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  1. Transfusions With Heart Surgery and Infection Risk

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 30 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who receive a red blood cell transfusion during or after heart surgery may be at greater risk for infection, according to a new study. However, the use of platelets during transfusions does not appear to carry

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  2. Could Statins Raise Diabetes Risk?

    By Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 23 (HealthDay News) -- Certain statins -- the widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs -- may increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The risk was greatest for patients taking atorvastatin (brand name Lipitor

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  3. Antidepressants May Help Some Heart Patients

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- Use of the antidepressant Lexapro appears to help prevent a potentially serious stress-related heart condition, a new study finds. The condition is known as "mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia." Although people wi

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  4. Cell Calls During BP Readings May Skew Results

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- New Italian research offers some cautionary advice for patients with high blood pressure: The next time you take a blood pressure reading, turn off your cellphone. The reason: Answering a cellphone call during a reading may cause

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  5. Yoga May Help Ease High Blood Pressure

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- People who follow the ancient practice of yoga may be getting an added health boost, with a new study suggesting it can fight high blood pressure -- also known as hypertension. "This study confirms many people's feelings that

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  6. People With High Blood Pressure May Crave Salt

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- High-salt diets have long been linked to high blood pressure, but new research finds that those with the condition may have a far greater preference for salty foods than those with normal blood pressure. In a small study of

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  7. Most Americans Should Eat Less Salt: Report

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 14 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans should consume less salt, but too little salt can also cause health problems for some, a new report says. The problem is that there is scant evidence for determining exactly how much salt is too much and how lit

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  8. Costlier Heart Device May Not Be Worth It: Study

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 14 (HealthDay News) -- Patients prone to dangerously fast heart rhythms may get just as much help and have fewer complications with less-expensive implanted defibrillators that run one wire to the heart instead of two, a new study shows. Implantable

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  9. Estrogen Levels and Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) -- Higher levels of the hormone estrogen are associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death in men and women, a new study suggests. Sudden cardiac death can occur when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating (su

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  10. Everyday Noise Levels May Affect the Heart

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) -- Even the minor noise that fills everyday life, from the ring of a cell phone to the conversation that follows, may have short-term effects on heart function, a small new study suggests. In the study of 110 adults equipped with port

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