Restoring Blood Flow Beats Exercise for Poor Leg Circulation

THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For people with poor circulation in their leg arteries, a medical procedure to restore blood flow may have greater benefits than exercise, preliminary research suggests.

Widely Used Heart Drug Tied to Dementia Risk

THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation may have a heightened risk of developing dementia -- and the quality of their drug treatment may play a role, a new study hints.

Sleep Apnea May Raise Heart Risks in People With Pacemakers

THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with heart pacemakers and sleep apnea are at much greater risk for a dangerous heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, a new study suggests.

Race May Influence Risk for Irregular Heart Beat

THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's a strong link between the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation and race, a new study says.

No Statins Before Heart Surgery, Study Suggests

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Taking cholesterol-lowering statins right before heart surgery, once touted as a way to prevent common postoperative complications, has no benefit and may even cause harm, a new study suggests.

Seniors: Pump Iron, Live Longer

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- You probably already know that strength training, such as lifting weights or doing pushups, is good for you, but now new research suggests it may help you live longer, too.

New Guidelines Recommend Inpatient Rehab After Stroke

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If possible, people who've had a stroke should be sent directly to inpatient rehabilitation after their hospital discharge. This would be instead of a skilled nursing facility or nursing home, according to new guidelines by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA).

CPR Help as Near as Your Phone

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A stranger or someone you love suddenly collapses with cardiac arrest, but you don't know CPR.

Many Heart Bypass Patients Don't Take Needed Meds

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many heart bypass patients are skipping medications meant to maintain smooth blood flow in their repaired veins, a new study finds.

Study Ties Implanted Defibrillators to Long-Term Complications

MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Implantable defibrillators -- devices that detect and correct an abnormal heart rhythm -- are associated with a high risk of long-term complications, a new study suggests.