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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Vegetarian Diet May Cut Heart Disease Risk

    Jan. 31, 2013 -- The risk of hospitalization or death from heart disease is almost a third lower in vegetarians than in people who eat meat and fish, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Oxford in England say the health benefits of not eating meat likely stem from having lowe

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  7. 6 Symptoms of Women's Heart Attacks

    When a heart attack strikes, it doesn’t always feel the same in women as it does in men. Women don't always get the same classic heart attack symptoms as men, such as crushing chest pain that radiates down one arm. Those heart attack symptoms can certainly happen to women, but  many experience vague

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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