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Man refuses surgery, drops 270 pounds updated: Wed Jan 25 2012 21:51:00

Bryan Ganey slowly climbed out of his parents' car. Michael and Martha Ganey had driven their son to work because he wasn't feeling well -- for the past couple of days, simple tasks had left him short of breath and exhausted.

Grief may trigger heart attacksupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 16:05:00

Losing a loved one can bring overwhelming feelings of grief, depression, and anger. For some people, the shock and stress of bereavement may even bring on a heart attack.

Weight-loss surgery may lower heart attack, stroke riskupdated: Wed Jan 04 2012 07:47:00

Obese people who decide to undergo stomach surgery to speed weight loss may lower their risk of having -- and dying from -- a heart attack or stroke, according to new research.

November 2011: Fans honor rapper Heavy Dupdated: Tue Dec 27 2011 17:04:00

On November 17, fans paid respects to rapper and hometown hero Heavy D, who died from a pulmonary embolism.

Coroner: Rapper Heavy D died of blood clot in lungupdated: Tue Dec 27 2011 17:04:00

Rapper Heavy D died of a blood clot in his lung and other conditions, a coroner's report revealed Tuesday.

Britain's Prince Philip treated for blocked artery, report saysupdated: Sat Dec 24 2011 05:47:00

Britain's Prince Philip was treated successfully for a blocked coronary artery on Friday and will remain at the hospital for observation, the Press Association reported, citing a statement from Buckingham Palace.

Lakers owner Jerry Buss hospitalized with blood clots, team spokesman saysupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 21:58:00

Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss is in a Los Angeles hospital, where he is being treated for blood clots in his leg, a team spokesman said Wednesday night.

What causes very low blood pressure?updated: Wed Nov 23 2011 09:27:00

What is the cause and significance of very low diastolic blood pressure? While my systolic blood pressure fluctuates from 115 to 130, my diastolic pressure ranges from 36 to 64, with the average in the low 50s.

Study questions benefits of reducing sodium in dietupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 11:02:00

Consuming less sodium has been shown to lower blood pressure, but for many people the health benefits this provides may be offset by a slight uptick in their cholesterol levels, a new analysis of previous research suggests.

Review: 'America the Beautiful 2' is something to chew onupdated: Sat Oct 15 2011 08:33:00

A broadside against the dieting industry, Darryl Roberts' documentary isn't always pretty but it provides plenty of food for thought.

Can you outgrow Kawasaki disease?updated: Wed Oct 05 2011 15:42:00

I had Kawasaki syndrome when I was young. My question is, can you outgrow Kawasaki syndrome? I have always wondered about it, and no one has been able to tell me yes or no.

When kids become overweight, blood pressure may spikeupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 11:14:00

Children are considered overweight if their body mass index (BMI) -- simple ratio of height to weight -- is in the 85th percentile or above for their age. That imaginary line may seem arbitrary to some, but a child's risk of having high blood pressure nearly triples if he or she crosses it, a new study has found.

Beauty myths debunkedupdated: Fri Sep 30 2011 08:52:00

Myth 1: Crossing your legs will give you varicose veins.

Even slightly high blood pressure may raise stroke riskupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 12:52:00

Many more Americans may be at risk of having a stroke than previously thought.

Depression increases risk of stroke, study saysupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 17:16:00

People with depression are more likely to have a stroke than their mentally healthy peers, and their strokes are more likely to be fatal, according to a new analysis published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

'The last heart attack'updated: Fri Aug 26 2011 12:45:00

"Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: The Last Heart Attack," airs August 21 on CNN.

Will you have a heart attack? These tests might tellupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 12:45:00

Most heart attacks strike with no warning, but doctors now have a clearer picture than ever before of who is most likely to have one, says Dr. Arthur Agatston, a Miami cardiologist and author of the best-selling South Beach diet books.

Top chefs talk obesity epidemicupdated: Tue Aug 16 2011 06:26:00

From the Food and Wine Classic, chef Daniel Boulud and Top Chef's Gail Simmons weigh in on the obesity epidemic.

Should all obese people lose weight?updated: Tue Aug 16 2011 06:26:00

You may be obese, but does that automatically mean you're unhealthy?

