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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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