Late blood clots tarnish drug-coated stents

After several years on the market, there is clear evidence that drug-coated stents pose a small but definite risk of causing blood clots. If you have chest pain, adopting a healthier lifestyle may be a safer alternative to having a stent implanted. (Locked) More »

Heart scans hold intermediate promise

CT scans can detect calcium in arteries, but the presence of calcium does not automatically indicate the presence of heart disease. The test may still be of some benefit to those with an intermediate risk but without symptoms. (Locked) More »

A new way to control blood pressure

The FDA has approved a new blood pressure drug that works by inhibiting hte production of renin, a substance made by the kidneys that is the first step in the body's system of regulating blood pressure. (Locked) More »

New tool refines heart risk prediction

The Framingham heart disease risk-assessment tool has been refined and improved with the addition of several new risk factors that contribute to the overall score and make it a more accurate predictor of heart disease risk. (Locked) More »

What the latest diet trial really means

The Atkins diet helped women lose weight more quickly compared to other diets, but long-term eating strategies that match food intake to calories burned are the most effective way to maintain a healthy weight. More »

Heart beat: As the hammock swings

A Greek study found that taking a nap may decrease the risk of heart disease, but the results may be due to other factors, such as a lower-stress lifestyle, so they cannot be interpreted as cause and effect. (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: Is weight lifting safe if I have a stent?

I am 58 and have had several stents implanted. I used to lift weights, but stopped after getting the stents. My blood pressure is good, and I take medications. I want to resume lifting but worry that it could cause a heart attack. Is that possible? (Locked) More »