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  1. High BP in Middle Age, Weaker Brain Later?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Let your blood pressure get too high in midlife, and you might pay the price in mental decline later on, a new study suggests. The study of almost 14,000 people found that high blood pressure in those aged 48 to 67 was tie

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  2. Weight Loss, Hypertension, and Alternative Therapies

    Losing extra weight really helps when you have high blood pressure. As you work on diet and exercise, are there other things you can do to shift the numbers on your scale in the right direction? Some alternative or holistic treatments, though they're not a quick fix, can support the other positive c

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  3. Does Meditation Help You Lose Weight?

    Your efforts around exercising and eating well are helping your blood pressure and your weight. Something else might also help: meditation. Meditation -- the practice of focusing your attention in order to find calm and clarity -- can lower high blood pressure. It can also help you manage stress, wh

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  4. Cholesterol Drugs May Speed Healing After Surgery

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Recovery time after surgery may be reduced for patients taking the cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins, according to a new study. The study's Irish researchers suspect that the drugs may affect the

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  5. Could Probiotics Help Tame High Blood Pressure?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that potential help in lowering high blood pressure might be as close as your refrigerator. The study found that regular intake of probiotics, such as those found in certain yogurts or supplements, may

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  6. No Change in Heart Attack Rates for Younger Adults

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite recent advances in preventing heart attacks among U.S. seniors, those gains don't seem to have occurred among middle-aged adults -- especially women, a new study reports. Heart attack hospitalization rates among

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  7. Irregular Heart Rhythm Ups Stroke Risk Soon After Heart Surgery

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who are older than 65 who've had a stroke or heart valve surgery, or who have known blood vessel disease, have an increased risk of stroke after heart surgery, a new study finds. Researchers looked at nearly 109,000

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  8. Do You Need to Fast Before a Cholesterol Test?

    July 17, 2014 -- Do you really need to check your cholesterol levels on an empty stomach? New research suggests checking your cholesterol even if you’ve eaten gives you similar information.  Using data from the National Health and Nutrition Survey III (NHANES III), Bethany Doran, MD, of the NYU Scho

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  9. 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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  10. Is Obesity an Advantage After Heart Procedures?

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While a host of cardiovascular ailments are associated with excess pounds, new research supports a puzzling "obesity paradox." It found that overweight heart patients experience fewer heart attacks and higher survival

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