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Hearing Loss Associated with More Hospitalizations & Poorer Health in Older Adults

A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins, analyzing data from 1,140 men and women aged 70 and older with hearing loss and 529 with normal hearing, found that those with hearing deficits were significantly more likely to have . . . → Read More: Hearing Loss Associated with More Hospitalizations & Poorer Health in Older Adults

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Free Stroke Screenings Offered May 3, 2013 by Cleveland Clinic Florida

Cleveland Clinic Florida has announced that it will offer Free Stroke Screenings to the public on May 3, 2013. Phone registration is required: To register, call toll-free 800-691-6555. The Cleveland Clinic states: “Strokes can happen at any age…nearly 25% . . . → Read More: Free Stroke Screenings Offered May 3, 2013 by Cleveland Clinic Florida

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New Link Found Between Red Meat and Heart Disease: an Intestinal Bacteria

In a new study published April 7 in the journal Nature Medicine, scientists from the Cleveland Clinic reported evidence suggesting that the long-known link between eating red meat and increased risk of heart disease may be explained not just . . . → Read More: New Link Found Between Red Meat and Heart Disease: an Intestinal Bacteria

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Should Family Members Be Invited Present When Cardiac Resuscitation is Performed?

A new study published in the March 14 New England Journal of Medicine has found that family members who are invited to be present during the quite brutal and aggressive cardiac resuscitation procedures performed as a last-ditch life-saving effort . . . → Read More: Should Family Members Be Invited Present When Cardiac Resuscitation is Performed?

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New Study Finds Link Between Processed Meats and Early Death

A large new study of half a million people across Europe, published in the medical journal BMC Medicine, has found that people who regularly eat processed meats (ham, bacon, hot dogs, salami, some sausages, and ready-to-eat packaged meats) appear . . . → Read More: New Study Finds Link Between Processed Meats and Early Death

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Risks of Calcium Supplements Highlighted by New Study & Govt Recommendation

A large new study conducted by Swedish researchers has found that older women who consumed more than 1,400 milligrams (mg) of calcium per day (from food and calcium supplements combined) were more than twice as likely to die from . . . → Read More: Risks of Calcium Supplements Highlighted by New Study & Govt Recommendation

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Heart Health Screenings & Symposium Presented by Cleveland Clinic February 23

The Cleveland Clinic Florida will present a free Heart Health Symposium, open to the public, on Saturday, February 23, 2013. The event will include free Heart Health Screenings and Education (from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) and a Panel . . . → Read More: Heart Health Screenings & Symposium Presented by Cleveland Clinic February 23

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Vegetarian Diet Cuts Risk of Heart Disease by a Dramatic 32%, Large New Study Finds

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Oxford in England, and involving 44,561 participants in England and Scotland, has found that those who ate a vegetarian diet were a full 32% less likely to die from . . . → Read More: Vegetarian Diet Cuts Risk of Heart Disease by a Dramatic 32%, Large New Study Finds

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Heart Attack Symptoms are Different for Women than for Men. Did You Know?

February 1 is National Wear Red Day®, an annual health observance sponsored by the American Heart Association, to highlight the facts about heart attack risks and symptoms. Part of this observance is a Go Red For Women campaign, to . . . → Read More: Heart Attack Symptoms are Different for Women than for Men. Did You Know?

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New Web Resource to Help Evaluate Medical Tests & Treatments - Their Benefits, Harms & Costs - Launched by American College of Physicians

The American College of Physicians (ACP), the largest specialist physicians organization in the U.S., announced on January 16 that it has launched a new “High Value Care website” “to help physicians and other health care professionals, medical students, and . . . → Read More: New Web Resource to Help Evaluate Medical Tests & Treatments – Their Benefits, Harms & Costs – Launched by American College of Physicians

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CDC Launches Sortable Database of Health Stats by State and Region

The CDC has launched Sortable Stats 2.0 – a new online database of health indicators and behavioral risk factors that is sortable by state or region, by demographics, by health condition, and in various other ways. The interactive database, . . . → Read More: CDC Launches Sortable Database of Health Stats by State and Region

