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    1. Genes May Mean Short People Prone to Heart Disease

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Short people may be more likely to have heart disease, and that increased risk could be linked to the genetics that also determine height, a British-led research team suggests. A person's risk of heart disease increas

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    2. Pouch in Heart May Trigger Unexplained Strokes

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A pouch-like structure in the heart may be the source of some strokes that have no other known cause, a new study suggests. This pouch in the heart's left atrial chamber -- called a left atrial septal pouch -- was first d

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    3. Guidelines Would Boost Number of Youth on Statins

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If all doctors followed new cholesterol guidelines aimed at children, almost half a million Americans aged 17 to 21 would be prescribed a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, a new study predicts. In 2011, the U.S. National H

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    4. Cooling After Cardiac Arrest and Brain Function

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cooling the body might help prevent or lessen brain damage caused by cardiac arrest, a new study suggests. People who received what is called targeted body temperature management after cardiac arrest -- when the heart st

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    5. Guidelines: No Heart Tests for Low-Risk Patients

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients who are at low risk for heart problems don't need to have screening tests such as EKGs and stress tests, a national association of primary care physicians recommends. The new guideline jibes with research t

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    6. Vitamin D Won't Help Fight High Blood Pressure

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D may help the body in many ways, but a new data review suggests it won't do much to lower high blood pressure. Vitamin D is nicknamed the "sunshine vitamin," because the body produces the nutrient when skin is ex

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    7. This May Help Ward Off Stroke in Some with High BP

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, March 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Folic acid -- the same nutrient women take in pregnancy to help ward off birth defects -- may also help lower stroke risk in people with high blood pressure, a new Chinese study finds. The findings are intriguing, one U.S

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    8. Drug May Lower Cholesterol, Heart Attack Risk

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, March 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adding an experimental new biologic drug to conventional cholesterol-lowering drugs may result in better cholesterol control and reduced risks of heart attack and stroke, according to a new study. Compared to patients o

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    9. Salt May Be Bad for More Than Your Blood Pressure

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even if you don't develop high blood pressure from eating too much salt, you may still be damaging your blood vessels, heart, kidneys and brain, a new study warns. Researchers reviewed available evidence and found that hi

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    10. Stress, Depression Are Trouble for Heart Patients

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease, depression and stress can be a deadly combination, a new study finds. Researchers looking at the effect of significant stress and deep depression on nearly 4,500 patients with heart disease called the pa

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