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DASH your way to a healthier heart

The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, designed to help prevent and lower high blood pressure, seems to reduce the risk of heart failure in women. The diet features plenty of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy foods and whole grains and a low intake of total and saturated fat. In a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers analyzed data and dietary habits from more than 36,000 women. They found that women who most closely adhered to the DASH diet had a 37 percent lower rate of heart failure than women with the lowest DASH diet scores.