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  1. 6 Serious Medical Symptoms

    That new symptom is troubling: the inexplicable swelling in your calf or the blood in your urine. Could it be serious or even life-threatening? "Your body flashes signals -- symptoms and signs -- that warn you of potential problems," say Neil Shulman, MD, Jack Birge, MD, and Joon Ahn, MD. The three

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  2. AFib Treatment: Preventing Clots and Controlling Heart Rate and Rhythm

    Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a heart rhythm disorder in which the heart beats irregularly. It affects more than 2 million Americans, many of whom have no idea they have it. Atrial fibrillation can be managed in a number of different ways, but almost everyone who is diagnosed with it ends up taking

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  3. Statins May Not Mix Well With Certain Antibiotics

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors should avoid ordering certain antibiotics for older patients who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, such as Lipitor, Canadian researchers say. Statins, which are taken by many millions of people, don't mix well wi

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  4. Volunteering May Be Good for the Heart in More Ways Than One

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Anyone who has ever been a volunteer knows that it feels good to help others, but researchers have found a less obvious benefit: volunteering can help reduce older adults' risk of high blood pressure. The new study included more

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  5. Low BP May Weaken Brains of Some Heart Patients

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering from cardiovascular disease who have lower-than-normal blood pressure may face a higher risk of brain atrophy -- the death of brain cells or connections between brain cells, Dutch researchers report. Such brai

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  6. Poor Sleep May Worsen Heart Woes in Women, Study Finds

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Poor sleep appears to contribute to the progression of heart disease in women by raising their inflammation levels, but this effect was not seen in men, researchers say. "Inflammation is a well-known predictor of cardiovascular h

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  7. Heart Device 'Shock' Anxiety May Hamper Sex Life

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Anxiety-related sexual problems occur among young adults with congenital heart disease who have implanted heart defibrillators, a new study finds. Their anxiety about the possibility of receiving a shock from their implantable ca

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  8. Irregular Heartbeat May Speed Memory Loss in Seniors

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Older people who suffer from a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation may also be more likely to experience mental declines sooner, a new study suggests. "Problems with memory and thinking are common for peop

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  9. Cholesterol Drugs Linked to Muscle, Joint Problems

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- People taking statin drugs to lower their cholesterol may slightly increase their risk for muscle and joint diseases as well as strains and sprains, a new study suggests. Statins, such as Zocor and Lipitor, are widely used to r

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  10. Comparing the New Blood Thinners to Warfarin

    May 31, 2013 -- More than 2 million Americans have an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation, raising their risk of blood clots leading to stroke. For many years, the blood thinner Coumadin (warfarin) was the only game in town to help lower that stroke risk. In the past 3 years, though,

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