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  1. U.S. Blacks Still Lag Whites in Life Expectancy

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- Despite a significant increase in life expectancy in recent decades, black Americans still die almost four years earlier than white Americans do, federal health officials reported Thursday. The disparity is largely due to hi

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  2. Country Singer Randy Travis Suffers a Stroke

    By HealthDay staff HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- Country music star Randy Travis suffered a stroke Wednesday night following a viral heart infection he was first hospitalized for on Sunday. The singer underwent surgery late Wednesday night to relieve pressure on his brain,

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  3. Randy Travis in Hospital With Heart Infection

    By HealthDay News staff HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 9 (HealthDay News) -- Country music singer Randy Travis was listed in critical condition Tuesday following surgery in a Dallas hospital to treat a viral heart infection. The 54-year-old singer was first admitted on Sunday after he developed wh

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  4. PTSD May Raise Heart Risks for Vietnam Vets

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- Vietnam veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are much more likely to develop heart disease, a new study finds. Researchers looked at 562 middle-aged male twins (340 identical and 222 fraternal) who were veterans o

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  5. Heart Device 'Shock' Anxiety May Hamper Sex Life

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Anxiety-related sexual problems occur among young adults with congenital heart disease who have implanted heart defibrillators, a new study finds. Their anxiety about the possibility of receiving a shock from their implantable ca

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  6. Poor Sleep May Worsen Heart Woes in Women, Study Finds

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Poor sleep appears to contribute to the progression of heart disease in women by raising their inflammation levels, but this effect was not seen in men, researchers say. "Inflammation is a well-known predictor of cardiovascular h

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  7. Irregular Heartbeat May Speed Memory Loss in Seniors

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Older people who suffer from a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation may also be more likely to experience mental declines sooner, a new study suggests. "Problems with memory and thinking are common for peop

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  8. Comparing the New Blood Thinners to Warfarin

    May 31, 2013 -- More than 2 million Americans have an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation, raising their risk of blood clots leading to stroke. For many years, the blood thinner Coumadin (warfarin) was the only game in town to help lower that stroke risk. In the past 3 years, though,

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  9. Transfusions With Heart Surgery and Infection Risk

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 30 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who receive a red blood cell transfusion during or after heart surgery may be at greater risk for infection, according to a new study. However, the use of platelets during transfusions does not appear to carry

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  10. Antidepressants May Help Some Heart Patients

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- Use of the antidepressant Lexapro appears to help prevent a potentially serious stress-related heart condition, a new study finds. The condition is known as "mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia." Although people wi

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