Angioplasty or bypass surgery?

Blocked arteries can be resolved by either angioplasty or bypass surgery. Angioplasty is a much easier procedure, but frequently needs to be repeated later. For some, medication, exercise, and changes to diet are more effective than either procedure. More »

Big trouble from small arteries

Coronary microvascular disease, which affects the smallest arteries in the heart, is difficult to detect because of the small size of the vessels, but tests are improving, and awareness of the condition among doctors is growing. (Locked) More »

State-of-the-heart therapy for prostate cancer

Aggressive prostate cancer can be treated by using hormone therapy to lower testosterone, but it can result in higher cholesterol, high blood pressure, stiffening arteries, and other heart-unhealthy conditions. (Locked) More »

Heart Beat: Dual duty for WelChol

The FDA has approved WelChol, a medication that helps to lower both LDL cholesterol and blood sugar, which may be beneficial to some diabetics, though they would still have to take insulin along with WelChol. (Locked) More »


An excess of aldosterone, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, can increase the risk of heart disease. The problem can be treated with medication, but sometimes it is necessary to remove the glands. (Locked) More »


An article on very high triglycerides in the February 2008 issue neglected to mention that cutting back on processed carbohydrates and replacing them with whole, minimally processed foods can substantially lower triglycerides. (Locked) More »