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  1. Fish Oil Has Little Effect on Irregular Heartbeat

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High doses of fish oil supplements won't prevent the return of a common type of irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, Canadian researchers report. In fact, 64.1 percent of those taking fish oil for its omeg

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  2. Too Many Heart Scans May Pose Radiation Risks

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors need to make sure patients understand the radiation-related risks of heart imaging tests before sending them for such procedures, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says. "With technological imp

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  3. Drugs Not Always Best for Mild High Blood Pressure?

    Sept. 24, 2014 -- Treating mild high blood pressure with drugs has unclear benefit and adds steep sums to national health care expenses, experts write in an article published online Sept. 14 in BMJ. If you learn you have mild high blood pressure (also called mild hypertension), ask your doctor what

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  4. Why Statins Might Raise Diabetes Risk

    Sept. 24, 2014 -- Taking statins can lead to weight gain, raised blood sugar levels, and it can increase the chances of getting type 2 diabetes, say scientists who have been trying to explain why. But the team of international researchers acknowledges the cholesterol-lowering medication taken by mil

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  5. Healthy Lifestyle May Prevent 80% of Heart Attacks

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Five recommended health behaviors may prevent four out of five heart attacks in men, a new study suggests. Middle-aged and older men were much less likely to have heart attacks over an average of 11 years if they drank mo

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  6. How Bacterial Pneumonia Damages the Heart

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors have known that bacterial pneumonia can raise your risk of heart problems, but new research pinpoints why. The bacteria actually invade and kill heart cells, increasing the chances of heart failure, abnormal hea

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  7. Older People and Generic Statins

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs are more likely to fill their prescriptions and gain health benefits if the medications are cheaper generic brands, new research suggests. At issue are the cholesterol-loweri

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  8. Routine ECGs Not Recommended for Young Athletes

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. heart experts recommend doctors use a 14-point checklist rather than an electrocardiogram (ECG) when evaluating young people for underlying heart disease that could result in sudden cardiac arrest. The Americ

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  9. Fighting Heart Disease With Food Labels: Expert Q&A

    “Food labels can be your biggest friend or your worst enemy,” says cardiologist Mehdi Razavi, MD, a heart disease specialist at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston. There’s plenty of useful information if you know what to look for, he explains. But labels can also be confusing and even misleading i

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  10. Eating More Fruit Cuts Heart Disease Risk: Study

    Sept. 2, 2014 -- Eating fruit every day lowers the risk of getting heart and stroke problems by up to 40%, researchers say. Their new study also found that the more fruit people ate, the more their risk of getting cardiovascular disease declined, and their blood pressure was lowered. The findings ar

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