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  1. A-Fib Doesn't Mean You're Banished to the Sidelines

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Cutting back on exercise, or stopping altogether, might seem like the right move for people whose heart beats too fast and erratically, a condition called atrial fibrillation. But that's not necessarily so. In fact, staying acti

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  2. Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Why It Happens

    You collapse without warning. Your heart stops beating, and blood stops flowing to your brain and other organs. Within seconds, you stop breathing and have no pulse. This is sudden cardiac arrest.   The immediate cause of most sudden cardiac arrests is an abnormal heart rhythm. The heart’s electrica

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  3. Unhealthy Cholesterol Levels Might Raise Alzheimer's Risk

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 30, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Keeping "bad" cholesterol in check and increasing "good" cholesterol is not only good for your heart, but also your brain, new research suggests. A study from the University of California, Davis, found that low lev

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  4. Heart Tests Your Doctor May Recommend

    Preventing a heart attack is a lot easier when you -- and your doctor -- know exactly what's going on in the vessels that carry blood throughout your body. Are they blocked with plaque or free-flowing? To find out, your doctor may recommend a high-tech imaging test that shows a clear image of your a

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  5. The New Heart Tests: Which Ones Should You Have?

    Researchers are developing new ways to check your heart health. Two tests are available now; an interesting third is on the horizon. This blood test checks 23 genes to suggest whether or not you have heart disease. It may help doctors need fewer tests that have more risks, including angiograms, one

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  6. Too Few Americans Aware of Their High BP

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 23, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- High blood pressure is a preventable and treatable risk factor for heart attack and stroke, but about one-quarter of adults don't know they have it, according to a large new study. Among those who do know they have the c

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  7. Walk More to Cut Heart Attack and Stroke Risk?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Walking more is a simple way for people at high risk for type 2 diabetes to greatly reduce their risk of heart disease, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 9,300 adults with pre-diabetes in 40 co

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  8. Fiber-Rich Foods May Cut Your Risk of Heart Disease

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Boosting the amount of fiber in your diet may lower your risk for heart disease, a new study finds. "With so much controversy causing many to avoid carbohydrates and grains, this trial reassures us of the importance of f

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  9. Americans Still Eat Too Much Salt: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Americans' love of salt has continued unabated in the 21st century, putting people at risk for high blood pressure, the leading cause of heart attack and stroke, U.S. health officials said Thursday. In 2010, more than 90 per

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  10. 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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