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  1. Certain Prescription Painkillers Tied to Higher Risk of Irregular Heartbeat: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A long-term study suggests that older people who use common prescription painkillers, including prescription-strength ibuprofen, may be increasing their risk for developing a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial

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  2. Stem Cells May Rejuvenate Failing Hearts

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Stem cells injected directly into heart muscle can help patients suffering from severe heart failure by improving an ailing heart's ability to pump blood, a new Danish trial indicates. Doctors drew stem cells from patie

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  3. Diet Soft Drinks and Women's Hearts

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, March 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are heavy consumers of diet drinks might be more likely to experience heart attacks, dangerous blood clots and other cardiovascular problems than those who rarely or never consume artificially sweetened bever

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  4. Dietary Fats Q&A

    March 20, 2014 -- Saturated fats have long been called ''bad fats'' for their effect on the heart. But a new analysis calls into question whether they're really that bad after all. The findings, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, have sparked renewed debate about fats and heart health. Th

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  5. Shocking Heart Deaths: Why They Happen

    Someone in the prime of their life -- a professional sports star, teen athlete, marathon runner, or other seemingly healthy person -- isn't supposed to collapse and die from heart disease. But it occasionally happens, making sudden cardiac arrest front-page news. The rare nature of sudden cardiac ar

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  6. How to Wreck Your Heart

    When it comes to the heart’s health, there are some things you can’t control -- like getting older, or having a parent with heart disease. But there are many more things you can do to lower the chances of sabotaging your ticker. “An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure in this instanc

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  7. Blood Thinners Recommended for Irregular Heartbeat

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with an irregular heartbeat should take blood thinners to reduce their risk of stroke, an updated American Academy of Neurology (AAN) guideline recommends. Taking these drugs is especially important for people with

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  8. Surgery vs. Drugs for Irregular Heartbeat

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery works better, but has more serious side effects, than the standard drugs used to treat occasional bouts of atrial fibrillation, a new study reveals. Atrial fibrillation is a condition where the heart's normally p

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  9. Exercise and Atrial Fibrillation

    When you’ve experienced the irregular beating of your heart from atrial fibrillation (AFib), you may feel unsure about revving up your heart rate with exercise. Take comfort from the experts. They say physical activity is usually good for people with AFib, but it’s still wise to take precautions. Be

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  10. Ease the Stress of a Heart Condition

    A heart condition such as atrial fibrillation, heart failure, high blood pressure, or even high cholesterol can put a lot of stress on you. What's worse, you may be feeling stressed about being stressed.   "It can be a vicious cycle -- stress can make heart conditions worse," says N.A. Mark Estes, M

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