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  1. Doctors Really Do Raise Your Blood Pressure

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients' blood pressure readings are notably higher when they're taken by a doctor than by a nurse, a new study finds. This link between doctors and higher blood pressure readings is known as the "white coat effect,"

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  2. Dietary Fats Q&A

    March 20, 2014 -- Saturated fats have long been called ''bad fats'' for their effect on the heart. But a new analysis calls into question whether they're really that bad after all. The findings, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, have sparked renewed debate about fats and heart health. Th

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  3. Guidelines Say Millions More Could Take Statins

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 13 million more Americans will be eligible to take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs under new guidelines, and most of those additional users will be older than 60, researchers say. The American Heart Associatio

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  4. Shocking Heart Deaths: Why They Happen

    Someone in the prime of their life -- a professional sports star, teen athlete, marathon runner, or other seemingly healthy person -- isn't supposed to collapse and die from heart disease. But it occasionally happens, making sudden cardiac arrest front-page news. The rare nature of sudden cardiac ar

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  5. Heart Attack Risk Rises After Angry Outburst: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study might supply another reason to keep your cool under stress. Researchers say angry outbursts may raise your odds for a heart attack or stroke in the hours after the incident. The investigators were quick to poin

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  6. Your Ultimate High-Fiber Grocery List

    The next time you go food shopping, put these items in your cart. They're great sources of fiber, which can cut your LDL ("bad") cholesterol, is good for your digestion, and  helps you feel full.  Apples, bananas, oranges, strawberries all have around 3 to 4 grams of fiber. (Eat the apple peels -- t

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  7. Get Active to Lower Triglycerides & Cholesterol

    Get up and move! There’s no question that aerobic exercise will improve your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. To get the most benefits, rev it up -- vigorous exercise has a longer-lasting and more significant impact. When you’re exercising vigorously, you’ll start sweating within 3 to 5 minutes

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  8. Blood Thinners Recommended for Irregular Heartbeat

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with an irregular heartbeat should take blood thinners to reduce their risk of stroke, an updated American Academy of Neurology (AAN) guideline recommends. Taking these drugs is especially important for people with

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  9. How to Wreck Your Heart

    When it comes to the heart’s health, there are some things you can’t control -- like getting older, or having a parent with heart disease. But there are many more things you can do to lower the chances of sabotaging your ticker. “An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure in this instanc

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  10. Death of Partner and Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's often said that the loss of a spouse or partner leaves "a broken heart." That notion might have some scientific validity, with new evidence suggesting the risk for a heart attack or stroke goes up during the first few we

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