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Study Finds Elevated Risk Factors Linked to Major Cardiovascular Disease Events across a Lifetime

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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In one of the largest-ever analyses of lifetime risks for cardiovascular disease (CVD), researchers have found that middle-aged adults who have one or more elevated traditional risk factors for CVD, such as high blood pressure, have a substantially greater chance of having a major CVD event, such as heart attack or stroke, during their remaining lifetime than people with optimal levels of risk factors....

Embargoed for Release
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
5 p.m. EST

In one of the largest-ever analyses of lifetime risks for cardiovascular disease (CVD), researchers have found that middle-aged adults who have...

Optimal Heart Health Starts Early

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25 (HealthDay News) -- People who reach midlife without developing high blood pressure, diabetes or other risk factors for cardiovascular disease are much less likely to have a heart attack or stroke by age 80 than their less healthy peers, a new study suggests.

"If you make it to middle age with an optimal profile, it's really like the fountain of youth for your heart," said lead researcher Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, chair of preventive medicine at Northwestern University...

Phytochemicals and Cardiovascular Disease

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What are phytochemicals?

Phytochemicals are chemicals found in plants. Plant sterols, flavonoids (FLAV'oh-noidz), and sulfur-containing compounds are three classes of micronutrients found in fruits and vegetables. These compounds may be important in reducing the risk of atherosclerosis (ath"er-o-skleh-RO'sis), which is the buildup of fatty deposits in artery walls. Within these categories are many possible compounds, most of which aren't well described and whose modes of...

Fasting Diet: Can It Improve My Heart Health?

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Salt and Your Heart

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If you're keeping an eye on the sodium in your diet, keep up the good work. But you might not want to throw that salt shaker away completely.

Americans have been getting the message that too much salt and sodium can be bad for our heart health. But a new study reminds us that moderation is a good idea.

Researchers included nearly 30,000 people with cardiovascular disease or diabetes. They checked the volunteers' urine for sodium...