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  1. Breastfeeding reduces mums' heart and stroke risk

    22nd June 2017 ­– We already know 'breast is best' for the health of mothers and babies. Now a large new study has confirmed breastfeeding has cardiovascular benefits too. The study of nearly 300,000 women in China found breastfeeding may reduce a mother’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke in

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  2. Bleed risk for daily aspirin use in older people

    15th June 2017 – Older people who take a daily aspirin to help prevent another heart attack or stroke may have a higher than expected risk of dangerous gastrointestinal bleeding, a study shows. The authors of the study, published in The Lancet, say short-term aspirin use for people over 75 who have

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  3. Drones 'could deliver help to heart patients'

    13th June 2017 – Drones could be deployed to carry defibrillators to members of the public trying to help people who have had cardiac arrests, say experts. They say the unmanned aircraft could deliver urgent help much more quickly than an ambulance which may need to negotiate long distances or conge

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  4. Can marriage help keep your heart healthy?

    7th June 2017 – Married people have been shown to have better health and live longer than single people. Now, preliminary research suggests that men and women who are married may be better at managing risk factors for heart disease. They say leading healthier lifestyles may be one of the secrets beh

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  5. Many heart attack patients 'on unnecessary drugs'

    30th May 2017 – Thousands of people may be prescribed unnecessary medication after a heart attack, a UK study claims. Researchers from the University of Leeds say that beta-blockers don't help most patients live any longer after a heart attack. Beta-blockers are routinely offered to people after a h

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  6. Chocolate 'could reduce heart flutters'

    24th May 2017 – Chocolate has been linked to a wide variety of health benefits, including lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. A new study suggests that people who eat small, regular amounts of chocolate may be less likely to develop heart flutters, known as at

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  7. So-called healthy obese 'still face disease risks'

    17th May 2017 – People who are obese but free of other health complications may still be at a higher risk of heart disease and strokes than 'normal' weight people, according to a study. The preliminary findings by a team from the University of Birmingham are being presented at this year's European C

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  8. Painkillers linked to heart attacks

    10th May 2017 - Routine use of common painkillers, including ibuprofen, have again been linked with a higher chance of having a heart attack. In a new Canadian study researchers looked at NSAIDs - non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – used to treat pain and inflammation. It was a large study and t

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  9. Government's pollution plans dismissed as 'weak'

    5th May 2017 – Government plans to improve air quality in the UK are being condemned as weak, feeble and half-baked. Proposals in a long awaited consultation paper from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) make no firm commitment to an anticipated 'scrappage' scheme to get

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  10. People with non-O blood 'at higher heart risk'

    2nd May 2017 – People with a non-O blood group may have a slightly higher risk of a heart attack, according to a study. Researchers say their findings could help doctors refine risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) when other factors such as age, sex, cholesterol levels and blood pressure are taken

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