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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

  • Aspirin Often Wrongly Prescribed for Atrial Fibrillation

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — More than one-third of U.S. patients with the abnormal heartbeat atrial fibrillation who need a blood thinner to prevent strokes aren’t getting one, researchers say. About 40 percent of “a-fib” patients deemed at moderate to severe risk of stroke because of age or other conditions [...][...]

  • Is Daily Blood Thinner Needed for Irregular Heartbeat?

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A smartphone app might offer an alternative for certain patients with an irregular heartbeat who must take risky blood-thinning medication every day to lower their risk for stroke. New research suggests some people with atrial fibrillation might do just as well by diligently monitoring their pulse, [...][...]

  • Widely Used Heart Drug Tied to Dementia Risk

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — People with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation may have a heightened risk of developing dementia — and the quality of their drug treatment may play a role, a new study hints. Specifically, researchers found, patients on the clot-preventing drug warfarin showed a higher dementia risk [...][...]

  • Sleep Apnea May Raise Heart Risks in People With Pacemakers

    THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — People with heart pacemakers and sleep apnea are at much greater risk for a dangerous heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, a new study suggests. With sleep apnea, breathing stops or becomes critically shallow during sleep. It’s very common in people with pacemakers. The sleep disorder is a known [...][...]

  • CPR Help as Near as Your Phone

    WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A stranger or someone you love suddenly collapses with cardiac arrest, but you don’t know CPR. New research shows that help — and CPR instruction — may be just a cellphone call away. This is “a real-world approach that the majority of communities can adopt to help improve survival in [...][...]