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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Some Men May Inherit a Higher Risk of Heart Disease From Dad

    Feb. 8, 2012 -- Move over, estrogen. There's a new theory that helps explain why men are more likely than women to get heart disease. A new study shows that some men may inherit a higher risk for heart disease directly from their fathers. The finding is significant in the world of genetics because i

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  9. New Heart Failure Risks: Fractures and Memory Problems

    Feb. 2, 2012 -- Two new studies shine a light on some lesser known consequences of heart failure: fractures and memory problems. About 5 million people in the U.S. have heart failure, according to the American Heart Association. A chronic and progressive condition, heart failure occurs when the hear

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  10. 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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