Category Archives: Heart Disease/ Stroke – Prevention

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% of … Continue reading

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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 to … Continue reading

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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 heart … Continue reading

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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 discussion … Continue reading

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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 and … Continue reading

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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 low … Continue reading

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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 Heart, … Continue reading

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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 educate … Continue reading

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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, and … Continue reading

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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 may … Continue reading

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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,” is … Continue reading

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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, stroke, … Continue reading

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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 group … Continue reading

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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 be … Continue reading

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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 women … Continue reading

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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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Cleveland Clinic Florida Offers Free Stroke Screenings on 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 – U.S. … Continue reading

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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 severe … Continue reading

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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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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 »

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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 informed … Continue reading

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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 healthy … Continue reading

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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 ischemic … Continue reading

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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 a … Continue reading

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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 those … Continue reading

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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 fruits. … Continue reading

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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 & … Continue reading

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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 health, … Continue reading

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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 salt … Continue reading

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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 heart … Continue reading

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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 to … Continue reading

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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 to … Continue reading

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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 pressure … Continue reading

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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 weight … Continue reading

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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, the … Continue reading

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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 comes … Continue reading

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Reversing Heart Disease 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. Watch … Continue reading

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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 Edge … Continue reading

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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 control … Continue reading

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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 modifications»

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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 lower … Continue reading

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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 heart … Continue reading

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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 downloaded … Continue reading

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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 on … Continue reading

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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. This … Continue reading

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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 potassium … Continue reading

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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 death in … Continue reading

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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 Health, … Continue reading

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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. New … Continue reading

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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 the … Continue reading

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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 Your … Continue reading

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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 those … Continue reading

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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 the … Continue reading

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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 disease … Continue reading

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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 years … Continue reading

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Heart Disease Risk Questionnaire – from Washington University School of Medicine

Heart Disease Risk Questionnaire – from Washington University School of Medicine. An interactive questionnaire to help you assess your risk or your elderly loved one’s risk of heart disease. View Info…

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Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease for Women

Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease for Women: A Special Case, by The World Health Organization. Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease for Women – A Special Case

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Facts About Menopausal Hormone Therapy (now known to increase risks of heart attack and stroke)

Facts About Menopausal Hormone Therapy (now known to increase risks of heart attack and stroke), A 24 page booklet by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Discusses the … Continue reading

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Cut Down on Fat – Not on Taste!

Cut Down on Fat – Not on Taste! Pamphlet in Spanish and English by National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health. Learn about how to eat for heart health. Cut Down on Fat – Not on Taste! … Continue reading

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Learn Your Cholesterol Number

Learn Your Cholesterol Number, An 8 page pamphlet in both Spanish and English by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Read More: Learn Your Cholesteral Number (in Spanish … Continue reading

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High Blood Cholesterol: What You Need to Know

High Blood Cholesterol: What You Need to Know A 6 page pamphlet by the National Cholesterol Education Program, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Read More… High Blood Cholesterol; What You Need To Know

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Facts on Cholesterol

Facts on Cholesterol, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Map with statistics on the percentage of people who had their blood tested for cholesterol by state. >> Read More Facts on Cholesterol

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AMA urges immediate FDA action to reduce excess salt in food

According to a study for the Council on Science and Public Health, American Medical Association: “Across populations, the level of blood pressure, the incremental rise in blood pressure with age, and the prevalence of hypertension are directly related to sodium … Continue reading

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Facts About Healthy Weight

Facts About Healthy Weight, A 4 page pamphlet by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. View Info: Facts About Healthy Weight

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Aim for a Healthy Weight

Aim for a Healthy Weight, A 48 page booklet by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Overweight increases your risks to the following disease: ■ High blood pressure … Continue reading

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In Brief: Your Guide to Healthy Sleep

In Brief: Your Guide to Healthy Sleep, A four page guide by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. A shorter version of the longer booklet entitled “Your Guide … Continue reading

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Learn about Heart Disease – Take Action, Quick Guide to Healthy Living

Learn about Heart Disease – Take Action, Quick Guide to Healthy Living series by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Healthfinder.gov. Covers basics of heart disease, risk factors, and immediate action items toward prevention: get your blood pressure checked, … Continue reading

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Eating Fish Can Improve Memory and Prevent Stroke

Eating Fish Can Improve Memory and Prevent Stroke, by Martin Mak. Read Article… Eating Fish Can Improve Memory and Prevent Stroke

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Heart Disease – Prevention & Wellness

Heart Disease – Prevention & Wellness Articles on prevention of heart disease by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Healthfinder.gov. View Info…

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Green tea may help prevent strokes, study finds

Green tea may help prevent strokes, not cancer, MSNBC, Health/ Diet & Nutrition Five cups a day of green tea greatly reduced heart disease in Japan, a study found.

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Your Guide to Healthy Sleep

Your Guide to Healthy Sleep, a 72 page booklet, is published by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, which is under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Recognizing the importance … Continue reading

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