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  1. Heart Failure Drug May Not Ease Symptoms in Some

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- A drug often used to treat chronic heart failure may not ease symptoms in people with one form of the disease, a new study suggests. The medication, called spironolactone (Aldactone), failed to improve symptoms or quality of life

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  2. Mediterranean Diet Good for the Heart: Study

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Score another heart-health win for the Mediterranean diet. Eating a diet rich in olive oil, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, along with red wine, helped those at high risk for cardiovascular problems avoid heart trouble bett

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  3. Gene Therapy Shows Early Promise for Heart Failure

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to treating heart failure, the ultimate hope is to develop a therapy that repairs the damaged heart muscle. Now, an early study hints at a way to do that by harnessing the body's natural capacity for repair. Heart f

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  4. Too Much Sitting Linked to Chronic Health Problems

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- People who spend hours each day without getting up and moving around should take heed: A new study suggests that the more people sit each day, the greater their risk for chronic health problems, such as cancer, diabete

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  5. New Blood Thinner Beats Older Drug for Vein Clots

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- People who need to take a blood thinner because they've had a clot in the deep veins of their legs appear to do better with the new drug Pradaxa (dibigatran) than with the older drug warfarin, researchers report. Long-term

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  6. More Women Aware of Their Risk for Heart Disease

    Feb. 20, 2013 -- More American women are aware of their risk for heart disease than ever before, but huge gaps in knowledge still remain. A new survey shows that the number of women who know that heart disease is their leading cause of death has nearly doubled since 1997: from 30% in 1997 to 56% tod

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  7. Cut Salt, Save 500,000 U.S. Lives Over a Decade?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Reducing salt in Americans' diets would save hundreds of thousands of lives over 10 years, according to a new study. Excess salt, the primary source of sodium, contributes to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, the l

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  8. Vegetarian Diet May Cut Heart Disease Risk

    Jan. 31, 2013 -- The risk of hospitalization or death from heart disease is almost a third lower in vegetarians than in people who eat meat and fish, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Oxford in England say the health benefits of not eating meat likely stem from having lowe

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  9. 6 Symptoms of Women's Heart Attacks

    When a heart attack strikes, it doesn’t always feel the same in women as it does in men. Women don't always get the same classic heart attack symptoms as men, such as crushing chest pain that radiates down one arm. Those heart attack symptoms can certainly happen to women, but  many experience vague

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  10. Heart Problems Tied to Early Signs of Dementia

    Jan. 29, 2013 -- Older women with heart problems may be at greater risk for mental changes that are thought to signal the beginnings of a type of dementia, a new study shows. Called vascular dementia, it is a type of mental decline that’s thought to be caused by problems in blood flow to the brain.

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