February 9, 2011 Medtronic makes the gizmo, called the Revo MRI SureScan Pacing System. In a clinical test that included nearly 500 patients, none had any MRI-related complications.
February 8, 2011 Some cardiologists are pushing for an alternative approach to snaking catheters into the arteries feeding the heart. Going through an artery in the wrist, instead of the groin, poses a lower risk of bleeding, they say.
A traveler passes an automated external defibrillator at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.
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January 27, 2011 A national study of 13,000 cardiac arrests that occurred outside a hospital finds the chances of survival are much higher among people whose cardiac arrests happenin public versus than for those whose hearts stopped at home or in a nursing home.
January 18, 2011 Israeli scientists have used stem cells to grow heart cells from patients with a rare heart disease called long QT syndrome. They also tested a variety of drugs on the cells, which they hope will help them develop new treatments for the syndrome.
Antonio Garcia re-stocks the beverages at The Corner Market in Washington, D.C., in 2010. Study author Jean Welsh says that sweetened beverages tend to be the biggest source of added sugar.
January 12, 2011 Teens should cut down on sugar as a favor to their heart, a new study suggests. There's lots of room for improvement because the average teen consumes more than 28 teaspoons of added sugar a day.
January 4, 2011 Some 23 percent of implanted cardioverter defibrillators don't meet guidelines, researchers found. Some patients who received implants were recovering from a heart attack or heart bypass surgery.
Eat well and stay fit to keep a stroke at bay.
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December 3, 2010 Shed those extra pounds if you're overweight, exercise regularly, and eat more fruits and vegetables, say stroke-prevention guidelines. Oh, and don't smoke, please. Drinking a little wouldn't hurt you, though.
November 19, 2010 A prescription painkiller on the market since the 1950s is being withdrawn after new data showed it raises the risks for irregular heart rhythms. Critics had long faulted the drug for being ineffective. Safety worries mounted recently.
November 17, 2010 A daily pill from Merck raised HDL cholesterol by 138 percent in people who got the medicine compared with those who didn't. The pill, which hasn't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, also cut bad cholesterol by 38 percent.
November 16, 2010 Dr. Michelle Albert is the lead researcher on a new study about how high-stress jobs can affect women's heart health. As a busy, stressed woman herself, she has some thoughts on what women can do to help their hearts.
An external defibrillator sits on the sidelines at a football practice at Jesuit Preparatory High School in Dallas in 2006.
November 15, 2010 Laymen can save people's lives by using automatic external defibrillators to shock their hearts back to life. But the Food and Drug Administration says a pattern of design and manufacturing problems shows improvements are needed.
November 15, 2010 In whites, low vitamin D is a risk factor for stroke. But results of a study in nearly 8,000 African Americans show that a deficit in vitamin D doesn't explain higher rates of stroke for the group.
November 8, 2010 A drug that costs $8 a day may be cheaper to use than an old generic that's only cost $1. Less stringent monitoring of patients on the newly approved drug is a big reason why, according to an independent analysis.
October 20, 2010 The new drug Pradaxa is the first to take on the dominance of warfarin - the blockbuster anti-clotting drug. The market is estimated at $12 billion a year.
How many health benefits can we get out of these Omega-3 pills?
October 19, 2010 A new study says Omega 3s don't help with post-partum depression, but doctors say they still have many other benefits, including protection against heart disease and pre-term birth.
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