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  1. Anxiety, Depression May Triple Heart Patients' Death Risk

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- Anxiety and depression coupled with heart disease triples the risk of death compared to cardiac trouble alone, researchers have found. Among heart patients, anxiety can double the risk of dying from any cause, the study auth

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  2. Vitamin D Supplements Lower African-Americans' BP?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 15 (HealthDay News) -- Black Americans who take vitamin D supplements may significantly lower their blood pressure, a new study suggests. "Compared with other races, blacks in the United States are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency and more

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  3. Common Antibiotic Poses Risk to Heart, FDA Warns

    March 13, 2013 -- The popular antibiotic azithromycin may cause a potentially fatal irregular heart rhythm in some people, the FDA says. Also sold under the names Zithromax and Zmax, and often called a Z-pack, the antibiotic can cause changes in the electrical system of the heart, leading to arrhyth

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  4. Hardening of the Arteries Found in Ancient Mummies

    March 11, 2013 (San Francisco) -- Hardening of the arteries may not be such a modern problem after all. Scans of mummies from four geographical regions across a period of 4,000 years suggest that atherosclerosis was more common in ancient populations than previously believed. Studying people from an

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  5. New Drugs Might Give Heart Patients an Edge

    By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- In the search for better medicines to safely help heart patients, clinical trials testing three new drugs appear to offer some promise. Two of the drugs, cangrelor and inclacumab, might improve outcomes for patients undergoing c

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  6. TV Ads for Statins May Drive Overtreatment

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 8 (HealthDay News) -- Television ads for cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may lead to overdiagnosis of high cholesterol and overtreatment with the drugs, according to a new study. The research found that patients' visits with doctors to ask about st

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  7. Cholesterol Levels May Vary By Season

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 7 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol levels increase with winter's arrival and drop again as warmer weather returns, a new study by Brazilian researchers suggests. "In the winter, people should be careful with their cholesterol levels," said lead re

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  8. Processed Meat May Play a Part in Early Death: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 6 (HealthDay News) -- Grilled hot dogs and sausages may be tasty treats at ball games and picnics, but a new study of nearly 450,000 people finds that eating too much processed meat might shave years off your life. Those who ate the most process

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  9. Sibling's Death May Boost Your Risk of Heart Attack

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- When a brother or sister dies -- especially from a heart attack -- the risk of a surviving sibling also dying from a heart attack increases sharply in the following years, a large new study from Sweden suggests. Chronic str

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  10. Heart Failure Drug May Not Ease Symptoms in Some

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- A drug often used to treat chronic heart failure may not ease symptoms in people with one form of the disease, a new study suggests. The medication, called spironolactone (Aldactone), failed to improve symptoms or quality of life

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