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Help with the Headlines on Heart Health

Health Headlines Explained

Media reports can be tricky, but we're here to help clear things up with answers to your questions on timely topics in cardiac care. This series includes questions on your heart and the effect of medications, exercise, diet, and hormones.

Emerging health research and cardiac care guidelines bring important new information on how best to care for our hearts. However, such information can often be difficult to follow and apply to your own life.

WHRY is putting emerging cardiac health news into perspective by providing answers to common consumer questions on recent heart health studies so that you and your doctor can make more informed decisions.

WHRY thanks Dr. Teri Caulin-Glaser, the Chief Clinical Officer and Senior Vice President at OhioHealth for her contributions as a cardiologist, educator and researcher, and the cardiovascular experts at the OhioHealth Healthcare System for their partnership in serving communities.

Health News in Perspective

Answers to your questions on timely topics in cardiac care to help make sense of research reports in the media. The series includes questions on your heart and the effect of medications, exercise, diet, and hormones.

Series Topics

  • Olive Oil and Heart Health

    A study published Jan. 18, 2022, in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that the overall and cause-specific risks of death were lower in women and men consuming higher levels of olive oil as opposed to butter, margarine, mayonnaise, and dairy fat. WHRY helps understand this headline.

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  • Bedtime, Gender, and Heart Health

    A study published Nov. 9, 2021, in the European Heart Journal found that risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) was lower for people who went to sleep between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. than people who went to sleep earlier or later. This relationship between lower CVD risk and timing of sleep was greater for women than men. WHRY helps with this headline.

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  • Mental Health and Heart Health

    A scientific statement published by the American Heart Association in the journal Circulation on Jan. 25, 2021 confirmed that research shows a clear association between mental health and heart health and that interventions to improve psychological health can improve heart health. WHRY helps with this headline.

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  • Exercise Limits and Cardiovascular Disease Risk

    A study published January 12, 2021 in PLOS Medicine found that there are no limits to the amount of exercise when it comes to producing heart health benefits and that the highest levels of exercise produced the lowest risks for cardiovascular disease. WHRY helps with this headline.

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  • COVID-19 and Heart Health

    A pair of studies published July 27, 2020 in JAMA Cardiology found evidence of how the virus that causes COVID-19 might affect the heart. WHRY helps with this headline.

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  • Hot Flashes & Night Sweats

    A study published June 23, 2020 in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found an association between the severity of hot flashes and night sweats in women and an increased risk of cardiovascular events. WHRY helps with this headline.

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Q&A Editor

Teresa Caulin-Glaser, MD, FACC, FAACVPR System Vice President, Heart & Vascular Services OhioHealth Healthcare System, Columbus, Ohio

In Collaboration...

Heart Health Explained is a collaboration of Women’s Health Research at Yale and the OhioHealth Healthcare System, a nationally recognized not-for-profit organization with providers across 46 counties, offering a holistic approach to prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of heart disease. OhioHealth is staffed by physicians, psychologists, nutritionists and nurses who answer the questions of the moment on heart and vascular health.

The information provided here may help you make more informed choices. However, it is not a substitute for an individualized medical opinion or diagnosis, and everyone should always consult with their personal physicians to make decisions about their condition or treatment.