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Heart Disease Prevention: Is There an App for That?

There are a multitude of factors that can help to prevent against heart disease. Our age, race, gender, diet and lifestyle can all contribute to our overall heart health. But with so many factors at play, it can be difficult to know just where we stand in terms of our…
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Does the DASH Diet Plan Improve Heart Health?

These days, it seems you can’t go a day without hearing about a diet plan. You might know someone who’s tried Weight Watchers, or perhaps you’ve dabbled with dieting yourself. Some diets are fads that come and go, while others prove their worth through the real health benefits they offer.
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Can Air Pollution Contribute to High Blood Pressure?

With every beat of our heart, oxygen-rich blood is pushed through the body’s network of arteries and veins, delivering blood to vital organs throughout the body. Blood pressure measures the force of this blood against the arterial walls. High blood pressure, or hypertension, describes when the force of blood against…
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Seton Heart Doctors Use Breakthrough Implant

Heart doctors say newly approved device is a major advance in treating blocked arteries Seton Heart Institute, part of Ascension, are first in Central Texas to implant two newly FDA-approved dissolving stents in a 48-year-old Austin man. The naturally dissolving heart stent is a bioresorbable scaffold that opens…
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Why Are Heart Attacks Fatal More Often in Women?

There are several reasons that heart attacks are fatal more often in women compared to men. Patients and providers still assume that heart attacks occur more often in men – and women don’t “look” like men and are not treated aggressively. Heart doctors call this the Yentl Syndrome. Also, women…
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4 Tips to Prevent Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is caused by blockages in the coronary arteries that pump blood to the heart. When your heart can’t get the blood supply it needs to properly function, it could result in chest pain, shortness of breath and heart attacks. But there are some lifestyle choices you…
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How a Virtual Heart May Help Predict Arrhythmia

Arrhythmia is a condition that can occur when the electric pulses sent from the brain to the heart create in irregular heartbeat, which may be too fast, too slow or erratic. Sometimes, arrhythmia can be harmless, although it can also life-threatening, depending on the circumstances. With new computer technology, researchers…
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Can a Low-Sodium Diet Increase Heart Disease Risks?

Because we tend to consume much more salt than our bodies generally need to properly function, many people now associate salt intake with poor eating habits. But while there are links between high salt consumption and high blood pressure, not everyone is suited for a low-sodium diet. In fact, consuming…
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Can Yogurt Protect Women from Developing High Blood Pressure?

It’s widely known that eating a healthy diet can help to prevent a number of health issues, and recent research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle Scientific Sessions furthers this suggestion. According to the findings, yogurt may play a role in lowering the risk of high blood pressure…
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How Are Metabolic Syndrome and Heart Disease Connected?

In our modern lives, the prevalence of high-sugar diets coupled with increased inactivity has led to a rise in metabolic syndrome. Rather than a simple disease, metabolic syndrome is actually a cluster of conditions that include high blood pressure, insulin resistance, increased cholesterol and abdominal obesity. Although just one of…
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