Tuesday, February 10, 2009

News You Can Use: Be true to your heart

It's February -- the month for paper hearts, chocolate hearts, candy hearts. However, a report in the Feb. EBN shows too many of us are neglecting the most important heart -- the one in our chest.

Research cited in our report reveals that the risk factors for heart disease and stroke -- the nation's No. 1 and No. 3 killers, and major contributors to disability and health care costs -- are increasing. Among such rising risk factors is high blood pressure.

"If this trend continues," commented AHA President Timothy Gardner, M.D. "death rates could begin to rise again in the years ahead. While we have seen better control of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and tobacco use, we still have much work to do on these risk factors."

And it turns out those all those chocolate hearts this month could help, as research shows eating half a bar of dark chocolate each day may lower high blood pressure.

Click here to read EBN's report on hypertension trends, risks and treatments.

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