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  1. Many Patients Getting Needless Heart Test: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 22 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients get heart tests called echocardiograms unnecessarily, according to researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Echocardiograms -- noninvasive ultrasound tests that reveal how w

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  2. Skipping Breakfast a Recipe for Heart Disease, Study Finds

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 22 (HealthDay News) -- Men who skip breakfast have a 27 percent higher risk of suffering a heart attack or developing heart disease than those who start the day with something in their stomach, according to a new study. The study confirms earlier fi

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  3. U.S. Blacks Still Lag Whites in Life Expectancy

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- Despite a significant increase in life expectancy in recent decades, black Americans still die almost four years earlier than white Americans do, federal health officials reported Thursday. The disparity is largely due to hi

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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