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Heart health measured with a simple blood test

Researchers have discovered a new indicator that measures the risk of future heart disease. High levels of this substance, called troponin, can identify people at risk.

Cycle like the Scandinavians for a healthier society

Cycling to and from work can reduce the risk factors associated with heart disease. So do it like Denmark and get on your bike, say scientists.

Harder to predict heart problems among smokers

A method for testing whether you run a high risk of a heart attack seems to be less reliable if you are a smoker.

Heart disease – more serious for women?

On average, women live longer than men. But for women with cardiovascular disease who undergo open-heart surgery, it’s different.

Health anxiety increases risk of heart attack

Hypochondriacs have 70 per cent higher risk of heart disease, shows a study from the University of Bergen.

Pocket sized ultrasound will improve treatment

Specially trained nurses are able to dispense medication for heart patients more precisely using a portable ultrasound device.

Even the smallest love handle can be dangerous

It's not just obesity that can increase the risk of heart failure. Just a few extra kilos, especially around the gut, can have similar effects.

Physically active individuals cope better with heart attacks

People who exercise regularly tend to be less depressed after a heart attack. Those who don’t work out yet can also find reason for optimism from the research.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in Norway

More research is carried out on breast cancer than on women’s heart attack. Even though heart attack kills more women.

Diabetes is more fatal for the poor

Persons with type 1 diabetes run nearly triple the risk of fatal heart attacks if they have low incomes and little education.

Humans have always caused plant and animal extinctions

Our warming planet is pushing some plant and animals species towards extinction. But there’s actually no such thing as untouched nature — humans have always altered their environment. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do our best to protect what’s here now.