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4 Your Health: breast feeding good for the heart; pre-eclampsia tied to heart disease; vericose veins may lead to clots

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A new study suggests varicose veins may be an early warning sign for potentially deadly blood clots.

Varicose veins are usually considered harmless and more of a cosmetic nuisance than a physical problem. But when researchers in Taiwan looked at data on more than 400,000 people. They found the veins were associated with a more serious condition of deep vein thrombosis. It's unclear whether varicose veins might cause blood clots, or whether the two share a similar cause.

About a quarter of U.S. adults have varicose veins.

Pre-eclampsia and heart disease

Pre-eclampsia during pregnancy may increase a woman's risk of heart disease later in life.

That's according to new study tracking 650 new mothers for five years. It showed women with pre-eclampsia were much more likely to develop high blood pressure than those who did not have the condition. They also had a higher risk of diabetes and high cholesterol.

researchers say women with pre-eclampsia should be monitored closely in the months and years after childbirth.

Heart health and breastfeeding

A separate study finds breastfeeding may reduce a woman's risk of heart disease.

Scientists at the University Of Pittsburgh looked at the health of over 600 women, ten years after giving birth. They found women who breastfed for at least six months had better overall heart health than those who never breastfed.

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