Erectile dysfunction? Try losing weightupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 12:15:00

Viagra gets the job done, but it's a quick fix. For many men, weaning themselves off the little blue pill and finding a longer-lasting solution to their sexual dysfunction may require hitting the gym and putting down the doughnuts.

Swapping carbs for soy, dairy protein may help lower blood pressureupdated: Mon Jul 18 2011 15:52:00

People with hypertension who replace a portion of the carbohydrates in their diet with soy protein or low-fat dairy may see a small yet meaningful decrease in their blood pressure, a new study suggests.

Salt controversy: New study links high sodium to earlier mortalityupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 06:23:00

People who eat more sodium and less potassium may die sooner of heart or other problems than people who consume the opposite, a large, 15-year-study has found.

Put down the salt shaker, USDA saysupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 06:23:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the USDA's new dietary guidelines, which include limiting sodium intake.

Salt shakers disappear from Buenos Aires tablesupdated: Sat Jun 11 2011 11:23:00

Guests at restaurants in Argentina's Buenos Aires province must say good-bye to the salt shaker.

2010: Brain aneurysm symptomsupdated: Fri May 06 2011 10:19:00

Knowing the signs of a brain aneurysm rupture could save your life. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Coffee, exercise may raise stroke risk for someupdated: Fri May 06 2011 10:19:00

Having sex, drinking coffee, working out -- these and other everyday activities that cause blood pressure to spike may briefly raise the risk of a burst aneurysm in the brains of certain vulnerable people, a new study suggests.

Can I get rid of my hypertension medication?updated: Wed May 04 2011 17:21:00

I have been taking two drugs combined within one pill to control my blood pressure.They are olmesartan and hydrochlorothiazide (known as Benicar-HCT). I took them for approximately eight years, during which time I was part of the world of employment. For seven months since I retired I have found that my blood pressure seems to be holding around 120/78 or less each day when measured. I discussed the matter with my doctor, who advised me to use only half of the prescribed dosage. My question is: Is it possible to rid myself of taking the medication all together?

Huh? Low-salt diet ups risk of fatal heart attack?updated: Wed May 04 2011 05:53:00

Doctors and public health officials have been telling us for years that eating too much sodium can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke by raising blood pressure to unsafe levels. So how to explain a new study that suggests low salt intake actually increases the risk of dying from those causes?

Getting high blood pressure controlledupdated: Mon Mar 28 2011 07:09:00

High blood pressure is very treatable, but it often means making changes in diet and lifestyle. CNN's John Lisk reports.

Laughter, music may lower blood pressureupdated: Mon Mar 28 2011 07:09:00

Listening to your favorite tunes or funny jokes could lower your blood pressure, perhaps even as much as cutting salt from your diet or dropping 10 pounds, according to the preliminary results of a small study presented Friday at American Heart Association meeting in Atlanta.

Cereal may help ward off hypertensionupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 17:03:00

Starting each day with a bowl of cereal -- especially a whole-grain variety -- could trim up to 20% off your risk of developing high blood pressure, according to preliminary research presented Tuesday at an American Heart Association meeting in Atlanta. Serena Williams: I'm Lucky to Be Aliveupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 15:49:00

The tennis star talks about how her panic in the middle of her blood-clot nightmare

Serena Williams targets swift return after blood clot surgeryupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 10:53:00

Serena Williams says she hopes to return to tennis in May or June after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot from her lungs. Serena Williams Suffers Pulmonary Embolismupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 12:17:00

The tennis star, 29, was hospitalized and underwent emergency treatment

Do sugary drinks boost blood pressure?updated: Mon Feb 28 2011 17:02:00

Drinking a lot of soda and other sugary beverages has been linked to an increased risk of obesity and diabetes, among other health problems.

Can someone with type B aortic dissection travel?updated: Wed Feb 16 2011 12:27:00

If someone with a type B aortic dissection needs to travel a long distance, for example from the United States to Asia, what precautions should be followed?

What should you do if your blood pressure skyrockets?updated: Wed Feb 09 2011 08:35:00

What should you do if your blood pressure skyrockets from 130 to 159 and switches constantly?

