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    1. Statins Aid Bypass Surgery Recovery, Studies Show

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who take statins before and after heart bypass surgery have fewer complications and a reduced risk of dying during and soon after the operation, a new analysis finds. In a review of recent studies on the use of

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    2. Even Slight Kidney Decline May Affect Heart

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Even a slight decline in kidney function can lead to heart damage, a new study suggests. "Mild chronic kidney disease is common, affecting over 10 percent of the U.S. population, so if kidney disease really is a cause of h

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    3. Newer Blood Pressure Drugs as Good as Older Ones

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Newer blood pressure drugs are as safe and effective as older medications, new research suggests. Scientists at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City said their findings settle a longstanding debate about

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    4. How Do New Blood Thinners Compare to Warfarin?

      Not too long ago, if your doctor said you needed a blood thinner to prevent a stroke, you didn't have to think too hard about it. Warfarin (Coumadin) was the only way to go. But not anymore. With four other medications to pick from, you'll have to do a little homework to figure out what's best for y

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    5. Reducing Salt Might Harm Heart Failure Patients

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For decades, doctors have urged heart failure patients to slash their salt intake as a way to preserve their health. But a new study suggests -- but doesn't prove -- that that advice may be harmful, potentially increasin

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    6. Heart Attack Treatment Often Delayed After Bypass

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heart attack patients need quick treatment, but a new study finds that those with a history of bypass surgery often face delays at the hospital. Guidelines say that heart attack patients should receive angioplasty -- a proced

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    7. All High-Risk Patients Should Get BP Meds: Study

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People known to be at high risk for a heart attack or stroke should be given blood pressure-lowering medications no matter their blood pressure level, new research suggests. Current protocols recommend starting medication w

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    8. Atherosclerosis: Your Arteries Age by Age

      Your arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from your heart to your entire body. When you're young and healthy, they're wide enough to allow the blood to flow through easily, and their walls are elastic, so they can expand and contract as needed. But as you get older they might harden, as plaque -- made u

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    9. Your Waistline and Heart Disease: What's the Link?

      Lose weight. You hear this advice all the time. But did you know that where your body stores those extra pounds matters for your heart health, too? “A thicker waistline increases heart attack risk,” says Nieca Goldberg, MD, medical director of the New York University Langone Joan H. Tisch Center for

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    10. Spot Heart Attack, Stroke, and Angina Symptoms

      Tightness in your chest, shortness of breath, feeling confused -- these could be warning signs of a heart attack, stroke, or angina. “If you’re experiencing symptoms that you’ve never had before, such as significant discomfort, then absolutely come into the emergency room and get it evaluated,” says

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