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Are Beta Blockers Safe to Use in Early Pregnancy?

Beta blockers, the class of drugs that helps control heart rhythm, treat angina, and reduce high blood pressure, are safe to use in the first trimester of pregnancy and are not associated with a significant risk of birth defects.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

One, Two, Three Meds in One: Game-Changing Blood Pressure Pill

High blood pressure often requires multiple medications, but they could be combined into one pill to simplify treatment plans.

By Stephanie Stephens

Statin Benefits Beyond Heart Disease Risk: Not Enough Evidence

In a comprehensive analysis, researchers didn't find enough evidence to change current guidelines for prescribing statins based on other potential benefits.

By Diane Domina

Common Pain Med Linked to Serious Heart Problems

The nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) diclofenac is associated with an higher risk for heart attack, stroke, and other serious cardiovascular events.

By Diane Domina

If You Take an Aspirin a Day for Your Heart, Read This

The bottom line: We still don’t know if aspirin therapy lowers the rate of first heart attacks and strokes in people at moderate risk for cardiovascular events.

By Diane Domina

How Much Omega-3 Should You Take?

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements may not protect heart health as much as previously thought. Learn more about omega-3 studies, information about doses, and other possible health benefits.

By William Davis, M.D.

Can You Eat Whatever You Want While Taking Statins for Cholesterol?

Statins can help prevent and treat heart disease by lowering cholesterol, but they are much more effective when combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

By Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

Your Thyroid and the Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

If you have high-normal levels of thyroid hormone within the reference range, research now confirms that you face an increased risk of atrial fibrillation.

By Mary Shomon

Coping With Heart Disease

Learn more about how to tell if heart disease is causing mental health issues and what you can do about it.

By James Vitarius, MD

Treatments for Heart Arrhythmia

Heart arrhythmias can be treated in different ways depending on the type of rhythm. Find out about the most common treatments.

By Roger S. Blumenthal, M.D.