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Smoke-Free Workplace Laws Linked to Lower Incidence of Heart Attacks

A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association, has found an association between smoke-free workplace laws implemented in Olmstead County, Minnesota and a decline in the incidence of heart attacks . . . → Read More: Smoke-Free Workplace Laws Linked to Lower Incidence of Heart Attacks

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Eating Tomatoes May Lower Stroke Risk, Study Suggests

A study by Finnish researchers has found that men with relatively high blood levels of the antioxidant lycopene, commonly found in tomatoes, had a significantly lower risk of suffering a stroke over a twelve-year study period than those with . . . → Read More: Eating Tomatoes May Lower Stroke Risk, Study Suggests

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Perceived Stress Increases Risk of Heart Disease, Study Finds; Plus How to Handle Stress

A new analysis of studies involving 118,696 participants, conducted by Donald Edmundson, PhD, a professor at Columbia University Medical Center, and colleagues, has found that self-reported perceived stress was associated with a 27% higher risk of coronary heart disease . . . → Read More: Perceived Stress Increases Risk of Heart Disease, Study Finds; Plus How to Handle Stress

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World Heart Day, September 29, Focuses on Prevention of Heart Disease

September 29 has been designated as “World Heart Day,” an annual health observance sponsored by the World Heart Federation. “This year in continuation from our 2011 World Heart Day theme of home heart health One World, One Home, One . . . → Read More: World Heart Day, September 29, Focuses on Prevention of Heart Disease

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More than 50% Obesity in 39 States by 2030, New F as in Fat Report Projects

A new report issued September 18, 2012 projects that if current trends continue, in 39 U.S. States more than 50% of adults could be obese by 2030, 13 states could have adult obesity rates above 60 percent, and all . . . → Read More: More than 50% Obesity in 39 States by 2030, New F as in Fat Report Projects

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Dental Health Key to Good Physical Health, Experts Say

“Did you know that your oral health can offer clues about your overall health? Or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body?” So says the Mayo Clinic. In a paper called “Oral Health: Keeping . . . → Read More: Dental Health Key to Good Physical Health, Experts Say

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New Initiative to Help Americans Control Blood Pressure, CDC Teams with Pharmacists

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new initiative, called “Team Up. Pressure Down,” in which the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will team with pharmacists to help . . . → Read More: New Initiative to Help Americans Control Blood Pressure, CDC Teams with Pharmacists

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New Study Shows Link Between Heart Disease & Chemical in Common Household Products

A new study has found an association between cardiovascular disease and exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a manmade chemical used in the manufacture of several common household products. The study of 1,216 individuals was conducted by Anoop Shankar, MD, . . . → Read More: New Study Shows Link Between Heart Disease & Chemical in Common Household Products

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Studies Link Loneliness to Higher Risk of Death, Decline and Cardiovascular Disease

Two recent studies published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association, have found loneliness to be associated with higher risks of cardiovascular disease, loss of independence, and death. However, the extent of association . . . → Read More: Studies Link Loneliness to Higher Risk of Death, Decline and Cardiovascular Disease

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Johns Hopkins Health Alert Features 8 Key Strategies to Protect Your Memory

A new Health Alert published by Johns Hopkins Medicine features 8 key strategies that the Johns Hopkins experts say can help preserve your memory and brain health. The Health Alert, entitled “How to Protect Your Memory and Brain Health,” . . . → Read More: Johns Hopkins Health Alert Features 8 Key Strategies to Protect Your Memory

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Does Coffee Help You Live Longer?

A new HealthBeat message from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) features a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, finding that “Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of dying from heart disease, . . . → Read More: Does Coffee Help You Live Longer?

