans Mar 16, 2019

    Apple Watch May Spot Heart Problem But More Research Needed

    A huge study suggests the Apple Watch can detect a worrisome irregular heartbeat at least sometimes — but experts say more work is needed to tell if using wearable technology to screen for heart problems really helps.

  • United States Apr 5, 2018

    Facebook Asked Several Hospitals to Share Patient Data

    Facebook has asked several major U.S. hospitals to share anonymized data about their patients, such as illnesses and prescription info, for a proposed research project. Facebook was intending to match it up with user data it had collected, and help the hospitals figure out which patients might need special care or treatment. The proposal never went past the planning phases...

  • New York City Jul 31, 2017

    US Hospitals Treating Heart Attacks at Record Speed

    There’s never been a better time to be treated for a heart attack. U.S. hospitals have set a record for how quickly they open blocked arteries, averaging under one hour for the first time since these results have been tracked. More than 93 percent of patients now have their arteries opened within the recommended 90 minutes of arrival. “Things have...

  • texas May 3, 2015

    Texas the Front Line on High School ECG Debate

    Spurred by the tragic stories of teenagers struck down by sudden cardiac deaths, Texas lawmakers are considering making their state the first in the nation to require high school athletes to undergo electrocardiogram testing.

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