(Science Photo Library, Getty Images) People with psoriasis who were given an anti-inflammatory treatment saw a decrease in levels of high-risk plaque in their heart arteries over the course of a year, new research says. Chronic inflammation in people with psoriasis is associated with a higher risk of developing coronary artery disease, which can lead…

(Elena Brovko/iStock, Getty Images) Many commonly used medications can cause or worsen irregular heartbeats known as arrhythmias, and health care professionals need to pay attention to the risks, according to a new report. The American Heart Association scientific statement, published Tuesday in its journal Circulation, examined the effects of over-the-counter and prescription medicines, including some…

(yodiyim/iStock, Getty Images) A type of cancer treatment used to boost the body’s immune system may worsen inflammation in the arteries that distribute blood from the heart, according to a small study. The research, published Tuesday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, found increased inflammation in the large arteries of 20 Austrians with melanoma…

(alvarez/E+, Getty Images) Some people with advanced heart failure live for a long time, while others don’t. That uncertain timeline poses challenges for doctors, their patients and families dealing with end-of-life care. “We’ve had quality indicators for cancer for many years, which have been used to make sure that end-of-life patients get high-quality care,” said…

(John Fedele, Getty Images) Follow-up visits for heart failure patients leaving the hospital can be done just as safely via telehealth as they can in person, according to a new study that also found making virtual visits an option doesn’t prevent missed appointments. “There are still a substantial number of people who don’t show up,”…

(Dirtydog_Creative/DigitalVision Vectors, Getty Images) The decades-long progress in reducing premature deaths from heart disease in the United States has slowed over the last decade, according to a new county-by-county analysis that found an increase in disparities affecting African American adults and younger populations. U.S. and Chinese researchers used multiple databases that included information on nearly…

(Hiroshi Watanabe/Stone, Getty Images) People with higher levels of a specific inflammatory marker may have a greater risk of developing a form of heart failure, according to new research that could help predict who might develop the disease. The biomarker, called GlycA, is an indicator of inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation is thought to play…

(artisteer/iStock, Getty Images) Investigating the hereditary roots of some cardiovascular diseases could help patients and their doctors make decisions, identify risks and manage treatment, according to a new report. The scientific statement from the American Heart Association summarizes what’s known – and what needs further research – about the genes that influence heart disease, and…

(Elenathewise/iStock, Getty Images) A growing body of research suggests heart attacks, angina and other heart events increase during winter and summer. Now, a new study could explain why. Researchers reviewed an international registry of 1,113 people, the majority from Japan, with acute coronary syndrome. Heart attack is a type of acute coronary syndrome, which occurs…

(drbueller/E+, Getty Images) Transplants from donors with hepatitis C may be a safe option for those awaiting new hearts – a major development in curbing the nationwide organ shortage, according to new research. Patients who received heart transplants from donors who had hepatitis C saw similar outcomes a year after surgery as those whose donors…