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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Family Caregiving for Patients With Stroke

Family Caregiving for Patients With Stroke — Review and Analysis, Han and Haley, © American Heart Institute, Inc. Reports on scientific studies done on the burdens on family caregivers for elderly stroke patients. Concludes that, “Evidence to date clearly . . . → Read More: Family Caregiving for Patients With Stroke

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Living with Advanced Congestive Heart Failure: A Guide for Family Caregivers

Living with Advanced Congestive Heart Failure: A Guide for Family Caregivers, by The Washington Home Center for Palliative Care Studies, A Division of RAND Corporation, (formerly the Rand Center to Improve Care of the Dying). A serious and in . . . → Read More: Living with Advanced Congestive Heart Failure: A Guide for Family Caregivers

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Heart Attack Survival Plan

Heart Attack Survival Plan, a Wallet card to fill out with information for emergency personnel, such as medications your loved one is taking, allergies, name and emergency contact information for yourself or other caregivers, and a short reminder list . . . → Read More: Heart Attack Survival Plan

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Forum (online discussion) for caregivers of patients with heart disease

Forum (online discussion) for caregivers of patients with heart disease – on the website of the American Heart Association. »View Info

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Family cardiac caregivers may have higher heart disease risk

Family cardiac caregivers may have higher heart disease risk, Press release by the American Heart Association. Report on a study finding that stress and depression may play an important role in the development of cardiovascular disease. Stress and depression . . . → Read More: Family cardiac caregivers may have higher heart disease risk

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