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  1. How Bacterial Pneumonia Damages the Heart

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors have known that bacterial pneumonia can raise your risk of heart problems, but new research pinpoints why. The bacteria actually invade and kill heart cells, increasing the chances of heart failure, abnormal hea

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  2. Routine ECGs Not Recommended for Young Athletes

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. heart experts recommend doctors use a 14-point checklist rather than an electrocardiogram (ECG) when evaluating young people for underlying heart disease that could result in sudden cardiac arrest. The Americ

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  3. Older People and Generic Statins

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs are more likely to fill their prescriptions and gain health benefits if the medications are cheaper generic brands, new research suggests. At issue are the cholesterol-loweri

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  4. Eating More Fruit Cuts Heart Disease Risk: Study

    Sept. 2, 2014 -- Eating fruit every day lowers the risk of getting heart and stroke problems by up to 40%, researchers say. Their new study also found that the more fruit people ate, the more their risk of getting cardiovascular disease declined, and their blood pressure was lowered. The findings ar

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  5. Drug 'New Hope' Against Heart Failure: Expert

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Aug. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a head-to-head comparison, an experimental drug was more effective than standard treatment at preventing deaths and hospitalizations in heart failure patients. According to the study authors, the trial was stopped e

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  6. Everest Study Finds High Altitude Affects BP

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a new study done from the heights of Mount Everest, Italian researchers found that your blood pressure steadily increases if you ascend to great heights. They also found that a drug widely used to treat high blood pr

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  7. Blood Pressure Controlled Best by Patient: Study 

    Aug. 27, 2014 -- Patients with hypertension who monitored their own blood pressure at home, and adjusted their medications accordingly, had better blood pressure readings after a year than those who were under the care of their doctor, a new study shows. Although the patients who cared for themselve

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  8. Antibiotic Might Raise Heart Risks for Some

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking the widely used antibiotic clarithromycin may boost some patients' odds of dying from heart-related causes, a new study suggests. Because millions of people receive this antibiotic each year, the findings require u

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  9. Drop in Heart-Related Hospitalizations and Deaths

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths and hospitalizations for heart disease and stroke have dropped dramatically in the United States over the past decade, according to a large study of Medicare patients. The declines noted from 1999 to 2011 are the

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  10. More Docs Wonder If Statins Are Worth the Risks

    Aug. 18, 2014 -- Kailash Chand, a doctor in the U.K., says he once brushed aside patients who complained of muscle pains, weakness, fatigue, and memory problems after he put them on cholesterol-lowering medications called statins. Then a routine blood test showed he had high levels of some blood fat

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