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  1. 7 Steps to Tame Prehypertension

    Is your blood pressure higher than it should be? Lower than the high blood pressure range, but still above normal? That's prehypertension, and it may be more serious than you think. Prehypertension is between 120-139 for the first number in your blood pressure reading, and/or 80-89 for the second nu

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  2. Pharmacist-Guided Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- Using home blood pressure monitoring and partnering with a pharmacist for lifestyle advice and medication changes led to better control of hypertension, a new study shows. After six months of the intervention, nearly 72 percent

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  3. Do Heart Patients Get Too Many Cholesterol Tests?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. heart patients may be getting their cholesterol levels checked unnecessarily, a new study suggests. Statistics on more than 35,000 patients with coronary heart disease treated in a Houston-based Veterans Affairs netwo

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  4. PTSD May Raise Heart Risks for Vietnam Vets

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- Vietnam veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are much more likely to develop heart disease, a new study finds. Researchers looked at 562 middle-aged male twins (340 identical and 222 fraternal) who were veterans o

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  5. Atrial Fibrillation Treatment: Resetting the Heart’s Rhythm

    If you’ve been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib) -- a heart rhythm disorder in which the two upper chambers, known as the atria, quiver instead of beating at a steady pace -- your doctor will have two main goals for treatment. You may be surprised to learn that resetting your heart’s rhythm

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  6. Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation

    Do you ever feel like your heart is racing or fluttering, even when you're at rest? It’s often an isolated event for those with a healthy heart. But sometimes these symptoms can be caused by an arrhythmia or heart rhythm disorder.  One common arrhythmia is called atrial fibrillation or AFib. During

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  7. Helping Someone With AFib: Medical Issues

    If someone you love has atrial fibrillation (AFib), you might be wondering how to help them manage their condition and stay healthy. You can help your loved one by learning about symptoms and treatments for AFib as well as how to talk with their medical team. AFib is the most common type of irregula

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  8. 6 Serious Medical Symptoms

    That new symptom is troubling: the inexplicable swelling in your calf or the blood in your urine. Could it be serious or even life-threatening? "Your body flashes signals -- symptoms and signs -- that warn you of potential problems," say Neil Shulman, MD, Jack Birge, MD, and Joon Ahn, MD. The three

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  9. AFib Treatment: Preventing Clots and Controlling Heart Rate and Rhythm

    Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a heart rhythm disorder in which the heart beats irregularly. It affects more than 2 million Americans, many of whom have no idea they have it. Atrial fibrillation can be managed in a number of different ways, but almost everyone who is diagnosed with it ends up taking

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  10. Helping Someone With AFib: Healthy Lifestyle

    You want to make sure your loved one who has atrial fibrillation is living as healthfully as possible for someone with their condition. Like anyone else, a person with AFib will be healthier and feel better when he or she eats well, gets regular exercise, doesn't smoke, and minimizes stress.  You do

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