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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 News

  • Doctors Report on Success of Throat Reconstruction

    FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — An American man who underwent throat reconstruction seven years ago has no swallowing problems and can eat normal food, researchers report. The man’s severely damaged esophagus was reconstructed using commercially available metal stents and donated skin tissue. The stents — approved in the United States to help esophageal cancer [...][...]

  • Delaying 2nd Shock After Cardiac Arrest Won’t Boost Survival: Study

    THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Delaying a second shock to the heart in hospital patients with cardiac arrest doesn’t improve their chances of survival, suggests a new study that challenges current recommendations. A patient undergoing cardiac arrest needs to be treated with a defibrillator, which sends an electric shock to the heart to restore [...][...]

  • Wearable ‘Defibrillator-in-a-Vest’ May Help Some Heart Patients

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A vest containing a defibrillator may be an option for some heart patients who can’t use an implantable defibrillator — the device that can shock the heart back to a proper rhythm if needed. That’s the conclusion of the first science advisory on the devices just [...][...]

  • Statewide Training on Cardiac Arrest Saves Lives in N. Carolina

    WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A North Carolina program to increase bystander action in cases of cardiac arrest saved lives and reduced brain damage among survivors, a new study shows. The statewide program trained family members and the general public to recognize the signs of sudden cardiac arrest and to perform CPR and use [...][...]

  • Many With Irregular Heartbeat Missing Out on Stroke-Preventing Treatments

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Doctors know that a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation increases the odds for stroke. But less than half of “a-fib” patients at highest risk for stroke are prescribed recommended blood thinners by their cardiologists, new research finds. “The findings of our study are surprising give [...]