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  1. Nearly 30% of Americans Have High Blood Pressure

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- The proportion of Americans reporting they have high blood pressure rose nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2009, federal health officials said Thursday. High blood pressure -- or hypertension, a major risk factor for heart dise

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  2. Brisk Walking May Equal Running for Heart Health

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- Brisk walking is as good as running for reducing blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes risk -- three key players in the development of heart disease, a new study finds. It's a matter of how far you walk or run, not how lo

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  3. Eat Fish, Live Longer?

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 1 (HealthDay News) -- Regularly eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids might lengthen your life, new research suggests. A study of more than 2,600 older adults found those with the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids -- found in salmon, ma

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  4. Heart Risks May Also Point to Dementia Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 1 (HealthDay News) -- Assessing a person's future risk of heart disease and stroke may be a better predictor of mental decline than a dementia risk test, new research suggests. The study included about 7,800 men and women with an average age of 55. E

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  5. Statin Side Effects Often Manageable: Study

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 1 (HealthDay News) -- Many people who quit taking their cholesterol-lowering statin drugs because of side effects can successfully try again, a new study suggests. Researchers found that of more than 100,000 Boston-area adults who started a statin drug,

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  6. Experts: Chelation Therapy Not Ready for Prime Time

    By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 26 (HealthDay News) -- Results from a major trial on controversial chelation therapy for patients with a history of heart attack find a modest benefit from the expensive treatment, but experts conclude there's no clear evidence supporting its use. St

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  7. Simple Breath Test Might Diagnose Heart Failure

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental breath test, designed to quickly identify patients suffering from heart failure simply by analyzing the contents of a single exhaled breath, has demonstrated promise in early trials, a team of researchers says. The

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  8. Energy Drinks Linked to Changes in Heart Rhythm

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Energy drinks boost blood pressure and may make the heart more susceptible to electrical short circuits, new research suggests. But it's not clear how much of this effect on blood pressure has to do with caffeine, which also

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  9. Most Adults Get Too Much Salt, Study Finds

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Three-quarters of adults worldwide, including many Americans, consume nearly twice the daily recommended amount of salt, according to a new study. The World Health Organization recommends limiting sodium to less than 2,000 mi

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  10. High-Dose Statins Linked to Acute Kidney Damage

    By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- People who take high doses of popular cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins may be more likely to develop kidney problems, a new study suggests. Specifically, those participants who took higher doses of statins were 34 perce

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