Heart

Does marriage help or harm your health? It depends who does the housework

Elizabeth Gilbert, in her book Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage, offers a bleak picture of what the state…

A diet of oily fish and nuts helps to keep heart attacks at bay

A diet of oily fish, nuts and seeds can reduce the likelihood of heart attacks by as much as ten…

Are all alternative therapies useless? Not quite. Here are three that work

In my last article I stated that alternative treatments are therapies that either have not been proven to work or…

A blood test to predict a heart attack? Don’t hold your breath

Headlines have claimed that a blood test can reveal the likelihood of a patient developing coronary heart disease in the…

Is conventional wisdom on cholesterol about to be turned upside down?

New research has found no link between high levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol and mortality, challenging the prevailing wisdom of the…

Exercising in your 40s reduces your risk of a stroke by a third

To avoid stroke later in life you should stay fit in your 40s, according to research carried out at the…

To make an informed choice about statins, here is what you should know

News that there may be errors in the algorithms used to calculate statin prescription will leave cardiology clinics and surgeries…

Britain is getting it wrong on heart disease. Here is how we can fix it

In recent years Britain has seen a significant fall in deaths from cardiovascular disease — that is, diseases affecting the…

Cherry juice to treat high blood pressure? Don’t stock up on the stuff just yet

Drinking cherry juice is an effective way to reduce blood pressure, according to today’s headlines. Yet the research, funded by…

The day I had a stroke no one could tell anything was wrong

I first discovered I’d had a stroke when I suddenly couldn’t play the piano. My regular listeners would ask how…