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  1. Energy Drinks Affect Heart, MRI Scans Show

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 2, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Energy drinks may provide a bit too much of a boost to your heart, creating additional strain on the organ and causing it to contract more rapidly than usual, German researchers report. Healthy people who drank energy dri

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  2. Women's Chest Pain Unreliable Indicator of Heart Attack: Study

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Chest pain is not a symptom that doctors can use to accurately diagnose a woman suffering a major heart attack, according to new research. A survey of about 800 women and 1,700 men found that women tend to suffer the sam

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  3. How to Slash Heart Risks Tied to Obesity

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Obese or overweight people who lower their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels could cut their risk of heart disease and stroke by more than half, a new study indicates. Researchers analyzed 97 studies that

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  4. Does Caffeine in Coffee Perk Up Heart Health?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Coffee seems to offer a mysterious benefit to heart health -- one that doctors have been at pains to explain. Now, a small, new study from Japan suggests that the caffeine in a cup of coffee might help your small bloo

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  5. Quitting Smoking and Seniors' Hearts

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who quit smoking cut their risk of death by heart disease much more quickly than previously thought, particularly if they were light-to-moderate smokers, a new study says. Past estimates held that it takes smo

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  6. Flushed Face After Drinking Could Point to BP Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY Nov. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- If your face turns red after a few drinks, it could be a sign of added risk for alcohol-linked high blood pressure, new research suggests. It was already known that excessive drinking is a risk factor for high blood pressu

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  7. Medtronic Recalls Guidewires Used in Heart Procedures

    About 15,000 Medtronic devices used in heart procedures are being recalled by the company because they have defects that could result in serious injury or death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced. The recalled products are guidewires. They are inserted through an artery and used to gui

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  8. Sudden Cardiac Arrest May Have Early Warning Signs

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- A new study counters the commonly held belief that when most middle-aged men suffer cardiac arrest, it typically comes completely out of the blue. Researchers found that the majority of victims have symptoms in the

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  9. Better Approaches to Staying Clot-Free?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Genetic testing could help better guide doctors' use of warfarin, new research suggests. The blood-thinning medication is widely used to prevent stroke and heart attack in people with irregular heartbeats. Warfarin is a

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  10. Take Aspirin at Bedtime to Better Protect Heart?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- A daily dose of aspirin has become a common treatment for people at high risk for heart attacks or strokes, because it thins the blood and prevents clots from forming. But does it matter when during the day you take the

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