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Cut Cardiovascular Risks With Your Diet

You already know that having high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and/or blood pressure raises your odds of having cardiovascular disease (CVD), which increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other problems that affect your heart and circulatory system—but you may not know just how much your odds drop when you

Newsbriefs: Probiotics; Stroke Risk; Sodium

Probiotics Linked to Brain Health
A recent study (Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, Nov. 10, 2016) suggests that probiotics may improve thinking and memory in people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Probiotics (see right) are live bacteria that are present in some yogurts, and also available in supplement form. They are typically recommended

“Sleep Hygiene” Can Help You Slumber Peacefully

Poor sleep predicts disability in older age, according to a recent study (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Sept. 14, 2016). Previous research has linked sleep problems to cardiovascular disease, heart attack and heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, obesity, depression, and cognitive issues. Daytime tiredness due to poor

Sleep Plays an Important Role in Brain and Body Health

Research has shown that how much and how well you sleep has a significant impact on many aspects of your health, including how well your brain functions. For example, a study in the May 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found an association be-tween sleep duration

Editor’s Note: The Heart of the Matter

It’s long been known that women have gotten short shrift in terms of being screened for heart disease. Women who present to emergency rooms, as well as to their physicians’ offices, tend to be less aggressively tested and treated for heart disease than men. Women get fewer stress tests, coronary

Migraine, Cardiovascular Disease Linked in Women

Women who experience migraines, take note: Migraines were found to be associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cardiovascular events, such as stroke and heart attack, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Headache Society in July 2014. These findings are based on

OTC Pain Relievers: Use With Caution

Most of us don’t think twice about swallowing a couple of over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers for back pain, muscle aches, or a headache. But, in recent years, research has revealed that these OTC products are not as benign as we once thought, and that long-term and/or excessive use actually may

Low Diastolic Blood Pressure May Damage the Heart

High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke, heart attack, and heart failure, and treating hypertension can reduce this risk. But while most people worry only about blood pressures being too high, a study published Oct. 16, 2017 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that

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