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Experts Advocate Dancing for Health

UPDATED July 23, 2012: A new Health Tip published by MedlinePlus, a service of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health advocates that seniors “make exercise a social activity.” “Participate in a group dance class or a . . . → Read More: Experts Advocate Dancing for Health

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CDC Teaches that Healthy Weight is a Lifestyle - Not Just a Diet

As part of its national mission to promote public health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is providing an educational program for the public on how to lose weight and keep it off. On its website, . . . → Read More: CDC Teaches that Healthy Weight is a Lifestyle – Not Just a Diet

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2012 Future of Medicine Summit to Focus on Mental Health, Heart Disease and Diabetes

The Palm Beach County Medical Society announced that it will hold its sixth annual Future of Medicine Summit on September 27-28, 2012. A number of notable national and regional health care experts will speak at the Summit, which will . . . → Read More: 2012 Future of Medicine Summit to Focus on Mental Health, Heart Disease and Diabetes

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Harvard Guide to Women's Health Fifty and Forward Focuses on Prevention

The Harvard Medical School Special Health Report, A Guide to Women’s Health: Fifty and Forward, presents a basic overview of the changes in major health risks that women face as they age, and focuses particularly on lifestyle changes that . . . → Read More: Harvard Guide to Women’s Health Fifty and Forward Focuses on Prevention

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Insufficient Sleep Increases Stroke Risk, New Study Finds

A large new study presented on Monday at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Boston has found that healthy people age 45 and older who routinely get less than six hours of sleep per night . . . → Read More: Insufficient Sleep Increases Stroke Risk, New Study Finds

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A Diet to Extend Life

Former President Bill Clinton, on the David Letterman Show, credits his vegan diet for saving and extending his life. Watch »

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May is National Mediterranean Diet Month

May has been declared as National Mediterranean Diet Month, a national health observance aimed at generating awareness of the Mediterranean Diet and lifestyle, and the health benefits associated with it. The event is sponsored by Oldways Preservation Trust, a . . . → Read More: May is National Mediterranean Diet Month

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National High Blood Pressure Education Month Highlights Risks from High Blood Pressure & Ways to Control It

In a statement issued May 2, Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced that May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month and Stroke Awareness Month. These events, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute . . . → Read More: National High Blood Pressure Education Month Highlights Risks from High Blood Pressure & Ways to Control It

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Cleveland Clinic Florida Offers Free Stroke Screenings May 4

The Cleveland Clinic Florida is offering free stroke screenings at its Stroke Screening Day, to be held Friday, May 4, at its main facility in Weston, Florida. The event will be held from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm – . . . → Read More: Cleveland Clinic Florida Offers Free Stroke Screenings on May 4

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Optimism & Positive Outlook May Help Prevent Heart Attack, New Study Finds

In a new study reviewing more than 200 studies published in two major scientific databases, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) found that positive psychological well-being, including especially a sense of optimism, appears to reduce the . . . → Read More: Optimism & Positive Outlook May Help Prevent Heart Attack, New Study Finds

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Heart Disease Reversal

The Rave Diet claims to reverse heart disease, as well as wide range of other diseases, by changing to a plant-based diet. It has been endorsed by doctors from The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, who are interviewed–one of whom reversed . . . → Read More: Heart Disease Reversal

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Preventing and Managing Coronary Artery Disease

Watch Michael S. Lauer, M.D. Director, Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute »

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Ninety Percent of Americans Eat Too Much Salt, CDC Reports

According to a report posted March 26 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), “About 9 in 10 Americans aged 2 years and older eat too much sodium.” “There is strong evidence that eating too much . . . → Read More: Ninety Percent of Americans Eat Too Much Salt, CDC Reports

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Free Brain Health Fair April 21, 2012 - Hosted by American Academy of Neurology Foundation

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Foundation has announced that it will host a Free Brain Health Fair on April 21, 2012 in New Orleans. The event, which is open to the public, “is a free, daylong family event . . . → Read More: Free Brain Health Fair April 21, 2012 – Hosted by American Academy of Neurology Foundation

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Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure with DASH: the DASH Eating Plan

The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Eating Plan is published and recommended by the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, under the U.S. Department of Health & Human . . . → Read More: Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure with DASH: the DASH Eating Plan

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A Simple Equation for Heart Health

Dr. Martha Grogan, a cardiologist with the Mayo Clinic and medical editor for the new book Heart Healthy For Life suggests: Eat 5, Move 10, Sleep 8 Watch . . . → Read More: A Simple Equation for Heart Health

