Heart

Saturated fat ‘doesn’t harm your heart’

Vegetable oil alternatives to butter may not reduce heart disease risk, according to research published in the British Medical Journal.…

Half of heart attack survivors ‘waited an hour before seeking help’

Research carried out by the British Heart Foundation has suggested that only a fifth of people who have a heart…

Stem cell therapy appears to reduce deaths from heart failure

Injecting adult stem cells into the heart could potentially halve the number of deaths from heart failure, a study has…

Symptoms of a broken heart: death of a loved one raises risk of irregular heartbeat

Bereavement really can cause problems for the heart, raising the risk of an irregular heartbeat for a year, according to…

A new drug to replace statins? Don’t believe the hype

A new drug can halve levels of bad cholesterol without the damaging side effects of statins, researchers writing in the…

Sorry, sunbathing doesn’t extend your lifespan

Women who sunbathe are likely to live longer than those who avoid the sun, despite a higher risk of skin…

Moments of joy ‘can trigger heart condition’ (but only if you’re really unlucky)

Research published in the European Heart Journal suggests that happy events can trigger a heart condition known as takotsubo syndrome,…

Fed up with scare stories about statins? Here is what you should know

It was the latest in a long stream of scare stories. ‘Statins DOUBLE the risk of diabetes,’ said the headlines.…

Moderate drinkers are less likely to suffer heart attacks than teetotallers

People who drink regularly are less prone to heart failure and heart attacks than teetotallers, according to research by Imre…

Oral health isn’t just good for your teeth — it may help your brain too

There is an association between certain types of stroke and the presence of a specific oral bacteria, according to research…

The ups and downs of being tall: more chance of cancer, less risk of heart disease

Height has a significant impact on the likelihood of dying from certain common diseases, according to research published in The…

Prolonged depression ‘raises your risk of heart disease and stroke’

Depression seems to be a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, according to a study published in the Journal…

Heart attacks are deadlier for women as ‘vague’ symptoms can be easy to miss

The risk of death following a heart attack is greater for women than men, according to the American Heart Association.…

An abnormally slow heart rate won’t raise your risk of heart disease

A slower than average heartbeat does not increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in…

The truth about moderate drinking has been muddied by anti-alcohol militants

Last Friday, Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, described the belief that moderate alcohol consumption was good for the heart…

Imaging technology can spot heart problems at a glance

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, have developed a monitoring device that they say will improve detection…

If you look after your heart, you help your brain: diseases of the two organs are linked

Researchers at the Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam have found a connection between the early stages of brain and…

Medics find pigment in our bile that can protect against heart attacks

Elevated levels of a bile pigment called bilirubin could protect us from cardiovascular disease, according to research carried out at…