Guidelines May Miss Need for Statins in Many U.S. Blacks

SATURDAY, March 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. medical organizations have conflicting guidelines on the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs in blacks, a new study finds.

Remote Amazon Tribe May Have Healthiest Hearts on Earth

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A primitive Amazonian tribe appears to have the best heart health in the world, living a simple existence that inadvertently provides them extraordinary protection against heart disease, researchers report.

New Cholesterol Drugs May Beat Statins, But Price Tag Is High

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two different injectable drugs can lower cholesterol levels even further than statins do, potentially warding off future heart attacks or strokes, new research suggests.

Are Blood Thinners Overused in Patients With Irregular Heartbeat?

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people living with the heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation may be taking unneeded blood thinners, a new study suggests.

For 'Preemies,' Human Touch May Be a Brain Booster

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Underscoring the link between brain development and touch, new research suggests premature babies face a disadvantage compared to their full-term peers in their brain's sensitivity to gentle touch.

Taking Statins May Boost Heart Surgery Outcomes

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart surgery patients taking statins should keep taking those cholesterol-lowering drugs, even on the day of their operation, because doing so may improve their chances of survival, a new study suggests.

Why Some Kids Take Longer to Recover From Brain Injury

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Brain scans may reveal which children will take longer to recover from a traumatic brain injury, according to a new small study.

U.S. Medical Groups Sound the Alarm on Climate Change

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Climate change is not only an environmental issue, but a major threat to public health, according to 11 U.S. medical societies.

Many With Irregular Heartbeat Not on Meds They Need: Study

TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people with an irregular heartbeat who suffer a stroke may not have been on medications that might have prevented their stroke, a new study suggests.

Fish Oil Pills May Help After Heart Attack, Specialists Say

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors may want to consider prescribing fish oil pills to heart attack survivors and patients with chronic heart failure, new recommendations from the American Heart Association suggest.