An aspirin a day: Clinical trial aims to find cheaper ways to research medicine

For four decades, people have been taking aspirin to ward off strokes and heart attacks. But is the commonly used “baby aspirin” dose of 81 milligrams better, or the regular dose of 325 milligrams? To help settle the issue, an unusual clinical trial is underway at Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute at Baylor University Medical Center … Continue reading An aspirin a day: Clinical trial aims to find cheaper ways to research medicine




Holiday heart syndrome: Seasonal celebrations can cause irregular heartbeat

This time of year, many of us are worried about putting on pounds from all those holiday treats and cocktails. But we should also consider how we could be harming our hearts. A phenomenon called “holiday heart syndrome” — alcohol-induced atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat — is something we see this time of year in … Continue reading Holiday heart syndrome: Seasonal celebrations can cause irregular heartbeat




Heart hospital volunteer collapses from heart attack, revived by cardiac medical staff

One moment Caring Hearts volunteer Norbert Schulz was standing. Then, he felt light-headed and couldn’t move his feet. As he crumbled to the floor, Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital staff came running to start CPR. When he regained consciousness, Norbert saw the anxious faces of hospital people he knew. “I calmed way … Continue reading Heart hospital volunteer collapses from heart attack, revived by cardiac medical staff




Could twice-a-year shots replace daily cholesterol medication?

What if a twice-a-year injectable medication could replace popping a pill every day to help fight high cholesterol? According to new research presented at the November 2016 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in New Orleans, a clinical study suggests that a drug called inclisiran drastically reduces cholesterol by cutting the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) by half … Continue reading Could twice-a-year shots replace daily cholesterol medication?




New technology repairs art teacher’s ‘hole in the heart’ to reduce stroke risk

Heidi Easley was going over her Monday morning to-do list when suddenly letters and full words were missing off the page. Terrified, she grabbed her phone to search the internet for a cause, but couldn’t read anything. “One of my biggest fears came true,” she said. “I lost part of my vision for over ten … Continue reading New technology repairs art teacher’s ‘hole in the heart’ to reduce stroke risk




New guidelines expand advice on who should take statins

If you’re older than 40 and have certain risk factors for heart disease, you might need statins to prevent a stroke or heart attack. New guidelines published in the Journal of the American Medical Association are expanding recommendations on who should be taking cholesterol medications. Traditionally, doctors would treat two groups of people with statin … Continue reading New guidelines expand advice on who should take statins




67-year-old volunteer chaplain given new youth after heart surgery

“I’m 67 years old, but I feel like I’m a teenager,” said Bobby Bridges, who pastors Arlington’s Mayfield Road Baptist Church, and serves as a volunteer chaplain for Arlington Police Department. Bobby didn’t always feel this young. In fact, he had experienced shortness of breath to the point that walking up a flight of stairs … Continue reading 67-year-old volunteer chaplain given new youth after heart surgery




Lifesaving heart valve surgery restored triathlete’s active life

Bill Ruth can’t imagine a lifestyle that doesn’t involve physical activity — biking, running and swimming are his passions. As a former professional triathlete and 24-year high school track coach, he and wife Sherry start almost every day with a run together. When the 64-year-old noticed a decline in his running performance, he assumed it … Continue reading Lifesaving heart valve surgery restored triathlete’s active life




Sugar industry blames saturated fat for heart disease

For decades we’ve been warned that saturated fat is the major culprit behind heart disease, leading to the food industry producing low-fat and fat free versions of many of our favorite foods. But an article published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the sugar industry attempted to downplay sugar’s … Continue reading Sugar industry blames saturated fat for heart disease