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  1. An All-in-One Pill for Heart Care?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 3 (HealthDay News) -- People dealing with chronic conditions like heart disease often have trouble keeping up with the fistfuls of medications needed to maintain their health. Now scientists have tested a potential solution that might just work: a

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  2. Panel Wavers on Screening for Poor Leg Circulation

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 3 (HealthDay News) -- A simple test of blood pressure in the ankle may help gauge heart disease risk for adults without any symptoms, but a U.S. government-appointed panel says there's not enough evidence to recommend it for routine checks. In its

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  3. Half of People With High BP Don't Know It

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 3 (HealthDay News) -- High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is common around the world and the leading cause of heart disease, but many people are unaware that they have it, a new study shows. The international team of researchers

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  4. Should Everyone Over 65 Take a Statin?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Men and women over 65 who are at risk for cardiovascular disease but don't have any known heart problems might benefit from cholesterol-lowering drugs, a new study suggests. The researchers said statins such as Crestor and

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  5. New Defibrillator Works Without Wires Touching Heart

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- A new implantable defibrillator accurately detects abnormal heart rhythms and shocks the heart back into normal rhythm, yet has no wires touching the heart, new research shows. The device, called a subcutaneous implantable car

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  6. Damaged Heart Cells Made Healthy Again in Lab Tests

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists report that they've transformed one kind of human heart cell into another in laboratory experiments, a promising development in the bid to find ways to repair damage from heart attacks. The research is far from read

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  7. Program Boosts Blood-Pressure Control for Patients

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of blood-pressure control among adults with hypertension who took part in an intensive program offered by their health maintenance organization nearly doubled in nine years, according to a new study. One key part of

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  8. Fruit-Rich Diet Might Lower Aneurysm Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Eating lots of fruit might decrease your risk of developing a dangerous abdominal aortic aneurysm, according to a large, long-running study. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the wall of the part of the aorta -- the lar

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  9. BP Cuff Before Heart Surgery Cuts Heart Damage: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Inflating a blood pressure cuff on a patient's upper arm just before heart bypass surgery reduces heart damage and may improve long-term survival, according to a new study. This practice, called "remote ischemic preconditioning,

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  10. Prompt Surgery May Be Best for Heart Valve Leak

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- People with a leaky heart valve will live longer if surgeons repair the leak promptly, even if the patient isn't feeling any symptoms, a new study finds. Doctors usually employ a strategy of "watchful waiting" when treating h

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