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  1. How to Slash Heart Risks Tied to Obesity

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Obese or overweight people who lower their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels could cut their risk of heart disease and stroke by more than half, a new study indicates. Researchers analyzed 97 studies that

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  2. Medtronic Recalls Guidewires Used in Heart Procedures

    About 15,000 Medtronic devices used in heart procedures are being recalled by the company because they have defects that could result in serious injury or death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced. The recalled products are guidewires. They are inserted through an artery and used to gui

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  3. Hospitalization Rates Soar for Irregular Heartbeat

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitalizations for the most common form of irregular heartbeat nearly doubled between 1998 and 2010, and are expected to continue to soar during the current decade, researchers say. Ultimately, hospital treatment of at

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  4. Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Myths and Facts

    Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib, happens when your normal heartbeat or rhythm is thrown off. Yes, it can be dangerous. Your heart may not be able to pump enough blood.  On the other hand, millions of people with long-lasting AFib live quite well, says Gordon F. Tomaselli, MD, chief of the di

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  5. Your Flu Shot May Also Help Your Heart

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 22 (HealthDay News) -- If avoiding an achy, feverish week or so laid up with the flu doesn't motivate you to get a flu shot, a new study linking flu shots to a lower incidence of heart disease might persuade you to roll up your sleeve. People in the

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  6. Hardening of Arteries & Alzheimer's Plaques Linked

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Elderly people with hardening of the arteries are more likely to have brain plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease, a new study says. The study included 91 people, average age 87, who did not have dementia and underwent

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  7. High Smog Levels Tied to Serious Heart Problems

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of particulate air pollution -- commonly known as smog -- raise the risk of heart attack and other serious heart problems, according to a new study. Particulate air pollution refers to tiny particles in the air kno

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  8. Chronic Exposure to Airplane Noise May Harm Heart

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9 (HealthDay News) -- People who put up with the constant roar of aircraft overhead may be at higher risk for heart disease, two new studies suggest. In one study, British researchers compared rates of stroke and heart disease among 3.6 million peo

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  9. Whites at Highest Risk for Irregular Heart Rhythm

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Whites are more likely than other racial or ethnic groups in the United States to develop a common heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, a new study finds. The condition -- caused by a problem in the heart's electric

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  10. Arsenic in Environment & Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 23 (HealthDay News) -- People chronically exposed to low to moderate levels of arsenic in their environment may be more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular disease, a study of American Indians suggests. Previous research

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