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More education may mean a longer, healthier life

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A tuition-free college education has become a reality in places like New York, San Francisco and other areas nationwide — a deal that may also bestow a longer, healthier life to graduates.

Federal statistics show that, on average, 25-year-olds with a bachelor’s degree live […]

Interpreting ECGs in young athletes hard for even the most experienced doctors

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A new European study on electrocardiogram screenings in young athletes found the results of such tests are extremely difficult to interpret, even among highly experienced doctors.

The study, published Monday in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, tackles a key component of a subject that has generated […]

Clues behind how air pollution affects the heart and metabolic health

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The fine particles found in air pollution can cause high stress hormone levels and other negative cellular-level changes, according to a study released Monday that is peeling back the layers on why air pollution exposure can lead to heart disease.

The first-of-its-kind study published in the […]

What we know so far from the biggest study of cardiovascular health in African-Americans

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Montoya Taylor, M.D., attended medical school at Brown University in the mid-2000s and heard a lot about an influential study in the small town of Framingham, Massachusetts. Now spanning three generations of mostly white participants, the Framingham Heart Study is largely responsible for the current […]

Study: Socioeconomics impacts children’s carotid arteries

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Disadvantaged kids may be at a higher risk for heart disease later in life, according to new research published on Wednesday.

The study, published in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, found that children from socially and economically […]

Tiny structures in the heart may provide clues to heart disease and stroke

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Tiny cells in your heart and blood vessels are constantly on the move, darting in and out of microscopic structures that look a little like scaffolding around buildings.

That might sound like run-of-the-mill activity, but scientists say figuring out exactly what the scaffolding does to cells […]

Blood pressure variations may raise dementia risk

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In a study of older Japanese people, large variations in blood pressure readings during home monitoring were associated with a higher risk of all types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

“Home monitoring of blood pressure may be useful to assess the future risk of dementia,” said […]

Quitting cholesterol drugs may raise risk of another stroke

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Patients who stop taking cholesterol-lowering drugs three to six months after their first stroke face a higher risk of another stroke, and an increased risk of hospitalization and death, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Those who’d had an […]

The future of heart disease prevention? How your genome expresses itself

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The breakthrough made headlines in 2003: Scientists had mapped the DNA sequence that makes up the genetic code of humans. Since then, scientific discoveries and transformative technologies have ushered in a genomic era that continues to peel back layers of information about traits and diseases […]

To understand stroke risk in Hispanic-Americans and African-Americans, researchers look beyond U.S. borders

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Traveling to hospitals in the United States is difficult for Yomi Ogun, M.D., a stroke researcher from Nigeria.

A clot-busting medicine to treat stroke is always in stock. In his native country, it’s a rare commodity. Ambulances in America can get patients to […]