heart disease

New light is being shed on some of the underlying genetic causes of congenital heart disease by a new study from the NHLBI Pediatric Cardiac Genomics Consortium. Approximately one in every 100 babies is born with congenital heart disease (CHD), and CHD remains the leading cause of mortality from birth defects. Although advancements in surgery… Read more

People with lower levels of calcium in the blood are more likely to experience sudden cardiac arrest than those with higher calcium levels, new research from the Mayo Clinic has found. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) results in death for over 90% of patients. Over 50% of men and nearly 70% of women who die of… 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

Shorter telomeres have previously been linked to increased risk of death from heart disease. Now, change in telomere length over time has also been found to be important. Research by scientists at UC San Francisco and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco found that heart disease patients whose telomeres shrank over time had… Read more

People may be able to reduce their risk factors of heart disease and stroke by drinking whey protein supplements, normally favored by bodybuilders, scientists at the University of Reading have found. By drinking a whey protein supplement derived from milk, study participants with mild hypertension had an estimated 8% reduction in risk of heart disease… Read more