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It sits behind the ribs pumping 100,000 times a day to carry nourishment to the furthest extremities of the body. But the heart is vulnerable to the excesses of a Western lifestyle.

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Passive smoking blood pressure risk

Boys who inhale second-hand tobacco smoke at home may experience significant levels of raised blood pressure, a study has found.

Chelsea's cardiologist tells Gerard Houllier to quit

Gerard Houllier has been advised to walk away from football by a leading sports cardiologist.

Giraffe, By Edgar Williams

At the start of this appropriately elegant monograph, Williams reveals the giraffe's enviable control over its blood pressure.

Years of studying good for the heart

Education may benefit the heart as well as the brain, especially if you are female, new research suggests.

Food therapy: Eat well, feel better

Whether you have brittle bones, high blood pressure or a hangover, forget the medicine cabinet and head for the fridge. Food could be the answer, says Kate Hilpern

Revolutionary 'wrist watch' to monitor high blood pressure

Scientists have developed a "wrist watch" device to measure blood pressure that could see thousands of patients taken off treatment.

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In 2008 Fleet Foxes wowed virtually everyone with their brand of harmony heavy folk pop on their self-titled debut album.

Leading article: Wide world

Once, fat was a sign of prosperity. A goodly, portly frame was a measure of success and status to our Victorian forebears. Now the opposite is the case. It is the poor who are fat and the better-off who sport slimmer,healthier physiques.

Popeye had it right: spinach really does make you stronger

Popeye's taste for a can of spinach before a fight has a genuine scientific basis, researchers have found: the leafy green vegetable really can boost your muscle power.

Leading article: Green giant

Don't tell Bluto. Younger readers may need to be told that this oafish sailor, with his huge torso and beefy arms, was the arch-enemy of the cartoon character Popeye the Sailor Man. For 30 years, before and after the Second World War, weekly battles between the duo dominated the world of animated films. Despite his smaller physique, Popeye always triumphed over his nemesis with the aid of a can of the super-food spinach. For decades, this was suspected by the children as an adult ploy to persuade them to eat a vegetable which rarely appeals to children's palates. But now we know there was a scientific truth behind the parental instruction. Swedish scientists have discovered that spinach, or rather the nitrous oxide it produces when it comes in contact with human saliva, can lower blood pressure.

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