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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. Medication to Control Your Heart's Rate and Rhythm

      Almost everyone who is diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib) ends up taking at least one type of medication. Doctors often prescribe blood thinners to lower the chance of having a stroke, the most dangerous complication. You may also need medication to treat the irregular heartbeat of AFib, by c

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    3. New Heart Failure Drug Approved by FDA

      April 16, 2015 -- A new heart failure drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Amgen's Corlanor (ivabradine) is the first new heart failure drug in a dozen years. Another heart failure pill from Novartis is being approved by the FDA and could be approved this summer, the Asso

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    4. 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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    5. Divorce Tied to Higher Chance of Heart Attack

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who divorce face a higher risk of suffering a heart attack than those who remain in wedded bliss, but remarriage may not be the remedy, at least not for women, a new study suggests. Duke University researchers found

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    6. Genes May Mean Short People Prone to Heart Disease

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Short people may be more likely to have heart disease, and that increased risk could be linked to the genetics that also determine height, a British-led research team suggests. A person's risk of heart disease increas

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    7. Pouch in Heart May Trigger Unexplained Strokes

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A pouch-like structure in the heart may be the source of some strokes that have no other known cause, a new study suggests. This pouch in the heart's left atrial chamber -- called a left atrial septal pouch -- was first d

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    8. 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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    9. Guidelines Would Boost Number of Youth on Statins

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If all doctors followed new cholesterol guidelines aimed at children, almost half a million Americans aged 17 to 21 would be prescribed a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, a new study predicts. In 2011, the U.S. National H

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    10. 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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