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When high cholesterol is a family affair

In the United States, 73.5 million adults have high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad" cholesterol. Yet not even half are getting treatment to lower their levels. Patients who experience high cholesterol due to an inherited genetic disorder from one of their...

source: By Dorothy L. Tengler
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Three years before musician and actress Ilisa Juried appeared on The CW's reality show "Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious," her heart stopped in New York City's Grand Central Station. The then-18-year-old was sightseeing with her mom when they saw a group of hip-hop dancers...

source: American Heart Association

The road to cardiovascular disease begins in childhood, and it's a road many American children are on, based on a new report from the American Heart Association that indicates very few kids meet all the criteria for ideal heart health. Many are overweight or obese. Others...

source: American Heart Association

Genetic tests for an inherited heart disorder are more likely to have incorrect results in black Americans than in whites, according to a new study that is likely to have implications for other minorities and other diseases, including...

source: The New York Times

Anyone who's been watching the Olympic swimming events and wondering why lifeguards surround a pool filled with so many expert swimmers should talk to Ashley Dumais. The young swimmer was at a high school swim meet in January when her heart...

source: American Heart Association

Several years ago, two families approached Jeanne Amiel, a genetics researcher at the French Institute of Health and Medical Research in Paris, searching for answers. One set of parents had lost four babies, each suddenly and unexpectedly,...

source: The Scientist

Scientists have discovered that a common cause of sudden heart death has been misunderstood because researchers didn't appropriately account for racial differences in their studies. The findings, published in the New England Journal of...

source: National Public Radio


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