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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Higher BPA Levels, More Heart Disease?

    Aug. 15, 2012 -- People who have higher levels of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in their urine may be more likely to have narrowing of their coronary arteries, a new study shows. BPA has been used for more than 40 years in food packaging, metal food and beverage can liners, and many other products.

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  5. Blood Type May Impact Heart Risk

    Aug. 14, 2012 -- Your blood type just may help determine your risk for heart disease. A new analysis suggests that having blood type O conveys some protection against heart attack and stroke, while having the far less common AB blood type appears to increase risk. Heart disease risk typically takes

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  6. Traveling Safely With Atrial Fibrillation

    If having atrial fibrillation (AFib) makes you anxious about travel, you can relax. "As long as you're getting good medical care, traveling with AFib shouldn't be a problem," says N. A. Mark Estes, MD, director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Center at Tufts University School of Medicine. Try planning ahe

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  7. Heart Attack, Stroke More Common in Shift Workers

    July 26, 2012 -- Working the night shift or any non-traditional schedule may increase your risk of heart attack and stroke, a study shows. Previous research has linked shift work to heart disease and stroke risk factors including high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and diabetes. Now, resea

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  8. Blood Vessels Made From Liposuction Fat

    July 25, 2012 -- If you have a blocked artery, surgeons may someday replace it with blood vessels created from cells removed in liposuction. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat deposits under the skin. A new study suggests that adult stem cells taken from liposuctioned fat can be us

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  9. Can a Woman's Job Raise Her Heart Attack Risk?

    July 18, 2012 -- Women with high-stress jobs are at higher risk of heart attacks and other heart problems compared to those with lower-stress jobs, according to a new study. "Women who had high-strain jobs had a 40% higher likelihood of having a cardiovascular event compared to women who were in the

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  10. WebMD the Magazine's My Story: Cardiac Recovery

    I had no inkling I had heart disease until December 2005, when I had two minor episodes of mild angina (pain in the chest area). My primary care physician ran an electrocardiogram but saw nothing abnormal. I was an athletic, lean 53-year-old who ate nutritious foods. He decided I was just stressed a

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