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  1. Some Painkillers May Be Risky After Heart Attack

    May 9, 2011 -- Even short-term use of a popular type of painkiller may be dangerous for people who have had a heart attack. A new study shows heart attack survivors who were prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) were 45% more likely to die or have another heart attack within one w

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  2. Study Shows Salty Diet Good; Heart Group Disagrees

    May 4, 2011 - A high salt diet isn't bad for you, it's good for healthy people, European researchers suggest. Jan A. Staessen, MD, PhD, of the University of Leuven, Belgium, led a study that measured urinary sodium levels in 3,681 healthy, 40-ish people and then followed their health for about eight

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  3. Coumadin Recalled Over Potency Concern

    May 3, 2011 -- Bristol-Myers Squibb has recalled 1.85 million 5-milligram Coumadin tablets in the U.S. The recalled lot of Coumadin (number 9H49374A, expiration date Sept. 30, 2012) was sold to pharmacies in 1,000-tablet bottles and repackaged for individual prescriptions. Patients taking 5-milligra

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  4. Heart Bypass Surgery Rate Is Declining

    May 3, 2011 -- There has been a dramatic drop in the rate of heart bypass procedures performed in the U.S. over the last decade, even though more hospitals are offering the open-heart surgery. One-third fewer coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgeries were performed in 2008 compared to 2001, whil

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  5. Atrial Fibrillation Treatment Costs, Hospitalizations Mount

    May 3, 2011 -- People with atrial fibrillation, a common type of abnormal heart rhythm, are hospitalized twice as often as people without the condition, and costs of treatment are high, a new study suggests. Not only are people with atrial fibrillation hospitalized more often, they have three times

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  6. Belly Fat in Heart Patients Raises Death Risk

    May 2, 2011 -- A new study shows that people with coronary artery disease who carry extra fat around their waists appear to have an increased risk of dying compared to people who store their body fat elsewhere. The study pooled and reanalyzed data on nearly 16,000 people with coronary artery disease

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  7. Heart Attacks in the Morning Are More Severe

    April 27, 2011 -- The most common time of day for heart attacks is the morning, and now new research suggests that morning heart attacks are also the most serious. Heart attacks occurring between 6 a.m. and noon were associated with the most the damage in the study, reported Wednesday in the journal

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  8. Low Health Literacy May Have Deadly Consequences

    April 26, 2011 -- Not knowing enough about basic health can be deadly for people with heart failure, a new study finds. The study shows that nearly one in five people with heart failure have low health literacy, making them more than twice as likely to die as a result of their condition. According t

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  9. Wine, Salt, and Your Heart: Confusion Abounds

    April 26, 2011 -- Most Americans believe that drinking red wine is good for the heart but may not fully understand that failure to limit the amount they drink could lead to serious health problems, according to a new survey by the American Heart Association (AHA). What’s more, most people also mista

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  10. Tai Chi Benefits Heart Patients

    April 25, 2011 -- Tai chi, often called “meditation in motion,” appears to improve the quality of life in people with heart failure, say researchers at Harvard Medical School. The ancient Chinese exercise of tai chi features physical movements that are slow and gentle and require concentration. “His

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