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Prince Philip transferred back to private hospital

Prince Philip, 99, has been transferred from a cardiac hospital to a private facility to continue his recovery after a heart procedure, Buckingham Palace said Friday. The palace said the husband of Queen Elizabeth II underwent a successful procedure.

Five tips to love your heart

Heart disease remains the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. with more than 655,000 dying annually, according to the American Heart Association. In a continuing effort to raise awareness about heart health, February is recognized as Heart Month.

Cardiologist, anti-war activist Bernard Lown dies at 99

BOSTON — Dr. Bernard Lown, a Massachusetts cardiologist who invented the first reliable heart defibrillator and later co-founded an anti-nuclear war group that was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, died Tuesday. He was 99.

Burundi says president Nkurunziza has died of heart attack

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has died of a heart attack at age 56, the government announced Tuesday, ending a 15-year-rule marked by deadly political violence and a historic withdrawal from the International Criminal Court.

Fewer than 5% of pregnant women have good heart health, study shows

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and U.S. health experts are working to better understand why so many moms are dying. But many women might be unaware of their heart risks while pregnant – and the importance of taking steps to improve heart health is becoming clearer in light of a new study.

House Call: Gender plays role in health concerns for women

Women and men have many health concerns in common, but there are a few that are either exclusively female, typically female or experienced differently by females. Menstruation, endometriosis, giving birth, menopause and cervical cancer are all things that can only be experienced by women. Breast cancer is typically female and heart disease symptoms in women can be more subtle and sometimes quite different than those presented by men.

NIH to end industry-funded study of alcohol’s benefits

The U.S. government is shutting down a study that was supposed to show if a single drink a day could prevent heart attacks, saying ethical problems with how the research was planned and funded undermine its credibility.

Ask Doctor K: Reduce stress to protect your heart

Dear Doctor K: I’m under a lot of stress in my life. Of course, I don’t like that, but what really worries me is that it will affect my heart. Heart disease runs in my family. If stress can lead to heart disease, does reducing stress reduce heart disease risk? Dear reader: We often think of the heart and brain as separate from each other, yet these organs are intimately connected. And when your emotions adversely affect your brain, your heart is affected as well.

Ask Doctor K: Keep salt intake low for heart health

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have high blood pressure, and my doctor advised me to cut back on salt. Can you explain how salt affects blood pressure? DEAR READER: Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is blood pressure greater than 140/90 mm Hg. High blood pressure increases your risk of stroke, heart attack, kidney damage, loss of vision and other health problems. Many studies show that blood pressure rises with a higher-salt diet.

Education Notebook: High schoolers win scholarships

Eight students from Spokane Public Schools have received full-tuition, full-need scholarships to Northwest colleges and universities through the Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative. More than 700 students applied and 65 were selected by Tacoma-based Northwest Leadership Foundation, which launched the Act Six program in 2002. Spokane students who got scholarships to Whitworth University are: Kionte Brown and Camina Hirota, both of Shadle Park High School; Lynnsee Calf Robe, the Community School; Araya Eckley, North Central High School; and Husam Ghanim, Ferris High School.

Laughing at heart disease

It was on the comedy circuit, including its grind of 500-mile drives followed by shows followed by 500-mile drives, that Kay Frances most heavily abused alcohol and drugs. “I wasn’t just taking drugs recreationally,” said Frances, who’ll speak in Spokane on Wednesday about connections between humor and heart health. “It’s that Elvis thing you get into, where you’re up all night and then you sleep half the day, and now you have to wake up to do a show, so you take a pill, and then you want to wind down, so you take some drinks.”