Topic: heart disease

Nutrition news: Hold the salt, pass the potassium

Too much salt paired with too little potassium may increase people’s risk of mortality, according to a study co-authored by Harvard School of Public Health professor of nutrition and epidemiology Frank Hu. Hu and colleagues found that people with a diet high…

Omega-3s tied to lower risk of irregular heartbeat

People with higher-than-average levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood may be roughly 30 percent less likely than those with the lowest levels to develop atrial fibrillation, according to new Harvard School of Public Health research. Atrial fibrillation is a dangerous…

Mother's trans fat consumption linked to baby's size

A new study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers and colleagues found that women who ate more food containing trans fats, such as fried foods and baked goods, gave birth to larger babies. The study will appear in the November 2011…

Recent bereavement greatly increases heart attack risk

A new study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers and their colleagues finds that the death of a loved one greatly increases the risk of having a heart attack. Researchers found that bereaved individuals were 21 times more likely to have…

Coffee appears to protect against heart failure, skin cancer

Two new studies led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers provide more good news for coffee drinkers. The research links coffee consumption to reduced risk of heart failure and skin cancer. A study led by [[Elizabeth Mostofsky]], research fellow at…

Education levels linked to hypertension in African Americans

Education trumps genetics as a predictor of high blood pressure in African Americans, according to a new study led by a Harvard School of Public Health researcher. The findings dispel the widespread belief that West African ancestry is a primary contributor of…

Panelists examine effects of stress on health at Forum talk

March 8, 2013 -- Most Americans say they have higher stress levels than they believe are healthy, according to the American Psychological Association’s recent Stress in America survey. One in three report living with extreme stress. Such stress can take a big toll…

Cancer patients at increased risk for suicide, cardiac deaths

Patients diagnosed with cancer have an increased risk of suicide and death from heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular (CVD) event within weeks of diagnosis, according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and a group of international…

Satisfaction with daily life may protect against heart disease

Being satisfied with everyday life is more than just a psychological state—it may also be good for the heart, according to a study led by Harvard School of Public Health researchers. The study appeared online July 5, 2011, in the European Heart…

Skipping breakfast may increase coronary heart disease risk

July 23, 2013 — A new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) adds to evidence that eating breakfast is important for good health. HSPH researchers found that men who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27% higher risk of heart attack or…