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Two additions to this collection of evidence come from two articles published in the October 2019 issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

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Stress is another known risk factor for heart disease. A 2001 study found that pet ownership in conjunction with treatment with an ACE inhibitor did more to reduce stress-related blood pressure spikes than ACE inhibitor treatment alone. A 2007 study found that in people hospitalized for advanced heart failure, blood pressure and levels of certain stress hormones dropped after a 12-minute visit from a therapy dog.

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A daily low-dose aspirin is recommended for people who have already had a heart attack or stroke and for those diagnosed with heart disease. But for the otherwise healthy, that advice has been overturned. 

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Although heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, chances of dying of a heart attack are now at a "historic low" of 12 percent. That's down by more than a third since 1995, according to a new Yale study that analyzed two decades of data on about 4.4 million Medicare patients hospitalized with heart attacks, including deaths within 30 days of heart attacks.

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Peek into any U.S. hospital's baby ICU, and you'll see sick and premature newborns covered in wired monitors that tear at fragile skin and make it hard for parents to cuddle their kids. Now researchers have created tiny skin-like wireless sensors that may finally cut those cords.

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 “You look beautiful in your red,” said Mitzie McCurdy, director of community outreach at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center as she welcomed the crowd all decked out in their red on Feb. 15 for the annual Go Red for Women Healthy Hearts Luncheon.

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February is Heart Health Month and on Feb. 15, Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will sponsor a Go Red for Women Healthy Hearts Luncheon in the hospital’s Community Rooms A and B. Those interested in attending can reserve a seat by Feb. 14 by calling 888-99-LNRMC (56762).

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