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  1. Chocolate Good for the Heart

    Aug. 29, 2011 (Paris) -- Chocoholics have reason to celebrate today: A large new study confirms that chocolate may be good for the heart and brain. Regularly eating chocolate could cut the risk of heart disease and stroke by about one-third, says researcher Oscar H. Franco, MD, PhD, of the Universit

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  2. FDA: Celexa May Damage Heart at High Doses

    Aug. 24, 2011 -- The antidepressant Celexa can cause possibly fatal changes to the heart's electrical activity, the FDA today warned. Celexa should no longer be used at doses higher than 40 milligrams per day. The drug's new label will remove a statement suggesting that some patients may need 60 mil

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  3. Quicker Angioplasty Times for Heart Attack Patients

    Aug. 22, 2011 -- More than 90% of patients who have a heart attack and need an emergency treatment to open the artery now have it within the recommended 90 minutes after they get to the hospital, new research finds. Some patients get the treatment even more quickly, says researcher Harlan M. Krumhol

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  4. Is Calcium Test the Best Way to Check Heart Risk?

    Aug. 18, 2011 -- An imaging test that identifies calcium in the coronary arteries of the heart is a more accurate indicator of heart attack risk in seemingly healthy people than a widely used test that measures inflammation, a new study shows. Researchers say coronary artery calcium (CAC) testing ca

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  5. Fat Around Heart May Be Linked to Clogged Arteries

    Aug. 16, 2011 -- Fat packed around the heart may predict narrowed arteries, even in people who have don't have symptoms of heart disease, a new study shows. Studies suggest that where people tend to store their extra calories as fat may be at least as big a threat to health as how much total fat the

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  6. Study Finds Benefits in Selective Use of Drug-Coated Stents

    Aug. 15, 2011 -- Doctors can save the health care system hundreds of millions of dollars annually without increasing patients’ risk of heart attack or death by using drug-eluting stents selectively, according to a study published today in the journal Circulation. Drug-eluting stents, which are coate

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  7. New Blood Thinner Prevents Strokes in Heart Patients

    Aug. 10, 2011 -- The newly approved drug Xarelto appears to prevent strokes at least as well as the standard treatment warfarin in people who have a heart condition that puts them at high risk for blood clots, a study shows. Xarelto was approved by the FDA in July to prevent dangerous blood clots in

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  8. Risk of Heart Disease 25% Higher for Women Smokers

    Aug. 10, 2011 -- Women smokers run a 25% higher risk than male smokers of developing coronary heart disease, according to a recent study. The authors of the study suggest that this increased risk for women could be due to physiological differences between the sexes. The study, by Rachel R. Huxley, D

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  9. Heart Testing Overused, Report Finds

    Aug. 2, 2011 -- Far too many healthy Americans are undergoing heart screening tests, which can lead to unnecessary and potentially dangerous treatments. That’s according to an investigation appearing in next month’s Consumer Reports. In a survey of more than 8,000 subscribers, nearly half (44%) of t

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  10. Little Exercise Beats None

    Aug. 1, 2011 -- Even a little physical activity performed on a regular basis may reduce the risk of heart disease. And the more exercise people do, the more benefit in reducing risk, a new study finds. Among key findings of the study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health: As little a

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