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Alex Trebek’s First Heart Attack Put Him at Risk, Doctors Say

Alex Trebek’s First Heart Attack Put Him at Risk, Doctors Say

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek’s heart attack on Sunday was a mild one, just like his previous heart attack in 2007. The 71-year-old longtime game show host was reportedly in good spirits and undergoing tests…

Dark Chocolate Reduces Risk of Heart Problems, Study Finds

Dark Chocolate Reduces Risk of Heart Problems, Study Finds

Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Do you have a bittersweet love affair with chocolate?  One new study, published in the journal BMJ, found that dark chocolate reduces the risk of heart problems.A team of researchers…

Cholesterol Debate: HDL a Lost Cause?

Cholesterol Debate: HDL a Lost Cause?

Zoonar/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A day after a study in the journal Lancet challenged the long-standing notion that raising levels of HDL — commonly known as “good” cholesterol — prevents heart attacks, top cardiology experts differed on whether the re…

Five Health Problems Linked to Height

Five Health Problems Linked to Height

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Height has been linked to a range of health problems, from Alzheimer’s and heart disease to multiple cancers.  How stature stacks the odds of getting sick is unclear, but experts say the link between height and hea…

Alcohol May Benefit Heart Attack Patients

Alcohol May Benefit Heart Attack Patients

Monkey Business/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — A daily alcoholic beverage or two may be good for men who have survived a heart attack, according to new research published in the European Heart Journal. The study, carried out by researchers at Brigham and Women’…

Heart Failure Patients Seek ‘Cheney Pump’

Heart Failure Patients Seek ‘Cheney Pump’

Frank Siteman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The pump that kept Dick Cheney’s blood flowing while he waited for a heart transplant has seen a surge in popularity, a trend credited in part to the 71-year-old’s successful 20-month stretch with the device. “…

How Cocaine Contributed to Whitney Houston’s Death

How Cocaine Contributed to Whitney Houston’s Death

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — In an infamous 2002 interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, pop icon Whitney Houston candidly spoke about her abuse of drugs such as cocaine, which, along with heart disease, factored into her accidental drowning last mo…

Study: One Sugary Drink Per Day Raises Risk of Heart Disease for Men

Study: One Sugary Drink Per Day Raises Risk of Heart Disease for Men

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — The evidence linking sugar-sweetened beverages with an array of health problems — including obesity and diabetes — keeps piling up. And a new study adds one more potential risk to the list: coronary heart disease….

Statins Just as Effective for Women as Men, Study Finds

Statins Just as Effective for Women as Men, Study Finds

John Foxx/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Whether to prescribe statins for women without heart disease, or whether they can even benefit, is a common quandary among many physicians. It’s partly because many studies have yet to enroll enough women. But a new …

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