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Singing cardiologist gets the band back together

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Unfortunately, a Beatles reunion will never happen. But for the lucky people of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Rick and the Arrhythmics returned for a long-awaited (by some, at least) encore.

Back in the 1980s, the band, which included several local doctors, specialized in rowdy, three-chord classic rock, including […]

Irregular heartbeat develops much earlier in men

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A type of irregular heartbeat that greatly increases the risk for stroke develops much earlier in men, a new study shows.

Atrial fibrillation causes the upper chambers of the heart to quiver. Left untreated, it increases the risk of heart-related death and is linked to a five-fold increased […]

CDC: Obesity rates hit a new high

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The obesity epidemic in America is getting worse, new federal data show.

As of 2015-2016, about four in 10 U.S. adults were obese, up from 37.7 percent during 2013-2014.

The news for children and teens isn’t much better. Overall, nearly 19 percent were obese in 2015-2016, up […]

Home from college, New York teen suffers stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Like many teenagers, Jillian Marks had a flair for the dramatic as she navigated adolescence. Then she encountered real drama, provided by a word that young people don’t expect to hear: stroke.

“I do tend to overreact,” said Jillian, a sophomore at the State University of […]

Office pop-in comes at just the right time for Washington man having stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Television producer Lane Ficke was chatting with videographer Dave Gordon about plans for the next day when Gordon suddenly stopped talking mid-sentence.

“His face just scrunched up and then he turned and stared at his computer,” Ficke said.

Ficke initially thought Gordon was playing a joke, and […]

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While Chicago area’s soda tax fizzles with a repeal vote, advocates vow to fight on

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Less than two months after Chicago’s Cook County began collecting a tax on sugary drinks, local lawmakers on Wednesday repealed it. But advocates for the so-called soda tax said they would continue their push across the country.

“Despite today’s setback in Cook County, we remain optimistic […]

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‘MilliGrammys’ recognize the saltiest restaurant meals in America

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Sandwiched between last month’s Emmys and the approaching Grammys ceremony in January comes a cheeky new entry in the award show category: The MilliGrammys.

In a series of video spoofs released Wednesday by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the mock awards “recognize foods […]

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Employees want more help dealing with workplace stress, new report finds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Stress in the workplace can take a significant toll on health, and many people are looking to their employers for help.

The problem is, many workplaces don’t have programs that are proven to help people rebound from job-related stress, according to employees surveyed in a new […]

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Looking beyond the heart in adults with congenital heart disease

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Laura Goldenschue takes antibiotics before going to the dentist, even just for a routine cleaning. The 59-year-old from Texas assembles a team of specialists when facing a procedure as minor as a cyst removal. She carries a tiny “health passport” that lists her doctors and […]

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Twins who participated in ‘The Biggest Loser’ help each other stay healthy

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Luis and Roberto Hernandez shed hundreds of pounds together as contestants on “The Biggest Loser.” Today, they still are working to keep one another on track.

They’re each other’s biggest cheerleaders and they also hold each other accountable if they don’t eat right or […]