Heart attack despite low cholesterol?

About half of all heart attacks occur in people with "normal" cholesterol levels. Other conditions such as smoking, high blood pressure, or obesity could raise the risk of a heart attack. (Locked) More »

Once-a-day blood pressure medication

If you can't remember to take the second dose of your blood pressure medication, ask your doctor about switching to a long-acting blood pressure drug that only needs to be taken once a day. (Locked) More »

Deep-vein blood clots: Know the signs

Many Americans don't know the symptoms of a blood clot in a leg or arm (known as deep-vein thrombosis), which include pain, swelling, and redness. A blood clot in the lungs (called a pulmonary embolism) is twice as likely to be fatal as a heart attack. More »

Interval training: A faster route to a stronger heart?

Interval training refers to alternating short, intense bouts of exercise with longer periods of lighter, less vigorous activity. The technique appears to improve cardiovascular fitness as effectively as moderate-intensity exercise but takes less time. (Locked) More »

How old is your heart?

An online “heart age” calculator can help people understand their risk of heart attack and stroke. The estimate is based on a person’s blood pressure reading, smoking history, body mass index, and whether they have diabetes. About 75% of heart attacks are due to risk factors that increase heart age. In the United States, 50% of men and 40% of women have a heart age that’s five or more years greater than their actual age. (Locked) More »