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  1. Calcium Scan Can Predict Premature Death Risk

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A scan of calcium deposits inside your arteries can help doctors deduce how long you're likely to live, a new study has found. The test, called a coronary calcium scan, uses a regular CT scan to look for calcium deposits

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  2. Keeping Fit May Halve Seniors' Heart Failure Risk

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In more good news for those who don't let aging keep them from practicing healthy habits, a new study finds the fittest seniors are half as likely as others to suffer from heart failure. "Older adults can make simple change

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  3. Do Cholesterol Drugs Affect Aggression?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs might influence a person's aggressive behaviors, increasing or decreasing their irritability and violent tendencies, a new clinical trial suggests. Men taking statins typically become

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  4. White Men May Get Better Treatment for AFib

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women, Hispanics and blacks are less likely than white men to receive optimal treatment for atrial fibrillation in the United States, researchers say. The study of more than a half-million Medicare patients found that w

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  5. How Do New Blood Thinners Compare to Warfarin?

    Not too long ago, if your doctor said you needed a blood thinner to prevent a stroke, you didn't have to think too hard about it. Warfarin (Coumadin) was the only way to go. But not anymore. With four other medications to pick from, you'll have to do a little homework to figure out what's best for y

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  6. My Pounding Heart: Is It Anxiety or AFib?

    Today's the big day. Maybe you've got a job interview lined up. Or you're having dinner with your future in-laws for the first time. Suddenly your heart races too fast or feels like it skipped a beat. It's just the jitters, right? Could be. Sometimes, though, that thumping is a problem called atrial

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  7. Too Few Old Heart Attack Patients Get This Device?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer than one in 10 older heart attack survivors gets a potentially lifesaving implantable defibrillator, a new study finds. This small, battery-powered device sits under the skin in the chest. If the heart starts beat

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  8. Can Health System Afford New Cholesterol Drugs?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new class of powerful cholesterol drugs is poised to hit the market, and doctors are both hopeful about their potential, and worried that insurers won't pay for them. The drugs, known as PCSK9 inhibitors, can drastically

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  9. More Research Hints at Chocolate's Heart Benefits

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Eating milk chocolate or dark chocolate regularly may lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, a new study suggests. Middle-aged or older folks who ate as much as 3.5 ounces of chocolate a day seemed to receive heart

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  10. Seeing Your Own Clogged Arteries Can Spur Change

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seeing images of their narrowed heart arteries may convince some heart disease patients to adopt a healthier lifestyle and take prescribed medications, a new study suggests. "Seeing their calcified coronary arteries on the

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