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  1. Blood Test May Predict Heart Attack: Study

    Jan. 13, 2014 -- A blood test could help identify people at risk for heart attack, according to American researchers. People who have a heart attack have unique cells in their blood and the team at the Scripps Research Institute in California is investigating whether testing people for these cells c

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  2. Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Why It Happens

    You collapse without warning. Your heart stops beating, and blood stops flowing to your brain and other organs. Within seconds, you stop breathing and have no pulse. This is sudden cardiac arrest.   The immediate cause of most sudden cardiac arrests is an abnormal heart rhythm. The heart’s electrica

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  3. Heart Tests Your Doctor May Recommend

    Preventing a heart attack is a lot easier when you -- and your doctor -- know exactly what's going on in the vessels that carry blood throughout your body. Are they blocked with plaque or free-flowing? To find out, your doctor may recommend a high-tech imaging test that shows a clear image of your a

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  4. The New Heart Tests: Which Ones Should You Have?

    Researchers are developing new ways to check your heart health. Two tests are available now; an interesting third is on the horizon. This blood test checks 23 genes to suggest whether or not you have heart disease. It may help doctors need fewer tests that have more risks, including angiograms, one

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  5. Walk More to Cut Heart Attack and Stroke Risk?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Walking more is a simple way for people at high risk for type 2 diabetes to greatly reduce their risk of heart disease, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 9,300 adults with pre-diabetes in 40 co

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  6. Stress Gene May Raise Odds of Heart Attack, Death

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- A genetic variant occurring in a significant number of people with heart disease appears to raise the odds for heart attack or death by 38 percent, a new study suggests. This "stress reaction gene," which Duke Univers

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  7. Dementia, Heart Disease Linked in Older Women?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Older women with heart disease might be at increased risk for dementia, according to a new study. Researchers followed nearly 6,500 U.S. women, aged 65 to 79, who had healthy brain function when the study started. Those

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  8. Mild Heart Disease: Equal Risks for Men and Women?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 3, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Men and women with mild heart disease share the same risks, at least over the short term, a new study suggests. Doctors have thought that women with mild heart disease do worse than men. This study, however, suggests tha

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  9. Is It a Heart Attack or Angina?

    It’s dramatic when someone has a heart attack on television or in the movies. But in real life, symptoms can be more subtle and difficult to identify. And because heart attack and angina symptoms are so similar, it may be hard to tell what's going on. But knowing the differences -- and the reasons b

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  10. His Guide to a Heart Attack: Symptoms in Men

    In the movies, you never doubt when a man's having a heart attack. He clutches his chest, screams, or moans, and falls to the ground. If he's lucky, help is on its way. In real life, the signs aren't always so clear. Some people do experience Hollywood-type symptoms, says Mohamud Daya, MD, an associ

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