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  1. Added Sugar in Diet Tied to Death Risk

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors have long thought extra sugar in a person's diet is harmful to heart health because it promotes chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes. But the added sugar Americans consume as part of their daily diet ca

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  2. Sunlight Might Be Good for Your Blood Pressure

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Sunlight is known to lower blood pressure, but now a team of British researchers has figured out why. What they found is that nitric oxide stored in the top layers of the skin reacts to sunlight and causes blood vessels to wid

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  3. How to Wreck Your Heart

    No one sets out to hurt their heart. But some habits can add up over time, taking their toll. You can't control things like your family history, or aging. But you have more power than you may think.  "There’s a lot of reason to believe you can trump your family history or promote a healthier, longer

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  4. Merck Recalls Cholesterol Drug Liptruzet

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Packaging defects have prompted a recall of a combination cholesterol drug called Liptruzet, produced by Merck & Co., temporarily affecting the entire U.S. stock. Merck said the foil pouches holding Liptruzet pills coul

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  5. Green Tea May Interfere With a Blood Pressure Medicine

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking green tea may lessen the effects of the medication nadolol (Corgard), used to treat high blood pressure, a new small study suggests. Researchers gave 10 volunteers a single dose of 30 milligrams of nadolol after

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  6. Blood Test May Predict Heart Attack: Study

    Jan. 13, 2014 -- A blood test could help identify people at risk for heart attack, according to American researchers. People who have a heart attack have unique cells in their blood and the team at the Scripps Research Institute in California is investigating whether testing people for these cells c

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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