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A rare form of heart attack known as spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) may be hereditary, according to a new study from researchers at the Mayo Clinic. This form of heart attack is most common in women and the researchers used data collected in their SCAD registry to detect possible familial ties with the condition.

Taking folic acid supplements could aid in the prevention of strokes, mainly among the patients of high blood pressure, a new study says. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, followed 20,000 adults in China having problems of high blood pressure. The patients also had a history of heart disease or stroke.

mixednuts-030615.jpg Adding more peanuts to your daily diet could be beneficial for your heart's health, according to a new study. This new study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, is a prospective study of 71,764 black and white Americans, primarily of lower socioeconomic status, and 134,265 men and women living in Shanghai. They consumed some tree nuts, but primarily peanuts, which are legumes, not nuts.

cupofcoffee-030415.jpg Those who drink three to five cups of coffee daily may be less likely to experience a heart attack, according to a new study from researchers at the Kangbuk Samsung Hospital at Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine in Seoul, Korea. For the study, the researchers reviewed dietary info from 25,000 Korean citizens between March 2011 and April 2013.

Women younger than the age of 55 are more likely to die from a heart attack, nearly twice as likely as men, because they are more likely to ignore tell-tale signs, according to a new study. For the study, published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, researchers surveyed women ages 30 to 55 who were hospitalized for heart attack.

highgrovesauna-022415.jpg  Saunas may have health benefits for men, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found researchers following more than 2,000 middle-aged men in eastern Finland for about 20 years. The more often the men went to the sauna, and the longer they stayed, the lower their risk for sudden cardiac death and fatal coronary heart disease.

Elderly-exercise-022015.jpg Even light exercise could lead to improvements in cardiac health for some senior citizens, according to researchers from the University of Florida Institute on Aging in Gainesville. For the study the researchers collected data from 1,170 senior citizens who have a mostly sedentary lifestyle. "These data are extremely concerning as older adults in the U.S. spend [about] 60% of their . . ."

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