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  1. Big Swings in Blood Pressure Could Spell Trouble

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Wide blood pressure fluctuations may signal an increased risk of heart disease and early death, researchers say. The large study of people taking blood pressure medication found that variations of more than 14 mm Hg in s

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  2. Is Less-Invasive Aortic Aneurysm Surgery Better?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Minimally invasive surgery to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm appears to boost survival in the short term more than traditional surgery does, but that advantage diminishes over time, researchers report. An abdomin

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  3. Antibiotic May Lower Effect of Some Blood Thinners

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The antibiotic dicloxacillin may lessen the effects of some blood-thinning medications, new research shows. "The surprise in the study was just how much of an impact dicloxacillin had," said study author Anton Pottegard,

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  4. Wider Statin Use Could Save Thousands More Lives

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New expert guidelines from two major cardiologists' groups may boost doctors' ability to spot patients who should take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, researchers said. The updated guidelines were released in 2013 by t

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  5. FDA Strengthens Warning on NSAIDs and Heart Risk

    July 10, 2015 -- Popular painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen have carried warnings for years about potential risks of heart attacks and strokes. This week, the FDA decided to strengthen those warnings on the medications, known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. The warning inclu

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  6. FDA Approves New Drug for Heart Failure

    THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first in a new class of drugs that show promise for combating heart failure. The approval of Entresto (sacubitril/varsatan) was sped up after a clinical trial found it significantly reduced the rate of

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  7. Calcium Scan Can Predict Premature Death Risk

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A scan of calcium deposits inside your arteries can help doctors deduce how long you're likely to live, a new study has found. The test, called a coronary calcium scan, uses a regular CT scan to look for calcium deposits

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  8. Keeping Fit May Halve Seniors' Heart Failure Risk

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In more good news for those who don't let aging keep them from practicing healthy habits, a new study finds the fittest seniors are half as likely as others to suffer from heart failure. "Older adults can make simple change

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  9. Do Cholesterol Drugs Affect Aggression?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs might influence a person's aggressive behaviors, increasing or decreasing their irritability and violent tendencies, a new clinical trial suggests. Men taking statins typically become

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  10. White Men May Get Better Treatment for AFib

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women, Hispanics and blacks are less likely than white men to receive optimal treatment for atrial fibrillation in the United States, researchers say. The study of more than a half-million Medicare patients found that w

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