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Increasing exercise over 6-year span protects the heart

Increasing exercise over 6-year span protects the heart

With heart failure, the cardiac muscle is unable to pump blood at the normal rate, resulting in persistent tiredness, breathlessness, and swollen legs. The condition can appear with age and tends to worsen over time. Can increasing exercise protect heart health? And how much would you need to increase it by to benefit? A new […]

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Eat Fish Twice a Week to Ward Off Heart Disease, Experts Say

Eat Fish Twice a Week to Ward Off Heart Disease, Experts Say

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Heart News THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There is more reason than ever for people to make fish a bigger part of their diets, according to the American Heart Association. The heart group has long recommended that people eat fish — preferably fatty varieties — once or twice […]

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When Temperatures Fall, Heart Attack Risk May Rise

When Temperatures Fall, Heart Attack Risk May Rise

Latest Heart News FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Colder weather may raise the risk for a heart attack, a preliminary study suggests. Researchers in Taiwan found that heart attack rates fluctuated seasonally, with more occurring in winter than summer. When the temperature fell below 59 degrees Fahrenheit, heart attacks increased dramatically, the study […]

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Scans Can Tell How Long Ago a Stroke Occurred

Scans Can Tell How Long Ago a Stroke Occurred

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Heart News THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new MRI scanning technique can help doctors better nail down when a person has suffered a stroke and whether clot-busting drugs will help preserve their brain. This technique could save the brains of some people who suffer “wake-up” strokes, where […]

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After ‘Mini-Stroke,’ Drug Combo Could Help Cut Odds for Major Attack

After ‘Mini-Stroke,’ Drug Combo Could Help Cut Odds for Major Attack

Latest Heart News WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A dual-drug approach after a “mini-stroke” might maximize a person’s odds of avoiding a more major stroke in the months after, research shows. Minor strokes and events known as “transient ischemic attacks” (TIA), or mini-strokes, are warning signs that people have an up to 15 […]

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What are the best foods for heart health?

What are the best foods for heart health?

Heart disease is still the number one killer in the United States. In this Spotlight, we outline 16 foods that, when consumed as part of a well-rounded diet, might help to keep your heart healthy. How can you improve your heart health with food? There are many things you can do to help keep your […]

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What You Need to Know About Strokes

What You Need to Know About Strokes

Latest Heart News SATURDAY, May 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Stroke is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, but a lack of awareness and resources hinder efforts to change that, the American Stroke Association says. “We must aggressively continue our efforts to reduce stroke, especially in multicultural communities, and to reach […]

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What causes the heart to skip a beat?

What causes the heart to skip a beat?

When heartbeats suddenly become more noticeable, they are called heart palpitations. Sometimes they can feel as though the heart has skipped a beat. Palpitations can also feel like the heart is pounding, fluttering, or beating irregularly. A person may experience these sensations in the throat or the neck. They can last for a few seconds […]

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Reversing atherosclerosis with one shot

Reversing atherosclerosis with one shot

New research demonstrates that injecting synthetically designed nanofibers in mice helps to break up the arterial plaque that is a hallmark of atherosclerosis. A new study suggests that an injection might be able to reduce arterial plaque (depicted here). Atherosclerosis is a condition in which plaque builds inside the arteries, stiffening and eventually clogging them. […]

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How to identify pitting edema

How to identify pitting edema

Edema refers to visible swelling caused by a buildup of fluid within tissues. When an indentation remains after the swollen skin is pressed, this is called pitting edema. The effect may also be noticeable after taking off a tight shoe or stocking. Anyone can have pitting edema, but because some causes are more dangerous than […]