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National Nutrition Month - Resources on Eating for Prevention & Wellness

March is National Nutrition Month®, a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a nonprofit organization. According to the Academy, “The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making . . . → Read More: National Nutrition Month – Resources on Eating for Prevention & Wellness

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Red Meat Increases Risk of Death; Fish or Poultry Lowers Risk, New Study Finds

A new study by scientists at Harvard and the Cleveland Clinic has found that the more red meat one eats, the higher the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cancer, and all causes, while substituting fish, poultry and other . . . → Read More: Red Meat Increases Risk of Death; Fish or Poultry Lowers Risk, New Study Finds

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Dietary Trans Fats Markedly Increase Stroke Risk Among Older Women, New Study Finds

A large new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that postmenopausal women whose diets were high in trans fats (and who did not take aspirin) had a 66% higher risk of . . . → Read More: Dietary Trans Fats Markedly Increase Stroke Risk Among Older Women, New Study Finds

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Omega-3 in Fish & Other Foods May Keep Your Brain Sharper, New Study Finds

“People with lower blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids had lower brain volumes that were equivalent to about two years of structural brain aging,” said Dr. Zaldy S. Tan, MD, MPH of the University of California, principal author of . . . → Read More: Omega-3 in Fish & Other Foods May Keep Your Brain Sharper, New Study Finds

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Daily Diet Soft Drinks Linked to Higher Heart Attack & Stroke Risk, New Study Finds

A new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine has found that older adults who drank daily diet soft drinks were 43 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke over a ten-year period than . . . → Read More: Daily Diet Soft Drinks Linked to Higher Heart Attack & Stroke Risk, New Study Finds

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Eating Citrus Fruit May Lower Stroke Risk, New Study Suggests

A new study published in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association, has found that eating citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit, may lower your risk of stroke, due to a compound called “flavanone” found in citrus . . . → Read More: Eating Citrus Fruit May Lower Stroke Risk, New Study Suggests

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Harvard Health Discusses the Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

In a new article entitled “What is it about coffee?” the editors of Harvard Health Publications, discuss some of the known benefits and drawbacks of drinking coffee. The new article on coffee is found in Sleep, Hygiene, Quit Smoking . . . → Read More: Harvard Health Discusses the Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

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Cleveland Clinic Heart Surgeon & Cardiologist Tackle Misconceptions About Heart Health

In their new book entitled, Heart 411: The Only Guide to Heart Health You’ll Ever Need, two renowned heart experts, heart surgeon Marc Gillinov and cardiologist Steven Nissen, both of the Cleveland Clinic, tackle some prominent misconceptions about heart . . . → Read More: Cleveland Clinic Heart Surgeon & Cardiologist Tackle Misconceptions About Heart Health

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10 Foods Largely Responsible for 9 of 10 Americans Eating Too Much Salt, New CDC Report Finds

A new report issued February 7 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has found that 9 out of 10 Americans eat too much salt, and 10 food types are responsible for 44 percent of daily . . . → Read More: 10 Foods Largely Responsible for 9 of 10 Americans Eating Too Much Salt, New CDC Report Finds

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Nationwide Events to Promote Heart-Healthy Living Being Held in February

The American Heart Association and other organizations are holding a series of nationwide events in February as part of “American Heart Month.” The purpose of this annual initiative, sponsored by the American Heart Association, is to call attention to . . . → Read More: Nationwide Events to Promote Heart-Healthy Living Being Held in February

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Feb 3 is National Wear Red Day - for Heart Disease Awareness

The American Heart Association (“AHA”) has issued the following announcement of National Wear Red Day, February 3, 2012, to encourage awareness of  Heart Disease, which the AHA calls our Nation’s “No. 1 killer:” National Wear Red Day Counting down . . . → Read More: Feb 3 is National Wear Red Day – for Heart Disease Awareness

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New Study Associates Silent Strokes with Memory Loss

A new study by scientists at Columbia University Medical Center in New York has found that “silent strokes” are associated with memory loss in the elderly, suggesting that stroke-prevention may help stave off memory loss in the elderly, according . . . → Read More: New Study Associates Silent Strokes with Memory Loss

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American Heart Association Publishes New Holiday Healthy Eating Guide

The American Heart Association (AHA) has published a new “Holiday Healthy Eating Guide,” with tips for consumers on how to navigate the Holidays – usually a heavy-eating season – in a way that is healthy for your heart, blood . . . → Read More: American Heart Association Publishes New Holiday Healthy Eating Guide

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Which States Have the Best and Worst Health Rankings in 2011?

