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diet-022513.jpg The Mediterranean diet, rich in whole grains, fruits, beans, fish and olive oil, may help reverse metabolic syndrome, according to research conducted at the Hospital Universitari de Sant Joan de Reus, in Spain. The study, published in CMAJ, surveyed the effects of the Mediterranean diet on metabolic syndrome, which is characterized by a collection of risk factors for heart disease.

obesity-022412.jpg Obese children are likely to show early signs of heart trouble, according to research conducted at the University of Leipzig Heart Center in Germany. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, surveyed data collected on 101 kids (aged 9-16). One group was obese, while the other was not. The research team used two-dimensional echocardiograms with ultrasound.

Vitamins-050812_12Sep12.jpg Fish oil supplements may not help improve an irregular heartbeat, according to research conducted at the University of Montreal. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, compared 337 patients with atrial fibrillation - one group taking a fish oil supplement and the other taking a placebo.

heartattack-092414.jpg Eighty percent of heart attacks in men are preventable by changes in lifestyle, according to research conducted at the Karolinska Institute. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, surveyed data on over 20,000 Swedish men aged 45-79, who were tracked from 1997 to 2009. The team isolated five aspects of a healthy lifestyle.