Multivitamins Not Effective for Reducing Heart Disease

Multivitamins Not Effective for Reducing Heart Disease

A large meta-analysis of over 2 million adults with a mean follow-up of 12 years found taking a daily multivitamin supplement was not associated with lower risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, or heart disease. LifeTip: Eating a healthy diet that varies from...
Too Good to be True

Too Good to be True

A large, geographically diverse study using a simple food frequency questionnaire found those consuming more Mediterranean foods experienced a lower risk of major adverse cardiovascular events than those reporting fewer such foods. However, contrary to many headlines,...
Health-related Anxiety Increases Risk of Heart Disease

Health-related Anxiety Increases Risk of Heart Disease

Researchers in Norway studied 7000 adults and found about 10% had health-related anxieties. Those anxious individuals were 70% more likely to develop heart disease in the next 12 years, even after adjusting for cardiovascular and other confounders, compared to those...
Cardiovascular Disease is Not All in the Genes

Cardiovascular Disease is Not All in the Genes

A study in the U.K. followed almost 500,000 adults for an average of 6 years. At baseline participant’s physical fitness was determined by a variety of tests. Researchers found patients with high cardiovascular fitness had a 49% lower risk for cardiovascular...
Is Butter Back?

Is Butter Back?

In spite of media attention to a systematic review and meta-analysis looking at the association of butter consumption and chronic disease, a careful analysis would suggest otherwise. Even the authors of this study suggest butter is not “back”. What the...
No Safe Level for Smoking

No Safe Level for Smoking

Lighting up just one time per day poses a significantly increased risk for heart disease and stroke. This large meta-analysis of 141 studies in 21 countries found smoking one cigarette a day was associated with a 48-74% increased risk in men, and a 57-118% risk for...
Butter Not Better

Butter Not Better

Have you been tempted to follow recent headlines suggesting that butter is better than polyunsaturated fat? Harvard researchers studied over 120,000 health professionals in the U.S. and found an 18% increase in heart disease risk in those who consumed the highest...
Any Physical Activity Better than None!

Any Physical Activity Better than None!

Are you tempted to say you are too tired or too busy to exercise? An 18-year study of 24,000 adults ages 39-79 has found a significant link between physical activity and a reduced risk of heart disease. The elderly who engaged in moderate-intensity exercise were 14%...
Healthy Habits Can Offset Genetic Risk

Healthy Habits Can Offset Genetic Risk

Worried you will have cardiovascular disease because it is in your genes? Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found while a high genetic tendency indeed increases risk of heart disease, so does an unhealthy lifestyle. The good news is, with a healthy...
Regularly Skip Breakfast?

Regularly Skip Breakfast?

According to a study of 4000 asymptomatic, middle-aged Spanish adults who had no history of cardiovascular disease, those who regularly skipped breakfast were more likely to have subclinical atherosclerosis. Atherosclerotic plaque was determined by ultrasound. After...
Think Twice before Stopping Low-dose Aspirin

Think Twice before Stopping Low-dose Aspirin

A large-scale Swedish study (600,000) of low-dose aspirin users found the risk for cardiovascular events rose significantly after discontinuation. Risk increased soon after stopping and continued over time. (This study was partially funded by industry.) LifeTip: Think...
What Are the Saturated Fat Offenders?

What Are the Saturated Fat Offenders?

The AHA Presidential Advisory rightly cautioned us about the potential dangers of coconut oil. However, coconut oil represents only a small fraction of all U.S vegetable oils. Americans consume about 1.5 pounds of coconut per capita per year compared to cheese at 35...
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