Popular heartburn medications associated with stroke: Should you be concerned?

Heartburn can be a pain, especially following the holiday season. To find relief, millions of Americans have relied on a class of drugs called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)—medications that bind to stomach cells to reduce acid, often associated with conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and ulcers. But a new study casts doubt on … Continue reading Popular heartburn medications associated with stroke: Should you be concerned?

Spectacular progress combating heart disease, but challenges remain

The progress combating death from heart disease has been nothing short of spectacular. A recent study of heart-disease deaths in the southern U.S. found that the death rate has declined by more than 50 percent in Dallas and Tarrant counties, and more than 60 percent in Collin and Denton counties, since 1973. All of the … Continue reading Spectacular progress combating heart disease, but challenges remain

Low-sodium diet recommendations right for everyone?

In a recent Scrubbing In blog post about sodium, I shared American Heart Association (AHA) recommendations and U.S. Dietary Guidelines indicating Americans should limit sodium intake as part of a healthy diet. Recently, articles in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) raised new questions about whether general recommendations for low-sodium diets are appropriate and safe for everyone. Subsequent news … Continue reading Low-sodium diet recommendations right for everyone?

The scoop on salt: You’re probably eating too much

It’s no secret a well-balanced diet has many health benefits. Information about the latest and greatest foods to eat is everywhere, from magazine covers to televisions shows to internet pop-up ads. But where do you begin? One approach is to look at information that’s been around for some time and has scientific backing from credible … Continue reading The scoop on salt: You’re probably eating too much

Should everyone be on cholesterol medicine?

“If you’re not on medicine to lower your cholesterol yet, you might be soon,” says Matt Sloane of CNN in a recent article regarding some new cholesterol treatment guidelines released by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. The recently released guidelines are set to change the way high-cholesterol individuals are treated and … Continue reading Should everyone be on cholesterol medicine?

6 Surprising Facts About Heart Disease

  This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. How much do you really know about heart disease? Unfortunately, there is a lot of confusing information out there. Myths, misconceptions and outdated information cloud the discussion and unfortunately, leave many of us ill-equipped to effectively protect … Continue reading 6 Surprising Facts About Heart Disease