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Heart Attacks, Strokes in Middle-Age: The Numbers Are Frightening

According to a Vital Signs report from the CDC, U.S. adults 35 to 64 are being hit hard by cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke.

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How Do E-cigarettes Affect Heart-Health?

Heart health risks have been associated with e-cigarettes. Learn how vaping compares to smoking regular cigarettes in terms of cardiovascular health.

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Hypertension and MS: What You Need to Know

Recent studies show that hypertension affects between 17 to 30 percent of people with MS. Find out more about the link between multiple sclerosis and high blood pressure.

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High LDL Cholesterol Raises Heart Disease Risk Even in ‘Healthy’ People

Even without other risk factors, adults are at increased risk for heart disease if their LDL cholesterol is high, according to the American Heart Association.

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A Cancer Survivor's Guide to Heart Health

Cancer treatments can lead to heart problems or complications. Learn more about steps you can take to decrease your cardiac risks after treatment.

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Binge Drinking Linked to Heart Problems in Young People

Young people who frequently binge drink have significantly more risk factors for heart disease than their peers who don’t binge drink, according to research recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Masked Hypertension: A Hidden Blood Pressure Danger

Blood pressure readings at the doctor’s office may be misleading for certain people with masked hypertension. Learn how you can get the most best picture of your blood pressure.

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Lose the Meat Habit: Eat Proteins That Do Your Heart Good

Plant protein, from nuts, seeds, and legumes, may be much healthier for the heart than meat protein. Find out how to add more plant protein to your diet.

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Young and Obese May Lead to Cardiac Death

Obesity is a major risk factor of sudden cardiac death in young people, according to this study. Learn why increased screening and prevention could save lives.

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Don’t Think Sleep is Important? Your Heart Says Otherwise!

There’s limited data about the joint effects of sleep duration and sleep quality on heart health. Here’s what we know about the importance of sleep for your heart.