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  1. Can Secondhand Smoke Hurt Teen Girls' Cholesterol?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to secondhand smoke at home appears to lower teen girls' levels of the "good" cholesterol -- the substance that reduces heart disease risk, researchers report. The new study included more than 1,000 male and female te

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  2. Kcentra Approved for Bleeding in Heart Patients

    By Scott Roberts HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- Kcentra (prothrombin complex concentrate, human) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat severe acute bleeding in adults after administration of the anti-clotting drug warfarin and similar products.

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  3. 'Gut Reaction' May Predict Heart Risk

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- A blood test that assesses levels of a compound produced in the stomach appears to be a strong indicator of whether there will be heart trouble down the road, researchers report. The higher the levels of the compound -- ca

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  4. Alternative Treatments May Help Cut Blood Pressure

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 22 (HealthDay News) -- Alternative treatments like transcendental meditation, biofeedback and guided breathing appear to reduce high blood pressure in some people, a new report suggests. But only one method that does not involve medication -- aerobic

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  5. Hard Physical Labor May Boost Heart Disease Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 18 (HealthDay News) -- Demanding physical work may boost a person's risk of heart disease, two new studies suggest. "Physicians know that high stress can be associated with increased risk of heart disease," said one expert not connected to the stud

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  6. Treatment Shows Promise in Heart Failure Patients

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) -- People with chronic heart failure might benefit from a combination of "shock waves" to the heart and an infusion of their own bone marrow cells, an early study suggests. The therapy is still experimental, and experts said much mo

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  7. Higher Heart Rate Tied to Earlier Death, Even in Fit

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) -- Faster heart rates in otherwise healthy men could be a harbinger of an earlier death, even among those who exercise, a new Danish study suggests. The finding provides more evidence of the potential danger lurking in the bodies

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  8. Unemployment's Toll Can Be Heartbreaking

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 11 (HealthDay News) -- As anyone who's lost a job can attest, stress and worry often quickly follow. But the health of your heart after unemployment can also take a tumble. Job loss can cause immediate heart issues, and the stress and bad habits th

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  9. Compound in Red Meat, Energy Drinks May Have Heart Disease Link

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, April 7 (HealthDay News) -- A compound found in red meat and added as a supplement to popular energy drinks promotes hardening and clogging of the arteries, otherwise known as atherosclerosis, a new study suggests. Researchers say that bacteria in the dige

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  10. Brisk Walking May Equal Running for Heart Health

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- Brisk walking is as good as running for reducing blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes risk -- three key players in the development of heart disease, a new study finds. It's a matter of how far you walk or run, not how lo

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