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  1. Heart Problems Tied to Early Signs of Dementia

    Jan. 29, 2013 -- Older women with heart problems may be at greater risk for mental changes that are thought to signal the beginnings of a type of dementia, a new study shows. Called vascular dementia, it is a type of mental decline that’s thought to be caused by problems in blood flow to the brain.

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  2. FDA Approves New Blood Thinner Eliquis

    Dec. 31, 2012 -- The FDA has approved the blood thinner Eliquis to prevent stroke in people with atrial fibrillation. AFib is the most common type of irregular heartbeat and affects about 3 million Americans. People with AFib are about five times more likely to have a stroke. Eliquis is approved onl

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  3. Smoking Doubles Women’s Sudden Death Risk

    Dec. 11, 2012 -- Smoking cigarettes may more than double a woman’s risk of sudden cardiac death. But quitting can reduce that risk significantly over time, according to a new study. Sudden cardiac death is a sudden, unexpected death caused by loss of heart function. It is the leading cause of heart-

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  4. Healthy Diet Helps Damaged Hearts

    Dec. 5, 2012 -- It’s never too late to start reaping the benefits of a heart-healthy diet. A new study shows older people with established heart disease who ate the most heart-healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, and nuts had a much lower risk of dying or having another heart attack or str

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  5. Transcendental Meditation May Lower Heart Risk

    Nov. 13, 2012 -- Transcendental Meditation is good for the heart, according to a new study. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health. It found that African-Americans with heart disease who regularly practiced TM reduced their risk of death, heart attack, and stroke by 48%. Researche

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  6. What to Do Now to Lower Heart Disease Risk Later

    Nov. 6, 2012 (Los Angeles) -- If you want to increase your odds of having a healthy heart in old age, your best bet is to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol in check in middle age. In a large study, the overall risk of developing any type of cardiovascular disease in one's lifetime was 60% for

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  7. Parkinson's Drug Mirapex Under Safety Review

    Sept. 19, 2012 -- The FDA is investigating a possible risk of heart failure linked to Mirapex, a drug used to treat Parkinson's disease and restless legs syndrome. Officials say recent studies suggest a potential raised risk of heart failure with the use of Mirapex, but further review of research is

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  8. Fish Oil Fizzles for Fighting Heart Attack, Stroke

    Sept. 11, 2012 -- Millions of people take over-the-counter omega-3 supplements to improve their heart health, but new evidence questions their benefit. Researchers looked at 20 studies involving nearly 70,000 people, many of whom were heart patients. Adding omega-3 to their diet did not appear to lo

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  9. Household Chemical Linked to Heart Disease

    Sept. 4, 2012 -- A chemical known as PFOA, found in common household products, may be linked with heart disease, stroke, and peripheral artery disease, according to new research. "Even at the low exposure levels of PFOAs found in most Americans, there is a positive association between increasing lev

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  10. Rosie O'Donnell's Heart Attack: Know Your Symptoms

    Aug. 21, 2012 -- Talk show host Rosie O'Donnell, 50, advised women via her web site on Monday to learn the symptoms of heart attack and heed them after revealing she ignored her own and now feels ''lucky to be here." O'Donnell suffered what she called a "widow maker" heart attack a week ago, she tol

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