Are You Getting the Best Cholesterol Test to Predict Heart Attack Risk?

For decades, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) — the notorious “bad” cholesterol — has been vilified as public enemy number one by the medical profession. Yet none of the hundreds of cholesterol studies performed to date has ever shown that LDL-C causes heart attacks. This unscientific belief has become so ingrained in medical thinking that it’s been termed “the great cholesterol …

The Surprising Stroke Risk that Affects 50% of Americans Over Age 30

Nikki Carney is so dedicated to fitness that she gets up at 4 a.m. every day and runs several miles before heading to work. The second-grade teacher from Spokane, Wash., also eats a heart-healthy diet, has never smoked and gets regular medical checkups. Her doctor has consistently praised her excellent lifestyle and has often told her, “You are the healthiest …

The Hidden Heart Attack and Stroke Risk Most Doctors Overlook

J.P. Moore thought he was in perfect health until he suffered a “widow-maker” heart attack on July 4, 2014, while riding his mountain bike. The then-42-year-old auto dealer from Richland, Wash., was rushed to the hospital, where tests showed that one of his coronary arteries was 98% blocked and several others were partially blocked. Treatment with angioplasty and a stent …

Women and Heart Disease: Are You at Risk?

Which is a bigger threat to women’s health: heart disease or breast cancer? If you answered heart disease, congratulations! You are better informed than nearly 50% of American women — and many doctors, including cardiologists — according to a recent study published in Journal of the American Academy of Cardiology. The researchers uncovered alarming gaps in knowledge among both women …

The Celebrity Heart Disease Epidemic: Could It Be Prevented?

After suffering a massive heart attack in November, former NFL coach Mike Ditka told The Athletic, “You always think it’s not going to happen to me until it happens to me.” Ditka, who reportedly also had a heart attack in 1988 while the coach of the Chicago Bears and a mild stroke while playing cards in 2012, added, “And there …

Low-dose Aspirin for Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention: Helpful or Harmful?

Aspirin is the world’s most widely used drug — and one of the most controversial. Its medicinal use dates back to circa 1542 B.C., when extracts of willow bark (which contain salicylate, the active ingredient in aspirin) were described in an ancient Egyptian papyrus as a remedy for pain and fever. Also known as acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), aspirin has proven …

Surprising Facts and Myths About Cholesterol

Cholesterol is the most demonized, misunderstood and controversial substance in our bodies and our diets. To help clear up the confusion, the CDC has designated September as National Cholesterol Education Month. It’s also a great time to get your lipid levels checked — and if they’re too high, to work with your medical provider to reduce them. Here’s a look …

Women’s Heart Attacks Are More Likely to Be Fatal: Top 10 Prevention Tips

Large studies published this year reveal an alarming trend: Women are up to three times more likely to die after a heart attack than men, largely due to unequal care and treatment. Women are less likely to receive the same risk-factor assessments and diagnostic tests for cardiovascular disease (CVD), leading to women being 50% more likely to be initially misdiagnosed. …

Most Doctors Don’t Know About This $20 Test for Hidden Heart Attack Risk

Celebrity fitness trainer Bob Harper thought he was in perfect health, until he suffered a near-fatal heart attack during a workout at a New York City gym and went into cardiac arrest. After a bystander performed CPR, the host of the hit TV show “The Biggest Loser” was rushed to the hospital where he spent two days in a coma, …

Is the New Shingles Shot Also a Vaccination Against Stroke?

If you’re 50 or older, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends getting the new Shingrix vaccine against shingles, even if you’ve already been vaccinated against this disease. Shingrix is more than 90% effective for the prevention of shingles, a disease that strikes one million Americans a year, causing a blistering skin rash that can lead to chronic nerve pain. …