Are nonsodium salts healthier than traditional?updated: Fri Feb 04 2011 08:28:00

My sister and I were talking about salt. She has noticed that sea salt is currently being marketed as a healthy, or trendy, food additive, but can't figure out if there's any real science behind the marketing. Are nonsodium salts, like magnesium chloride and potassium chloride, any healthier than traditional sodium chloride? People with, say, high blood pressure are told to stick to low-sodium diets. But is it the sodium, or is it a different quality that causes the increased risk? Bruce Martin: Kasey Kahne, Brian Vickers back to top form after medical issuesupdated: Mon Jan 31 2011 12:36:00

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After having one driver sidelined for open-heart surgery and its newest driver undergoing double-knee surgery in the offseason, Team Red Bull has had its share of health scares. In addition to a crew chief for each driver, maybe this team should add a medic to its ranks.

Will liver scar tissue hurt my chances for a natural birth?updated: Wed Jan 26 2011 12:14:00

I had a liver resection in late December 2008 because of a cavernous hemangioma (an abnormal buildup of blood vessels). I now have about a 10-inch scar from about center of my rib cage following along to the outer ribcage. Are there known complications of scar tissue like this? I am eight weeks pregnant and have started to wonder if the scar tissue may be an issue for natural birth and if there may be other issues that I should be aware of.

PTSD linked to hardened arteriesupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 12:47:00

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects more than the mind. The disorder may damage blood vessels and increase the risk of dying early, according to new research presented today at an annual meeting of the American Heart Association.

What causes new blockages to form so quickly?updated: Wed Nov 17 2010 11:01:00

My mother had triple bypass surgery one year ago. She was having chest pain again and hospitalized. There are more blockages, one right below a bypass and 70 percent blockage through a bypass. Also one bypass has failed. Her cholesterol and blood pressure are in good ranges and under control. What would have caused the new blockages so quickly from a year ago?

Zsa Zsa Gabor suffers 'massive blood clot,' publicist saysupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 20:29:00

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital Friday after her doctor diagnosed her with "a massive blood clot," her publicist said.

Binge drinking, high blood pressure a lethal comboupdated: Thu Aug 19 2010 16:33:00

It's no secret that high blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. Nor should it come as a surprise that binge drinking isn't the healthiest habit. But a new study suggests that combining the two may add up to double the trouble -- and much more, in some cases. The Duggars: We're Open to Having a 20th Childupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 11:27:00

With their premature baby Josie finally home, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar say they're ready for another

Sugar, not just salt, linked to high blood pressureupdated: Fri Jul 02 2010 11:23:00

Eating too much sodium can push your blood pressure into the danger zone. Now, researchers are reporting that eating too many sweets--or drinking too much soda--may have a similar effect.

Could slightly high blood sugar cause neuropathy?updated: Wed May 19 2010 08:21:00

My glucose levels usually run between 120 and 135 with a nonfasting blood test, though do not have a diagnosis of diabetes. I suffer greatly with my feet and been told by a podiatrist that it is neuropathy. Is it possible that my high glucose levels are causing the neuropathy?

FDA considers salt regulationupdated: Wed Apr 21 2010 16:08:00

A new study shows that Americans eat more than twice the sodium they need. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

CookingLight: A 'less is more' approach to sodiumupdated: Wed Apr 21 2010 16:08:00

Sugar hides in plain view on many food labels, as honey, dextrose, high-fructose corn syrup, and any number of nutrient-poor, calorie-rich, so-called "natural" sweeteners. And sugar has good reason to hide: It's the target of big public health campaigns, soda-taxing schemes, and anti-fructose agitation, the result of its suspected link to obesity.

Weight loss may reverse artery clogging, study suggestsupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 14:25:00

Eating the wrong food and gaining too much weight can clog arteries with fatty deposits, potentially leading to life-threatening heart attacks and strokes. Bill Clinton Released from Hospitalupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 14:16:00

The former president is "in excellent health" and at home in Chappaqua

Mediterranean diet may help prevent dementia, study saysupdated: Mon Feb 08 2010 16:01:00

Eating a diet rich in healthy fats and limiting dairy and meat could do more than keep your heart healthier. It could also help keep you thinking clearly.

