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    1. Wider Statin Use Could Save Thousands More Lives

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New expert guidelines from two major cardiologists' groups may boost doctors' ability to spot patients who should take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, researchers said. The updated guidelines were released in 2013 by t

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    2. FDA Strengthens Warning on NSAIDs and Heart Risk

      July 10, 2015 -- Popular painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen have carried warnings for years about potential risks of heart attacks and strokes. This week, the FDA decided to strengthen those warnings on the medications, known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. The warning inclu

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    3. FDA Approves New Drug for Heart Failure

      THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first in a new class of drugs that show promise for combating heart failure. The approval of Entresto (sacubitril/varsatan) was sped up after a clinical trial found it significantly reduced the rate of

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    4. Keeping Fit May Halve Seniors' Heart Failure Risk

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In more good news for those who don't let aging keep them from practicing healthy habits, a new study finds the fittest seniors are half as likely as others to suffer from heart failure. "Older adults can make simple change

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    5. Calcium Scan Can Predict Premature Death Risk

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A scan of calcium deposits inside your arteries can help doctors deduce how long you're likely to live, a new study has found. The test, called a coronary calcium scan, uses a regular CT scan to look for calcium deposits

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    6. Do Cholesterol Drugs Affect Aggression?

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs might influence a person's aggressive behaviors, increasing or decreasing their irritability and violent tendencies, a new clinical trial suggests. Men taking statins typically become

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    7. White Men May Get Better Treatment for AFib

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women, Hispanics and blacks are less likely than white men to receive optimal treatment for atrial fibrillation in the United States, researchers say. The study of more than a half-million Medicare patients found that w

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    8. Too Few Old Heart Attack Patients Get This Device?

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer than one in 10 older heart attack survivors gets a potentially lifesaving implantable defibrillator, a new study finds. This small, battery-powered device sits under the skin in the chest. If the heart starts beat

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    9. Can Health System Afford New Cholesterol Drugs?

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new class of powerful cholesterol drugs is poised to hit the market, and doctors are both hopeful about their potential, and worried that insurers won't pay for them. The drugs, known as PCSK9 inhibitors, can drastically

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    10. Seeing Your Own Clogged Arteries Can Spur Change

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seeing images of their narrowed heart arteries may convince some heart disease patients to adopt a healthier lifestyle and take prescribed medications, a new study suggests. "Seeing their calcified coronary arteries on the

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