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  1. Whites at Highest Risk for Irregular Heart Rhythm

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Whites are more likely than other racial or ethnic groups in the United States to develop a common heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, a new study finds. The condition -- caused by a problem in the heart's electric

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  2. New Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Shows Early Promise

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 3 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug that lowers LDL "bad" cholesterol by helping sweep it from the bloodstream appears to be both safe and effective in its first human trial. The drug known as ALN-PCS reduced cholesterol an average of 40 pe

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  3. Cholesterol Drugs May Boost Your Gums' Health, Too

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 2 (HealthDay News) -- The statin medications you take for your heart may have an unexpected side benefit: They help reduce inflammation of the gums, according to new research. Using advanced imaging techniques, researchers were able to see that whe

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  4. Statins May Not Harm Memory, Thinking After All

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Here's some good, if preliminary, news for the millions of people who take statin drugs to lower their cholesterol: A new review of existing research finds no evidence that the medications pose a risk to brainpower. Instead, the

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  5. Arsenic in Environment & Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 23 (HealthDay News) -- People chronically exposed to low to moderate levels of arsenic in their environment may be more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular disease, a study of American Indians suggests. Previous research

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  6. Advance Seen in Turning Adult Cells Into Stem Cells

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have figured out a way to more readily turn adult skin cells into primitive stem cells that could potentially be used to treat a variety of chronic diseases. In a study published Sept. 18 in Nature, Israeli researche

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  7. 12 Heart Symptoms Never to Ignore

    Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of U.S. men and women, accounting for 40% of all U.S. deaths. That's more than all forms of cancer combined. Why is heart disease so deadly? One reason is that many people are slow to seek help when symptoms arise. Yes, someone gripped by sudden chest pain probably

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  8. Chest Pain Less Common in Female Heart Patients

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Women with the heart condition known as acute coronary syndrome are less likely to have chest pain than men, which could raise their risk of misdiagnosis, a new study finds. Acute coronary syndrome, which includes unstable angi

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  9. 5 Heart Rate Myths Debunked

    Most of the time, you’re probably blissfully unaware of your heart's ceaseless activity -- nearly 100,000 beats per day, or about 37 million beats per year and 3 billion in an average lifetime. But not always. Maybe your pulse suddenly races for no apparent reason. Maybe your heart throbs. Maybe it

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  10. Benefits of Electronic Health Records

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 10 (HealthDay News) -- The use of electronic health records reduces diabetes patients' rates of emergency-room visits and hospitalizations, according to a new study. And a second study found that use of electronic health records improves detection o

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