Could eating more salt really have made my heart issue go away?updated: Thu Jan 28 2010 12:43:00

I'm a 21-year-old male college student, and a year ago, I had multiple fainting episodes within a few months. I was eventually diagnosed with a right bundle branch block (of no physiological relevance) and low blood pressure. I was prescribed 2,000 mg of salt each day to combat the low blood pressure. After my yearly checkup, my cardiologist said that I no longer had the RBBB. How does this disappear? While I admit the salt helps, I'm concerned it could have a long-term impact on my kidneys.

Study: Cutting salt intake would boost nation's healthupdated: Mon Jan 25 2010 20:11:00

If Americans cut their salt intake by just half a teaspoon per day, it would produce public health benefits on par with reducing high cholesterol, smoking, or obesity, a new study has found.

Model's death highlights plastic surgery risksupdated: Thu Jan 07 2010 07:42:00

Following the death of a former Miss Argentina after complications arising from plastic surgery, questions are being raised about the risks of cosmetic surgery.

Mom, baby 'die,' then liveupdated: Tue Jan 05 2010 09:55:00

CNN's Tom Foreman reports on the "death" and subsequent revival of a wife and baby on Christmas.

Mother and baby survive near-death experiencesupdated: Tue Jan 05 2010 09:55:00

The nightmare began around 12:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

'30 Rock' actor in need of kidney transplantupdated: Tue Dec 15 2009 00:54:00

Beloved "30 Rock" cast member Grizzwald "Grizz" Chapman is undergoing dialysis treatment while on the wait-list for a kidney transplant.

The truth about diabetic dietsupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 14:39:00

Having diabetes doesn't mean having to eat a spartan diet of bland, tasteless foods. But it does mean you have to pay close attention to portion control. Learn why some of the common myths about diabetic diets are not exactly true and what steps you can take to control diabetes.

What really killed the beauty queen?updated: Thu Dec 10 2009 12:58:00

When Argentine beauty queen Solange Magnano approached Dr. Guillermo Blugerman in 2004 about helping her achieve a flatter stomach, the plastic surgeon says, he obliged with liposuction. But when she returned five years later requesting silicone injections for a higher, firmer rear end, he turned her away.

World Diabetes Day: Rise in number of kidney disease worldwideupdated: Fri Nov 13 2009 12:20:00

Kidney disease is becoming a growing problem in developing countries, caused by an explosion in cases of diabetes and high blood pressure, experts say.

Many breast cancer surgery survivors report lingering painupdated: Wed Nov 11 2009 15:42:00

Almost half of women who have breast cancer surgery still have pain or numbness two to three years later, according to a new study. Women younger than 40 who receive lumpectomies are at the greatest risk.

Could a diuretic cause breast pain, swelling?updated: Wed Oct 21 2009 16:35:00

I am a male, 66 years old. In March 2008, my cardiologist prescribed spironolactone (2 mg daily). About two months ago, I started having soreness in my left breast, and both breasts seem to have enlarged. Is there a possible connection with the medication?

Study suggests C-reactive protein doesn't cause heart diseaseupdated: Fri Oct 09 2009 19:52:00

High levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood probably don't cause hardening of the arteries or heart disease, according to the largest study of its kind to focus on the long-suspected culprit.

Mom, babies benefit from treating pregnancy-related diabetesupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 15:51:00

Women who develop a mild case of gestational diabetes during pregnancy tend to have fewer complications and healthier babies if the diabetes is treated, according to the first large-scale randomized trial in the U.S. to address whether such treatment leads to health benefits for mother and child.

Secrets of women with healthy heartsupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 15:11:00

You're under 50. You're pretty fit. You can't have a heart attack, right?

The 10 most important nutrition stories of the last two decadesupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 13:47:00

America's relationship to food and health has certainly changed in the 20 years since Cooking Light debuted. Some of those changes may seem discouraging: Rates of obesity and diabetes have risen, food-borne illnesses frequently make headlines, and more people eat meals -- often fast food -- away from home than ever before.

Weight lifting benefits breast cancer survivorsupdated: Thu Aug 13 2009 11:00:00

Occupational therapist Cathy Kleinman-Barnett works with breast cancer patients, but she has never encouraged women with lymphedema, a breast cancer-related swelling of the arm, to lift weights.

