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Controversial Scan Doesn't Help Smokers Quit

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By Frederik Joelving

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Checking for clogged arteries doesn't help inveterate smokers kick the habit if they are already in a quit-smoking program, Swiss researchers have found.

Yet that's sometimes the justification when doctors recommend the expensive scan, called carotid plaque screening, which experts say has no proven benefits in people without symptoms of heart disease.

"When people get a very good smoking cessation program, carotid plaque screening does not add...

By Frederik Joelving

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Checking for clogged arteries doesn't help inveterate smokers kick the habit if they are already in a quit-smoking program, Swiss researchers have found.

Yet that's sometimes the...

Kids' Health Predicts Parents' Future Heart Disease

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By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - When children have high cholesterol or blood pressure, their parents may have increased risks of diabetes and heart disease down the road, a new study finds.

The study, of 519 Ohio families, found that a 12-year-old's weight, cholesterol and blood pressure helped predict the odds of a parent developing heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes over the next three decades.

Researchers say the findings suggest that screening kids could have the...

Frying with Olive, Sunflower Oil OK for Heart

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TUESDAY, Jan. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers in Spain have some good news for people who enjoy eating fried food: Cooking in olive or sunflower oil is not linked to heart disease or premature death.

Because heart disease risk factors -- such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity -- have been linked to eating fried foods, the study authors decided to investigate the association.

For the study, the researchers examined the cooking habits and health of nearly 41,000 adults...

Frying With Olive, Sunflower Oil OK For Heart, Study Finds

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TUESDAY, Jan. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers in Spain have some good news for people who enjoy eating fried food: Cooking in olive or sunflower oil is not linked to heart disease or premature death.

Because heart disease risk factors -- such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity -- have been linked to eating fried foods, the study authors decided to investigate the association.

For the study, the researchers examined the cooking habits and health of nearly 41,000 adults...

Sexual Activity Is Safe for Most Heart Patients

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January 19, 2012

Study Highlights: Sexual activity is safe for most heart disease patients.Women with cardiovascular disease should be counseled on the safety and advisability of contraceptive methods and pregnancy based on their patient profile.Medications to treat erectile dysfunction aren’t safe for all men with cardiovascular disease.

EMBARGOED UNTIL 3 p.m. CT/4 p.m. ET, Thursday, Jan. 19

DALLAS, Jan. 19, 2012 — If you have stable...