causes of heart disease

Heart Disease, Sausage Link?

by Leigh on November 24, 2014

Processed red meats, including sausages and ham, significantly increase the risk of heart failure and death from heart failure, according to a study published in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure. The report, by Dr Joanna Kaluza of Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland, included calculations of an 8% and 38% increase in the risk of […]


A popular anabolic bodybuilding supplement, leucine, could be connected to obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure according to a new study. The research comes courtesy of the University of Iowa and looks at the underlying molecular pathways that are at work in these health conditions. What they found was that the branch chain amino […]


Can Statins be Dangerous?

by Leigh on March 20, 2013

Statins work by blocking a specific liver enzyme that produces cholesterol and this can prevent the continued build-up of cholesterol plaques in the arterial walls. Over time, the body may then be able to clear some of the clogged arteries and lower the risk of heart disease. However, cholesterol is essential for some bodily processes, […]


Should you need more incentive to take a natural approach to lowering cholesterol and your risk for heart disease, a new study suggests that high potency statins could increase your risk of acute kidney injury by more than a third. The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, researchers who carried out this study looked at over […]


February 14th can be a tough day for many, with couples often feeling pressured to make things perfect and singles feeling obligated to find a date. Knowing that you’re quite unlikely to die of a broken heart is probably little consolation but even those with so-called Broken Heart Syndrome (Takotsubo cardiomyopathy) have a good prognosis […]


Heart Disease, Olanzapine and Mental Health

by Leigh on September 5, 2012

A new study suggests that a drug used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder could be connected to increased appetite, unhealthy weight gain, heart disease and resulting fatal heart attacks. Olanzapine is an atypical antipsychotic medication that has been found to alter the response of specific food reward areas of the brain. This new finding […]