Health News

Not All Drugs are Created Equal
Comparing two drugs used to treat heart failure -- candesartan and losartan -- researchers found that candesartan was linked to a lower risk of death at 1-year and 5-year follow-ups.
The Worst Kind of Hand-Me-Down
A new study has found that the children of parents who smoke face an increased risk of hypertension in childhood, which can lead to cardiovascular problems as adults.
Catch 22 for Stroke Patients
Statin drugs such as Crestor and Lipitor, which work to lower LDL, or "bad" cholesterol and guard against heart disease and stroke, may actually pose more threat than benefit to stroke patients.
Television Kills
You already know that exercise improves your heart health, but apparently the amount you exercise might not matter if you are spending too much of your day watching television.
Heartening News for Women
Women with mild heart failure who received a cardiac resynchronization device combined with defibrillator (CRT-D) showed a 70 percent reduction in heart failure and a 72 percent reduction in overall mortality.
S3 Sound is Not the Newest Boy Band
S3, an abnormal sound strongly linked to cardiac disease and heart failure, can be notoriously difficult for physicians to hear. The low-pitched, low-frequency sound isn't readily picked up by stethoscope alone.
Toxic for the Ticker?
A recent study from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute has found breast cancer drug bevacizumab (Avastin, Genentech) appears to increase risk of congestive heart failure.
Smoke Signals
According to new research from the University of Texas Health Science Center, two significant signaling molecules communicate through nerve cells to regulate electrical and chemical activity.
Liver Disease Linked to Stroke
Using blood tests to detect liver disease could help predict stroke in at-risk patients, according to a study out of Toronto.
Worked Up About Blood Work
A blood test measuring the gamma-prime fibrinogen (a component of the blood's clotting mechanism) could help identify people at risk of heart attack, according a study from the Oregon Health & Science University.