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  1. Obese Kids May Show Early Signs of Heart Trouble

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obese young people may already be showing the warning signs of heart disease, German researchers report. The scientists found negative changes in the shape and function of the hearts of these children, compared t

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  2. Fish Oil Has Little Effect on Irregular Heartbeat

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High doses of fish oil supplements won't prevent the return of a common type of irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, Canadian researchers report. In fact, 64.1 percent of those taking fish oil for its omeg

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  3. Social Support May Be Key to Heart Attack Recovery

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young and middle-aged heart attack survivors are more likely to have poor health and low quality of life if they have fewer family and friends to support them in their recovery, a new study suggests. The study included m

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  4. Too Many Heart Scans May Pose Radiation Risks

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors need to make sure patients understand the radiation-related risks of heart imaging tests before sending them for such procedures, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says. "With technological imp

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  5. Why Statins Might Raise Diabetes Risk

    Sept. 24, 2014 -- Taking statins can lead to weight gain, raised blood sugar levels, and it can increase the chances of getting type 2 diabetes, say scientists who have been trying to explain why. But the team of international researchers acknowledges the cholesterol-lowering medication taken by mil

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  6. Drugs Not Always Best for Mild High Blood Pressure?

    Sept. 24, 2014 -- Treating mild high blood pressure with drugs has unclear benefit and adds steep sums to national health care expenses, experts write in an article published online Sept. 14 in BMJ. If you learn you have mild high blood pressure (also called mild hypertension), ask your doctor what

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  7. Healthy Lifestyle May Prevent 80% of Heart Attacks

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Five recommended health behaviors may prevent four out of five heart attacks in men, a new study suggests. Middle-aged and older men were much less likely to have heart attacks over an average of 11 years if they drank mo

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  8. How Bacterial Pneumonia Damages the Heart

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors have known that bacterial pneumonia can raise your risk of heart problems, but new research pinpoints why. The bacteria actually invade and kill heart cells, increasing the chances of heart failure, abnormal hea

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  9. Routine ECGs Not Recommended for Young Athletes

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. heart experts recommend doctors use a 14-point checklist rather than an electrocardiogram (ECG) when evaluating young people for underlying heart disease that could result in sudden cardiac arrest. The Americ

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  10. Older People and Generic Statins

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs are more likely to fill their prescriptions and gain health benefits if the medications are cheaper generic brands, new research suggests. At issue are the cholesterol-loweri

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