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  1. Experts: Chelation Therapy Not Ready for Prime Time

    By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 26 (HealthDay News) -- Results from a major trial on controversial chelation therapy for patients with a history of heart attack find a modest benefit from the expensive treatment, but experts conclude there's no clear evidence supporting its use. St

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  2. Simple Breath Test Might Diagnose Heart Failure

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental breath test, designed to quickly identify patients suffering from heart failure simply by analyzing the contents of a single exhaled breath, has demonstrated promise in early trials, a team of researchers says. The

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  3. Energy Drinks Linked to Changes in Heart Rhythm

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Energy drinks boost blood pressure and may make the heart more susceptible to electrical short circuits, new research suggests. But it's not clear how much of this effect on blood pressure has to do with caffeine, which also

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  4. Most Adults Get Too Much Salt, Study Finds

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Three-quarters of adults worldwide, including many Americans, consume nearly twice the daily recommended amount of salt, according to a new study. The World Health Organization recommends limiting sodium to less than 2,000 mi

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  5. Anxiety, Depression May Triple Heart Patients' Death Risk

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- Anxiety and depression coupled with heart disease triples the risk of death compared to cardiac trouble alone, researchers have found. Among heart patients, anxiety can double the risk of dying from any cause, the study auth

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  6. High-Dose Statins Linked to Acute Kidney Damage

    By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- People who take high doses of popular cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins may be more likely to develop kidney problems, a new study suggests. Specifically, those participants who took higher doses of statins were 34 perce

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  7. Vitamin D Supplements Lower African-Americans' BP?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 15 (HealthDay News) -- Black Americans who take vitamin D supplements may significantly lower their blood pressure, a new study suggests. "Compared with other races, blacks in the United States are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency and more

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  8. Common Antibiotic Poses Risk to Heart, FDA Warns

    March 13, 2013 -- The popular antibiotic azithromycin may cause a potentially fatal irregular heart rhythm in some people, the FDA says. Also sold under the names Zithromax and Zmax, and often called a Z-pack, the antibiotic can cause changes in the electrical system of the heart, leading to arrhyth

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  9. Hardening of the Arteries Found in Ancient Mummies

    March 11, 2013 (San Francisco) -- Hardening of the arteries may not be such a modern problem after all. Scans of mummies from four geographical regions across a period of 4,000 years suggest that atherosclerosis was more common in ancient populations than previously believed. Studying people from an

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  10. New Drugs Might Give Heart Patients an Edge

    By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- In the search for better medicines to safely help heart patients, clinical trials testing three new drugs appear to offer some promise. Two of the drugs, cangrelor and inclacumab, might improve outcomes for patients undergoing c

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