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  • Folic acid may help ward off stroke A recent Chinese study has found significantly lower rates of stroke in people with high blood pressure who received additional folic acid. The study tracked outcomes for 20,000 participants with high blood pressure who were randomly assigned to take a daily pill of the blood pressure drug enalapril (Vasotec) or a pill with enalapril and folic acid. Read more...
  • Better outlook for enlarged hearts New research shows that in the past 10 to 15 years, advances in the treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (also called HCM, a form of enlarged heart) have helped decrease death rates among those affected, now closely matching death rates in the general population. HCM, a genetic condition, causes the walls of the heart to grow abnormally thick, impeding the heart’s performance. HCM can trigger a rapid heart rhythm that can result in sudden cardiac death. This risk can now be controlled with an implanted defibrillator (ICD) that shocks the heart back into normal rhythm. Read more...
  • Smokers fare worse after heart procedures Another statistic joins the chorus of negative information on cigarette smoking: A recent study showed that heart patients who continue to smoke after artery-opening procedures have a higher long-term risk of heart attack, stroke and premature death than nonsmokers or those who quit smoking. Read more...
  • Salt may affect more than your blood pressure Have you thought about how your salt intake may be affecting you? A new study warns high blood pressure isn’t the only concern: Excess salt can damage your blood vessels, heart, kidneys and brain even if you’re “salt-resistant,” meaning that your salt intake doesn’t affect your blood pressure. Read more...