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  1. 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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  2. Can You Reverse Heart Disease?

    Making some simple changes in what you eat, how often you exercise, how much you weigh, and how you manage stress can help to put the brakes on heart disease. But can you actually reverse heart disease, not just slow it down? You can undo some, but probably not all, of the damage, if you're willing

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  3. Hardening of Arteries & Alzheimer's Plaques Linked

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Elderly people with hardening of the arteries are more likely to have brain plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease, a new study says. The study included 91 people, average age 87, who did not have dementia and underwent

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  4. High Smog Levels Tied to Serious Heart Problems

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of particulate air pollution -- commonly known as smog -- raise the risk of heart attack and other serious heart problems, according to a new study. Particulate air pollution refers to tiny particles in the air kno

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  5. Chronic Exposure to Airplane Noise May Harm Heart

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9 (HealthDay News) -- People who put up with the constant roar of aircraft overhead may be at higher risk for heart disease, two new studies suggest. In one study, British researchers compared rates of stroke and heart disease among 3.6 million peo

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  6. Whites at Highest Risk for Irregular Heart Rhythm

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Whites are more likely than other racial or ethnic groups in the United States to develop a common heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, a new study finds. The condition -- caused by a problem in the heart's electric

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  7. New Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Shows Early Promise

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 3 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug that lowers LDL "bad" cholesterol by helping sweep it from the bloodstream appears to be both safe and effective in its first human trial. The drug known as ALN-PCS reduced cholesterol an average of 40 pe

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  8. Cholesterol Drugs May Boost Your Gums' Health, Too

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 2 (HealthDay News) -- The statin medications you take for your heart may have an unexpected side benefit: They help reduce inflammation of the gums, according to new research. Using advanced imaging techniques, researchers were able to see that whe

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  9. Statins May Not Harm Memory, Thinking After All

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Here's some good, if preliminary, news for the millions of people who take statin drugs to lower their cholesterol: A new review of existing research finds no evidence that the medications pose a risk to brainpower. Instead, the

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  10. Arsenic in Environment & Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 23 (HealthDay News) -- People chronically exposed to low to moderate levels of arsenic in their environment may be more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular disease, a study of American Indians suggests. Previous research

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