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    1. Keeping Fit May Halve Seniors' Heart Failure Risk

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In more good news for those who don't let aging keep them from practicing healthy habits, a new study finds the fittest seniors are half as likely as others to suffer from heart failure. "Older adults can make simple change

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    2. Calcium Scan Can Predict Premature Death Risk

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A scan of calcium deposits inside your arteries can help doctors deduce how long you're likely to live, a new study has found. The test, called a coronary calcium scan, uses a regular CT scan to look for calcium deposits

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    3. Do Cholesterol Drugs Affect Aggression?

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs might influence a person's aggressive behaviors, increasing or decreasing their irritability and violent tendencies, a new clinical trial suggests. Men taking statins typically become

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    4. White Men May Get Better Treatment for AFib

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women, Hispanics and blacks are less likely than white men to receive optimal treatment for atrial fibrillation in the United States, researchers say. The study of more than a half-million Medicare patients found that w

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    5. My Pounding Heart: Is It Anxiety or AFib?

      Today's the big day. Maybe you've got a job interview lined up. Or you're having dinner with your future in-laws for the first time. Suddenly your heart races too fast or feels like it skipped a beat. It's just the jitters, right? Could be. Sometimes, though, that thumping is a problem called atrial

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    6. Too Few Old Heart Attack Patients Get This Device?

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer than one in 10 older heart attack survivors gets a potentially lifesaving implantable defibrillator, a new study finds. This small, battery-powered device sits under the skin in the chest. If the heart starts beat

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    7. Cholesterol and Your Heart: The Bigger Picture

      Cholesterol has become a bad word in recent years, in large part because of its link with heart disease -- and there is definitely a connection. Too much cholesterol in your blood raises your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other problems. But not all cholesterol is bad. There is so-called “good”

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    8. Are There Alternatives to Statins?

      If you have high cholesterol, you probably know you need to get your numbers down. Cleaning up your diet and exercising can make a big difference. But your doctor might also recommend you take medicine to bring your levels under control. Chances are the first thing she’ll prescribe is a statin. Abou

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    9. Can Health System Afford New Cholesterol Drugs?

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new class of powerful cholesterol drugs is poised to hit the market, and doctors are both hopeful about their potential, and worried that insurers won't pay for them. The drugs, known as PCSK9 inhibitors, can drastically

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    10. Seeing Your Own Clogged Arteries Can Spur Change

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seeing images of their narrowed heart arteries may convince some heart disease patients to adopt a healthier lifestyle and take prescribed medications, a new study suggests. "Seeing their calcified coronary arteries on the

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