About 30-40 per cent of people in Ireland have high blood pressure, but many don’t know about it, the HSE says.

The latest iteration of an “ideal” blood pressure – a level of 120mm of mercury for systolic pressure, the top number – that people are urged to achi(...)

The primary indication for taking a statin is to reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke by lowering serum LDL cholesterol and, in some cases, also triglycerides.

Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, already one of the most popular medications worldwide, may become even more widely used as evidence grows of their (...)

Women smokers have a significantly higher increased risk compared to men, according to new research.

Women smokers have a significantly higher increased risk compared to men, according to new research in the UK. The findings, led by Sheffield Teachin(...)

A marathon race in Serbia. The overwhelming majority of cases of cardiac arrest during races involve middle-aged men, most of whom collapse in the final four miles of the course.

Marathon running can increase your risk of cardiac arrest in the short term, but it also lowers the overall likelihood that you will experience cardia(...)

New international guidelines, that question the benefits of low-dose aspirin to prevent first-time heart attack, rely on research by an Irish expert. (...)

The recent flurry of excitement about coffee preventing heart disease illustrated two important points: suspected “causes” of coronary heart disease c(...)

Bad news for those who regularly run marathons or ultra-marathons: such running can damage your health. Photograph: Thinkstock

There is much evidence that regular aerobic exercise will significantly reduce your chances of contracting a variety of serious health problems, in(...)

Nick Tarrant adjusts an 1850 bronze and gilt clock at the London Antique Clock Centre in Portobello Road, London as the  clocks go forward this weekend. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Switching over to daylight saving time, and losing one hour of sleep, raised the risk of having a heart attack the following Monday by 25 per c(...)

Married men and women had lower rates of heart disease than those who were widowed, divorced or single, with fewer conditions like hardening of the arteries or blood clots, a study found.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Being married appears to be a heart-healthy lifestyle, according to researchers. Married men and women had lower rates of heart disease than those (...)

Brian Maurer, who died late last year at the age of 72, was one of Ireland’s most prominent physicians and a pioneer of cardiology. A founder member o(...)

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