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  1. Vegetarian Diet May Help Lower Blood Pressure, Research Suggests

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adopting a vegetarian diet may help people shave points off their blood pressure, a large study from Japan suggests. The research, a review of 39 studies that included almost 22,000 people, found vegetarians had blood pre

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Surgery vs. Drugs for Irregular Heartbeat

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery works better, but has more serious side effects, than the standard drugs used to treat occasional bouts of atrial fibrillation, a new study reveals. Atrial fibrillation is a condition where the heart's normally p

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  6. Exercise and Atrial Fibrillation

    When you’ve experienced the irregular beating of your heart from atrial fibrillation (AFib), you may feel unsure about revving up your heart rate with exercise. Take comfort from the experts. They say physical activity is usually good for people with AFib, but it’s still wise to take precautions. Be

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  7. Ease the Stress of a Heart Condition

    A heart condition such as atrial fibrillation, heart failure, high blood pressure, or even high cholesterol can put a lot of stress on you. What's worse, you may be feeling stressed about being stressed.   "It can be a vicious cycle -- stress can make heart conditions worse," says N.A. Mark Estes, M

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  8. High BP in Young Adults, Heart Trouble Later?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Twenty-somethings with even mildly elevated blood pressure may face an increased risk of clogged heart arteries by middle age, a long-term U.S. study finds. The study, which tracked nearly 4,700 people, found that even "pre-h

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  9. Added Sugar in Diet Tied to Death Risk

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors have long thought extra sugar in a person's diet is harmful to heart health because it promotes chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes. But the added sugar Americans consume as part of their daily diet ca

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  10. Sunlight Might Be Good for Your Blood Pressure

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Sunlight is known to lower blood pressure, but now a team of British researchers has figured out why. What they found is that nitric oxide stored in the top layers of the skin reacts to sunlight and causes blood vessels to wid

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