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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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