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  1. 9 Surprising Foods That May Raise Your Cholesterol

    What you eat affects your cholesterol levels. You probably already know you shouldn't overdo butter or high-fat meats. But some of the foods that you should limit may surprise you. Even when ground turkey is labeled as 85% lean, it has 12.5 grams of fat in a 3-ounce portion, says Christine Rosenbloo

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  2. Stem Cells May Rejuvenate Failing Hearts

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Stem cells injected directly into heart muscle can help patients suffering from severe heart failure by improving an ailing heart's ability to pump blood, a new Danish trial indicates. Doctors drew stem cells from patie

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  3. Blood Test Shows Promise for Gauging Heart Attack Risk After Chest Pain

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, March 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Though more study needs to be done, new research suggests that a simple blood test could help predict the heart attack risk of patients experiencing chest pain. The Swedish study found that patients with chest pai

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  4. New Drug Lowers Cholesterol Beyond What Statins Can Do, Study Finds

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, March 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two studies find that an experimental cholesterol-lowering drug is effective when combined with statins and beats another add-on drug when it comes to helping hard-to-treat patients. The drug, evolocumab, is an injectab

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  5. Diet Soft Drinks and Women's Hearts

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, March 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are heavy consumers of diet drinks might be more likely to experience heart attacks, dangerous blood clots and other cardiovascular problems than those who rarely or never consume artificially sweetened bever

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  6. BP Guidelines May Take Millions of People Off Meds

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, March 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About 5.8 million American adults may no longer be prescribed drugs to treat high blood pressure under recently revised guidelines, according to a new study. In February, the Eighth Joint National Committee released con

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  7. Weight-Loss Surgery Cuts Risk for Heart Attack, Death: Study

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery, such as gastric banding, can dramatically reduce the rate of heart attacks and deaths among people who are obese, a new study shows. Researchers in the United Kingdom said their findings sugge

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  8. Cholesterol Levels May Spike During Winter Months

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Here's something that's sure to alarm the millions of Americans who have braved the fiercest, longest winter in recent memory: A new study shows that your cholesterol levels fluctuate seasonally and are at their worst

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  9. Tragedies Do Cause Broken Hearts, Study Suggests

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The stress of natural disasters can break people's hearts, according to a new study. Researchers found dramatic rises in "broken heart syndrome" in Vermont after a huge storm ravaged the state and in Missouri after a ma

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  10. Doctors Really Do Raise Your Blood Pressure

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients' blood pressure readings are notably higher when they're taken by a doctor than by a nurse, a new study finds. This link between doctors and higher blood pressure readings is known as the "white coat effect,"

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