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Heart Disease

Diet and Disease:

Not What You Think
by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, Ph.D.

Heart disease is America's major killer; it's prevention is our most urgent public health priority. Americans must change their diet, say the experts. Steer clear of traditional foods like butter, cream, cheese, eggs, and meat, they tell us. Rich foods contain cholesterol and saturated fats — "artery clogging substances."

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New Device Lowers Heart Attack Risk

Tue Sep 24, 2002

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - An experimental device that acts like a miniature drill and vacuum cleaner partially broke up clogs inside diseased heart arteries and sucked out the debris, letting doctors conduct angioplasties that were a little safer for their patients, researchers announced Tuesday.

Angioplasties restore blood flow through clogged arteries with a balloon-tipped catheter threaded inside the blood vessel and inflated to push back blockages.

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Late Artery-Clearing Procedure May Not Help

Mon Sep 9, 2002

By Keith Mulvihill

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Getting artery-clearing angioplasty many days or weeks after a heart attack appears to have limited benefits, according to UK researchers.

While researchers are currently studying whether angioplasty within 12 to 24 hours of a heart attack can increase survival compared with clot-dissolving drugs, Dr. Michael S.

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Heart Assn. Recommends Screenings

Mon Jul 15, 2002

By MATT SLAGLE, Associated Press Writer

DALLAS (AP) - The American Heart Association has updated its guidelines for preventing heart attacks and strokes, listing secondhand smoke as a risk factor for the first time and recommending that people get screened for risk factors beginning at age 20.

Also, a daily dose of aspirin, previously recommended only for those who have already had heart attacks and strokes, is now suggested for people who have been found to have at least a 10 percent risk of a heart attack in the next decade.

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Heart Surgery May Cause Cognitive Decline

Mon Jul 15, 2002

By Randy Dotinga
HealthScoutNews Reporter

MONDAY, July 15 (HealthScoutNews) -- Heart bypass surgery, besides being stressful and potentially deadly, can temporarily dull a patient's mental edge.

That's the conclusion of a new study in which researchers examined people who had undergone bypass surgery, and found many suffered from short-term memory loss and had problems paying attention.

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Ultrasound Test Can ID Heart Condition Early

Mon Jun 3, 2002

By Anthony J. Brown, MD

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A type of ultrasound test may be able to identify patients with a heart condition that is one of the most common causes of sudden death in young people, according to a new report.

The condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), can be caused by more than 100 different mutations in as many as 10 genes.

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