Heart Health


Frenchfries-061615.jpg Artificial trans fat is not safe for use in human food and must be removed from the U.S. food supply over the next three years, the Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday.

Some heartburn medications may increase the risk of having a heart attack, according to a new study from researchers at Stanford University Medical Center in Stanford, California. For the study the researchers reviewed data collected from over three million people looking specifically at any treatment involving proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) for heartburn treatment.

The FDA has given their approval to a new drug made to combat LDL or "bad" cholesterol. The drug, Sanofi's drug Praluent, is an inhibitor that blocks the PCSK9, which is an enzyme that slows the body's ability to manage cholesterol. "If we could change our population mean LDL cholesterol to ranges that we haven't been able to achieve with any previous form of treatment . . ."

glass-052715.jpg Moderate drinking, or two drinks a day, could be damaging to the overall heart health of older people, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, involved more than 4,400 adults, average age 76. The investigators found that women who drank even moderately -- one drink daily -- experienced a small reduction in heart function.

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