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  1. Antibiotic Might Raise Heart Risks for Some

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking the widely used antibiotic clarithromycin may boost some patients' odds of dying from heart-related causes, a new study suggests. Because millions of people receive this antibiotic each year, the findings require u

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  2. Drop in Heart-Related Hospitalizations and Deaths

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths and hospitalizations for heart disease and stroke have dropped dramatically in the United States over the past decade, according to a large study of Medicare patients. The declines noted from 1999 to 2011 are the

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  3. More Docs Wonder If Statins Are Worth the Risks

    Aug. 18, 2014 -- Kailash Chand, a doctor in the U.K., says he once brushed aside patients who complained of muscle pains, weakness, fatigue, and memory problems after he put them on cholesterol-lowering medications called statins. Then a routine blood test showed he had high levels of some blood fat

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  4. Is Your Job Wrecking Your Heart?

    Is your job stressing you out? Do your heart a favor and take action to turn things around. No doubt about it: Chronic stress is bad for you. But the problem may not actually be your job as much as you think it is. “A lot of it comes down to individual reactions to stress,” says Tara Narula, MD, a c

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  5. Studies Question Need to Watch Your Salt

    Aug. 14, 2014 -- Worried about your salt intake? You may not need to be. A trio of studies has given us a clearer picture of the relationship between salt and heart health. Although we’ve been told for years to watch our salt, experts say new research questions that. “You don’t need to be freaking o

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  6. After Heart Attack, More Exercise Not Always Better

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Heart attack survivors are encouraged to exercise regularly to improve their cardiac health, but new research suggests there's a point of diminishing returns. "More isn't always better," said study researcher Paul Willi

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  7. AFib May Pose Risks for Surgery Patients

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery patients who have the irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation may be at heightened risk of stroke for months after their operation, a new study finds. Atrial fibrillation affects more than 33 million peop

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  8. Heart Med Digoxin Tied to Higher Death Risk in Some

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Digoxin, a drug that's been used to treat heart problems for about 200 years, might increase the risk of dying in certain patients. New research suggests that for people who have a particular type of irregular heart rhyt

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  9. DASH Diet: Meal Ideas

    The DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) diet helps you control your blood pressure. It's simpler, and tastier, than you may think. The key to eating well isn’t banning “bad” foods, but embracing the good-for-you options, says Melissa Rifkin, RD, a bariatric dietitian at Montefiore Medical C

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  10. Docs May Miss Out on Recommending Aspirin Therapy

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans who might benefit from taking low-dose aspirin every day to prevent heart attack and stroke say they've never been told by their doctors to do so, a new study shows. The findings highlight the fact that many

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