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  1. Potassium May Help Some Heart Failure Patients

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Potassium supplements might boost the survival of heart failure patients who are already taking diuretic drugs, a new study suggests. Nearly 5.8 million Americans have heart failure. As doctors explain it, excess fluid

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  2. Niacin Doesn't Reduce Heart Problems

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Niacin, a commonly used cholesterol treatment, doesn't reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke in people with hardened arteries. What's more, the drug appears to have dangerous side effects, including a potential in

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  3. Is Butter Back? The Truth About Saturated Fats

    For decades we’ve been warned that eating saturated fat, the type found in meat, cheese, and other dairy foods, can lead to heart disease. Instead, we've been told to choose healthy fats from nuts, seeds, fish, and vegetable oils. New research questions that belief. A recent review of 72 studies fou

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  4. A Little Alcohol May Not Be Good for Your Heart

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study challenges the widely held belief that light drinking of alcohol may be good for your heart. Researchers analyzed more than 50 studies that examined drinking habits and heart health in more than 260,000 people.

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  5. WebMD My Story: Living With High Cholesterol

    In October 2009, no one would have thought I had heart disease. Then, as now, I was 5 feet 4 inches, 120 pounds, and eating really well. I was only 40 years old. I was at a restaurant and had the worst hot flash ever, plus terrible chest pressure. My doctor insisted I come in. After taking an EKG, s

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  6. Cholesterol Levels Tied to Breast Cancer Risk?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High cholesterol levels may increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, a large new British study reports. The findings suggest that keeping tight control over cholesterol through medication could help prevent br

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  7. Change Bad Habits Early, Save Your Heart Later

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults who drop their bad health habits can reduce their risk of heart disease as they age, new research suggests. "Even after people have hit adulthood with some unhealthy behaviors, it's not too late to produce

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  8. High BP May Raise Psoriasis Risk for Women

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women with high blood pressure may have an increased risk of developing the skin disease psoriasis, new research suggests. Taking blood pressure medications called beta-blockers also raises the risk for psoriasis, acco

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  9. Time for a Drastic Diet Change?

    Finding out you have heart disease can be a big wake-up call for your diet. It's time to make some changes. How far should you go? Will a moderate change do, maybe cutting back on fat? Or do you need to make a much bigger change, like going vegan or trying a very low-fat plan? These three questions

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  10. Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to High Blood Pressure

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Low levels of vitamin D may be a cause of high blood pressure, according to a new study. Previous research has suggested a strong link between low levels of vitamin D and high blood pressure, but a direct cause-and-effec

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