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  1. Country Singer Randy Travis Suffers a Stroke

    By HealthDay staff HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- Country music star Randy Travis suffered a stroke Wednesday night following a viral heart infection he was first hospitalized for on Sunday. The singer underwent surgery late Wednesday night to relieve pressure on his brain,

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  2. Heart Dangers of Low Vitamin D Levels May Vary

    By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 9 (HealthDay News) -- The heart risks of having low levels of vitamin D may hinge on what race or ethnicity you are, new research suggests. Specifically, the team of scientists found it might increase heart disease risk among white or Chinese individua

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  3. Randy Travis in Hospital With Heart Infection

    By HealthDay News staff HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 9 (HealthDay News) -- Country music singer Randy Travis was listed in critical condition Tuesday following surgery in a Dallas hospital to treat a viral heart infection. The 54-year-old singer was first admitted on Sunday after he developed wh

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  4. Most Statin Users Won't Have Major Side Effects

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 9 (HealthDay News) -- Statins -- the widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs -- have few serious side effects, although they do slightly raise the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a large new evidence review. In the analysis of 135 previous studi

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  5. 7 Steps to Tame Prehypertension

    Is your blood pressure higher than it should be? Lower than the high blood pressure range, but still above normal? That's prehypertension, and it may be more serious than you think. Prehypertension is between 120-139 for the first number in your blood pressure reading, and/or 80-89 for the second nu

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  6. Pharmacist-Guided Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- Using home blood pressure monitoring and partnering with a pharmacist for lifestyle advice and medication changes led to better control of hypertension, a new study shows. After six months of the intervention, nearly 72 percent

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  7. Do Heart Patients Get Too Many Cholesterol Tests?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. heart patients may be getting their cholesterol levels checked unnecessarily, a new study suggests. Statistics on more than 35,000 patients with coronary heart disease treated in a Houston-based Veterans Affairs netwo

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  8. PTSD May Raise Heart Risks for Vietnam Vets

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- Vietnam veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are much more likely to develop heart disease, a new study finds. Researchers looked at 562 middle-aged male twins (340 identical and 222 fraternal) who were veterans o

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  9. Atrial Fibrillation Treatment: Resetting the Heart’s Rhythm

    If you’ve been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib) -- a heart rhythm disorder in which the two upper chambers, known as the atria, quiver instead of beating at a steady pace -- your doctor will have two main goals for treatment. You may be surprised to learn that resetting your heart’s rhythm

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  10. Helping Someone With AFib: Healthy Lifestyle

    You want to make sure your loved one who has atrial fibrillation is living as healthfully as possible for someone with their condition. Like anyone else, a person with AFib will be healthier and feel better when he or she eats well, gets regular exercise, doesn't smoke, and minimizes stress.  You do

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