The 22nd annual America’s Health Rankings® report was released on December 5, 2011, grading and ranking the 50 U.S. states in terms of the level of their overall health and health care, determined by 23 objective measurements. The annual . . . → Read More: Which States Have the Best and Worst Health Rankings in 2011?

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Fitness More Important Than Body Weight in Reducing Death Risk

A new study of 14,345 adult men, published in Circulation, a Journal of the American Heart Association, found that improving physical fitness lowered risk of death, both from cardiovascular disease and from all causes, even after controlling for body . . . → Read More: Fitness More Important Than Body Weight in Reducing Death Risk

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BPA Levels Increase Over 1000% After Eating Canned Soup, New Harvard Study Finds

A new study conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health has found that in subjects who ate canned soup for five days, levels of bisphenol A (BPA) found in the urine increased more than 1000%, compared . . . → Read More: BPA Levels Increase Over 1000% After Eating Canned Soup, New Harvard Study Finds

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Treating the Causes, Not the Symptoms of Heart Disease

Diet Gurus Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., and Dr. Dean Ornish, discuss the remarkable capacity of the body to heal itself through diet, as opposed to using drugs and undergoing operations. (President Bill Clinton followed their diet to reverse his . . . → Read More: Treating the Causes, Not the Symptoms of Heart Disease

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5 Healthy Lifestyle Factors Significantly Reduce Risk of Stroke, New Study Finds

A new study of 36,686 Finnish men and women, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association, has found that 5 healthy lifestyle factors are associated with significantly reduced risk of stroke. And, . . . → Read More: 5 Healthy Lifestyle Factors Significantly Reduce Risk of Stroke, New Study Finds

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New Study Fuels Controversy Over Benefits of Salt Reduction in Diet & in Processed Foods

A new research report by Danish researchers has claimed to find some adverse consequences of dietary salt reduction primarily in persons with normal blood pressure, fueling a continuing controversy over the benefits of requiring salt reduction in foods. This . . . → Read More: New Study Fuels Controversy Over Benefits of Salt Reduction in Diet & in Processed Foods

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Reversing Heart Disease is Possible With Diet According to Cleveland Clinic MD

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. from the Cleveland Clinic discusses how he set up his 25-year study on arresting and reversing heart disease using a plant-based diet. Former President Bill Clinton used this same diet to reverse his heart disease. . . . → Read More: Reversing Heart Disease Possible With Diet According to Cleveland Clinic MD

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Interval Training May Reduce the Risk of Heart Attack or Stroke

No matter what your age or fitness level, interval training may be better for your overall health than longer sessions of slow, sustained exercise, according to some cardiologists at the Mayo Clinic. Watch Vivien Williams for Mayo Clinic’s Medical . . . → Read More: Interval Training May Reduce the Risk of Heart Attack or Stroke

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Lower Triglycerides by Simply Moving More

Instead of taking medicine to lower triglycerides, most people, according to the Mayo Clinic, can lower their triglycerides number by simply moving more. Watch Stephen Kopecky, M.D. from the Mayo Clinic . . . → Read More: Lower Triglycerides by Simply Moving More

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Improving Your Health Literacy May Help You Improve Your Health, Survey Suggests

A new survey published on October 19 found that while almost eight in ten people who reported having a recent blood test claim they understood the results, in fact 48 percent did not know their cholesterol level, and 65 . . . → Read More: Improving Your Health Literacy May Help You Improve Your Health, Survey Suggests

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Harvard Medical School Issues Tips on How to Take Your Own Blood Pressure At Home

