Known risk factors largely explain links between loneliness and first time heart disease/stroke Conventional risk factors largely explain the links observed between loneliness/social isolation and first time heart disease/stroke, a new study finds. But having few social contacts still remains an independent risk factor for death among those with pre-existing cardiovascular disease.

Hockey victories may increase heart attack risk in Canadian men The thrill of a hockey victory may put younger men at an increased risk for heart attack. A new study found an increase in hospital admissions for men under 55 presenting with symptoms of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) or heart attack the day after a Montreal Canadiens win. There was little evidence within the general population of a relationship between watching hockey games and the incidence of STEMI.

Double danger: The peril of childbirth for women with rheumatic heart disease Women of childbearing age who suffer from Rheumatic Heart Disease in low- to moderate-income countries like Uganda face a double danger: Increased risk of complications during pregnancy — including death — while also bearing a cultural burden and expectation that they’ll become mothers, according to a new study.