A surprising new genetic study shows that some people with naturally high levels of HDL cholesterol—the supposedly good kind of cholesterol—are at increased risk of a heart attack. Doctors are now further questioning the use of drugs to boost HDL levels while looking to new therapies to reduce heart risk.
Here's a little anecdote that shows how hard it is to get accurate data on risk. Just to keep things spicy, the "risk" involved is the likelihood of dying from a fatal heart attack during sex. It's more complicated than it seems.
People have long believed that there was a link between air pollution and an increased risk of heart attack. But a new study shows that link is negligible. Instead, there is strong evidence that the main environmental factor in heart attacks is low temperatures. Here's what this means for you.
Cholesterol is bad and lowering cholesterol is good. Well, at least this is what we’ve been led to believe for nearly four decades. But it’s a misconception — a big, fat stinking lie. Here’s what we’re learning about cholesterol — and what it really means to your health.
Fear isn't just the mind-killer... it can actually kill your body as well. The notion of being scared to death may sound like a myth, but it does happen to people — and animals. The authors of Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Health And Science of Healing examined the question in detail.
Even after recovery, heart attacks can leave a lasting mark on your ticker—scar tissue weakens the muscle and prevents it from functioning as well as it did before seizing up. A pioneering stem-cell procedure, however, could cut the damage in half.
When in a cardiac emergency, your body turns your own worst fears against you. The more acutely you feel fear, the worse your heart problem gets. It's like the plot of IT, but without the bad special effects.