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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Coffee in Moderation May Lower Heart Failure Risk

    June 26, 2012 -- Drinking coffee in moderation may reduce your risk of heart failure as you age, according to a new analysis. What's moderate? About two cups a day, if you're drinking the typical U.S. coffee serving, says researcher Murray Mittleman, MD, DrPH, director of cardiovascular epidemiology

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  5. FDA Delays Decision on Blood Thinner Eliquis

    June 25, 2012 -- The FDA has once again delayed a decision on a new blood thinning drug that some are calling a game changer for the prevention of stroke in heart patients. Drug makers Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer are seeking approval to market the drug Eliquis for use in patients with atrial fib

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  6. FDA Rejects New Use for Blood Thinner Xarelto

    June 22, 2012 -- The FDA has decided -- for now -- against allowing the new blood thinner Xarelto to be used to treat patients with blocked coronary arteries. Federal officials issued a complete response letter late Thursday, which means they want more information from the drug manufacturer before m

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  7. PTSD Unrecognized Risk Among Heart Attack Patients

    June 20, 2012 -- A heart attack is a traumatic event, physically and emotionally, but cardiologists don't pay enough attention to post-traumatic stress disorder among their patients, according to the author of a new study. Not only does the disorder occur in 1 out of 8 such patients, the study shows

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  8. Daily Aspirin: Worth the Risk?

    June 7, 2012 -- Millions of people take aspirin every day to lower their heart attack and stroke risk, but new research may change some of that thinking. Daily aspirin use was associated with a higher-than-expected increase in the risk for major bleeding in an Italian study published this week in th

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  9. Will Dark Chocolate a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

    May 31, 2012 -- Should people at high risk of heart attack and stroke eat dark chocolate every day? Maybe, according to a new study from Australia. "Dark chocolate may be a pleasant and effective way of delivering important dietary components that can provide health benefits to the ever increasing n

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  10. Z-Pak Heart Attack?

    May 16, 2012 -- Sudden heart death may be a new risk from the commonly prescribed antibiotic azithromycin -- better known as Zithromax or the Z-Pak. The finding comes from a study of Medicaid patients who received some 348,000 Z-Pak prescriptions from 1992 to 2006. Compared to patients who took no a

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