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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. A Little Alcohol May Not Be Good for Your Heart

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study challenges the widely held belief that light drinking of alcohol may be good for your heart. Researchers analyzed more than 50 studies that examined drinking habits and heart health in more than 260,000 people.

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  4. Cholesterol Levels Tied to Breast Cancer Risk?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High cholesterol levels may increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, a large new British study reports. The findings suggest that keeping tight control over cholesterol through medication could help prevent br

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  5. Change Bad Habits Early, Save Your Heart Later

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults who drop their bad health habits can reduce their risk of heart disease as they age, new research suggests. "Even after people have hit adulthood with some unhealthy behaviors, it's not too late to produce

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  6. High BP May Raise Psoriasis Risk for Women

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women with high blood pressure may have an increased risk of developing the skin disease psoriasis, new research suggests. Taking blood pressure medications called beta-blockers also raises the risk for psoriasis, acco

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  7. Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to High Blood Pressure

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Low levels of vitamin D may be a cause of high blood pressure, according to a new study. Previous research has suggested a strong link between low levels of vitamin D and high blood pressure, but a direct cause-and-effec

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  8. Heart Monitoring May Prevent Some Strokes, Study Suggests

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As many as four of every 10 stroke victims leave the hospital without a clue about what caused the stroke, their doctors hamstrung on how to prevent another one from occurring. "You can imagine how unsettling this is,

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  9. Scientists Explain Stress and Heart Attack Link

    June 24, 2014 -- Scientists say they may be able to explain how ongoing stress raises the risk of having a heart attack. They say stress triggers our bodies to make a surplus of disease-fighting white blood cells. That in turn can boost inflammation in the arteries of people with a condition called

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  10. BP Kiosks May Not Always Give Accurate Readings

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you decide to quickly check your blood pressure while you're out shopping this summer, know that your reading might not be accurate if the cuff is too small or too large for your arm, the U.S. Food and Drug Administrat

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