Reduced dietary potassium promotes elevated aortic stiffness in a mouse model, as compared with normal-potassium-fed mice, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have shown. Arterial stiffness in humans is predictive of heart disease and death from heart disease, and represents an important health problem for the nation as a whole. The researchers also found that… Read more

People who regularly skipped breakfast were more likely to have atherosclerosis – hardening and thickening of the arteries due to a build-up of fatty deposits known as plaques – researchers from Spain have recently found. Atherosclerosis doesn’t usually cause any noticeable symptoms at first but can eventually lead to life-threatening problems, such as heart attacks… Read more

Taking calcium in the form of supplements may raise the risk of plaque buildup in arteries and heart damage, although a diet high in calcium-rich foods appears be protective, say researchers. After analyzing 10 years of medical tests on more than 2,700 people in a federally funded heart disease study, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine… Read more