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  1. Heart Transplant ‘Breakthrough’ Shows Promise

    Oct. 24, 2014 -- Australian doctors say they've made a breakthrough that could save the lives of many more people in need of a heart transplant. Surgeons at Sydney's St. Vincent's Hospital say they've discovered how to use hearts that have stopped beating, rather than relying on still-beating hearts

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  2. Regular Doctor Visits Help Control Blood Pressure

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular visits to your doctor can help keep your blood pressure under control, a new study shows. High blood pressure can cause serious health problems such as stroke and heart attack, according to the American Heart Assoc

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  3. Mediterranean Diet Linked to Heart Health

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Following the Mediterranean diet may help reverse a condition known as metabolic syndrome, new research suggests. The study compared a low-fat diet to a Mediterranean diet -- a diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, fru

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  4. Effects of Stress on Women, Men With Heart Disease

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Stress triggers different physical and mental reactions in women and men with heart disease, new research indicates. The study involved 254 men and 56 women with stable heart disease who did three mentally stressful tasks:

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  5. Obese Kids May Show Early Signs of Heart Trouble

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obese young people may already be showing the warning signs of heart disease, German researchers report. The scientists found negative changes in the shape and function of the hearts of these children, compared t

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  6. Fish Oil Has Little Effect on Irregular Heartbeat

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High doses of fish oil supplements won't prevent the return of a common type of irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, Canadian researchers report. In fact, 64.1 percent of those taking fish oil for its omeg

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  7. Social Support May Be Key to Heart Attack Recovery

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young and middle-aged heart attack survivors are more likely to have poor health and low quality of life if they have fewer family and friends to support them in their recovery, a new study suggests. The study included m

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  8. Too Many Heart Scans May Pose Radiation Risks

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors need to make sure patients understand the radiation-related risks of heart imaging tests before sending them for such procedures, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says. "With technological imp

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  9. Drugs Not Always Best for Mild High Blood Pressure?

    Sept. 24, 2014 -- Treating mild high blood pressure with drugs has unclear benefit and adds steep sums to national health care expenses, experts write in an article published online Sept. 14 in BMJ. If you learn you have mild high blood pressure (also called mild hypertension), ask your doctor what

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  10. Why Statins Might Raise Diabetes Risk

    Sept. 24, 2014 -- Taking statins can lead to weight gain, raised blood sugar levels, and it can increase the chances of getting type 2 diabetes, say scientists who have been trying to explain why. But the team of international researchers acknowledges the cholesterol-lowering medication taken by mil

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