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How Kidney Function Affects the Heart

How Kidney Function Affects the Heart

New research supports the idea that even small reductions in kidney function may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Why Drugs After Heart Surgery Are Key to Recovery

Taking your medications as prescribed after a heart procedure can greatly improve your prognosis and help you avoid a major cardiac event.

How to Cope With Depression After a Stroke

It’s not uncommon for stroke survivors to struggle with a mood disorder—but this complication often goes unrecognized and untreated. Here’s what may help.

Why Sleep Apnea Is Bad for Your Heart

Sleep apnea can raise the risk of heart attack, stroke, and irregular heart rhythms, such as atrial fibrillation. Here’s what to know.

Why a Tooth Infection Might Hurt Your Heart

Researchers suspect that inflammation in the tooth’s root may play a role in the development of coronary artery disease.

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What Puts Women at Risk for Heart Disease?

Heart disease in women is often underdiagnosed and undertreated. Learn why heart attacks differ between women and men.

Psoriasis: A Strong Predictor of Heart Disease?

Substantial evidence points to the effects of psoriasis on heart health. Yet people with this skin condition aren’t regularly screened for heart disease.

Alcohol Abuse Tied to Heart Risks

Even low-to-moderate alcohol consumption can increase the risk for atrial fibrillation and other heart-related problems. Here’s what to know.

The Health Risks of a Broken Heart

A broken heart may be more than just a metaphor for emotional pain. People who have lost a spouse or partner are at a higher risk for heart attack or stroke.

How Stroke Affects the Brain

The potential for recovery depends on which portions of the brain were damaged by the stroke. Here’s what you need to know.