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U.S. Deaths Due to High Blood Pressure Keep Rising: CDC

March 26, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The overall death rate from high blood pressure in the United States has increased 23 percent since 2000, even as the death rate from all other causes has dropped 21 percent, health officials reported Thursday.
That spike was seen in both genders and was most […]

FDA Warns of Cardiac Effect When Heart Drug Mixed With Hepatitis C Meds

March 25, 2015

WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A potentially life-threatening slowing of the heart can occur when the common heart drug amiodarone is taken with new hepatitis C medications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.
The dangerous slowing of the heart — called symptomatic bradycardia — can occur when amiodarone is taken with the hepatitis […]

Could Smoggy Air Raise Your Anxiety Levels?

March 25, 2015

Air pollution may take a toll not only on physical health, but mental well-being as well, two new studies suggest.

Stents Meant to Prevent Stroke May Actually Boost Risk

March 24, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Using stents rather than medication alone to keep narrowed arteries open in the brain may actually increase patients’ risk of stroke, according to the results of a new trial.
The study involved more than 100 patients at risk of stroke because of what’s called […]

Secondhand Smoke May Put Kids at Risk for Heart Disease as Adults

March 23, 2015

MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children whose parents smoke may be at greater risk of developing heart disease when they’re adults than children of nonsmoking parents, a new study says.
The study included people in Finland whose exposure as children to parents’ smoke was measured in 1980 and 1983. In 2001 and 2007, the […]

For Mexican-Americans, Heart Risks Can Rise Even If Not Obese

March 20, 2015

FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In Mexican-Americans, heart-damaging risk factors such as high blood pressure or high blood sugar levels are common, even in the absence of obesity, a new study finds.
Those who weren’t obese but were metabolically unhealthy showed similar signs of early artery hardening as those who were obese, according to […]

New Guidelines Call for No Heart Tests for Low-Risk Patients

March 17, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many patients who are at low risk for heart problems don’t need to have screening tests such as EKGs and stress tests, a national association of primary care physicians recommends.
The new guideline jibes with research that has suggested the tests are overused in patients who […]

Smokers Fare Worse After Heart Procedures, Study Finds

March 16, 2015

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Heart patients who continue to smoke after undergoing artery-opening procedures have a much higher long-term risk of heart attack, stroke and premature death than those who quit smoking or never smoked, a new study finds.
The study included nearly 1,800 people with severe coronary artery disease — narrowing in […]

Vitamin D Won’t Help Fight High Blood Pressure, Researchers Say

March 16, 2015

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Vitamin D may help the body in many ways, but a new data review suggests it won’t do much to lower high blood pressure.
Vitamin D is nicknamed the “sunshine vitamin,” because the body produces the nutrient when skin is exposed to sunlight. People can also get vitamin D […]

Manual Clot Removal After Heart Attack May Not Help, Could Harm

March 16, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new study calls into question the value of removing blood clots from a patient’s heart arteries during angioplasty, a procedure to open blocked arteries.
Although manually removing clots has become common medical practice, this study of more than 10,000 heart attack patients found no benefit […]


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