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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Too many diet drinks are being linked to a greater risk of heart attack, stroke and early death for women over 50 years old. The new study was published Thursday by the American Heart Association.

Researchers found that post-menopausal women who consumed two or more artificially sweetened drinks per day were 31 percent more likely to have a stroke caused by a blocked artery.

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The Heart Association says that water is the best no-calorie alternative.