Harvard Medical School has recently issued a new HealthBeat report, published by Harvard Health Publications, with practical tips on how to measure your blood pressure at home. “Checking blood pressure at home won’t cure hypertension, but it will help . . . → Read More: Harvard Medical School Issues Tips on How to Take Your Own Blood Pressure At Home

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Warning Signs of a Stroke

According to a Canadian study one in eight strokes is preceded by a warning stroke. Watch Dr. Rishi Gupta, Stroke Expert from the Cleveland Clinic describe the warning signs and suggest some risk factor . . . → Read More: Warning Signs of a Stroke

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New Patient Guides & Treatment Decision Aids Provided by AHRQ

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is providing a new series of Guides for Patients and Consumers. These new Guides for Patients and Consumers include Consumer . . . → Read More: New Patient Guides & Treatment Decision Aids Provided by AHRQ

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Can Eating Fish Reduce Your Risk of Stroke?

A recent analysis of 15 studies measuring the potential relationship between fish consumption and incidence of stroke in a combined total of 383,838 participants, found that eating fish at least three times per week was associated with a slightly . . . → Read More: Can Eating Fish Reduce Your Risk of Stroke?

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September 29 is World Heart Day -- One World, One Home, One Heart

September 29, 2011 marks the 11 year anniversary of celebrating World Heart Day, an international campaign created in 2000 by the World Heart Federation, a non-governmental organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, to increase public awareness about the threat of . . . → Read More: September 29 is World Heart Day — One World, One Home, One Heart

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HHS & Public-Private Partners Aim to Prevent 1 Million Heart Attacks & Strokes in 5 Years

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) yesterday announced a new “Million Hearts” campaign being launched by a public-private partnership of several government and private sector organizations, with the aim of preventing 1 million heart attacks and . . . → Read More: HHS & Public-Private Partners Aim to Prevent 1 Million Heart Attacks & Strokes in 5 Years

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Find Walking Paths in Your Area Via StartWalkingNow, Campaign of American Heart Association

To help Americans build healthy lifestyles and incorporate walking exercise into their daily schedules, the American Heart Association has launched a StartWalkingNow campaign, via its website: interactive tool on the StartWalkingNow.org website or via an application that can be . . . → Read More: Find Walking Paths in Your Area Via StartWalkingNow, Campaign of American Heart Association

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Obesity Alert: Scientists Warn of Alarming Health Costs, Discuss Cures

In a series of four scientific papers published today in The Lancet medical journal, noted scientists from several countries have examined in detail the worldwide obesity epidemic, its present and projected impact in the U.S. and the UK, and . . . → Read More: Obesity Alert: Scientists Warn of Alarming Health Costs, Discuss Cures

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Special Vegan Diet Lowers Cholesterol Significantly, Study Finds

A new study conducted by Canadian scientists has found that a special vegetarian diet including soy, nuts, viscous & plant sterol, lowered bad cholesterol significantly, without the assistance of drugs, over a six month period. In fact, study participants . . . → Read More: Special Vegan Diet Lowers Cholesterol Significantly, Study Finds

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Is Heart Disease Completely Preventable?

Watch Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. from the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute on CNN discuss making yourself heart-attack proof by a going on a special diet that deals with the cause of the illness »

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Is Heart Disease Genetic?

Can risk factors of heart disease be modified? The common myths regarding heart disease are dispelled by Dr. Curtis Rimmerman, cardiologist and author of “The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Speaking With Your Cardiologist.” . . . → Read More: Is Heart Disease Genetic?

