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Booze Not So Great for the Heart After All, Study Says

It might take less alcohol than we think to damage the heart and shorten our lifespans, suggests a new study published today in The BMJ. For many, the threshold might be fewer than one drink a day. Read More >>

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Scientists Say This Society Has the Healthiest Hearts On Earth

Researchers have identified the Tsimane people as having the healthiest hearts in the world. As expected, diet and exercise are believed to be responsible for the population's incredible heart health well into old age. What’s perhaps most surprising about their diet is how heavy it is in carbs. Read More >>

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This Disturbingly Brilliant Machine Makes Dead Hearts Beat Again

The squeamish amongst you may struggle to get the image out of your head, but this machine deserves recognition. It’s called the Organ Care System, and it’s capable of resurrecting dead hearts. By the way, that’s not a lazy way of saying it keeps live hearts from brain-dead people beating -- it actually works on hearts that have already stopped functioning. Read More >>

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This Heart-on-a-Chip Beats Like the Real Thing

Though it may not look at all like the muscle in your chest, this heart-on-a-chip can beat like the real thing. A blend of microfluidics and biological cells, the device will be used as a more efficient means of testing for drug toxicity. Read More >>

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Victoria’s Secret Goes High-Tech With Heart-Rate Sensor Bra

This bra from expensive underwear specialist Victoria's Secret is the company's first tech-aware bit of sporting lingerie, coming with embedded electrodes for connection to any of today's legion of heart-rate tracking sensors. Read More >>

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This Tiny Metal Pill is the Smallest Pacemaker Ever Implanted

The world is one step closer to a future where tiny ship-like vessels travel through our veins and fix our health problems. Recently, doctors across the United States implanted the world's smallest pacemaker into cardiac patients. The device is roughly the size of a large vitamin pill and is attached directly to the heart without invasive surgery. Read More >>

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This Amazing Flexible Heart Cover Could Replace Pacemakers for Good

This amazing 3D piece of silicone dotted with electronics looks like something out of the future—because it is. In fact, this potential pacemaker replacement fits over the human heart and is capable of monitoring and, soon, responding to, its vital signs. Read More >>

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Revolutionary Membrane Can Keep Your Heart Beating Perfectly Forever

You're looking at a rabbit's heart beating outside the animal that once hosted it. It's alive, pumping blood on its own thanks to a revolutionary electronic membrane that may save your life by keeping your heart beating at a perfect rate. Read More >>

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Heart Cells Power This Swimming, Sperm-Like Bio-Bot

Say what you will about these sperm-like bio-bots; they've got heart. The beating of live heart cells propels a tail back and forth, so that these self-powered swimming bio-bots—the first of their kind—could one day wriggle through your body delivering drugs. No batteries needed. Read More >>

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These are the First Ever Images of a Heart Injected With Liquid Metal

It may surprise you that, despite our seemingly vast knowledge of the human body, we're still decently in the dark when it comes to the smaller portions of the cardiovascular system. Even more surprising, the answer to that problem isn't lying in more powerful microscopes. It's in a heart pumping pure, shiny liquid metal. Read More >>

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The First Artificial Hearts Were the Size of a Hot Dog Stand

It might look more like something a street vendor would serve up food from, but, believe it or not, this is one of the first ever artificial hearts. Read More >>

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Dick Cheney Was Scared of Getting Assassinated by a Heart Hack

Though this sounds like a joke, former US Vice President Don Cheney and his doctors were legitimately scared about him getting assassinated via terrorists hacking into his defibrillator and causing a heart attack. So they turned off the wireless feature so nobody would kill him via heart hack. Read More >>

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Portable “Sink Plunger” CPR Machine Kept Heart Attack Victim Alive for Two Hours

Sean Doyle spent couple of hours being technically dead back in May, with only a newly commissioned automated heart massage unit affectionately referred to as a sink plunger keeping the blood flowing to his brain and hopes of recovery alive. And yes, he's fine. Read More >>

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These Amazing Cardio Images Will Make Your Heart Race

Every year the UK's British Heart Foundation runs a competition to find the most interesting images produced by its researchers—and 2013 is a good, good year. Here are some of our favourites. Read More >>

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Your iPad Smart Cover Could Switch Off a Pacemaker

The little magnets sure make the iPad's Smart Covers useful — but they could switch off pacemakers, too, if a new series of experiments is anything to go by. Read More >>