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Gentle Yoga May Reduce Atrial Fibrillation Episodes

Yoga is an increasingly popular form of exercise, and now a small clinical trial suggests that slow-paced classes may help curb atrial fibrillation (AF) symptoms. More...

Sleep Apnea: An Overlooked Risk Factor for Heart Disease

When taking stock of risk factors for heart disease, sleep might not be one of the first things to enter your mind. But abnormal sleep -- more specifically, a disorder called sleep apnea -- is associated with high blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) that can raise your risk of a heart attack and cardiac arrest. … More...

Cardiac Catheterization: A New Route

Doctors use cardiac catheterization to diagnose and treat heart conditions. The technique involves threading a thin tube called a catheter through an artery (usually the femoral artery in the upper thigh or groin) to the heart. Serious complications during cardiac catheterization are rare. But the procedure comes with risks of bleeding and damage to arteries. More...

A Brighter Outlook for Patients with Heart Failure

The outlook for people with heart failure has brightened in recent years, as more patients are living longer with this challenging disease. Recently, the journal Circulation: Heart Failure published a study that followed trends at a large clinic at the University of California, Los Angeles. The study found that death rates among patients with the most severe cases of heart failure have dropped 42 percent during a three-year follow-up since the early 1990s. More...

The Good News on Exercise and Cardiovascular Disease

You’ve probably read that regular exercise is good for your health, but how does it reduce your risk of heart attack? Here’s what research suggests. More...

Looking at Cholesterol-Busting Foods

When people need to reduce their cholesterol, they often think about eliminating some foods from their diet. But research increasingly shows that adding certain foods can also lower cholesterol levels significantly. More...

Seven: A Magic Number For Heart Health

The American Heart Association (AHA) has identified seven specific factors or behaviors, known as "metrics," that can improve heart health and reduce the risk of death. The AHA recommends meeting all seven of these metrics, but recent research indicates very few Americans do. More...

Advice on Avoiding Medication Mishaps

The more you know about your medications, the less likely you'll suffer preventable side effects and the more likely you'll be able to recognize them. Here are basic strategies for avoiding side effects and adverse drug reactions. More...

From Research: When Antibiotics and Statins Don't Mix

Certain antibiotics are associated with setting off a toxic reaction in older adults who take statins, according to a large study published in Annals of Internal Medicine (Volume 158, page 869). More...

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