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  1. New Blood Pressure Guidelines

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer people should take medicine to control their high blood pressure, a new set of guidelines recommends. Adults aged 60 or older should only take blood pressure medication if their blood pressure exceeds 150/90, wh

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  2. Stress Gene May Raise Odds of Heart Attack, Death

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- A genetic variant occurring in a significant number of people with heart disease appears to raise the odds for heart attack or death by 38 percent, a new study suggests. This "stress reaction gene," which Duke Univers

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  3. Dementia, Heart Disease Linked in Older Women?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Older women with heart disease might be at increased risk for dementia, according to a new study. Researchers followed nearly 6,500 U.S. women, aged 65 to 79, who had healthy brain function when the study started. Those

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  4. Treating Sleep Apnea May Lower Hard-to-Control Blood Pressure

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 10 (HealthDay News) -- People with sleep apnea and hard-to-control high blood pressure may see their blood pressure drop if they treat the sleep disorder, Spanish researchers report. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the standard treatm

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  5. Mild Heart Disease: Equal Risks for Men and Women?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 3, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Men and women with mild heart disease share the same risks, at least over the short term, a new study suggests. Doctors have thought that women with mild heart disease do worse than men. This study, however, suggests tha

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  6. Is It a Heart Attack or Angina?

    It’s dramatic when someone has a heart attack on television or in the movies. But in real life, symptoms can be more subtle and difficult to identify. And because heart attack and angina symptoms are so similar, it may be hard to tell what's going on. But knowing the differences -- and the reasons b

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  7. His Guide to a Heart Attack: Symptoms in Men

    In the movies, you never doubt when a man's having a heart attack. He clutches his chest, screams, or moans, and falls to the ground. If he's lucky, help is on its way. In real life, the signs aren't always so clear. Some people do experience Hollywood-type symptoms, says Mohamud Daya, MD, an associ

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  8. Energy Drinks Affect Heart, MRI Scans Show

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 2, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Energy drinks may provide a bit too much of a boost to your heart, creating additional strain on the organ and causing it to contract more rapidly than usual, German researchers report. Healthy people who drank energy dri

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  9. Keys to Recognizing a Stroke

    Strokes can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of sex or age. Each year, nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke, and 130,000 die from one. Of those who survive, more than two-thirds will have some disability. Recognizing stroke symptoms is key to preventing a needless death. “Many pat

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  10. Women's Chest Pain Unreliable Indicator of Heart Attack: Study

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Chest pain is not a symptom that doctors can use to accurately diagnose a woman suffering a major heart attack, according to new research. A survey of about 800 women and 1,700 men found that women tend to suffer the sam

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