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More Proof: E-Cigarettes Are Not Healthy

The flavorings in e-cigs might be enticing, but new research suggests they can cause significant damage to blood vessels. Here’s what you need to know about vaping—and how to quit all cigarettes for good.

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Don't Bring Home the Bacon: Small Amounts of Meat Raise Death Risk

It doesn’t take much red meat or cured, smoked, or salted meats like ham, bacon, and salami to put you at risk for heart disease and death.

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Smoke Gets in Your Brain

If you smoke, are overweight, or have hypertension or diabetes, your brain health may be in jeopardy, according to a new study in the European Heart Journal.

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Luke Perry's Death By Stroke Is a Wakeup Call For Gen X

If you think stroke is for your parents age, well, we’ve got news for you — you are the "parent's age" now. Stroke in your 50s is not uncommon, but it is preventable.

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Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Linked to Higher Cardiovascular Risk

Researchers report sulfonylurea and insulin drugs can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease compared to other drugs. Here’s what you need to know.

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High-Risk HPV Linked to Heart Disease

High-risk strains of HPV linked to cancer may also be associated with cardiovascular disease, according to a study.

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Heart Disease Now Affects Nearly Half of American Adults

According to the AHA's Heart and Stroke Statistics — 2019 Update, 48 percent of adults in the U.S., about 121.5 million people, have heart disease.

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Lymphoma Can Raise Your Heart Failure Risk

Having lymphoma or breast cancer was linked to a three-times higher risk of developing heart failure within five years of initial diagnosis.

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Your Thyroid and the Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

If you have high-normal levels of thyroid hormone within the reference range, research now confirms that you face an increased risk of atrial fibrillation.

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Wake Up! Too Much Sleep Could Harm Your Heart

While the adverse health effects of lack of sleep are well documented, a study suggests too much sleep may raise your risk for cardiovascular disease and death.