Getting enough sleep is key to good health, and studies have shown that insufficient sleep increases the risk of serious problems, including cardiovascular disease. Now Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators have discovered one way that sleep protects against the buildup of arterial plaques called atherosclerosis. In their paper receiving advance online publication in Nature, they describe the mechanism by which insufficient sleep increases production of inflammatory white blood cells known to be major contributors to atherosclerosis. Continue reading “Why getting enough sleep reduces cardiovascular disease risk”
Eating a Mediterranean-style diet, which is rich in fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and nuts, may help women over 40 reduce the risk of stroke, according to a study published in the journal Stroke. Continue reading “Mediterranean diet reduces stroke risk, particularly among women”
Even if you are a fit and healthy person with no signs of any heart or blood vessel disease, low cardiorespiratory fitness could be a warning sign of future problems, according to a study published in the European Heart Journal today (Thursday).
Aggressive treatment of hypertension in stroke patients could do more harm than good in the long term, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Georgia. Continue reading “Optimal blood pressure treatment for stroke patients”
A parent’s exposure to dirty air before conception might spell heart trouble for the next generation, a new animal study suggests. Continue reading “Dirty air now could harm hearts of offspring later”
Night owls may have a higher risk of suffering from heart disease and type 2 diabetes than early risers. Continue reading “Is being a night owl bad for your health?”