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Lower BP Early to Cut Stroke Risk
It's not just high blood pressure that puts Blacks at four times more risk for a stroke. Racism and economic stress contribute, too.
Are You Vegetarian or Pastatarian?
Avoiding meat can be a good idea; but something else matters more, and it may spell trouble for certain kinds of plant-based diets.
You don't have to give it up entirely, but the more fried food and snacks you eat, the more likely you are to develop heart trouble.
Fit and Fat? Not Really
Exercise is good for you, but it can't counteract the bad effects excess weight has on your body. You also need to watch what you eat.
White Fat, Brown Fat
A kind of fat cell that burns energy and improves cholesterol and glucose metabolism? As elusive as brown fat is, its benefits appear real.
Take It in Both Arms
Next time, have your blood pressure taken in both arms, or do it yourself at the drug store. It's a good way to check for atherosclerosis.
Some foods fuel chronic inflammation, a cause of heart disease; others put a lid on it. It pays to know which is which.
Sweet Drinks Hurt Hearts
Artificially sweetened drinks may be almost as bad for your heart as sugary beverages. Here's a pretty simple work-around.
Good News for Obese Heart Patients
Weight-loss surgery -- gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy -- improves the health of even those who have had a heart attack.
Flu Vaccines Help the Heart
Having a flu shot protects you from more than the flu virus; it can prevent heart problems, too. So why do so few hospitals offer it?
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