Heart Health Topics


AFib Patients Not Getting Stroke-Preventing Meds

Many people at high risk of stroke because of atrial fibrillation either don’t get the right medication or they don’t take their drugs as prescribed.

By Pete Kelly

Pharmacists Can Help Reduce Heart Attack Risk

Pharmacists who assess heart attack risk factors, give health recommendations, update prescriptions, and check in with patients can reduce heart attack risk.

By Devon Schuyler

Are PCSK9 Inhibitors Better Than Statins?

Statins are the medication of choice for reducing LDL cholesterol, but a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs, PCSK9 inhibitors, has entered the market.

By Amy Norton

Risks and Benefits of Daily Aspirin

An aspirin a day may keep heart disease and cancer away. But the recommendation comes with caveats.

By HealthAfter50

Atrial Fibrillation: Get the Right Drug

Some people with atrial fibrillation who are at low risk of stroke can take a daily aspirin. But if you have moderate to high risk, consider an anticoagulant.

By Amy Norton

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.

By HealthAfter50

Should You Take a Statin if You're Healthy?

Many people who are healthy but at increased risk of cardiovascular disease should take statins for primary prevention, according to new recommendations.

By Peter Jaret

Blood Pressure Drug Good for the Bones

There’s good news if you take a thiazide to treat high blood pressure: It may boost your bone health.

By HealthAfter50

When to Consider an Alternative to Statins

If your LDL levels remain stubbornly high or you develop intolerable side effects, such as persistent muscle pain, you may be a candidate for other cholesterol-lowering medications.

By HealthAfter50

Endovascular Therapy: Future of Stroke Treatment?

Aspects of this technique have improved enough to consider it a major player in stroke treatment, especially for severe and potentially disabling strokes.

By HealthAfter50