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  1. Following BP-Drug Schedule May Be Critical

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- Failure to take blood pressure-lowering medicines as directed greatly increases the risk of stroke and death in patients with high blood pressure, a new study finds. "These results emphasize the importance of hypertensive [hi

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  2. Country Singer Randy Travis Suffers a Stroke

    By HealthDay staff HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- Country music star Randy Travis suffered a stroke Wednesday night following a viral heart infection he was first hospitalized for on Sunday. The singer underwent surgery late Wednesday night to relieve pressure on his brain,

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  3. Heart Dangers of Low Vitamin D Levels May Vary

    By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 9 (HealthDay News) -- The heart risks of having low levels of vitamin D may hinge on what race or ethnicity you are, new research suggests. Specifically, the team of scientists found it might increase heart disease risk among white or Chinese individua

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  4. Most Statin Users Won't Have Major Side Effects

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 9 (HealthDay News) -- Statins -- the widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs -- have few serious side effects, although they do slightly raise the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a large new evidence review. In the analysis of 135 previous studi

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  5. Randy Travis in Hospital With Heart Infection

    By HealthDay News staff HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 9 (HealthDay News) -- Country music singer Randy Travis was listed in critical condition Tuesday following surgery in a Dallas hospital to treat a viral heart infection. The 54-year-old singer was first admitted on Sunday after he developed wh

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  6. Pharmacist-Guided Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- Using home blood pressure monitoring and partnering with a pharmacist for lifestyle advice and medication changes led to better control of hypertension, a new study shows. After six months of the intervention, nearly 72 percent

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  7. Do Heart Patients Get Too Many Cholesterol Tests?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. heart patients may be getting their cholesterol levels checked unnecessarily, a new study suggests. Statistics on more than 35,000 patients with coronary heart disease treated in a Houston-based Veterans Affairs netwo

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  8. PTSD May Raise Heart Risks for Vietnam Vets

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- Vietnam veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are much more likely to develop heart disease, a new study finds. Researchers looked at 562 middle-aged male twins (340 identical and 222 fraternal) who were veterans o

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  9. Statins May Not Mix Well With Certain Antibiotics

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors should avoid ordering certain antibiotics for older patients who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, such as Lipitor, Canadian researchers say. Statins, which are taken by many millions of people, don't mix well wi

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  10. Volunteering May Be Good for the Heart in More Ways Than One

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Anyone who has ever been a volunteer knows that it feels good to help others, but researchers have found a less obvious benefit: volunteering can help reduce older adults' risk of high blood pressure. The new study included more

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