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  1. Do You Know Which Symptoms Signal a Heart Attack in Women?

    Most women know the symptoms of a heart attack -- squeezing chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea. But as it turns out, these symptoms are more typical for males. Female heart attacks can be quite different -- and it’s important for all women to learn the warning signs. Rhonda Monroe's story is a

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  2. Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke May Be Underestimated

    Jan. 25, 2012 -- The method doctors use to determine a person's risk for heart disease could underestimate the future odds of heart attack and stroke. That's because a person's risk of heart disease is currently estimated in the short-term, meaning the likelihood of having heart disease in the next

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  3. AHA: Sex Safe for Most Heart Patients

    Jan. 19, 2012 -- Most patients can safely resume sexual activities one week after having an uncomplicated heart attack, according to a new report from the American Heart Association. The report represents the most comprehensive review of the research on sex in heart patients ever conducted by the gr

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  4. Aspirin Therapy for Heart Disease, Stroke Prevention Not for Everyone

    Jan. 12, 2012 -- Many people who have never had a heart attack or stroke take an aspirin every day to lower their risk for these events. While some may benefit, for many others the benefits appear to be outweighed by an increased risk for potentially serious and even life-threatening bleeding, a new

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  5. Study: Higher Heart Attack Risk From Pradaxa

    Jan. 10, 2012 -- Patients taking the new anti-clotting drug Pradaxa have a 33% higher risk of heart attack or severe symptoms of heart disease than do patients taking warfarin. The finding, from Cleveland Clinic researchers Ken Uchino, MD, and Adrian V. Hernandez, MD, PhD, is based on data from seve

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  6. Sensitive Blood Test Rules Out Heart Attack

    Dec. 27, 2011 -- When someone is having chest pain or other heart symptoms, it’s not always easy to tell whether they’ve suffered a heart attack. An electrocardiogram (ECG), one of the key tests used to confirm heart damage, isn’t always conclusive. When that happens, doctors may use a blood test th

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  7. Increase in Resting Heart Rate Over Time Linked to Heart Disease Death

    Dec. 20, 2011 -- Your resting heart rate or pulse may provide important clues about your current and future heart health. It has been known that a high resting heart rate is a risk for heart disease. Now new research suggests that an increase in resting heart rate over time may actually place a pers

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  8. My WebMD: In My 20s With a Pacemaker

    "Does your bra really go up that high?" the TSA officer asked, running her hands along my chest. My boyfriend, Adam, and I were headed for a romantic getaway, and being held at airport security wasn't on our itinerary. "I have a pacemaker.  That's a scar, not my bra," I said. "You're too young for t

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  9. Childbirth May Cut Women's Heart Disease Risk

    Nov. 28, 2011 -- Women who give birth to four or more children may have a slightly lower risk of dying from heart disease later in life compared to women who have no children, new research shows. Past studies examining the impact of childbirth history on postmenopausal heart disease and stroke risk

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  10. New Anticlotting Drug May Extend Heart Patients' Lives

    Nov. 14, 2011 (Orlando, Fla.) -- People recently hospitalized for heart attack or the severe chest pain of angina may live longer if they take the new anticlotting pill Xarelto in addition to standard treatment, a large study shows. There was a drawback to taking Xarelto: an increased risk of seriou

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