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HealthDay News - November 13, 2016

Device Plus 'Aggressive' Drug Strategy May Curb Severe Heart Failure

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of an implanted heart device and intensive drug therapy may help boost heart function in end-stage heart failure patients, preliminary results of an ongoing study suggest.

Heavy Smoking May Boost Blacks' Diabetes Risk

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Black Americans who smoke a pack or more a day of cigarettes may be at higher risk for diabetes, a new study finds.

Most Elderly Smokers Don't Use Anti-Smoking Meds After Heart Attack

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many elderly smokers who've had a heart attack fail to fill prescriptions for medications designed to help them quit smoking, a new study finds.

Could C-Section Birth Raise Child's Risk of Obesity?

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies delivered via C-section might be at increased risk for childhood obesity, researchers contend.

Marijuana Use Tied to Rare, Temporary Heart Malfunction

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Marijuana use might raise the risk of a rare, temporary heart muscle malfunction that can feel like a full-fledged heart attack, a new study suggests.

Omega-3s a Recipe for Healthy Blood Pressure in Young Adults

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids -- found in some fish and plant oils -- may help young adults keep their blood pressure at a healthy level, new research suggests.

Craving Salt? Your Genes May Be the Reason, Study Suggests

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some people carry a genetically driven "salt tooth" that could affect how heavily they season their food, potentially endangering their heart, a new study suggests.

U.S. Heart Disease Rates Fell 20 Percent Since 1980s: Study

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research shows that cases of heart disease have dropped 20 percent in the United States in the last four decades. Experts credit the trend to better detection and prevention of risk factors that endanger heart health.

DNA Isn't Destiny: Healthy Living Can Overcome Genes Linked to Heart Disease

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If your parent or sibling died young from cardiovascular disease, take heart: There are ways you can counter any genetic predisposition to the illness.