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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. More Research Hints at Chocolate's Heart Benefits

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Eating milk chocolate or dark chocolate regularly may lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, a new study suggests. Middle-aged or older folks who ate as much as 3.5 ounces of chocolate a day seemed to receive heart

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  4. 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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  5. Do Statins Pose a Threat to Your Memory?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even though some early research suggested that people who take statin drugs might experience short-term memory loss, a large new study finds they are no worse for recall than other cholesterol-lowering medications. Accordin

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  6. Heart Risk Factors May Harm Black Women More

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The cluster of heart risk factors known as the "metabolic syndrome" might raise the risk of heart disease more for black women than it does for white women, a new study suggests. Metabolic syndrome refers to having at le

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  7. One-Third of Americans Have Heart Risk Factors

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-third of U.S. adults have a combination of health problems collectively known as metabolic syndrome that increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to new research. What's worse, the researc

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  8. This Boosts Survival With Implanted Defibrillators

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study of nearly 100,000 people with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators found that more physical activity was tied to living longer. Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are battery-powered devices imp

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  9. Early Menopause Tied to Lower Risk of AFib

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who go through menopause at a relatively young age may have a slightly lower risk of developing a common heart rhythm disturbance, new research suggests. The study, of nearly 18,000 middle-aged and older U.S. women, foun

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  10. Botox Lowers AFib Risk After Cardiac Surgery?

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Botox, the toxin-turned-drug therapy best known for its wrinkle-reducing properties, shows potential for preventing dangerous heart rhythms in patients who undergo invasive heart surgery, a small, preliminary study found. At

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