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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. To Drink or Not to Drink: High Blood Pressure and Alcohol

    Some research shows that drinking alcohol in moderation makes for a healthier heart. But is drinking risky or good for your blood pressure? Weigh the pros and cons to help you make the smart choice. It likely depends a lot on what else is going on with you. First things first: Your best bets for low

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  4. Heart Monitoring May Prevent Some Strokes, Study Suggests

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As many as four of every 10 stroke victims leave the hospital without a clue about what caused the stroke, their doctors hamstrung on how to prevent another one from occurring. "You can imagine how unsettling this is,

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  5. BP Kiosks May Not Always Give Accurate Readings

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you decide to quickly check your blood pressure while you're out shopping this summer, know that your reading might not be accurate if the cuff is too small or too large for your arm, the U.S. Food and Drug Administrat

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  6. Scientists Explain Stress and Heart Attack Link

    June 24, 2014 -- Scientists say they may be able to explain how ongoing stress raises the risk of having a heart attack. They say stress triggers our bodies to make a surplus of disease-fighting white blood cells. That in turn can boost inflammation in the arteries of people with a condition called

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  7. Heart Failure Therapy Benefits Women More Than Men?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women suffering from heart failure derive more benefit than men do from a pacemaker treatment. But they are less likely than men to receive it, a new analysis shows. Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) -- which uses

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  8. Alcohol and Heart Disease

    Can you drink if you have heart disease? Moderate drinking should be OK, if your doctor approves, but you shouldn't count on alcohol to be a major part of your heart health plan. "If you don’t drink alcohol now, there is no reason to start,” says Mark Urman, MD, a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Heart

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  9. How to Stick With Your New Diet

    You're shifting your diet for better heart health. Now that you've taken that first step, you'll want to make those changes last. Part of it is about making things as automatic as possible, so you don't even have to think about it. The other part is about outsmarting the things that are most likely

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  10. Use of Beta Blockers Before Heart Bypass Surgery

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Even though it's standard medical practice, prescribing beta blockers the day before heart patients are scheduled for bypass surgery may not improve results, a new study suggests. In fact, their use 24 hours before bypas

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