Heart

So-called ‘good cholesterol’ increases risk of early death

People with high levels of ‘good cholesterol’ have a higher mortality rate than people with normal levels, according to new…

New scanning method detects heart problems before symptoms appear

Researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a new imaging method to provide an early warning of coronary artery…

Struggling to lose weight? ‘Maintain, don’t gain’ to avoid heart failure

Gaining weight – even a small amount – may alter the structure and function of heart muscle, according to a…

Common heartburn drug ‘killing thousands every year’

Commonly prescribed heartburn drugs could raise the risk of an early death, according to a new study by the Washington…

Credit: Wellcome Library, London Diagrams of the heart etc.

Physical stress ‘more dangerous’ for the hearts of men

Physical stress is more damaging to the heart than emotional stress, according to a new study by the German Centre…

Could an annual injection be a viable alternative to statins?

An Austrian pharmaceutical company has developed a vaccine that could immunise people against high levels of cholesterol, according to new…

Older aspirin users are three times more likely to experience ‘fatal bleeds’

Older people who take aspirin following stroke or heart attack are at risk of major bleeds, according to a new…

How healthy is it to be ‘fat but fit’?

‘No such thing as “fat but fit”, major study finds,’ ran the headline in the Guardian. The BBC report was…

Marriage is good for your health, large study suggests

Married people have better general health than those who are single, according to research at Aston Medical School in Birmingham.…

Can eating chocolate stave off an irregular heartbeat?

Eating chocolate can cut your risk of developing an irregular heartbeat by a fifth, according to research at Harvard Medical…

Roger Moore

The many lives of Roger Moore: like Bond, he had long cheated death

The death of Sir Roger Moore aged 89 has saddened many men of a certain generation who believed that he…

There is a remedy for heart failure — why hasn’t the NHS adopted it?

For most of us, the tragic events in Syria were shocking. Sarin gas caused the innocent victims’ bodies and lungs…

Social smokers ‘have the same heart risk as regular smokers’

Social smokers have the same risk of high blood pressure and cholesterol as those who smoke every day, according to…

Statin side effects disappear if you aren’t aware you’re taking the drug

Patients taking statins report no increase in muscle problems as long as they are unaware that they are taking the…

Ugo Ehiogu

Ugo Ehiogu: why do fit and healthy people suffer cardiac arrests?

The very sad death at the age of 44 of former England footballer Ugo Ehiogu has led many people to…

A diet drink a day may raise your risk of a stroke

Drinking an artificially sweetened drink every day is associated with a significantly increased risk of developing stroke and dementia, according…

marathon

Marathons and heart risk: why more runners should take an aspirin on race day

Marathons are more popular than ever around the world. This weekend 53,000 runners are registered to compete in the London…

Cycling to work ‘halves your risk of heart disease and cancer’

Daily cycling appears to reduce our risk of premature death by 40 per cent, according to a study carried out…