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  1. Blood Type May Impact Heart Risk

    Aug. 14, 2012 -- Your blood type just may help determine your risk for heart disease. A new analysis suggests that having blood type O conveys some protection against heart attack and stroke, while having the far less common AB blood type appears to increase risk. Heart disease risk typically takes

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  2. Statin Diabetes Risk Limited to Those at High Risk

    Aug. 9, 2012 -- The benefits of taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs outweigh the risks even among people who are likely to develop diabetes, researchers report. They studied data from a 2008 study, publishing the results in The Lancet. "From my perspective, the clinical message is very simple,"

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  3. Cholesterol Levels Have Gone Down in Kids, Teens

    Aug. 7, 2012 -- Cholesterol levels have improved among children and teens in the United States over the past two decades, despite rising obesity rates during the same period, the CDC says. Researchers analyzed data on more than 16,000 children and teens enrolled in a national health survey for the s

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  4. Task Force Updates EKG Recommendations

    July 30, 2012 -- If you're at low risk for heart disease and don't have symptoms such as chest pains, you do not need a routine electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG), according to updated guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. If you are at intermediate or high risk but don't have symptom

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  5. Heart Attack, Stroke More Common in Shift Workers

    July 26, 2012 -- Working the night shift or any non-traditional schedule may increase your risk of heart attack and stroke, a study shows. Previous research has linked shift work to heart disease and stroke risk factors including high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and diabetes. Now, resea

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  6. Blood Vessels Made From Liposuction Fat

    July 25, 2012 -- If you have a blocked artery, surgeons may someday replace it with blood vessels created from cells removed in liposuction. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat deposits under the skin. A new study suggests that adult stem cells taken from liposuctioned fat can be us

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  7. Fish Oil Doesn't Cut Diabetes Patients’ Heart Risk

    July 25, 2012 -- If you have diabetes or prediabetes, fish oil supplements might not be so helpful after all in cutting heart disease risk. That's the conclusion of a large study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Fish oil supplements contain omega-3 fatty acids. The American Heart As

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  8. Knee and Hip Replacements Linked to Heart Attacks

    July 23, 2012 -- People over age 60 who have surgery to replace a worn-out hip or knee have a significantly higher risk of having a heart attack after their surgeries, a large new study shows. The study is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. It reviewed the medical records of more than 9

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  9. Can a Woman's Job Raise Her Heart Attack Risk?

    July 18, 2012 -- Women with high-stress jobs are at higher risk of heart attacks and other heart problems compared to those with lower-stress jobs, according to a new study. "Women who had high-strain jobs had a 40% higher likelihood of having a cardiovascular event compared to women who were in the

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  10. Medication Errors Affect Half of Heart Patients

    July 2, 2012 -- After leaving the hospital, many heart patients experience medication errors, even if they have extra help from pharmacists, according to new research. Although previous studies have found that about 20% of patients have some problem with their prescription medicine after discharge,

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