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The heart, which pumps blood throughout the body, is an impressive organ, and one essential to good health. Read on to find out the latest science surrounding the heart, and learn how to take better care of yours.

1. Watch those diet drinks

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Source: Thinkstock

Diet drinks have long been the springboard of research, but the latest study worked with 59,614 participants, making it the largest study to examine the correlation between diet drink consumption, “cardiac events,” and death. After examining diet drink intake and the cardiovascular risk factors of the participants, researchers found conclusively that women who drink two or more diet drinks a day may be more likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular problems.

Even further, compared to women who never — or even very rarely — consume diet drinks, those who consumed two or more a day were 30 percent more likely to suffer a cardiovascular event and 50 percent more likely to die from related disease. The “diet drinks” included in this study were defined as the equivalent of a 12-ounce beverage, and included both diet sodas and diet fruit drinks.

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