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THE American Heart Association recently revised its Heart Check food certification program so that some fats are now OK and qualify for the red checkmark labeling — the changes reflect the evidence that monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, found in foods such as nuts and fish, which are high in these healthy fats, while low in unhealthy saturated fats, are part of a heart-healthy diet, says the SpecialReport of the December 2011 issue of the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter.

 

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WHILE artery-clogging atherosclerosis is a slow, silent process that often begins in one’s teens or 20s, usually a trigger — a physical or emotional jolt that sparks a sudden change in the cardiovascular system — can switch atherosclerosis from a relatively predictable, chronic problem to a potentially life-threatening emergency, says the December 2011 issue of the Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Heart Letter.

 

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IF you seek treatment for symptoms that turn out to be a day-old heart attack and your heart is stable at the time, you shouldn’t get an angioplasty — medical treatment should do just as good a job with a lower risk of complications, says the December 2011 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter.

 

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NOVEMBER is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and if you’re a current or former smoker, you should consider talking to your doctor about lung-cancer screening, says the November 2011 issue of the Cleveland Clinic Men’s Health Advisor.

 

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WHILE the term “heart failure” conjures up the image of a heart on the verge of beating for the last time, in this context, failure means that the heart isn’t able to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs, says the November 2011 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter.

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