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  1. Comparing the New Blood Thinners to Warfarin

    May 31, 2013 -- More than 2 million Americans have an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation, raising their risk of blood clots leading to stroke. For many years, the blood thinner Coumadin (warfarin) was the only game in town to help lower that stroke risk. In the past 3 years, though,

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  2. Transfusions With Heart Surgery and Infection Risk

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 30 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who receive a red blood cell transfusion during or after heart surgery may be at greater risk for infection, according to a new study. However, the use of platelets during transfusions does not appear to carry

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  3. Could Statins Raise Diabetes Risk?

    By Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 23 (HealthDay News) -- Certain statins -- the widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs -- may increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The risk was greatest for patients taking atorvastatin (brand name Lipitor

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  4. Antidepressants May Help Some Heart Patients

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- Use of the antidepressant Lexapro appears to help prevent a potentially serious stress-related heart condition, a new study finds. The condition is known as "mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia." Although people wi

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  5. People With High Blood Pressure May Crave Salt

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- High-salt diets have long been linked to high blood pressure, but new research finds that those with the condition may have a far greater preference for salty foods than those with normal blood pressure. In a small study of

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  6. Cell Calls During BP Readings May Skew Results

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- New Italian research offers some cautionary advice for patients with high blood pressure: The next time you take a blood pressure reading, turn off your cellphone. The reason: Answering a cellphone call during a reading may cause

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  7. Yoga May Help Ease High Blood Pressure

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- People who follow the ancient practice of yoga may be getting an added health boost, with a new study suggesting it can fight high blood pressure -- also known as hypertension. "This study confirms many people's feelings that

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  8. Costlier Heart Device May Not Be Worth It: Study

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 14 (HealthDay News) -- Patients prone to dangerously fast heart rhythms may get just as much help and have fewer complications with less-expensive implanted defibrillators that run one wire to the heart instead of two, a new study shows. Implantable

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  9. Most Americans Should Eat Less Salt: Report

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 14 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans should consume less salt, but too little salt can also cause health problems for some, a new report says. The problem is that there is scant evidence for determining exactly how much salt is too much and how lit

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  10. Estrogen Levels and Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) -- Higher levels of the hormone estrogen are associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death in men and women, a new study suggests. Sudden cardiac death can occur when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating (su

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