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  • The Heart Benefit of Berries

    The sweet strawberry, the perfect bite-sized blueberry, the luscious raspberry-these palate-pleasing fruits are bursting with flavor. And something more: They contain anthocyanin-a potential heart-protecting chemical. It could be the reason why eating berries may be good for your heart, even helping to prevent a heart attack.

  • 4 Heart-Related Conditions You Can Work to Prevent

    Here's a heart-stuttering statistic: Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. dies from heart disease. Many of those deaths could be prevented. How? Start with being better informed about what it takes to keep your heart healthy. Below are four common heart-related conditions and tips on preventing them.

  • A Healthy Diet Still One of the Best Defenses Against Heart Attack

    Suffering a heart attack is often a life-changing event. For a survivor, it may mean a lifestyle overhaul, such as exercising more and eating better. These changes can be hard to make - but are often crucial. People who have a heart attack are at a higher risk for having another one. A heart-healthy diet may be one of the best defenses against such a recurrence.

  • Statins May Lower Cancer Risk, Too

    If you have high cholesterol, chances are your doctor has prescribed you a type of medication called a statin. By lowering cholesterol, these pills help prevent heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. Some research suggests statins may also play a surprising role in preventing another major health condition. They may lower your risk for cancer.

  • Some Signs of Aging Linked to an Unhealthy Heart

    The old adage "You should never judge a book by its cover" may not hold up when it comes to your heart. Researchers recently reported that people with certain physical features related to aging, such as a receding hairline, may have unhealthier hearts.

  • Moderate Drinking Linked to Heart Rhythm Problem

    When it comes to your heart, you can do a lot to keep it healthy. For instance, you can stop smoking and exercise more. Past research has also shown that an occasional drink may boost heart health. But older people with cardiovascular disease or diabetes may want to reconsider how much they drink. A recent study found that even moderate drinking for these people may raise their risk for atrial fibrillation.

  • Pain Relievers May Raise Risk for 2nd Heart Attack

    Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers after a heart attack may raise your risk for a second heart attack, even several years afterward, a new study says.

  • New Strategy May Find Heart Attacks Quickly

    Millions of Americans end up in the ER each year with chest pain, and doctors need to know as soon as possible if that chest pain means a heart attack. A common blood test may be able to provide a definitive answer within an hour.

  • Medication Mix-ups Common in Heart Patients

    Half of people in the hospital for a heart attack or heart failure make a mistake with their medications within a month of going home. This is true even among people who get counseling and guidance from a pharmacist.

  • Hormone Combo in Contraception Boosts Heart Risk

    Women who use birth control products that contain a combination of estrogen and progestin may double their risk for heart attack and stroke.

  • Larger Waist Size Boosts Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

    People with a "spare tire" around their middle are at increased odds for sudden cardiac death, especially if they are obese.

  • Heart Association Severs ‘Link’ Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease

    A new American Heart Association (AHA) statement debunks a century-old belief that untreated gum disease leads to heart disease or stroke. The AHA says no convincing evidence exists proving the tie.