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    1. Statins Carry Some Risk for Seniors

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can help prevent heart disease in seniors, but the medications also carry the risk of side effects, new research shows. Researchers used a computer simulation to assess whether statins

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    2. Blood Thinners and Low-Risk Irregular Heartbeat

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As many as one-quarter of people with atrial fibrillation who have a low risk of stroke are given blood-thinning drugs they likely don't need, a new study contends . Atrial fibrillation -- a common form of irregular hear

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    3. Cooling After Cardiac Arrest and Brain Function

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cooling the body might help prevent or lessen brain damage caused by cardiac arrest, a new study suggests. People who received what is called targeted body temperature management after cardiac arrest -- when the heart st

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    4. Guidelines: No Heart Tests for Low-Risk Patients

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients who are at low risk for heart problems don't need to have screening tests such as EKGs and stress tests, a national association of primary care physicians recommends. The new guideline jibes with research t

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    5. Vitamin D Won't Help Fight High Blood Pressure

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D may help the body in many ways, but a new data review suggests it won't do much to lower high blood pressure. Vitamin D is nicknamed the "sunshine vitamin," because the body produces the nutrient when skin is ex

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    6. Drug May Lower Cholesterol, Heart Attack Risk

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, March 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adding an experimental new biologic drug to conventional cholesterol-lowering drugs may result in better cholesterol control and reduced risks of heart attack and stroke, according to a new study. Compared to patients o

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    7. This May Help Ward Off Stroke in Some with High BP

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, March 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Folic acid -- the same nutrient women take in pregnancy to help ward off birth defects -- may also help lower stroke risk in people with high blood pressure, a new Chinese study finds. The findings are intriguing, one U.S

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    8. Salt May Be Bad for More Than Your Blood Pressure

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even if you don't develop high blood pressure from eating too much salt, you may still be damaging your blood vessels, heart, kidneys and brain, a new study warns. Researchers reviewed available evidence and found that hi

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    9. CPR-Assistance System Approved by FDA

      March 9, 2015 -- A system to assist first responders performing CPR on people in cardiac arrest has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It said the system may improve cardiac arrest patients' chances of survival. The ResQCPR System includes two devices meant to be used together.

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    10. Drug for Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Worse Outcomes

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who take the heart rhythm drug digoxin may face a nearly 30 percent greater risk of death than patients not taking the drug, a review of prior research suggests. The analysis also suggests that digoxin may increas

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