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  • Infant at Childbirth

    Cardiac Arrest During Childbirth More Frequent Than Reported

    Although cardiac arrest during childbirth is rare, a new study in the journal Anesthesiology suggests that the condition may be two times more common than previously reported. Cardiac arrest, also known as cardiopulmonary arrest or circulatory arrest, occurs when the heart fails to contract effectively, resulting in the cessation of normal circulation of the blood. […] More

  • Pregnant Woman in Black Top

    Gestational Diabetes May Increase Heart Disease Risk for Pregnant Women

    Women who develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy may have an increased risk of developing heart disease later in life, suggests a new 20-year study from researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California in Oakland as published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar (diabetes) that occurs during pregnancy. […] More

  • Chocolate and Chocolate Shavings

    Dark Chocolate Deemed Good for the Heart

    Both nutritionists and chocolate lovers have long believed that dark chocolate is good for health. Now a new study published in The FASEB Journal suggests that dark chocolate may reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, the thickening and hardening of the arteries, by restoring flexibility of the arteries and preventing white blood cells from sticking to […] More

  • Depressed Man

    Coronary Heart Disease Linked to Depression

    Depression is a serious medical disorder characterized by a pervasive and persistent low mood that is accompanied by low self-esteem and by a loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. Now a new study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology links depression as a risk for coronary heart disease (CHD). Coronary […] More

  • Two-Day-Old Newborn

    Poor Growth During First Trimester Linked to Future Heart Problems

    Poor fetal growth during the first trimester of pregnancy may indicate poor heart health later in life, says a new study published in the journal BMJ. Human development is highest during the first trimester, so any problems during the early weeks of pregnancy, especially during the formation of the cardiovascular and metabolic organs, can lead […] More

  • Couch Potato Contest

    Sit Less and Move More to Reduce Heart Failure Risk

    Both exercising more and sitting less – not just exercising more – are linked to a decreased risk of heart failure, says a new study published in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure. Heart failure occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the needs of the body for blood and oxygen. Common symptoms […] More

  • Sunlight Through Broken Glass

    Sunlight Protects Against Heart Attack and Stroke

    Adequate exposure to sunlight may help reduce blood pressure, which consequently reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke, suggests a new study by researchers from the University of Southampton and the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. As published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, the study examined a possible link between exposure […] More

  • Man with Stress Headache

    Stress-Sensitivity Gene Linked to Heart Attacks and Death

    Individuals with a genetic variant that causes an extreme reaction to stress are at an increased risk for heart attacks and death, says a new study from researchers at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina as published in the online journal PLOS ONE. A genetic variant is a variation in DNA sequence […] More

  • Mean Bean Energy Drink

    Energy Drinks Alter Heart Function Significantly

    Energy drinks have gained popularity in recent years. However, a new study published by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) indicates that even healthy adults who consume energy drinks have “significantly increased” heart rates an hour after consumption. Although teens and young adults have traditionally been the largest consumers of energy drinks, individuals from […] More