Category: Cardiovascular Research and Heart Health

Mass General Research Institute goes red for heart month

Understanding Why Exercise Works for Just About Everything, Including Your Heart Health

Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on the Partners Innovation blog, and was written by Gregory Lewis, MD, a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Centuries ago, the Greek physician Hippocrates noted that when the body is “unused and left idle, it becomes liable to disease, defective in growth, and ages quickly.” These observations—made without […]

Continue Reading
Mass General Research Institute goes red for heart month

A Link Between Flu and Heart Attacks? Mass General Cardiologist Weighs In

New research has found yet another reason to avoid catching the flu this season- it could increase your risk of a heart attack if you’re over the age of 35.

Continue Reading
Mass General Research Institute goes red for heart month

New Research Uncovers Gender Differences for Risk of Developing Heart Disease

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States? American Heart Month, celebrated in February, is an opportunity to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it. Researchers and clinicians at Massachusetts General Hospital are working to improve treatment and […]

Continue Reading
heart-illustration

Research Your Resolution: Consider Heart Health Before Going Gluten-Free

In a large study which tracked the dietary habits of more than 100,000 men and women over the last several decades, we did not find any evidence that a low gluten diet was associated with a lower risk of heart disease.

Continue Reading
ResearchResolution-Kathiresan

Research Your Resolution: Reduce Your Risk of A Heart Attack

Do you have goals for improving your health in the New Year? This month, investigators from the Mass General Research Institute are discussing the science behind some common New Year’s resolutions, and offering tips and advice based on their research into exercise, diet, healthy aging, heart health, and much more. Sek Kathiresan, MD, is Director […]

Continue Reading
Human heart

Could A Smartphone App for Heart Failure Improve Patient Care?

A new smartphone app for heart failure from Jana Care, called Heart Habits, was created in the hopes of streamlining cardiac care management. Now a team at Massachusetts General Hospital wants to test out the app with patients.

Continue Reading
macrophage

Mass General Researchers Investigate the ‘Big Eaters’ of the Immune System: #MacrophageMonday

Macrophages serve a vital function in the body’s immune system— these white blood cells are in charge of engulfing pathogens, foreign materials and dead cells. Two new studies from Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have identified two unexpected roles that macrophages play in the body. In the heart, macrophages play a beneficial role, helping heart muscle […]

Continue Reading
64818688 - stent implant concept as a heart disease treatment symbol with an angioplasty procedure in an artery that has cholesterol plaque blockage being opened for increased blood flow as a 3d illustration.

New Study Details the Risk of Blockages, Bleeding and Death Among Patients Who Receive Stents: Five Things to Know

Mass General researchers wanted to better understand the long-term risk of blockages, bleeding events and death among patients who received a cardiac stent. Here are five things to know about the new study recently published in JAMA Cardiology

Continue Reading
cropped-blog-banner-2000-x-1200.jpg

Genetic Study Identifies Link Between Body Shape and Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes

When you put on weight, do the pounds show up at your waistline or on your hips? The answer could have long-term implications for your risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) and Type 2 diabetes. Learn how Massachusetts General Hospital researchers identified a link between body shape and risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Continue Reading
Dr. Harald Ott in his research lab

Mass General Scientists are Growing New Hearts in the Cells of Old Ones

In the lab, Dr. Harald Ott and his colleagues have taken ghostly hearts and resurrected them as new ones. Shocked with electrical pulses, those new hearts have even started beating again.

Continue Reading