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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Crestor Tops List of Best-Selling Drugs

    Nov. 1, 2013 -- The cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor (rosuvastatin) was the nation's most prescribed drug in the past 12 months, according to a new report from research firm IMS Health. New prescriptions and refills of the drug totaled 23.7 million. The report looks at the top 100 selling drugs in

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  4. Gardening, Housework May Help Boost Heart Health

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Activities such as gardening, do-it-yourself projects and housework may be as good as formal exercise when it comes to reducing the risk for heart attack and stroke, Swedish researchers say. For people 60 and older, just keep

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  5. 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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  6. Common BP Drugs Tied to Lower Risk of Alzheimer's: Study

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 24 (HealthDay News) -- People who take certain commonly used blood pressure medications have a significantly lower risk for Alzheimer's disease than those who don't, a new study suggests. Although it remains unclear exactly how drugs such as

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  7. 6 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health

    Have you ever noticed that you feel better when you're around your pet? It's true. Spending quality time with a dog, cat or other animal can have a positive impact on your mood and your health. Pets can be calming stress-fighters. "We found that pet owners, on average, were better off than non-owner

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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