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Alcohol Abuse Tied to Heart Risks

Even low-to-moderate alcohol consumption can increase the risk for atrial fibrillation and other heart-related problems. Here’s what to know.

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The Alcohol Facts You Need to Know

Moderate alcohol consumption has some undeniable health benefits, including a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

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AFib and Stroke Risk: New Drug Options

Patients with atrial fibrillation who are candidates for anticoagulants and don’t use them take the risk of having a stroke. Here’s what to consider.

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Atrial Fibrillation: A Major Suspect in Unexplained Stroke

As many as 8 of 10 patients with a stroke brought on by atrial fibrillation die or are disabled. That’s why recognizing afib early is so important.

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How Smoking Raises Risk of Stroke

Cigarette smokers have two to three times the risk of stroke than nonsmokers, and the more cigarettes smoked, the greater the risk.

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Heart Risk Calculators Are Not Foolproof

The calculators that doctors use to estimate their patients’ future risk of heart attack are often off the mark, one study suggests.

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Heart Surgery Device Linked to Deadly Infection

An infection risk from medical devices used during open-heart surgery to warm or cool a patient has prompted a warning about the units.

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Too Much Sex May Be Bad for Men’s Hearts

Sex is good for your cardiovascular health, right? Maybe not if you’re a man over age 57 and you’re having too much of it, or enjoying it too much.

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Atrial Fibrillation: Are You at Risk?

Multiple factors can contribute to the development of the abnormal functioning of the heart’s chambers.

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AFib and Stroke Risk: What to Know

The stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation is up to seven times that of the general public. Find out if you need to follow a stroke prevention plan.