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  1. Common Antibiotic Poses Risk to Heart, FDA Warns

    March 13, 2013 -- The popular antibiotic azithromycin may cause a potentially fatal irregular heart rhythm in some people, the FDA says. Also sold under the names Zithromax and Zmax, and often called a Z-pack, the antibiotic can cause changes in the electrical system of the heart, leading to arrhyth

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  2. Hardening of the Arteries Found in Ancient Mummies

    March 11, 2013 (San Francisco) -- Hardening of the arteries may not be such a modern problem after all. Scans of mummies from four geographical regions across a period of 4,000 years suggest that atherosclerosis was more common in ancient populations than previously believed. Studying people from an

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  3. New Drugs Might Give Heart Patients an Edge

    By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- In the search for better medicines to safely help heart patients, clinical trials testing three new drugs appear to offer some promise. Two of the drugs, cangrelor and inclacumab, might improve outcomes for patients undergoing c

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  4. Processed Meat May Play a Part in Early Death: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 6 (HealthDay News) -- Grilled hot dogs and sausages may be tasty treats at ball games and picnics, but a new study of nearly 450,000 people finds that eating too much processed meat might shave years off your life. Those who ate the most process

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  5. Sibling's Death May Boost Your Risk of Heart Attack

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- When a brother or sister dies -- especially from a heart attack -- the risk of a surviving sibling also dying from a heart attack increases sharply in the following years, a large new study from Sweden suggests. Chronic str

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  6. Heart Failure Drug May Not Ease Symptoms in Some

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- A drug often used to treat chronic heart failure may not ease symptoms in people with one form of the disease, a new study suggests. The medication, called spironolactone (Aldactone), failed to improve symptoms or quality of life

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  7. Too Much Sitting Linked to Chronic Health Problems

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- People who spend hours each day without getting up and moving around should take heed: A new study suggests that the more people sit each day, the greater their risk for chronic health problems, such as cancer, diabete

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  8. Gene Therapy Shows Early Promise for Heart Failure

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to treating heart failure, the ultimate hope is to develop a therapy that repairs the damaged heart muscle. Now, an early study hints at a way to do that by harnessing the body's natural capacity for repair. Heart f

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  9. More Women Aware of Their Risk for Heart Disease

    Feb. 20, 2013 -- More American women are aware of their risk for heart disease than ever before, but huge gaps in knowledge still remain. A new survey shows that the number of women who know that heart disease is their leading cause of death has nearly doubled since 1997: from 30% in 1997 to 56% tod

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  10. New Blood Thinner Beats Older Drug for Vein Clots

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- People who need to take a blood thinner because they've had a clot in the deep veins of their legs appear to do better with the new drug Pradaxa (dibigatran) than with the older drug warfarin, researchers report. Long-term

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