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Heart Disease

Heart disease remains a leading killer in America, but even if you have a family history, heart disease and heart attacks are not inevitable. A healthy diet, regular exercise, cholesterol-lowering drugs and lifesaving surgeries can reduce your risk of having—or dying from—a heart attack.

Heart Disease Journey

Journey to a Healthier Heart: Your First Step Begins Now

Whether you’re at risk for heart disease due to diabetes, a family history, excess weight, smoking, or high cholesterol, there are a lot of options and solutions available that can help you protect your heart.

Heart Disease News

  • Excess Weight Linked to Blood Clot Risk in Kids

    THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Obese children and teens may have an increased risk for blood clots in their veins, called venous thromboembolism (VTE), a new study suggests. “This is important because the incidence of pediatric VTE has increased dramatically over the last 20 years, and childhood obesity remains highly prevalent in the United [...]

  • High-Rise Living May Lower Your Chances of Surviving Cardiac Arrest

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The view from those upper floors may be breathtaking, but it might come with a risky cost: people living on higher floors appear less likely to survive cardiac arrest, a new study found. In fact, above the third floor, your chances of surviving cardiac arrest get [...]

  • Study: Tissue Heart Valves Seem Best for Middle-Aged Patients

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Middle-aged heart valve replacement patients may have better outcomes if they receive valves made from animal tissue rather than metal, researchers report. The investigators analyzed 13 studies that compared metal and tissue valves in patients aged 40 to 70 who had aortic valve replacement. Heart valves are designed to allow [...]

  • Implanted Defibrillators Help Women as Much as Men: Study

    TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Among people with heart failure, implanted defibrillators benefit women as much as men, a new study finds. Previous research has shown that implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) help heart failure patients live longer. And current guidelines recommend that doctors consider adding the devices to standard treatment for all heart failure [...]

  • Safe to Use Blood Thinner Before Major Cancer Surgery, Study Finds

    TUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News)– Blood-thinning drugs can safely be given to certain patients before major cancer surgery, a new study suggests. Operations increase risk for blood clots in the legs, which can dislodge and travel to the lungs, a potentially fatal complication called pulmonary embolism. Blood thinners such as heparin are commonly given to patients [...]

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