Carnitine: A New Reason to Cut Back on Red Meat?

Maybe it’s not really cholesterol from that big, juicy steak that’s linked to heart disease. Instead, it could be a compound in red meat called carnitine, which does a number on our gut bacteria if we eat too much meat too often, suggests intriguing new research. Carnitine seems to have a profound effect on certain bacteria in the intestine; these in turn produce a chemical linked to clogging of the arteries and heart disease. The more meat we eat, the …

Winter Kills: Even Mild Ones Cause More Deaths

It doesn’t matter whether you spend winter shoveling snow in Massachusetts or walking on the beach in California, you’re more likely to die of heart-related issues in the winter months, a new study finds. Cardiac researchers with Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles reported this week that it’s not the climate that causes heart-related deaths to spike in the winter, it’s just the season. Basically, winter is bad for your heart. Compared to the summer months, people are 26 to …

Check the Mirror: 4 Signs of Heart Disease Risk

Apparently, looks really do matter, at least when it comes to health. A new study finds that if you look old for your age, it could signal that your heart is aging too quickly as well. Research presented this week at the American Heart Association’s scientific meeting in Los Angeles found that people who have three to four distinctive aging signs – a receding hairline at the temples, baldness at the crown of the head, an earlobe crease, or bumpy …

Even Fit Boomers Have Heart Disease Risk

If you’re 45 and fit – meaning you don’t smoke and don’t have diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol – don’t feel too smug. You still have a one in three chance of developing heart problems, including stroke, by the time you’re in your 80s or 90s, new research finds. On the other hand, you may live up to 14 years longer free of heart ailments than do those who are not so fit. For boomers who are less …