May 26, 2011 A federal study testing prescription-strength niacin as an add-on to cholesterol-lowering statins to prevent heart disease was stopped early because the niacin did not work. There was also a slight increase in stroke risk for people taking the prescription-strength niacin.
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How much salt is too much?
May 4, 2011 A provocative European study suggests that moderate salt intake might be no problem and that diets very low in salt could be a recipe for trouble. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sticking to its low-salt guns.
Even though heart attack rates are dropping, some victims are not yet getting the best care.
April 26, 2011 Getting the best heart attack care is still something of a crap shoot –- in the United States as well as Sweden, where a new study shows deaths from heart attacks dropping after best practices were implemented.
April 26, 2011 It's hard to exercise when you have heart failure; shortness of breath and lack of energy are common. Tai chi, the ancient Chinese exercise, seems tailor made for people with this chronic condition. New research shows boosts mood, and improves quality of life.
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.
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