Heart beat: Hands-only CPR

Updated recommendations make cardiopulmonary resuscitation easier to learn and to do: Press hard. Press fast. Don't stop. Without warning, a family member or friend collapses, twitches and gasps a few times, then lies deathly still. What do you do? After calling 911 — exactly the right first move — most people do nothing during the agonizing wait for an ambulance to arrive. Starting cardiopulmonary resuscitation, even if you have never taken a CPR class, can make the difference between life and death. (Locked) More »

Age no barrier to blood pressure control

Doctors used to worry that the potential harm of blood pressure medication outweighed any benefit to elderly patients, but a study found that the medication did reduce the incidence of heart disease, stroke, and premature death in older patients. (Locked) More »

Going after angiotensin

An angiotensin-receptor blocker controls blood pressure as well as an ACE inhibitor, but taken together they are more likely to cause unwanted side effects. ACE inhibitors are also available in generic form, which costs much less. (Locked) More »

Does fitness offset fatness?

A person can be overweight and still be fit and healthy, but it is still better for the body to lose weight if possible, and even better to lose weight and get regular exercise. (Locked) More »

Taking heart disease to new heights

Travel to high-altitude locations is risky for people with heart disease, but knowing the limitations of the condition and taking proper precautions can make the trip possible for some. (Locked) More »

Heart beat: Heart-stopping thrills

Roller coasters and other high-velocity amusement park rides can cause spikes in heart rate and blood pressure that may be dangerous for riders with heart problems. (Locked) More »

Heart beat: Hands-only CPR

The American Heart Association has revised its guidelines for administering CPR to a victim of cardiac arrest, and now recommends using only firm, quick chest compressions. (Locked) More »

In brief

Brief updates on why diabetics should limit their consumption of eggs, attempting to patch a hole in the hearts of some migraine sufferers, and a possible connection between clogged vein grafts and depression. (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: Does Tricor cause gallstones?

I started taking Tricor because I have low HDL and high triglycerides. Someone I know at work developed gallstones after being on Tricor for a while. Is this a common side effect? If so, is there another medication I can take? (Locked) More »