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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Even a Little Air Pollution Raises Heart Attack Risk

    Feb. 14, 2012 -- A new study shows that as little as a week in a place with high levels of air pollution raises the risk of heart attack. The additional risk is slight compared with classic heart attack risk factors like high blood pressure, smoking, or diabetes. But researchers say it’s significant

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  10. Scarred Hearts Healed After Heart Attack

    Feb. 13, 2012 -- A new stem cell treatment resurrects dead, scarred heart muscle damaged by a recent heart attack. The finding, just in time for Valentine's Day, is the clearest evidence yet that literally broken hearts can heal. All that's needed is a little help from one's own heart stem cells. "W

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