Less sleep in older adults linked to heart attack, stroke riskupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 14:45:00

People in their 60s and 70s who have high blood pressure may want to make sure they get enough sleep. A new study suggests that if they log fewer than 7.5 hours under the covers every night, they're at greater risk of heart attack, stroke, and sudden cardiac death than their peers who get more shut-eye.

Heart tests: What should you have? What can you skip?updated: Mon Aug 10 2009 14:44:00

When Carrie Vincent of Westminster, Maryland, had three miscarriages a few years ago, her doctors put her through a lot of tests. She found she suffered from an ailment known as prothrombin gene mutation, a rare syndrome that causes blood clots.

Heart failure and raceupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 14:42:00

A new study finds black adults developed heart failure at a rate 20 times higher that white adults.

Study: Blacks suffer heart failure at alarmingly high ratesupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 14:42:00

A new study indicates that African-Americans suffer heart failure at a rate 20 times higher than their white counterparts.

Know your blood pressure and protect your heartupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 14:34:00

High blood pressure is truly a silent killer. In fact, a heart attack or stroke may be the first sign that you even have a problem. That's why it's so important to get your blood pressure checked every time you go to the doctor -- especially if you're a woman.

Can sex cause a heart attack?updated: Mon Aug 10 2009 14:33:00

If movies and soap operas are anything to go by, sex can be dangerous for people with heart conditions.

Loneliness hurts the heartupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 14:32:00

Being alone can break your heart -- literally. Autopsy: Cocaine a Factor in Death of Billy Maysupdated: Sat Aug 08 2009 18:26:00

The TV pitchman's family criticizes the coroner for releasing "speculative conclusions"

Weight-loss surgery safe, but sleep apnea increases riskupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 17:25:00

Weight-loss surgery isn't risk-free, but a new study suggests that in the hands of a skilled surgeon, it may be safer than previously thought. However, some people -- including those with sleep apnea or a history of blood clots -- are more likely to have problems with surgery than others, according to a study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

How heart-healthy is olive oil?updated: Fri Jun 19 2009 09:11:00

How healthy is olive oil for the heart? Does it control cholesterol?

Gene may help explain kidney failure in African-Americansupdated: Tue Jun 09 2009 13:19:00

A single gene, called MYH9, may be responsible for many cases of kidney disease among African-Americans, researchers say.

NYC hospital settles with family in waiting room deathupdated: Thu May 28 2009 17:32:00

The family of a woman who died ignored on an emergency room floor has reached a settlement with Health and Hospital Corp., the family's lawyer and the company's top executive said Thursday.

Football players at risk of high blood pressureupdated: Thu May 28 2009 09:33:00

They're bigger, brawnier, and faster than the typical male, but are National Football League players healthier than other men their age?

Is it possible to reduce blood creatinine level?updated: Wed May 06 2009 09:23:00

I have high blood pressure. I was just told that my creatinine was at 1.8, an indicator of chronic kidney disease.

Suicidal thoughts, high blood pressure associated with insomniaupdated: Mon Apr 06 2009 11:39:00

Listen up, insomniacs! Tossing and turning into the wee hours may be more harmful than you think.

Hormone therapy linked to brain shrinkage in older womenupdated: Mon Jan 12 2009 17:17:00

Not too long ago, millions of postmenopausal women were taking estrogen as part of hormone therapy to protect their hearts, prevent cancer, and keep their brains sharp.

What your heart needs, at every ageupdated: Mon Jan 05 2009 11:30:00

The statistics are sobering: Heart disease is the number-one killer of women in the United States. And an estimated 8 million women have it. What's more, a new study shows that in recent years the overall heart disease risk for Americans -- especially women -- hasn't continued the healthy downward trend it showed in previous decades.

Blood clot risks higher for patch usersupdated: Thu Nov 27 2008 10:16:00

Some research suggests that the risk of leg and lung blood clots may be higher for women who use the birth-control patch instead of the pill. The Food and Drug Administration said it updated the label on the Ortho Evra birth-control patch in January 2008 to reflect the results of one study that found women using the patch faced twice the risk of clots, compared with women on the pill. But a second study found no difference in risk between the two forms of birth control.

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