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  1. 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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  2. Increase in Resting Heart Rate Over Time Linked to Heart Disease Death

    Dec. 20, 2011 -- Your resting heart rate or pulse may provide important clues about your current and future heart health. It has been known that a high resting heart rate is a risk for heart disease. Now new research suggests that an increase in resting heart rate over time may actually place a pers

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  3. Childbirth May Cut Women's Heart Disease Risk

    Nov. 28, 2011 -- Women who give birth to four or more children may have a slightly lower risk of dying from heart disease later in life compared to women who have no children, new research shows. Past studies examining the impact of childbirth history on postmenopausal heart disease and stroke risk

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  4. Foods With Vitamin C May Help Heart Failure Patients

    Nov.14, 2011 (Orlando, Fla.) -- People with heart failure who don't eat enough vitamin C-rich foods are almost twice as likely to be hospitalized or die as those with heart failure who get enough vitamin C in their diet, new research suggests. They are also more than twice as likely to have high lev

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  5. New Anticlotting Drug May Extend Heart Patients' Lives

    Nov. 14, 2011 (Orlando, Fla.) -- People recently hospitalized for heart attack or the severe chest pain of angina may live longer if they take the new anticlotting pill Xarelto in addition to standard treatment, a large study shows. There was a drawback to taking Xarelto: an increased risk of seriou

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  6. Sugary Drinks Linked to Heart Risks in Women

    Nov. 14, 2011 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Once again, sugar-sweetened beverages are on the firing line. New research shows that two or more sugary drinks a day may increase a woman's waistline and risk of heart disease -- even if she doesn't gain weight. In a study of more than 4,000 people aged 45 to 84, wo

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  7. Stem Cells Repair Heart in First-Ever Study

    Nov. 14, 2011 -- The first use of heart stem cells in humans looks like a major breakthrough for people suffering heart failure after heart attacks. It's early -- results are in for only the first 16 patients -- but the results already are drawing praise from experts not easily impressed by first re

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  8. New Research Calls Salt Guidelines Into Question

    Nov. 9, 2011 -- Everyone knows that too much salt is bad for you, right? Well, according to new research, not everyone is convinced. Reducing dietary sodium (salt) helps lower blood pressure a little, but it also may increase levels of some hormones and unhealthy blood fats, a new review of studies

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  9. New Guidelines on Frequent Cause of Sudden Death in Athletes

    Nov. 8, 2011 -- When an athlete dies suddenly on the court or playing field, often an undiagnosed heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the cause. Now new guidelines aim to shine a light on the diagnosis and treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a disorder that affects an e

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  10. Xarelto Approved for Atrial Fibrillation Patients

    Nov. 4, 2011 -- The FDA has approved Janssen's Xarelto to prevent stroke in patients with an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation -- with a strong "black box" warning. A black box warning is the FDA's strongest warning. Xarelto had previously been approved to prevent blood clots in patie

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