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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.

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Miscarriage Linked to Higher Heart Disease Risk

Two categories of women more likely to develop heart disease: Those who experience pregnancy loss and don’t have children and women have five or more children.

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U.S. Metabolic Health Rates Are 'Alarmingly Low'

Just 12 percent of Americans are metabolically healthy, even if they aren’t overweight, increasing their risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other problems.

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Certain Heart Attack Risk Factors Affect Women More Than Men

A study published in the BMJ suggests the effects of heart-related risk factors like hypertension, diabetes, and smoking differ between men and women.

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Don't Take It Sitting Down: Sitting Harms Your Heart and Health

Sitting too much can cause poor blood circulation increase inflammation. Learn how an active lifestyle can prevent obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

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Why Your Gut Bacteria Matters for Heart Health

Did you know that the bacteria in your gut, also known as gut flora or gut microbiota, affects the health of your heart?