Heart Health Topics


Millions Take Risks With Blood Pressure Meds

About 5 million Medicare Part D enrollees age 65 and up are skipping doses of their blood pressure meds or are not filling their prescriptions in the first place.

By Diane Domina

8 Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

A healthy diet—along with a little more exercise—has the potential to dramatically lower blood pressure. Here’s how to get your numbers down.

By HealthAfter50

Should You Be Taking a Statin?

These four high-risk groups are most likely to benefit from statin therapy.

By HealthAfter50

The Drugs Used to Treat High Blood Pressure

Many people with high blood pressure need two or more blood pressure-lowering drugs to reach the goal of less than 140/90 mm Hg.

By HealthAfter50

5 Statin Side Effects to Know About

Statin medications lower “bad” cholesterol and help ward off heart disease. But the drugs may also have other wide-ranging and sometimes negative effects.

By HealthAfter50

8 Tips for Taking Daily Aspirin

A low-dose aspirin a day could very well keep heart disease and cancer away, research suggests. If you plan to start a daily aspirin regimen—or if you’re already on one—keep these eight safety tips in mind.

By James L. Weiss, M.D.

Drugs That Can Raise Your Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure, you should be aware that some prescription medicines and over-the-counter drugs and supplements can easily raise it. Here’s how you can stay safe:

By HealthAfter50

Stronger Warning About NSAIDs and Your Heart

A decade ago the Food and Drug Administration warned that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) could increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. The FDA is now strengthening its warning on prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) labels.

By HealthAfter50

5 Treatments for Heart Arrhythmias

In many individuals, medication is helpful, although these drugs can have serious side effects. Here’s what your doctor may suggest.

By HealthAfter50