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Heart repair breakthroughs replacing surgeon's scalpel
Have a heart problem? If it's fixable, there's a good chance it can be done without surgery, using tiny tools and devices that are pushed through tubes into blood vessels.
 
--A combination drug containing niacin failed to lower the risk of heart attacks or strokes and even proved harmful for some with vascular disease, a study released Saturday reported.
 
Man's heart stops for 50 minutes
A college student was involved in a car accident in which his heart stopped for almost 50 minutes and was rescued later by a medical team, Chen Jun-ren (陳俊仁), head of Taipei Veterans General Hospital Emergency Medicine (TPEVGH), said at a press conference yesterday.
 
Just over one in 12 U.S. service members who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars had plaque buildup in the arteries around their hearts -- an early sign of heart disease, according to a new study.
 
Heart attack device to be mandatory in public areas
Automated external defibrillators (AED), easy-to-use life-saving electric shock machines, will soon be required in public places in Taiwan to save cardiac arrest victims after the Legislative Yuan amended a related law yesterday.
 
Common visible signs of aging may not just be a vanity or employment problem. They may also be a harbinger of heart disease.
 
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials said yesterday that there have been no local adverse reactions reported from people drinking an imported energy drink from the United States that has been reportedly linked to five deaths there.
 
Workers who suffer job strain are 23-percent more likely to have a heart attack than stress-free counterparts, but the risk is far smaller than smoking or a sedentary lifestyle, a large study published in The Lancet on Friday says.
 
Electronic cigarettes, an increasingly popular option among smokers trying to quit, do not appear to pose a threat to the heart, according to results of a clinical study presented on Saturday.
 
If you have a relative who died of heart disease before age 60, your own risk of early heart trouble is higher as well, a study involving millions of people in Denmark over three decades has determined.
 
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