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Optimism Lowers Risk of Stroke, Study Finds

A new study by researchers at the University of Michigan has found that higher optimism was associated with lower risk of stroke among a study sample of 6,044 adults age 50 and over, who were followed for 2 years. . . . → Read More: Optimism Lowers Risk of Stroke, Study Finds

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Eat Less Salt & More Potassium to Live Longer, New Study Suggests

A new study conducted by researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emory University School of Public Health, and Harvard School of Public Health, has found that a diet high in salt and low in . . . → Read More: Eat Less Salt & More Potassium to Live Longer, New Study Suggests

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Healthy Lifestyle Associated With 92 Percent Lower Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

A new study by Harvard researchers has found that adhering to a healthy lifestyle, including not smoking, exercising regularly, having a low body weight and eating a healthy diet, lowered by 92 percent the risk of sudden cardiac . . . → Read More: Healthy Lifestyle Associated With 92 Percent Lower Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

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Motivational Talk Therapy After Stoke May Increase Chances of Survival & Reduce Depression

A new study has found that stroke patients who, in addition to receiving standard stroke care, met with therapists to discuss recovery, life expectations, and potential obstacles, within one month after stroke experienced a 50% lower death rate, and . . . → Read More: Motivational Talk Therapy After Stoke May Increase Chances of Survival & Reduce Depression

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TV Viewing Linked to Higher Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease & Death

A new study has found a correlation between every two additional hours of television viewing per day and an increase in risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and death. The study, by researchers from Harvard School of Public . . . → Read More: TV Viewing Linked to Higher Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease & Death

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Warning Signs of A Heart Attack

Heart Attack/ Heart Disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. Knowing the warning signs and symptoms of heart attack, and calling 911 immediately, can save your life or the life of your loved ones. Though . . . → Read More: Warning Signs of A Heart Attack

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National Women’s Health Week May 8 – May 14 -- Focus on Older Women's Heart Health

As part of National Women’s Health Week, May 8 – May 14, 2011, a new initiative of the HHS Office of Women’s Health called, “Safety, Health for Older Women (SHOW),” will focus attention on older women’s heart health. . . . → Read More: National Women’s Health Week May 8 – May 14 — Focus on Older Women’s Heart Health

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Low Health Literacy Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Heart Patients

A new study conducted by a team of researchers from the Denver Health Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research, the University of Colorado Denver, and other institutions, has found that low health literacy among patients with . . . → Read More: Low Health Literacy Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Heart Patients

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Studies Find Calcium Supplements May Increase Risk of Heart Attack

New studies, conducted by medical researchers at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, found that post-menopausal women taking calcium supplements (with or without Vitamin D) may be at increased risk of heart attack. . . . → Read More: Studies Find Calcium Supplements May Increase Risk of Heart Attack

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Study Finds Eating Apples Every Day Promotes Heart Health & Weight Loss in Postmenopausal Women

A new study has found that daily apple consumption promotes cardiovascular health, and was even associated with weight loss, in postmenopausal women. The study, entitled, “Daily apple consumption promotes cardiovascular health in postmenopausal women,” was conducted by researchers in . . . → Read More: Study Finds Eating Apples Every Day Promotes Heart Health & Weight Loss in Postmenopausal Women

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Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Vitamins

Do vitamins and supplements lower your risk of cardiovascular disease? Some frequently asked questions answered by Leslie Cho, M.D. Director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Center of the Cleveland Clinic. Watch»

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Check Out Your Estimated 10-year Risk of Having a Heart Attack - New Quiz/ Assessment Tool Posted by NIH

Take this Quiz — a new assessment tool to estimate your 10-year risk of having a heart attack, posted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on its Health Information website.  Called the ” Risk Assessment Tool for Estimating . . . → Read More: Check Out Your Estimated 10-year Risk of Having a Heart Attack – New Quiz/ Assessment Tool Posted by NIH

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Swedish Study Suggests Drinking Coffee Associated with Lower Stroke Risk

A new study analyzing data collected from 34,670 Swedish women, aged 49 to 83, found that those who reported drinking from 1 to 5 cups of coffee daily had a 22 to 25 percent lower risk of stroke than . . . → Read More: Swedish Study Suggests Drinking Coffee Associated with Lower Stroke Risk

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Test Your Knowledge About Stroke with this Quiz and Then Learn More from the NIH

Take this new Quiz which has been posted as part of the “Know Stroke Campaign” on the website of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). NINDS is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), under . . . → Read More: Test Your Knowledge About Stroke with this Quiz and Then Learn More from the NIH

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How to Give Continuous Chest Compression CPR

