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  1. Quitting Smoking and Seniors' Hearts

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who quit smoking cut their risk of death by heart disease much more quickly than previously thought, particularly if they were light-to-moderate smokers, a new study says. Past estimates held that it takes smo

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  2. Does Caffeine in Coffee Perk Up Heart Health?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Coffee seems to offer a mysterious benefit to heart health -- one that doctors have been at pains to explain. Now, a small, new study from Japan suggests that the caffeine in a cup of coffee might help your small bloo

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  3. Medtronic Recalls Guidewires Used in Heart Procedures

    About 15,000 Medtronic devices used in heart procedures are being recalled by the company because they have defects that could result in serious injury or death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced. The recalled products are guidewires. They are inserted through an artery and used to gui

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  4. Take Aspirin at Bedtime to Better Protect Heart?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- A daily dose of aspirin has become a common treatment for people at high risk for heart attacks or strokes, because it thins the blood and prevents clots from forming. But does it matter when during the day you take the

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  5. Flushed Face After Drinking Could Point to BP Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY Nov. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- If your face turns red after a few drinks, it could be a sign of added risk for alcohol-linked high blood pressure, new research suggests. It was already known that excessive drinking is a risk factor for high blood pressu

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  6. Sudden Cardiac Arrest May Have Early Warning Signs

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- A new study counters the commonly held belief that when most middle-aged men suffer cardiac arrest, it typically comes completely out of the blue. Researchers found that the majority of victims have symptoms in the

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  7. Better Approaches to Staying Clot-Free?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Genetic testing could help better guide doctors' use of warfarin, new research suggests. The blood-thinning medication is widely used to prevent stroke and heart attack in people with irregular heartbeats. Warfarin is a

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  8. 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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  9. Could Vaccines Someday Improve Heart Health?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- People routinely get vaccinations to ward off the flu or prevent infectious diseases such as measles and whooping cough. Could there be a vaccine in the future that would prevent a heart attack? Two animal studies sugges

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  10. 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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