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  1. Cut Salt, Save 500,000 U.S. Lives Over a Decade?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Reducing salt in Americans' diets would save hundreds of thousands of lives over 10 years, according to a new study. Excess salt, the primary source of sodium, contributes to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, the l

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  2. Vegetarian Diet May Cut Heart Disease Risk

    Jan. 31, 2013 -- The risk of hospitalization or death from heart disease is almost a third lower in vegetarians than in people who eat meat and fish, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Oxford in England say the health benefits of not eating meat likely stem from having lowe

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  3. 6 Symptoms of Women's Heart Attacks

    When a heart attack strikes, it doesn’t always feel the same in women as it does in men. Women don't always get the same classic heart attack symptoms as men, such as crushing chest pain that radiates down one arm. Those heart attack symptoms can certainly happen to women, but  many experience vague

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  4. Heart Problems Tied to Early Signs of Dementia

    Jan. 29, 2013 -- Older women with heart problems may be at greater risk for mental changes that are thought to signal the beginnings of a type of dementia, a new study shows. Called vascular dementia, it is a type of mental decline that’s thought to be caused by problems in blood flow to the brain.

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  5. Blood Pressure Drugs May Lower Alzheimer's Risk

    Jan. 7, 2013 -- Can commonly prescribed blood pressure pills help reduce the risk of developing dementia? Maybe, according to a new study of 774 elderly Japanese-American men. While it’s well known that high blood pressure in midlife raises a person’s risk for developing thinking and memory problems

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  6. FDA Approves New Blood Thinner Eliquis

    Dec. 31, 2012 -- The FDA has approved the blood thinner Eliquis to prevent stroke in people with atrial fibrillation. AFib is the most common type of irregular heartbeat and affects about 3 million Americans. People with AFib are about five times more likely to have a stroke. Eliquis is approved onl

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  7. The Best and Worst States for Your Heart

    Dec. 19, 2012 -- Oklahoma may want to rethink parts of its official state meal -- designated by the legislature in 1988 -- which includes barbecue pork, chicken fried steak, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fried okra and squash, strawberries, black-eyed peas, grits, corn, cornbread, and pecan pie. A ne

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  8. New Procedure May Aid Stubborn High Blood Pressure

    Dec. 18, 2012 -- People who can’t get their high blood pressure down with drugs may be helped by a new procedure that deactivates overactive nerves in the kidneys, a small study shows. The procedure is already available in Europe and other countries. It’s being tested in the U.S. It’s meant to treat

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  9. Beet Juice Lowers Blood Pressure

    Dec. 14, 2012 -- Drinking a glass of beet juice may have an immediate impact on lowering blood pressure, according to a new study. The study shows that within hours of drinking it, beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) by an average of 4-5 points amo

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  10. Smoking Doubles Women’s Sudden Death Risk

    Dec. 11, 2012 -- Smoking cigarettes may more than double a woman’s risk of sudden cardiac death. But quitting can reduce that risk significantly over time, according to a new study. Sudden cardiac death is a sudden, unexpected death caused by loss of heart function. It is the leading cause of heart-

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