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  1. Millions of Women Unaware They Have Arterial Disease

    Feb. 15, 2012 -- Between 4 million and 5 million women in the United States have peripheral artery disease, or PAD, but few are diagnosed and even fewer receive adequate treatment. In a special report released at the midpoint of American Heart Month, the American Heart Association is calling for gre

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  2. Even a Little Air Pollution Raises Heart Attack Risk

    Feb. 14, 2012 -- A new study shows that as little as a week in a place with high levels of air pollution raises the risk of heart attack. The additional risk is slight compared with classic heart attack risk factors like high blood pressure, smoking, or diabetes. But researchers say it’s significant

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  3. Scarred Hearts Healed After Heart Attack

    Feb. 13, 2012 -- A new stem cell treatment resurrects dead, scarred heart muscle damaged by a recent heart attack. The finding, just in time for Valentine's Day, is the clearest evidence yet that literally broken hearts can heal. All that's needed is a little help from one's own heart stem cells. "W

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  4. Some Men May Inherit a Higher Risk of Heart Disease From Dad

    Feb. 8, 2012 -- Move over, estrogen. There's a new theory that helps explain why men are more likely than women to get heart disease. A new study shows that some men may inherit a higher risk for heart disease directly from their fathers. The finding is significant in the world of genetics because i

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  5. New Heart Failure Risks: Fractures and Memory Problems

    Feb. 2, 2012 -- Two new studies shine a light on some lesser known consequences of heart failure: fractures and memory problems. About 5 million people in the U.S. have heart failure, according to the American Heart Association. A chronic and progressive condition, heart failure occurs when the hear

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  6. Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke May Be Underestimated

    Jan. 25, 2012 -- The method doctors use to determine a person's risk for heart disease could underestimate the future odds of heart attack and stroke. That's because a person's risk of heart disease is currently estimated in the short-term, meaning the likelihood of having heart disease in the next

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  7. AHA: Sex Safe for Most Heart Patients

    Jan. 19, 2012 -- Most patients can safely resume sexual activities one week after having an uncomplicated heart attack, according to a new report from the American Heart Association. The report represents the most comprehensive review of the research on sex in heart patients ever conducted by the gr

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  8. Aspirin Therapy for Heart Disease, Stroke Prevention Not for Everyone

    Jan. 12, 2012 -- Many people who have never had a heart attack or stroke take an aspirin every day to lower their risk for these events. While some may benefit, for many others the benefits appear to be outweighed by an increased risk for potentially serious and even life-threatening bleeding, a new

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  9. Study: Higher Heart Attack Risk From Pradaxa

    Jan. 10, 2012 -- Patients taking the new anti-clotting drug Pradaxa have a 33% higher risk of heart attack or severe symptoms of heart disease than do patients taking warfarin. The finding, from Cleveland Clinic researchers Ken Uchino, MD, and Adrian V. Hernandez, MD, PhD, is based on data from seve

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  10. Sensitive Blood Test Rules Out Heart Attack

    Dec. 27, 2011 -- When someone is having chest pain or other heart symptoms, it’s not always easy to tell whether they’ve suffered a heart attack. An electrocardiogram (ECG), one of the key tests used to confirm heart damage, isn’t always conclusive. When that happens, doctors may use a blood test th

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