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  1. Some Doctors Challenge New Statin Guidelines

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- A new online cholesterol risk calculator produced by two leading U.S. heart organizations is flawed and overstates a person's risk of heart disease, a pair of Harvard Medical School professors say. The professors contend

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  2. Hospitalization Rates Soar for Irregular Heartbeat

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitalizations for the most common form of irregular heartbeat nearly doubled between 1998 and 2010, and are expected to continue to soar during the current decade, researchers say. Ultimately, hospital treatment of at

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  3. Giving CPR for More Than 30 Minutes May Be Worth It

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Nov. 16, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Experts agree that after someone's heart stops, the sooner CPR is started the better the chances of survival. And now Japanese researchers report that continuing CPR for a half hour or more may help more victims survive

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  4. New Cholesterol Drug Guidelines: Q&A

    Nov. 14, 2013 -- The question of the day is: Should I be on a statin? New guidelines released Tuesday by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology change the standards for who should be taking these cholesterol-lowering drugs. As doctors follow the new guidelines, more pe

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  5. New Guidelines May Widen Use of Statins

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- New guidelines introduced Tuesday by the nation's leading heart experts could greatly expand the number of Americans taking cholesterol-lowering statins. The fundamental shift: Doctors are now being told to no longer adhere t

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  6. Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Myths and Facts

    Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib, happens when your normal heart beat or rhythm is changed and may not be able to pump enough blood. About 1% of Americans have AFib. Millions of people with long-lasting AFib live quite well, said Gordon F. Tomaselli, MD, director of the Division of Cardiology

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  7. Crestor Tops List of Best-Selling Drugs

    Nov. 1, 2013 -- The cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor (rosuvastatin) was the nation's most prescribed drug in the past 12 months, according to a new report from research firm IMS Health. New prescriptions and refills of the drug totaled 23.7 million. The report looks at the top 100 selling drugs in

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  8. Gardening, Housework May Help Boost Heart Health

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Activities such as gardening, do-it-yourself projects and housework may be as good as formal exercise when it comes to reducing the risk for heart attack and stroke, Swedish researchers say. For people 60 and older, just keep

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  9. Some Improvement Seen in U.S. Cholesterol Levels

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Americans' levels of "good" cholesterol are improving, but total cholesterol levels haven't changed one way or the other in the past few years, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Meanwhile, the nation's screening rates

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  10. Common BP Drugs Tied to Lower Risk of Alzheimer's: Study

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 24 (HealthDay News) -- People who take certain commonly used blood pressure medications have a significantly lower risk for Alzheimer's disease than those who don't, a new study suggests. Although it remains unclear exactly how drugs such as

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