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  1. Blood Thinners Recommended for Irregular Heartbeat

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with an irregular heartbeat should take blood thinners to reduce their risk of stroke, an updated American Academy of Neurology (AAN) guideline recommends. Taking these drugs is especially important for people with

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  2. Vegetarian Diet May Help Lower Blood Pressure, Research Suggests

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adopting a vegetarian diet may help people shave points off their blood pressure, a large study from Japan suggests. The research, a review of 39 studies that included almost 22,000 people, found vegetarians had blood pre

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  3. Surgery vs. Drugs for Irregular Heartbeat

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery works better, but has more serious side effects, than the standard drugs used to treat occasional bouts of atrial fibrillation, a new study reveals. Atrial fibrillation is a condition where the heart's normally p

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  4. High BP in Young Adults, Heart Trouble Later?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Twenty-somethings with even mildly elevated blood pressure may face an increased risk of clogged heart arteries by middle age, a long-term U.S. study finds. The study, which tracked nearly 4,700 people, found that even "pre-h

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  5. Added Sugar in Diet Tied to Death Risk

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors have long thought extra sugar in a person's diet is harmful to heart health because it promotes chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes. But the added sugar Americans consume as part of their daily diet ca

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  6. Sunlight Might Be Good for Your Blood Pressure

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Sunlight is known to lower blood pressure, but now a team of British researchers has figured out why. What they found is that nitric oxide stored in the top layers of the skin reacts to sunlight and causes blood vessels to wid

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  7. Merck Recalls Cholesterol Drug Liptruzet

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Packaging defects have prompted a recall of a combination cholesterol drug called Liptruzet, produced by Merck & Co., temporarily affecting the entire U.S. stock. Merck said the foil pouches holding Liptruzet pills coul

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  8. Green Tea May Interfere With a Blood Pressure Medicine

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking green tea may lessen the effects of the medication nadolol (Corgard), used to treat high blood pressure, a new small study suggests. Researchers gave 10 volunteers a single dose of 30 milligrams of nadolol after

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  9. A-Fib Doesn't Mean You're Banished to the Sidelines

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Cutting back on exercise, or stopping altogether, might seem like the right move for people whose heart beats too fast and erratically, a condition called atrial fibrillation. But that's not necessarily so. In fact, staying acti

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  10. Blood Test May Predict Heart Attack: Study

    Jan. 13, 2014 -- A blood test could help identify people at risk for heart attack, according to American researchers. People who have a heart attack have unique cells in their blood and the team at the Scripps Research Institute in California is investigating whether testing people for these cells c

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