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For Your Heart Health: Results from Recent Heart Research

July 18, 2011

A Glass of Wine for Heart Health
A glass of wine can go straight to the heart, whether it’s red or white! Scientists have attributed the heart benefits of reds to antioxidant-rich grape skins, so they had assumed white wine likely wouldn't do the heart any good. A lab experiment on rats showed that a grape's pulp conceals cardio-protective compounds that rival those found in reds. So drink to your heart health!

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Some people really do have bigger hearts than others. Rather than a sign of affection, an enlarged heart can signal underlying heart disease. The most common type, called dilated cardiomyopathy, occurs when the heart's chambers stretch out and enlarge. The bulging saps the heart's pump power, depriving the body's organs of enough blood. If left untreated, a big heart can lead to heart failure.

Heart to Heart

A recent study adds equine friends to the list of emotionally-responsive animals. A scientist found that horse's heart rates mirror those of human subjects touching them. The horse emotion-detector could someday replace procedures used to measure a patient's stress hormones. Next, the researcher will study service dogs to better match them with humans.

Female Hearts

For decades, heart disease and heart attacks have been viewed as a man's illness. But this is far from the truth. Heart disease kills 500,000 American women each year, topping male numbers by 50,000. Another gender gap: Women don't tend to experience the standard movie heart attack with gripping chest pain and collapse. Instead, women have reported tightness, aching or pressure in the heart, nausea, back and jaw pain.

From Live Science.com

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