Omega 3 Supplements May Not Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Nita Wong ‘21 The consumption of omega 3 fats is commonly believed to protect against heart disease by reducing blood pressure or cholesterol levels. Although the three main types of fatty acids that comprise Omega 3 fats are readily found in the foods we eat. For example, alphalinolenic acid (ALA) is found in many nuts and seeds and both eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid … Continue reading Omega 3 Supplements May Not Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Consumption of whole dairy products not linked to cardiovascular disease

Nita Wong ‘21 Whole milk, yogurt, cheese, and other full-fat dairy products have long been associated with health risks due to their saturated fat content. Nonetheless, a recent study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition was unable to find a significant link between dairy fats and increased risk of heart … Continue reading Consumption of whole dairy products not linked to cardiovascular disease

Multivitamins show no cardiovascular health benefits

Nita Wong ‘21 Up to 30 percent of Americans take multivitamin and mineral supplements; in fact, the global nutritional supplement industry is projected to reach $278 billion within the next six years. A recent study conducted by the Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and published by the American Heart Association, however, found no link between consumption of such dietary … Continue reading Multivitamins show no cardiovascular health benefits

Moderate consumption of alcohol linked to cardiovascular benefits

Nita Wong ’21 Nearly 85 years after the end of Prohibition, alcohol remains a controversial topic. While the excessive consumption of alcohol may disrupt communication pathways within the brain and damage the heart, liver, and pancreas, consumption in moderation can protect the heart from coronary disease. While the biochemical basis of the latter correlation has long remained a mystery, a recent study conducted by researchers … Continue reading Moderate consumption of alcohol linked to cardiovascular benefits

Evaluations of the First Dissolvable Cardiovascular Stent

By Jessica Desamero Heart disease in the U.S. is one of the leading causes of death. The most common type is coronary heart disease (CAD), which can lead to heart attacks. It is caused by plaque buildup in arteries that supply the heart with blood, causing them to narrow. To this day, bare-metal stents have been inserted in CAD patients to counter-act this blockage. But … Continue reading Evaluations of the First Dissolvable Cardiovascular Stent