Regular Teeth Cleanings Could Cut Heart Attack Risk: Study

SUNDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- People who visit the dentist regularly to have their teeth cleaned may lower their risk for heart attack or stroke, new research suggests.

Babies Put on Transplant List Before Birth Get Hearts Faster

SUNDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Unborn babies diagnosed with severe heart problems who are put on the heart transplant list before birth get new hearts more quickly than babies listed after birth, according to a new study.

Abused Girls at Greater Risk for Heart Disease as Adults: Study

SUNDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Girls who are severely physically and sexually abused may be at greater risk for heart disease, heart attack and stroke as adults, according to a new study.

Sepsis Plus Heart Rhythm Disorder Linked to Stroke, Death

SUNDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who develop atrial fibrillation -- a heart rhythm disorder -- for the first time while they are hospitalized with severe sepsis are at increased risk for stroke and death, a new study finds.

Blood Thinner Xarelto Shows Promise for Heart Patients

SUNDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- When added to standard treatment, a new blood-thinning drug called Xarelto (rivaroxaban) may help people with "acute coronary syndrome" lower their risk of death, subsequent heart attack or stroke, a new study finds.

Study Suggests Exercise May Help Memory of Fibromyalgia Patients

SUNDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Fibromyalgia patients who stopped taking medication and then exercised regularly for six weeks reported improved memory function and less pain, according to a small, new study.

Sugar-Sweetened Drinks May Pose Heart Risks to Women, Study Suggests

SUNDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking two or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day may boost a woman's risk for developing heart disease and diabetes -- even if this habit isn't causing her to pack on extra pounds, a new study says.

Too Few Doctors Screen Young Athletes for Hidden Heart Trouble

SUNDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Tragic stories appear in the media about seemingly healthy young athletes dying on the playing field due to an undetected heart problem.