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  1. Moderate Drinking Helps Men After Heart Attack?

    March 27, 2012 -- After a heart attack, men who continue to drink one or two alcoholic beverages a day may live longer than heavy drinkers or non-drinkers. Those findings appear in the European Heart Journal. “For many men after experiencing a heart attack, major diet and lifestyle changes are recom

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  2. Test May Spot Heart Attacks Before They Happen

    March 21, 2012 -- A new blood test could one day give doctors a critical head start on heart attacks, a small new study suggests. The test looks for cells that normally line the insides of blood vessels. When those cells, called endothelial cells, start to build up in the blood, researchers say they

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  3. Too Few Keep Heart-Healthy Habits

    March 16, 2012 -- Less than 2% of Americans meet seven recommended heart health targets that could dramatically reduce their risk of heart disease, according to a new study. The research shows that the number of people who follow all seven heart-healthy habits recommended by the American Heart Assoc

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  4. 1 Sugary Drink a Day May Raise Heart Risk

    March 12, 2012 -- Just one sugar-sweetened drink a day may be enough to raise a man’s risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. Men who drank just one sugary drink a day had a 20% higher risk of heart disease than did non-drinkers, says researcher Frank Hu, MD, PhD, professor of nutrition and ep

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  5. Heart Failure Death Risk Lower for Women

    March 8, 2012 -- Women with failing hearts survive longer than men, according to the largest analysis ever to examine the impact of gender on heart failure deaths. When researchers analyzed data from 31 studies involving nearly 28,000 men and 14,000 women, they found male gender to be an independent

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  6. Stents Overused in Stable Heart Patients

    Feb. 27, 2012 -- As many as 2 out of 3 elective heart angioplasty procedures performed in the U.S. on patients with stable heart disease may not be needed, a new research review suggests. The analysis of eight large clinical trials found that the addition of opening narrowed arteries with stents pro

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  7. Irregular Heart Rhythm Linked to Mental Problems

    Feb. 27, 2012 -- Atrial fibrillation (AF), an irregular heart rhythm, is known to increase a person’s risk of stroke. Now, new findings suggest that some people with AF who also have other heart disease risks may be more likely to develop memory problems that may make daily living more difficult. Th

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  8. Aspirin, Walking Can Reduce Leg Pain From Narrowed Arteries

    Feb. 22, 2012 -- Low-dose aspirin may be just as effective as the more expensive Plavix when combined with a walking program to treat leg pain that’s associated with narrowing of the leg arteries. What’s known as peripheral artery disease, or PAD, can cause pain in the legs during walking because of

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  9. Heart Attacks in Women: Different Symptoms, Different Outcomes

    Feb 21, 2012 -- Heart disease kills more women every year than any other health condition. However, a new study suggests that more work is needed to help women and their doctors recognize heart attack symptoms, since women are less likely than men to show up at the hospital with chest pain. And youn

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  10. Millions of Women Unaware They Have Arterial Disease

    Feb. 15, 2012 -- Between 4 million and 5 million women in the United States have peripheral artery disease, or PAD, but few are diagnosed and even fewer receive adequate treatment. In a special report released at the midpoint of American Heart Month, the American Heart Association is calling for gre

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