A Mayo Clinic presentation of how to give CPR to to those who have suffered a heart attack. This is a new method of CPR called Continuous Chest Compression CPR, which does not involve breathing into the mouth of . . . → Read More: How to Give Continuous Chest Compression CPR

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True Secrets to Heart-Healthy Eating

Julia Zumpano, R.D. from the Cleveland Clinic discusses fad diets and the best way to protect one’s heart without counting calories. Watch»

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Updated Heart Disease Prevention Guidelines for Women Issued by American Heart Association

On February 15, 2011, the American Heart Association (AHA) issued updated Heart Disease Prevention Guidelines specifically for women. The updated guidelines for women focus more on practical medical advice that works in the “real-world” rather than recommendations based only . . . → Read More: Updated Heart Disease Prevention Guidelines for Women Issued by American Heart Association

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Calculate Your Body Mass Index (BMI)

Use this Calculate Your BMI – Standard BMI . . . → Read More: Calculate Your Body Mass Index (BMI)

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Four Things You Can Do to Prevent a Heart Attack

Watch Dr. Stephen Kopecky, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, to learn four simple lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your chances of getting a heart attack by 40%. No treatment or other thing you could do will lower your . . . → Read More: Four Things You Can Do to Prevent a Heart Attack

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Traffic Noise May Lead To Higher Stroke Risk Among Seniors

A new Danish study, published in the European Heart Journal has found a clear correlation between noise levels and stroke risk for seniors. The louder the noise, the higher the risk of stroke. In fact, the researchers reported that . . . → Read More: Traffic Noise May Lead To Higher Stroke Risk Among Seniors

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Sitting 4 Hours a Day In Front of a TV or Computer May Double Your Risk of Heart Attack

A new British study, published in the Jan. 18 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, has found that sitting too long watching TV or in front of a computer screen may increase risk for heart . . . → Read More: Sitting 4 Hours a Day In Front of a TV or Computer May Double Your Risk of Heart Attack

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Radiation Risks from CT Scans

Enlightening Video: Radiation exposure from CT Scans can vary up to six fold between different CT Scan providers. Up to now CT Scan radiation has not been regulated. Watch video . . . → Read More: Radiation Risks from CT Scans

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Understanding Cholesterol Numbers

From AroundWellington.com, Health & Fitness, By Cheryl Alker This article provides a good basic introduction to cholesterol measurement numbers, and what they mean.  The author, an accredited fitness trainer, recommends that cholesterol levels should be measured at least once every five . . . → Read More: Understanding Cholesterol Numbers

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Heart Diseases & Stroke; Links to Comprehensive Information by American Heart Association

Heart Diseases & Stroke; Links to Comprehensive Information, found on the Website of the American Heart Association. Contains links to extensive information relating to Heart Disease and Stroke, including: Warning Signs; Learn About Stroke, and other information on Stroke; . . . → Read More: Heart Diseases & Stroke; Links to Comprehensive Information by American Heart Association

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Aging Hearts & Arteries; A Scientific Quest, National Institute on Aging

Aging Hearts & Arteries; A Scientific Quest. This website (with a link to a 68 page pdf document) by the National Institute on Aging (“NIA”), National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, reports on research . . . → Read More: Aging Hearts & Arteries; A Scientific Quest, National Institute on Aging

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Heart Disease Fact Sheet, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Heart Disease Fact Sheet, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A map and statistics on the incidence of heart disease in the U.S. Fact No. 1 is that “Heart disease is the leading cause of death for . . . → Read More: Heart Disease Fact Sheet, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Heart Diseases – MedLinePlus

Heart Diseases, by MedlinePlus, a service of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Explains that heart disease is “the number one killer in the U.S.,” and also “a major . . . → Read More: Heart Diseases – MedLinePlus

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Heart Health, Website of U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Heart Health, Website of U.S. Food and Drug Administration Contains links to updated Consumer Information on various potential treatments for heart diseases, including links to information, and the ability to subscribe to updates on: Dietary Supplements Drugs Food Medical . . . → Read More: Heart Health, Website of U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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