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zumbadance-081914.jpg New research shows that high intensity workouts are safe for heart transplant patients. The study, released online in the American Journal of Transplantation, included 16 stable heart transplant patients who'd had their new heart for more than a year, who continued their recommended moderate workouts while others did high-intensity exercise.

heartbeat-081314.jpg The heart rhythms of those undergoing surgery could indicate potential stroke risk, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School. For the study, the researchers reviewed health records of 1.7 million California residents that underwent inpatient surgery over a three-year period.

WomanExercising-052014.jpg More exercise isn't always better for people who have suffered and survived a heart attack. In a study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers studied the relationship between exercise and heart disease-related deaths in 2,400 active heart attack survivors over ten years. They found that increasing their exercise (in this study, walking and running) reduced their heart attack risk.

statin-032113.jpg The use of statins may enable faster recovery times after cardiac surgery, according to a study from researchers at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. For the study the researchers reviewed data from 20 cohort studies involving statin use and heart surgery. They found that on average those using statins following heart surgery had a reduced wound healing time.

running-040214.jpg Running may be linked with significant increases in life span, according to a new study from researchers at the Iowa State University. For the study the researchers collected health data from 55,000 adults aged 18 to 100 over a 15-year period. Roughly one quarter of the participants associated as a runners. They found that those who ran even very small amounts decreased risk of death.

yogurt-072214.jpg Those who consume yogurt regularly may be at a decreased risk of developing high blood pressure, according to a new study from researchers at Griffith University in Australia. For the study the researchers reviewed records about probiotic consumption from nine different studies including 543 adults. "The small collection of studies we looked at suggest regular consumption of probiotics . . ."