Just a 'Social Smoker'? Toll on Your Health Still High

FRIDAY, May 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you think that having an occasional cigarette in social settings is less dangerous for your heart than smoking a pack a day, think again.

Busiest Docs Get Best Results With Heart Valve Surgery

TUESDAY, May 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who have heart valve surgery get better results and are more likely to survive if their surgeon does a lot of the operations, a new study.

Healthy Heart in Middle Age Delivers Big Dividends

MONDAY, May 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It may not come as a surprise, but a new study suggests that people who reach middle age in good heart health can look forward to a longer, healthier life.

Who You Are May Affect Your Diet More Than Where You Shop

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study challenges the view that building supermarkets in so-called "food deserts" will help more Americans eat healthier.

The Top 5 Conditions That Shorten Americans' Lives -- And Are Preventable

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More bad news for plus-sized Americans: Obesity is the leading cause of preventable life-years lost in the nation, a new study finds.

Many Heart Attack Patients Fail to Stick With Statins

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High doses of powerful statin drugs have been shown to avert future heart problems, including heart attack and stroke. Yet many heart attack patients stop taking these medicines as recommended, a new study reveals.

Conflicting Statin Guidelines Leave Millions in 'Gray Zone'

TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Conflicting guidelines on statin use could leave about 9 million Americans unsure about treatment, a new study suggests.

A Healthy Middle-Aged Heart May Protect Your Brain Later

TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy aging of the brain relies on the health of your heart and blood vessels when you're younger, a new study reports.

Many Americans Don't Know How to Handle High Cholesterol

TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans with high cholesterol are well aware of its heart dangers, but many lack the confidence or knowledge to keep it under control, a new survey shows.

More Younger Americans Are Suffering Strokes: Study

MONDAY, April 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Strokes are typically associated with the elderly, but new research suggests that strokes are increasingly happening to Americans under 65.