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highcholesterol-052114.jpg Even slightly elevated levels of cholesterol in middle age could have a negative impact on heart health later in life, according to a new study from researchers at the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, North Carolina. For the study the researchers examined health records from 1,478 adults who had not developed heart disease by the age of 55.

pneumonia-012215.jpg Older adults who suffer a bout of pneumonia could be at an increased risk for heart disease for years to come, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. For the study the researchers examined health records from 6,000 people aged 65 and up who took part in the Cardiovascular Health Study and another 16,000 between 45 and 65.

optimistic2-011315.jpg People with a positive mental outlook have healthier hearts than those with negative outlooks, according to research conducted at the University of Illinois. The study, published in the journal Health Behavior and Policy Review, collected data on 5,100 adults (aged 45-84) who had their cardiovascular health measured and compared to data on their levels of optimism.

Yoga-030514.jpg Those who practice yoga may be at a decreased risk of heart disease, according to a new study from researchers at Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam. For the study the researchers examined records from 37 trials including 2,768 adults across Europe. They found that those who practiced yoga regularly were on average 2.75kg lighter than those who did not.

img1-022414.jpg The FDA has issued approval on a new blood test that can help predict heart disease risk. The new test, called PLAC Test for Lp-PLA2, has been approved for use in both men and women who have no previous history of heart disease. The new test uses blood analysis to look for Lp-PLA2 (lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2), an enzyme that is indicative of pulmonary inflammation.

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