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Heart; Your Pregnancy Matters

How to combat heart disease during pregnancy

Rina Mauricio, M.D., discusses risk factors that are increasing pregnancy-related heart attacks, and eating and exercise habits that can reduce the risk.

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Test your heart smarts: Diet and exercise quiz

Diet and exercise are two key components of a healthy heart and lifestyle. But how well do you know which foods or activities are best for you. Dr. Ann Navar, a UT Southwestern preventional cardiologist, puts your knowledge to the test in our heart smart quiz.

COVID; Heart

Cardiac MRI for COVID-19 return-to-play is not ready for prime time

With many major college football conferences returning to play, researchers are studying whether cardiac MRI can help student-athletes safely get back in the game after COVID-19 infection. But MRI might not be the best tool for the job. Learn why.

Aging; Heart; Prevention

Why fatal heart disease is striking middle-aged patients younger and more often

After years of steady decline, heart disease death rates have increased 1.5% among the 45-60 age group – right in the prime of their personal and professional lives. In this MedBlog, Amit Khera, M.D., discusses the major causes and how preventive cardiology can help reverse this alarming trend.

Heart; Prevention

10 questions to test your heart-health knowledge

How much do you know about heart disease risks? Take this 5-minute quiz to find out what you know – and don't – about heart health.

Heart; Prevention

The internet can be hazardous to your health. Really!

One of the most powerful health risks facing all of us in 2019 – and in the foreseeable future – is the proliferation of medical misinformation. Every day, it spreads across the internet through platforms like Google, Facebook, YouTube and other social media, and patients end up making health decisions – sometimes life and death decisions – based on faulty and flat-out incorrect material. Dr. Joseph A. Hill provides a physician's perspective and offers some solutions to root out the fake news.

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What we know – and don’t – about South Asians’ heart disease risk

Why do South Asian people living in the U.S. have a higher risk of heart disease than other populations? In this week’s MedBlog, Parag Joshi, M.D., discusses the latest research shared at the 2019 American College of Cardiology conference in New Orleans. Learn more.

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Fish oil for heart health? A tale of two studies

Many people take fish oil supplements daily to reduce the risk of heart attack. But do omega-3 fatty acid pills really work? In this week’s blog, Joseph A. Hill, M.D., Ph.D., discusses the ongoing debate, as well as scientifically proven strategies to reduce heart attack risk.

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Why daily aspirin therapy for heart disease might not be safe for everyone

A September 2018 study suggests that taking aspirin to lower the risk of heart disease might not be worth the risk of bleeding the drug carries for many people. Sharon Reimold, M.D., discusses what the study results mean for patients.