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  1. Docs May Miss Out on Recommending Aspirin Therapy

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans who might benefit from taking low-dose aspirin every day to prevent heart attack and stroke say they've never been told by their doctors to do so, a new study shows. The findings highlight the fact that many

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  2. High BP in Middle Age, Weaker Brain Later?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Let your blood pressure get too high in midlife, and you might pay the price in mental decline later on, a new study suggests. The study of almost 14,000 people found that high blood pressure in those aged 48 to 67 was tie

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  3. Cholesterol Drugs May Speed Healing After Surgery

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Recovery time after surgery may be reduced for patients taking the cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins, according to a new study. The study's Irish researchers suspect that the drugs may affect the

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  4. Could Probiotics Help Tame High Blood Pressure?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that potential help in lowering high blood pressure might be as close as your refrigerator. The study found that regular intake of probiotics, such as those found in certain yogurts or supplements, may

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  5. Irregular Heart Rhythm Ups Stroke Risk Soon After Heart Surgery

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who are older than 65 who've had a stroke or heart valve surgery, or who have known blood vessel disease, have an increased risk of stroke after heart surgery, a new study finds. Researchers looked at nearly 109,000

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  6. No Change in Heart Attack Rates for Younger Adults

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite recent advances in preventing heart attacks among U.S. seniors, those gains don't seem to have occurred among middle-aged adults -- especially women, a new study reports. Heart attack hospitalization rates among

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  7. Do You Need to Fast Before a Cholesterol Test?

    July 17, 2014 -- Do you really need to check your cholesterol levels on an empty stomach? New research suggests checking your cholesterol even if you’ve eaten gives you similar information.  Using data from the National Health and Nutrition Survey III (NHANES III), Bethany Doran, MD, of the NYU Scho

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  8. Is Obesity an Advantage After Heart Procedures?

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While a host of cardiovascular ailments are associated with excess pounds, new research supports a puzzling "obesity paradox." It found that overweight heart patients experience fewer heart attacks and higher survival

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  9. Niacin Doesn't Reduce Heart Problems

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Niacin, a commonly used cholesterol treatment, doesn't reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke in people with hardened arteries. What's more, the drug appears to have dangerous side effects, including a potential in

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  10. Potassium May Help Some Heart Failure Patients

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Potassium supplements might boost the survival of heart failure patients who are already taking diuretic drugs, a new study suggests. Nearly 5.8 million Americans have heart failure. As doctors explain it, excess fluid

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