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Heart Disease, Sausage Link?

by Leigh on November 24, 2014

Processed red meats, including sausages and ham, significantly increase the risk of heart failure and death from heart failure, according to a study published in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure. The report, by Dr Joanna Kaluza of Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland, included calculations of an 8% and 38% increase in the risk of […]

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Coffee and Chocolate for Heart Health

by Leigh on August 12, 2014

There are probably few things more welcome than some evidence-based advice to include chocolate and coffee in your diet to support heart health, but this is precisely the recommendation that can be taken from a recent study presented at the European Atherosclerosis Society 2014 Congress (EAS 2014). The study looked at the influence of dietary […]

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There are a number of ways to lower total cholesterol levels and improve healthy cholesterol levels without resorting to statins or other medications with potentially fatal side-effects. Simple steps to take to reduce your risk of clogged arteries include: Exercising regularly Limiting alcohol intake Eating a heart healthy diet Avoiding smoking Cholesterol-Lowering Dietary Changes Just […]

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Should you need more incentive to take a natural approach to lowering cholesterol and your risk for heart disease, a new study suggests that high potency statins could increase your risk of acute kidney injury by more than a third. The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, researchers who carried out this study looked at over […]

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Blueberries and strawberries are associated with a significant reduction in the risk of a heart attack according to a recent study. A diet rich in anthocyanins, found in abundance in berries, reduced (myocardial infarction) MI risk by 32% in the analysis of data from the Nurses’ Health Study, with consumption of the specific berries having […]

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Including flaxseed in the diet could halve the number of strokes and cut heart attacks by around a third according to a new study. The researchers, working in Cuba, found that flaxseed decreased blood pressure more dramatically than any other dietary intervention ever studied. Presenting their findings at the American Heart Association 2012 Scientific Sessions, […]

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It’s one of life’s ironies that hospital food is often lacking in nutrition if not downright unhealthy but a recent study finds that hospital food contains twice recommended sodium levels – bad news for those in hospital due to a cardiovascular condition. Keeping a good sodium and potassium balance is important for a naturally healthy […]

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An Atkins-type diet could raise the risk of heart disease, according to a new study in Swedish women. This new study adds to a growing body of evidence showing adverse effects on the heart when adopting a long-term very low-carbohydrate and very low-fat diet that is high in protein.

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Taxing and reducing salt could reduce deaths from heart disease by 3% according to a new study which recommends reducing the salt content of processed foods by 10% and taxing those deemed to be high in salt. The 3% figure may not seem enormous but considering that cardiovascular disease is a major killer in many […]

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