Heart Care

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A healthy diet is a cornerstone of good health. And research has found another reason why: An important mineral may help keep blood pressure at normal levels.
In a recent study, researchers found that death rates from high blood pressure rose by 23%. But those from all other causes dropped by 21%.
A heart attack can sometimes be the first sign that you have heart disease. That frightening fact makes early detection important. Certain tests may help to diagnose the condition. But if you are at low risk for or have no symptoms of heart disease, experts continue to advise against such screenings.
Up to half of all heart attacks may not have the typical symptoms of crushing chest pain, shortness of breath, and cold sweats. Instead, they may be “silent,” researchers say.
Statins are one of the most widely used drugs. They have helped many people lower their cholesterol. That, in turn, has lowered their risk for heart disease. Unfortunately, 2 recent studies found that some statin users may be ignoring other heart-healthy choices—namely, eating a low-fat diet and exercising regularly.
Having that morning cup of coffee probably won’t trigger heart rhythm problems, a new study says. That goes for tea and chocolate, as well.
It’s better for your health if you cut back on the amount of salt in your diet. That’s been the advice from health experts for a number of years, but the message apparently hasn’t gotten through, the CDC says.
Recent research suggests that unhealthy heart habits may affect your brain, too. This is true no matter what your age.
Your heart acts as a well-oiled machine. With each beat, it pumps blood to all parts of your body. Sometimes this process isn’t as efficient as it should be. That may be the case for people who have problems with their mitral valve. Surgery may fix this valve, and improve overall well-being, a recent study found.
Despite its popularity, yoga is no exercise fad. The practice has been around for thousands of years. Poses like Downward-Facing Dog and Lotus speak to a balance between the body and mind. Many people who do yoga believe it promotes better health. This perk may even extend to the heart, suggests a recent review.
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