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The phytochemicals that give blueberries their blue color can significantly improve cardiovascular health, finds a new two-part study.

Along with broccoli, spinach, pulses, and fish, berries may also reduce heart disease, due to their antioxidant polyphenols.

New research zooms in on the cardiovascular effects of blueberries and finds that anthocyanins — the phytochemicals that give blueberries their color — mediate the beneficial effects that this fruit has on the cardiovascular system.

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High blood pressure is a dangerous condition that can damage your heart. It affects one in three people in the US and 1 billion people worldwide. If left uncontrolled, it raises your risk of heart disease and stroke.

But there's good news. There are a number of things you can do to lower your blood pressurenaturally, even without medication.

Here are 15 natural ways to combat high blood pressure.

Click below and read about those 15 possible helpful tools to lower your blood pressure.

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Two large European studies published by The BMJ find positive associations between consumption of highly processed ("ultra-processed") foods and risk of cardiovascular disease and death.

The researchers say further work is needed to better understand these effects, and a direct (causal) link remains to be established, but they call for policies that promote consumption of fresh or minimally processed foods over highly processed foods.

Ultra-processed foods include packaged baked goods and snacks, fizzy drinks, sugary cereals, ready meals containing food additives, dehydrated vegetable soups, and reconstituted meat and fish products -- often containing high levels of added sugar, fat, and/or salt, but lacking in vitamins and fibre. They are thought to account for around 25-60% of daily energy intake in many countries.

Achieving Team Milestone..... More than 125 TAVR procedures & Starting Mitral Clip

Structural Heart Team at Mercy. St. Vincent Hospital, after the success in doing many TAVR (replacing aortic valve with no surgery), continue success by starting a new procedure called Mitral Valve Clip. 


Toledo Cardiology Consultants, still the leading force in advanced cardiac treatment, with our special thanks to the whole team of physician's involved in the Mitral Clip procedure, Dr's.  Kabour, and Alkhateeb, along with the CV surgeon's Dr's Phillips, Dibardino. Also thanks to Mercy Health administration for the support to achieve this milestone.

Heart failure: Flu shot may slash death risk

A current analysis of several studies investigates whether people with heart failure who get vaccinated in the flu season are less exposed to the risk of premature death.


Scientists from the Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Nagoya, Japan, have now conducted an analysis of pre-existing studies related to the connection between the risk of all-cause death among those with heart failure and inoculation against seasonal flu strains.

The recent findings — which will be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 67th Annual Scientific Session, due to be held in Orlando, FL — imply that the risk of all-cause mortality among people with heart failure in the flu season is slashed by half after vaccination against influenza.


It is well known that influenza infection is associated with increased risk for mortality in heart failure patients. Given the high mortality rate and the relatively low influenza vaccination rates in heart failure patients worldwide, our study supports a wider use of influenza vaccination in heart failure patients." Lead study author Hidekatsu Fukuta

Sleep Apnea Associated With Recurrent Ischemic Stroke Risk














Sleep apnea is associated with risk for recurrent ischemic stroke and mortality, according to the findings of a population-based study presented at the 2018 International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles, California

Sleep apnea may therefore represent an important modifiable risk factor for poor stroke outcomes and a target to reduce ethnic stroke disparities,” the researchers concluded.

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The Mediterranean diet reduces stroke risk, too









In the largest study of its type, scientists conclude that adhering to the Mediterranean diet might reduce the risk of stroke. The benefits are particularly pronounced for women over 40.

When it comes to alleged health benefits, the Mediterranean diet fares incredibly well.

Increasing one's intake of fresh fish, nuts, fruits, cereals, and potatoes while reducing dairy and meat seems to be a veritable panacea.

In recent years, the diet has grown in popularity, and a body of research has now developed to support many of the varied health claims.

Potential health benefits include extending lifespan, minimizing diabetes risk, reducing body mass index (BMI), and slowing cognitive decline.

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High blood pressure breakthrough: Over 500 genes uncovered.


The "largest genetic association study of blood pressure traits" to date has studied over 1 million people and found 535 new genetic loci linked with the condition. This finding may help predict the risk of high blood pressure and identify better treatments.


The American Heart Association (AHA) suggest that more than 100 million people in the United States now have high blood pressure.

That number equates to almost half of all adults who reside in the country. Worldwide, the condition is the leading cause of cardiovascular death.


In the U.S., the number of deaths resulting from high blood pressure increased by 38 percent in 2005–2015. High blood pressure can cause many serious conditions, such as heart attackstrokeheart failure, kidney failure, and the loss of vision, among several others.

Risk factors for high blood pressure are also numerous and can be divided into modifiable and non-modifiable ones.

New research delves deeper into the genetic risk factors. A team led by scientists at Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London — both in the United Kingdom — reviewed the genetic data of over 1 million people and found more than 500 new genetic regions that could be responsible for high blood pressure.


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Statins in Healthy People?

Widespread use of statins in healthy older people to prevent heart disease not recommended in new study.

Any protective effect was limited to those with type 2 diabetes aged between 75 and 84.

Statins are not associated with a reduction in cardiovascular disease (conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels) or death in healthy people aged over 75, finds a study published by The BMJ recently.


Results do not support the widespread use of statins in old and very old populations, but they do support treatment in those with type 2 diabetes younger than 85 years.

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Heart attack: Substitute muscle thanks to stem cells
Scientists have for the first time succeeded in generating beating cardiac muscle cells from special stem cells. They may provide a new approach for the treatment of heart attacks

Myocardial infarction -- commonly known as a heart attack -- is still one of the main causes of death.


The problem is: during each heart attack, some of the cardiac muscle tissue dies -- accompanied by more or less marked scarring. Attempts made over the past years to substitute the destroyed tissue by adequately functioning cardiac muscle using stem cells have not been as successful as expected.

Recent results of research scientists at the University of Würzburg (JMU) now show a novel approach for the treatment of myocardial infarction. The team around Professor Süleyman Ergün, head of the Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the JMU, focuses on a special type of stem cells that it has discovered in vascular walls. The scientists have now published the results of their work in the journal Circulation Research.

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