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  1. Transfusions With Heart Surgery and Infection Risk

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 30 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who receive a red blood cell transfusion during or after heart surgery may be at greater risk for infection, according to a new study. However, the use of platelets during transfusions does not appear to carry

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  2. Antidepressants May Help Some Heart Patients

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- Use of the antidepressant Lexapro appears to help prevent a potentially serious stress-related heart condition, a new study finds. The condition is known as "mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia." Although people wi

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  3. Costlier Heart Device May Not Be Worth It: Study

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 14 (HealthDay News) -- Patients prone to dangerously fast heart rhythms may get just as much help and have fewer complications with less-expensive implanted defibrillators that run one wire to the heart instead of two, a new study shows. Implantable

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  4. Estrogen Levels and Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) -- Higher levels of the hormone estrogen are associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death in men and women, a new study suggests. Sudden cardiac death can occur when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating (su

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  5. Wireless Pacemaker Shows Promise in Early Study

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists report positive results in early testing of a wireless pacemaker that's placed in the heart instead of being connected to it via wires from the upper chest. There are still many questions regarding the pacemaker, prod

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  6. iPads Could Affect Implanted Heart Devices: Study

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) -- Sprawled out on the couch, reading the news on your iPad, you'd never think you could be putting yourself at risk. But you might be, if you happen to have an implanted heart device. Magnetic interference could alter the s

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  7. Fish Oil Supplements May Not Prevent Heart Trouble

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- Although previous research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids may help those who have already had a heart attack or suffer from heart failure, a new study finds that the supplements do little to prevent cardiac trouble in peo

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  8. Safer Implanted Defibrillators on the Horizon?

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 7 (HealthDay News) -- By slowing down the programmed response rate on implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), doctors can reduce the number of shocks these devices deliver without causing a significant increase in the risk of fainting or death

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  9. Mediterranean Diet May Help Even if No Weight Lost

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- Men at high risk for heart disease might reduce their "bad" cholesterol by eating a heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, even if they don't lose weight, a small new study suggests. The study included 19 men, aged 24 to 62, with me

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  10. Kcentra Approved for Bleeding in Heart Patients

    By Scott Roberts HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- Kcentra (prothrombin complex concentrate, human) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat severe acute bleeding in adults after administration of the anti-clotting drug warfarin and similar products.

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