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How long can a person live with congestive heart failure?

How long can a person live with congestive heart failure?

Congestive heart failure is a progressive disease that gets worse over time, especially if it remains untreated. It is often caused by other conditions that weaken the heart, such as: There are four stages of congestive heart failure (CHF), each with a different outlook. Many other disorders and lifestyle choices contribute to the development of […]

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Top 15 sources of plant-based protein

Top 15 sources of plant-based protein

More and more people are interested in following vegetarian or vegan diets or reducing their use of animal products. A shift away from animal products is getting easier with more fortified and nutritious plant-based foods available. A person may try a vegan diet for health, animal welfare, or religious reasons. In 2016, the Academy of […]

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How does depression affect people with cardiovascular disease?

How does depression affect people with cardiovascular disease?

Two new studies highlight the negative impact of depression on the health outcomes and health-related quality of life of people with cardiovascular disease. Undiagnosed depression can significantly affect the lives of those who had a heart attack, says a new study. An increasing number of studies point to an intimate link between depression and heart […]

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There’s no such thing as heart-protecting fat, study finds

There’s no such thing as heart-protecting fat, study finds

A new study busts the myth of the existence of “good” fat that protects against heart disease. In fact, the study looked at the effects of losing weight in the hips, buttocks, and thighs on cardiovascular health, and it found nothing but benefits. All weight loss is good for the heart, suggests new research. Most […]

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These vegetables may promote artery health

These vegetables may promote artery health

A new study of older women living in Australia finds that eating more vegetables — especially cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower — might help to prevent clogged arteries, or atherosclerosis, a main cause of heart attack and stroke. Research suggests that eating more cruciferous vegetables may help to keep your […]

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Space travel may hold the key to cardiac repair

Space travel may hold the key to cardiac repair

Astronauts live in a practically weightless environment, scientifically known as microgravity. The effects of microgravity on the human body are various and fascinating – some of them damaging, some redeeming. New research finds a therapeutic purpose for the impact of microgravity on human stem cells. The weightless conditions inside a spacecraft may be used to […]

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Can this biochemical ‘switch off’ inflammation?

Can this biochemical ‘switch off’ inflammation?

Macrophages are cells that play a key role in inflammation. And now, new research — led by Trinity College Dublin in Ireland — has found a previously unknown process that can switch off the production of inflammatory factors in macrophages. Scientists find an ‘off-switch’ for inflammation in macrophages (depicted here). The researchers suggest that the […]

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This is how a single high-fat meal can lead to heart disease

This is how a single high-fat meal can lead to heart disease

New research, published in the journal Laboratory Investigation, finds dramatic and almost immediate changes in the blood vessels of healthy men after they have consumed a single high-fat meal. A single meal high in fat — such as those typical of fast food — may immediately wreak havoc on your arteries, shows a new study. […]

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Childhood friends may protect your adult health

Childhood friends may protect your adult health

Remember that childhood friend you used to hang out with till it got so late your parents had to drag you back to the house? Or that high school confidante you’d spend ages with chatting on the phone? The comfort these friends brought you then might extend well into your adulthood and keep you healthy […]

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Could coffee stop clogged arteries?

Could coffee stop clogged arteries?

A new study offers yet more evidence that coffee is good for us, after finding that consuming more than three cups of joe every day may lower our risk of atherosclerosis, which is a major risk factor for heart disease. Researchers suggest that drinking at least three cups of coffee daily may benefit the heart […]