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  1. Can You Have AFib and Not Know It?

    The signs of atrial fibrillation (AFib) might seem pretty hard to ignore: a racing heart, trouble breathing, chest pain, and dizziness. You’d feel these symptoms and know something was wrong, right? Maybe not. Nearly a quarter of the estimated 2.7 million people who have AFib have no symptoms at all

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  2. 5 Heart Rate Myths Debunked

    It's normal to wonder if your heart is ticking just right. Sometimes you may think it beats too slowly. Or you might worry it's racing too fast. The truth is, there's a lot you've heard about your pulse that's flat out wrong. It's time to set the record straight. That's the old standard. Many doctor

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  3. Heart Risk Factors May Harm Black Women More

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The cluster of heart risk factors known as the "metabolic syndrome" might raise the risk of heart disease more for black women than it does for white women, a new study suggests. Metabolic syndrome refers to having at le

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  4. One-Third of Americans Have Heart Risk Factors

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-third of U.S. adults have a combination of health problems collectively known as metabolic syndrome that increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to new research. What's worse, the researc

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  5. Early Menopause Tied to Lower Risk of AFib

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who go through menopause at a relatively young age may have a slightly lower risk of developing a common heart rhythm disturbance, new research suggests. The study, of nearly 18,000 middle-aged and older U.S. women, foun

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  6. This Boosts Survival With Implanted Defibrillators

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study of nearly 100,000 people with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators found that more physical activity was tied to living longer. Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are battery-powered devices imp

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  7. Botox Lowers AFib Risk After Cardiac Surgery?

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Botox, the toxin-turned-drug therapy best known for its wrinkle-reducing properties, shows potential for preventing dangerous heart rhythms in patients who undergo invasive heart surgery, a small, preliminary study found. At

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  8. Hand-Grip Strength May Provide Heart Health Clues

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter   WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Testing hand-grip strength could be a cheap and simple way of identifying people at increased risk for heart attack, stroke and premature death, according to a new study. Researchers looked at nearly 140,000 adults who

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  9. This Diet May Be Dangerous With Heart Disease Risk

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A high-protein diet may backfire for people at risk for heart disease -- increasing the likelihood of weight gain and early death, a new study suggests. Replacing carbohydrates and fats with protein is touted as a quick wa

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  10. Warfarin May Pose Greater Bleeding Risk for Obese

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Obese patients taking the blood thinner warfarin appear to have almost twice the risk of severe stomach bleeding compared to their normal-weight counterparts, a new study suggests. Why obese patients may be at greater risk

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