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Stroke, heart disease also strike women

August 30, 2012

Women and men are different in many ways, but heart disease and stroke are still the leading cause of death for women over age 35 – the same as men. How are we different? • We’re generally smaller than men. • Our blood vessels also are smaller, so plaque buildup affects us earlier. • Estrogen protects against...
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Cup of tea lowers heart disease risk

August 12, 2012

A new study has found that drinking black tea appears to reduce several risk factors for heart disease, potentially lowering your risk of heart attack and stroke. In the study, published in the journal Preventive Medicine, drinking three cups of tea for 12 weeks (with no milk or sugar) led to highly significant reduction...
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Heart disease link to low-carbohydrate and high-protein diet

August 11, 2012
Heart disease link to low-carbohydrate and high-protein diet

Women on Atkins-style diets are putting themselves at risk of heart disease and strokes, experts say. Those who regularly eat a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease than those who do not participate in such diets, research published on bmj.com suggests. More than 43,000 Swedish women were assessed over 15...
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Early menopause tied to higher heart disease risk

August 11, 2012

Women who go through menopause before age 46 are twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke as women who hit menopause later, according to a new study. “These are women who should keep in mind that they are at increased risk,” said Dr. Melissa Wellons, the lead author of the study...
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How to reduce high blood pressure?

August 11, 2012

By Mandy Kendall In today’s fast-paced world circumstances arise in most of our lives that have our stress levels rising, along with our blood pressure. Although occasional increases in blood pressure are not dangerous, it does become an issue when the pressure levels don’t drop again. Unfortunately high blood pressure often has no detectable...
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Breakfast egg ‘can raise heart disease risk’

August 11, 2012

Millions have been converted to the approach, which work because protein keeps hunger at bay for longer. But lead author Professor Pagona Lagiou, from University of Athens Medical School, yesterday (Tuesday) warned against sticking to such diets long-term. She said: “We found that the lower the intake of carbohydrates and the higher the intake...
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Long-Term Salty Diets Tied Again to High Blood Pressure

August 11, 2012

MONDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) — Indulging in a bag of chips or munching a handful of nuts now and then isn’t likely to hurt you in the short run, but regularly chowing down on salty foods over several years may damage your blood vessels and lead to high blood pressure, a new study...
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Check individual risks and needs before using statins and daily Aspirin for heart diseases prevention

August 10, 2012

What you should know Heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are major causes of disability and death in the Mid-South. These diseases can lead to heart attacks, chronic high blood pressure and strokes. Poor circulation in legs and feet and breathlessness from congestive heart disease are also common. The risks of heart and...
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Why men are vulnerable to heart diseases?

August 10, 2012

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men (and women) in the USA, so it’s no wonder that cardiologist Gordon Tomaselli dispenses direct, no-nonsense advice: “Get up and move more, don’t smoke, make sure you control your blood pressure and cholesterol, and don’t ignore symptoms of heart disease, particularly if you have a...
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Heart Health: Know Your Calcium Score

August 10, 2012

BACKGROUND: Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. CHD is also called coronary artery disease. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women. Coronary heart disease is caused by the buildup...
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How to keepy your heart healthy?

August 10, 2012

The heart is an extraordinary muscular pump that automatically pumps blood around the body through thousands of miles of blood vessels. In health, the heart does this awesome job with effortless ease. Over your lifetime, your heart will beat 3.5 billion times, and will pump over 500 million gallons of blood. We are indeed...
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The Link between Stress and diabetes: a tangled affair

August 10, 2012

More than 200 years before doctors first pioneered the treatment of insulin for diabetes, an English physician described the disease as being caused by “sadness or prolonged sorrow”. It is a claim that has intrigued researchers who have sought to find out if a link exists between depression or stressful events and the triggering...
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Clinical Data Finds Strong Association between HDL Particles and Coronary Heart Disease

August 10, 2012

LipoScience, Inc., an in vitro diagnostic company advancing patient care by developing high value proprietary clinical diagnostic tests using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technology, today announced publication of the findings of a clinical study in the current issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology indicating that high density lipoprotein (HDL) particle...
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What is the role of chronic inflammation in America’s deadliest diseases?

August 10, 2012
What is the role of chronic inflammation in America’s deadliest diseases?

What do heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, stroke and cancer have in common? Scientists have linked each of these to a condition known as chronic inflammation, and they are studying how high-fat foods and excess body weight may increase the risk for fatal disorders. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury and outside irritants....
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Cardiovascular-Disease Prevention in a Pill?

August 10, 2012

One pill to prevent high blood pressure and high cholesterol?  Yes, according to a new study from the United Kingdom. Researchers at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine in London tested a polypill consisting of three blood pressure medications – amlodipine, losartan and hydrochlorothiazide – and simvastatin, a cholesterol-busting drug.  They found that during...
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Most women return to work after breast cancer

August 10, 2012

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women who were in the workforce before a breast cancer diagnosis often get back to their normal job routine after treatment, a study of Swedish women finds. Researchers found that of 505 women treated for breast cancer, three-quarters were employed 16 months after their diagnosis – which is in...
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Blood Pressure: Too High, Too Low, or Just Right?

August 10, 2012
Blood Pressure: Too High, Too Low, or Just Right?

by Barbara Schuetze Making sure you have a healthy blood pressure can be confusing. What constitutes pressure that’s too high? And what does it mean when it’s low? First, the good news. Blood pressure that’s too low isn’t usually a sign of something to worry about. As long as you feel well and aren’t...
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The most aggressive tactics against cancer and other illnesses might be not only unnecessary but downright bad for us.

August 8, 2012

For a long time, we thought we knew the drill for battling cancer: Screen regularly to catch it early. Then, if it was operable, root it out. Follow up with chemotherapy and/or radiation to lower the chances of a return. Though some or all of those tactics are still called for much of the...
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Kids developing adult health problems

August 8, 2012

  The Columbus Dispatch Sunday July 29, 2012 10:25 AM It’s a sad truth that many of today’s children are carrying the health problems of the middle-aged. High cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes all are linked to the nation’s high rates of overweight and obese children. With that in mind, the National Heart,...
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Drugs to lower cholesterol help low cardiovascular risk patients

August 8, 2012
Drugs to lower cholesterol help low cardiovascular risk patients

Researchers have questioned whether Australian guidelines should be changed to allow more people access to cholesterol-lowering drugs. Source: The Courier-Mail HALF of all heart attacks occur in patients with a low cardiovascular risk, and a study has shown the risk of these events is reduced when patients take drugs to lower cholesterol. Researchers from...
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