Heart

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…

A Mediterranean diet protects the heart. A bit of junk food may not harm it

Heart disease patients can lower their risk of a heart attack and stroke if they eat a Mediterranean diet, according…

Loneliness ‘raises risk of heart disease and stroke by a third’

Loneliness and isolation can increase a person’s risk of heart disease and stroke, according to research published in the journal…

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,…