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  1. Heart Failure Implant and Weaker Memory, Thinking

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A mechanical device that restores a failing heart's ability to pump blood might contribute to a decline in memory and thinking in some patients, a new study reports. Left ventricular assist devices are surgically impl

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  2. MRI May Help Gauge Stroke Risk in Those With AFib

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Special MRI scans of the heart can help spot people with atrial fibrillation -- a common heart rhythm disorder -- who are at high risk for stroke, a new study shows. The study also calls into question the mechanism linkin

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  3. Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Long-Term Heart Risks

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma can beat back the once-deadly cancer, it may also render patients vulnerable to heart disease decades later, a new study shows. "Physicians and patients should be aware of the persis

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  4. New Drug Class Slashes 'Bad' Cholesterol: Review

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new class of cholesterol drug could sharply cut "bad" LDL cholesterol in people who don't fare well on commonly used cholesterol-lowering medications called statins, a new research review confirms. The drugs, known as PCSK

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  5. Statins Carry Some Risk for Seniors

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can help prevent heart disease in seniors, but the medications also carry the risk of side effects, new research shows. Researchers used a computer simulation to assess whether statins

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  6. New Heart Failure Drug Approved by FDA

    April 16, 2015 -- A new heart failure drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Amgen's Corlanor (ivabradine) is the first new heart failure drug in a dozen years. Another heart failure pill from Novartis is being approved by the FDA and could be approved this summer, the Asso

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  7. Divorce Tied to Higher Chance of Heart Attack

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who divorce face a higher risk of suffering a heart attack than those who remain in wedded bliss, but remarriage may not be the remedy, at least not for women, a new study suggests. Duke University researchers found

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  8. Blood Thinners and Low-Risk Irregular Heartbeat

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As many as one-quarter of people with atrial fibrillation who have a low risk of stroke are given blood-thinning drugs they likely don't need, a new study contends . Atrial fibrillation -- a common form of irregular hear

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  9. Genes May Mean Short People Prone to Heart Disease

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Short people may be more likely to have heart disease, and that increased risk could be linked to the genetics that also determine height, a British-led research team suggests. A person's risk of heart disease increas

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  10. Pouch in Heart May Trigger Unexplained Strokes

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A pouch-like structure in the heart may be the source of some strokes that have no other known cause, a new study suggests. This pouch in the heart's left atrial chamber -- called a left atrial septal pouch -- was first d

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