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  1. Exercise May Help Treat POTS Heart Condition

    June 20, 2011 -- An exercise training program worked better than medication for those with a debilitating heart problem that's dubbed the "Grinch syndrome," new research suggests. The condition is so named because those who suffer from it have a heart that's too small. The medical term for the condi

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  2. Lung Protein May Predict Heart Risk

    June 10, 2011 -- A promising blood test for lung injury may also predict heart attack and stroke risk as well as death from cardiovascular causes. In a large study from Canada, high levels of circulating surfactant protein-D (SP-D) in the blood were found to be strongly predictive of death from hear

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  3. Underused Treatments Could Save Lives From Heart Failure

    June 8, 2011 -- Close to 70,000 heart failure deaths could be prevented in the U.S. each year if more patients were on recommended therapies, new research suggests. The study is among the first to quantify the impact, in terms of lives saved, of broader use of drug and cardiac device treatments for

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  4. Smoking Raises Risk of Peripheral Artery Disease

    June 6, 2011 -- Smoking may dramatically increase a woman's chance of developing peripheral artery disease (PAD), a study shows. PAD affects about 8 million Americans. It is often a serious, debilitating disorder caused by narrowing of the arteries in the lower extremities. PAD not only causes pain

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  5. Omega-3s May Reduce Heart Risks for People With Stents

    May 26, 2011 -- Combining two blood-thinning drugs with omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of heart attack for people with stents in their arteries, a new study shows. The combination of omega-3s plus blood thinners may significantly change the blood-clotting process, according to researchers.

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  6. Atrial Fibrillation Raises Death Risk for Middle-Aged Women

    May 24, 2011 -- Otherwise healthy middle-aged women newly diagnosed with a heart rhythm problem known as atrial fibrillation are at increased risk of premature death, a study shows. The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Many studies have found older people with a

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  7. Cardiac Rehab Linked to Reduced Risk of Death

    May 16, 2011 -- Sticking with a cardiac rehab program in the aftermath of heart surgery can be a real lifesaver, according to a new study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic.  The study showed that patients who participated in a program that combined exercise, nutrition, and counseling were more likel

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  8. Many Heart Patients Aren’t Taking Needed Drugs

    May 10, 2011 -- Too few patients with stable coronary artery disease are taking recommended drugs that could help them avoid the need for procedures that open up clogged arteries, a study shows. The study is published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Less than half of the heart pa

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  9. Heart Failure May Be Linked to Osteoporosis

    May 10, 2011 -- New research suggests that up to 12% of people with heart failure may have osteoporosis as well as spine compression fractures that often are characteristic of the bone disease. What is more, the osteoporosis in most cases probably could be detected with a simple chest X-ray, leading

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  10. 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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