Latest Cardiovascular diseases Stories

2012-05-17 10:57:00

Study of 15 HDL-raising variants reveals no associated reductions in heart attack risk A new paper published online in The Lancet challenges the assumption that raising a person's HDL – the so-called "good cholesterol" – will necessarily lower the risk of a heart attack. The new research underscores the value of using genetic approaches to test biological hypotheses about human disease prior to developing specific drugs. A team led by researchers from the Broad Institute and...

2012-05-15 13:12:59

Results from a large population study A large cohort study has found that the strongest risk factors for atrial fibrillation in both men and women were a history of palpitations and hypertension. While hypertension is a well known risk factor for AF, the investigators note that "the impact of self-reported palpitations on later occurrence of AF has not been documented earlier". Atrial fibrillation is currently the most common cardiac arrhythmia and is a major risk factor for heart...

Word of the Day
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.