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  1. A New Way to Treat High Cholesterol?

    Editor's note: Updated Aug. 28, 2015. June 10, 2015 -- A new class of medications can lower "bad" LDL cholesterol to unheard-of levels. The new class is called PCSK9 inhibitors. The FDA approved the first drug, called alirocumab (Praluent), on July 24, and the second, evolocumab (Repatha), on Aug. 2

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  2. FDA OKs Second in New Class of Cholesterol Drugs

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a second drug that's part of a potent new class of medications that sharply cut levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol. Repatha (evolocumab), an injectable drug, works by

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  3. Need 'Bridging' if You Stop Warfarin Temporarily?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heart patients on the clot-preventing drug warfarin usually have to stop the medication before having surgery. Now, a new study shows they can safely do that without taking another anti-clotting drug -- and they may even b

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  4. Heart Disease Death Rates and Those Under 55

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There has been a sharp drop in heart disease death rates among Americans 65 and older in recent decades, but declines in death rates are slowing in those younger than 55, particularly women, a new study says. The findings

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  5. Exercise May Help Control Irregular Heartbeat

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise appears to help control an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation in obese people, a new study finds. Australian researchers found that "cardiorespiratory fitness" reduced the risk that this potentiall

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  6. Never Ignore These 11 Heart Symptoms

    If something went wrong with your heart, would you know it?  Not all heart problems come with clear warning signs. There is not always an alarming chest clutch followed by a fall to the floor like you see in movies. Some heart symptoms don’t even happen in your chest, and it’s not always easy to tel

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  7. Too Few Heart Attack Patients Get Cardiac Rehab?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cardiac rehabilitation programs are considered a key part of recovering from a heart attack -- but only a small minority of patients ever attend one, a new study finds. Of the thousands of older Americans who'd suffered a h

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  8. Stem Cell Tactic Shows Promise for Heart Failure

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new method for delivering stem cells to damaged heart muscle has shown early promise in treating severe heart failure, researchers report. In a preliminary study, they found the tactic was safe and feasible for the 48 hea

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  9. New Drug Lowers Levels of Triglycerides: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug dramatically lowers blood levels of potentially harmful triglycerides, a new study finds. Triglycerides are a type of blood fat created by the food you eat. At very high levels, they can cause hea

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  10. Heart Disease, Alzheimer's Share Risk Factors

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some risk factors for heart disease may also be linked with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, a new study reports. "We already know that vascular risk factors damage the brain and can result in cognitive [mental] i

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