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  1. BP Guidelines May Take Millions of People Off Meds

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, March 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About 5.8 million American adults may no longer be prescribed drugs to treat high blood pressure under recently revised guidelines, according to a new study. In February, the Eighth Joint National Committee released con

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  2. Diet Soft Drinks and Women's Hearts

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, March 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are heavy consumers of diet drinks might be more likely to experience heart attacks, dangerous blood clots and other cardiovascular problems than those who rarely or never consume artificially sweetened bever

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  3. Weight-Loss Surgery Cuts Risk for Heart Attack, Death: Study

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery, such as gastric banding, can dramatically reduce the rate of heart attacks and deaths among people who are obese, a new study shows. Researchers in the United Kingdom said their findings sugge

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  4. Tragedies Do Cause Broken Hearts, Study Suggests

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The stress of natural disasters can break people's hearts, according to a new study. Researchers found dramatic rises in "broken heart syndrome" in Vermont after a huge storm ravaged the state and in Missouri after a ma

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  5. Eat for a Healthy Heart

    Eating heart-healthy foods may be easier than you think. You don't need to measure or weigh everything or consult calorie books and food labels before every meal. You can fit a healthy diet into a busy lifestyle.   It can be as simple as 1-2-3. Just focus on these three areas, says Katie Ferraro, MP

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  6. Cholesterol Levels May Spike During Winter Months

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Here's something that's sure to alarm the millions of Americans who have braved the fiercest, longest winter in recent memory: A new study shows that your cholesterol levels fluctuate seasonally and are at their worst

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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