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Increasing Evidence for INR Self-Monitoring
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Patients on long-term anticoagulation therapy are incredibly less likely to experience a thromboembolic event, according to researchers at Oxford University. However, this only applies to the patients who test their own blood clotting at home and are managed by their GP. Because of point-of-care testing, people on long-term oral anticoagulation therapy can monitor their own blood clotting time, which is determined by the international normalized ratio (INR). Patients can choose to adjust their own medication according to a pre-determined...

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Endometriosis Linked to Greater Risk of Heart Disease
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Women who have endometriosis — specifically those ages 40 and under — may have a greater risk for coronary artery disease, according to a Harvard University study published in the May 2016 issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. The researchers examined the data from the Nurses' Health Study II, which involved 116,000 women ages 25 to 42 who had no prior history of stroke or heart disease. The study lasted for about 15 years, and nearly 1,500 women in...

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The Benefits of Smoke-Free Living…
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  Everyone knows that smoking is bad for them, but do they know exactly how dangerous it is? It’s important to understand and acknowledge the risks, however there’s a lot more to quitting than frightening statistics. A journey to smoke-free living will help you flip your life around in countless positive ways.   After 30 days of living smoke-free: You’ll be able to exercise or perform activities with less shortness of breath. Your clothes, your body, your car, and your bedroom...

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Exercise Can Reduce the Risk of Heart Attack for All Ages
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It’s important to start exercising early in life to reduce the risk of heart attack for later in life. Even the modest of activities could provide some sort of protection, researchers say. When it comes to exercise and heart failure, the better-late-than-never phrase is particularly true, and even the smallest of boosts in activity can greatly improve your physical health, explained senior investigator Dr. Chiadi Ndumele in a John Hopkins University School of Medicine news release. Researchers examined the health...

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Vitamin D Improves Heart Function in Study
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Moderate doses of Vitamin D3 may improve heart health and function, says a new British study. The study leader Dr. Klaus Witte, from the University of Leeds School of Medicine, explained, “These findings could make a significant difference to the care of heart failure patients,” "It is the first evidence that vitamin D3 can improve heart function of people with heart muscle weakness -- known as heart failure.” In the study, there were about 160 patients who had pacemakers and/or were...

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Everything You Need to Know About Sleep
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You probably didn’t know that one in five Americans get less than six hours of sleep per night —a problem that can lead to harmful health consequences. Chronic health risks of sleep deprivation include obesity and heart health disease, among many more. If you have complications sleeping, the following strategies may help you sleep better. Check for lifestyle causes. Some medications or conditions can interfere with your sleep patterns. If you take medication(s), consult with your doctor about the sleep...

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Blood Thinner Xarelto Increases Risk of Fatal Internal Bleeding
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Big Pharma is great at pushing unnecessary drugs onto American consumers. The biggest problem is that many of the industry’s latest blockbuster drugs are less effective and less safe than drugs that have been out for decades. Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio talk about one of the latest blockbuster drug failures with attorney Ned McWilliams. Transcript of the above video: Papantonio: Ned McWilliams, Xarelto the killer drug of the week. When does it stop? This is almost black humor what we...

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Healthy Workouts for Heart Disease
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Working out is important for everyone, even those who have heart disease or have experienced a heart attack. Moderate exercise can strengthen your heart muscles, decrease dependence on medication, and encourage faster recovery. Below are a few benefits of exercise: — Lower blood pressure — Reduced triglycerides — Reduced LDL cholesterol levels — Increased HDL cholesterol levels — Fewer symptoms of heart failure — Excellent circulation — Stronger heart muscles — Weight loss — Reduced angina — Control of blood sugar Despite the benefits of working out, you have...

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Patients Get Aspirin Instead of Anticoagulants for A-FIB…
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Chances are you didn’t know that more than 75 percent of patients with atrial fibrillation are given aspirin instead of anticoagulants, according to a U.S. study. Researchers observed and analyzed data on over 500,000 people with atrial fibrillation and found that about 40 percent were given aspirin instead of prescriptions for anticoagulants. The lead study author Dr. Jonathan Hsu, a heart specialist at the University of California, San Diego, explained that blood thinners are shown to be more effective...

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The Surprising Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy
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A new study shows that stem cell therapy may help people suffering heart failure. The clinical trial found that end-stage heart failure patients who were treated with stem cells harvested from their own bone marrow, had 37 percent fewer cardiac events than those who received the placebo. For the last 15 years, people have been debating stem cell therapy and its benefits. While the new 2016 findings are promising — and hopefully, improve the levels of heart performance and efficiency...

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