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Weekly Recap in Health News: September 6, 2013

Here is the recap of this week’s news in health:

New Blood Test Detects Heart Attack Risk, Is Particularly Accurate With Women Patients A simple blood test could detect twice as many women suffering a heart attack as the standard NHS test, research suggests.

Blood pressure: know your numbers and what they mean With the rise in obesity and the sedentary lifestyle, hypertension – or high blood pressure – has become a growing health concern in the U.S. and around the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in three U.S. adults – an estimated 68 million people – have high blood pressure.

All stroke patients should have access to rehabilitation, skilled nursing care: American Heart Association Every person who has a stroke should have access to needed rehabilitation and skilled nursing services regardless of how they are financing their healthcare, according to a new policy recommendation from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

Wodraska: Moderation the key when eating nuts  Nuts are experiencing a resurgence in popularity as a food item thanks to several studies that show they have many benefits to health.

Tips on lowering your cholesterol If you’ve recently been diagnosed with high cholesterol, you’re not alone. Half of all Americans have high cholesterol (more than 200 mg/dL), according to the American Heart Association. It can be a result of family history, a high-fat diet, living a sedentary lifestyle, obesity and smoking, or a combination of those.