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    1. Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Myths and Facts

      Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib, happens when your normal heartbeat or rhythm is thrown off. Yes, it can be dangerous. Your heart may not be able to pump enough blood. On the other hand, millions of people with long-lasting AFib live quite well, says Gordon F. Tomaselli, MD, chief of the div

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    2. Your Flu Shot May Also Help Your Heart

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 22 (HealthDay News) -- If avoiding an achy, feverish week or so laid up with the flu doesn't motivate you to get a flu shot, a new study linking flu shots to a lower incidence of heart disease might persuade you to roll up your sleeve. People in the

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    3. Hardening of Arteries & Alzheimer's Plaques Linked

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Elderly people with hardening of the arteries are more likely to have brain plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease, a new study says. The study included 91 people, average age 87, who did not have dementia and underwent

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    4. High Smog Levels Tied to Serious Heart Problems

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of particulate air pollution -- commonly known as smog -- raise the risk of heart attack and other serious heart problems, according to a new study. Particulate air pollution refers to tiny particles in the air kno

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    5. Chronic Exposure to Airplane Noise May Harm Heart

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9 (HealthDay News) -- People who put up with the constant roar of aircraft overhead may be at higher risk for heart disease, two new studies suggest. In one study, British researchers compared rates of stroke and heart disease among 3.6 million peo

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    6. Whites at Highest Risk for Irregular Heart Rhythm

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Whites are more likely than other racial or ethnic groups in the United States to develop a common heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, a new study finds. The condition -- caused by a problem in the heart's electric

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    7. Arsenic in Environment & Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 23 (HealthDay News) -- People chronically exposed to low to moderate levels of arsenic in their environment may be more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular disease, a study of American Indians suggests. Previous research

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    8. Mental State Influences Readmission After Heart Failure Treatment, Study Says

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Heart failure patients' mental health history and their thinking abilities may influence whether they're readmitted to the hospital within a month of discharge, a new study says. Depression, a history of substance abuse and a h

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    9. Advance Seen in Turning Adult Cells Into Stem Cells

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have figured out a way to more readily turn adult skin cells into primitive stem cells that could potentially be used to treat a variety of chronic diseases. In a study published Sept. 18 in Nature, Israeli researche

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    10. Chest Pain Less Common in Female Heart Patients

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Women with the heart condition known as acute coronary syndrome are less likely to have chest pain than men, which could raise their risk of misdiagnosis, a new study finds. Acute coronary syndrome, which includes unstable angi

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