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    1. BPA in Canned Goods May Raise Your Blood Pressure

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eating food from cans lined with the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) could raise your blood pressure, a new study suggests. BPA previously has been linked to a variety of ills, including heart problems, developmental problems

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    2. Obesity Can Cause 'Silent' Damage to Heart

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Heart damage can occur in obese people without causing symptoms, and take place without other heart risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, a new study says. The researchers said their findi

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    3. Daily Statin Might Raise Your Risk for Cataracts

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking a statin to lower your cholesterol may raise your risk of developing cataracts, Canadian researchers report. While statins such as Zocor, Crestor and Lipitor protect many people from heart attack and stroke, they m

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    4. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Gets Heart Stent

      Nov. 26, 2014 -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a stent placed in her heart's right coronary artery during surgery Wednesday. The procedure was conducted at MedStar Washington Hospital Center after Ginsburg experienced discomfort during exercise Tuesday night and doctors discover

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    5. Most Seniors Could Use Statins Under New Guidelines

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most older Americans qualify for treatment with cholesterol-lowering statins under new guidelines intended to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke, a new study shows. Guidelines for the treatment of blood cholesterol

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    6. Digoxin for Irregular Heartbeat May Pose Risks

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The widely used heart drug digoxin is associated with increased risk of death and hospitalization among patients who have the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation but no evidence of heart failure, a new study finds. A

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    7. Gel Implant Might Help Fight Heart Failure

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Injecting beads of gel into the wall of a still-beating heart has the potential to improve the health of patients with severe heart failure, according to a new study. Heart patients who received the gel implant had imp

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    8. 'Wireless' Pacemaker Working Well, Researchers Say

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For a handful of patients who've received the first wire-free pacemaker, the results are still good after 18 months, researchers reported Wednesday. Unlike traditional pacemakers, the new device -- marketed as Nanostim --

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    9. New Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Show Promise

      Nov. 19, 2014 -- Lowering cholesterol in new ways -- potentially to unheard-of levels -- was a big topic of discussion at this week's American Heart Association Scientific Sessions conference in Chicago. Experts say they're most excited about two drug trials. One looked at adding Zetia, a non-statin

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    10. AFib: Some Painkillers Tied to Bleeding Risk

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with the abnormal heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation who take common painkillers might significantly increase their risk for bleeding and blood clots, according to a new study. That risk was even higher among

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