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  1. Do Happy People Have Healthier Hearts?

    April 18, 2012 -- Having a "glass half-full" outlook just might help protect people at risk for heart attack and stroke. In a newly published review from the Harvard School of Public Health, characteristics such as optimism and happiness were linked to a lower risk for heart and vascular disease. Am

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  2. Male Hormone May Help Heart Failure Patients

    April 17, 2012 -- Treatment with testosterone may help heart failure patients feel better and exercise more, preliminary research shows. The finding comes from four small studies of people with heart failure. The researchers analyzed the results from all of those studies and found that those who too

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  3. Are Biodegradable Heart Stents Safe?

    April 16, 2012 -- A stent that helps keep clogged heart arteries open, then resorbs, appears safe, according to a new study. The study was small, with 50 patients. The follow-up lasted 10 years. The results are called ''excellent'' by researcher Kunihiko Kosuga, MD, PhD, director of cardiology at Sh

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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