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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.

By Melissa Caravella

The Dangers of Sitting Too Much

People who spend more than 10 hours each day sitting, watching TV, or driving are at higher risk for heart attack. Here’s what to do to counteract this.

By HealthAfter50

6 Ways to Survive a Heart Attack

Save precious time during a cardiac emergency and boost your odds of surviving a heart attack by taking these steps.

By HealthAfter50

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.

By Diane Domina

The Alcohol Facts You Need to Know

Moderate alcohol consumption has some undeniable health benefits, including a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

By HealthAfter50

AFib and Stroke Risk: New Drug Options

Patients with atrial fibrillation who are candidates for anticoagulants and don’t use them take the risk of having a stroke. Here’s what to consider.

By HealthAfter50

Atrial Fibrillation: A Major Suspect in Unexplained Stroke

As many as 8 of 10 patients with a stroke brought on by atrial fibrillation die or are disabled. That’s why recognizing afib early is so important.

By HealthAfter50

How Smoking Raises Risk of Stroke

Cigarette smokers have two to three times the risk of stroke than nonsmokers, and the more cigarettes smoked, the greater the risk.

By HealthAfter50

Heart Risk Calculators Are Not Foolproof

The calculators that doctors use to estimate their patients’ future risk of heart attack are often off the mark, one study suggests.

By HealthAfter50

Heart Surgery Device Linked to Deadly Infection

An infection risk from medical devices used during open-heart surgery to warm or cool a patient has prompted a warning about the units.

By Diane Domina