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  1. Z-Pak Heart Attack?

    May 16, 2012 -- Sudden heart death may be a new risk from the commonly prescribed antibiotic azithromycin -- better known as Zithromax or the Z-Pak. The finding comes from a study of Medicaid patients who received some 348,000 Z-Pak prescriptions from 1992 to 2006. Compared to patients who took no a

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  2. FDA Approves Generic Versions of Plavix

    May 18, 2012 -- The FDA has approved several generic versions of the popular blood thinner Plavix (clopidogrel). Officials say the approval will make more affordable options available for people who take Plavix to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke. "For people who must manage chronic heal

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  3. Bypass Beats Angioplasty for People With Diabetes

    May 11, 2012 -- People with diabetes who undergo bypass surgery to open clogged heart arteries may live longer than their counterparts who chose angioplasty, a new study shows. During angioplasty, a balloon-tipped catheter is inserted into a blocked heart artery to widen it and boost blood flow. Oft

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  4. Male Hormone May Help Heart Failure Patients

    April 17, 2012 -- Treatment with testosterone may help heart failure patients feel better and exercise more, preliminary research shows. The finding comes from four small studies of people with heart failure. The researchers analyzed the results from all of those studies and found that those who too

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  5. Heart Failure Death Risk Lower for Women

    March 8, 2012 -- Women with failing hearts survive longer than men, according to the largest analysis ever to examine the impact of gender on heart failure deaths. When researchers analyzed data from 31 studies involving nearly 28,000 men and 14,000 women, they found male gender to be an independent

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  6. New Heart Failure Risks: Fractures and Memory Problems

    Feb. 2, 2012 -- Two new studies shine a light on some lesser known consequences of heart failure: fractures and memory problems. About 5 million people in the U.S. have heart failure, according to the American Heart Association. A chronic and progressive condition, heart failure occurs when the hear

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  7. Foods With Vitamin C May Help Heart Failure Patients

    Nov.14, 2011 (Orlando, Fla.) -- People with heart failure who don't eat enough vitamin C-rich foods are almost twice as likely to be hospitalized or die as those with heart failure who get enough vitamin C in their diet, new research suggests. They are also more than twice as likely to have high lev

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  8. Electronic Nose Sniffs Out Heart Failure

    Aug. 30, 2011 (Paris) -- German researchers say they’re a step closer to developing an electronic nose that can distinguish between people who have heart failure and those who don't. The device has gas sensors that detect various odorous molecules in sweat. Specially developed software divides patie

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  9. Underused Treatments Could Save Lives From Heart Failure

    June 8, 2011 -- Close to 70,000 heart failure deaths could be prevented in the U.S. each year if more patients were on recommended therapies, new research suggests. The study is among the first to quantify the impact, in terms of lives saved, of broader use of drug and cardiac device treatments for

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  10. Heart Failure May Be Linked to Osteoporosis

    May 10, 2011 -- New research suggests that up to 12% of people with heart failure may have osteoporosis as well as spine compression fractures that often are characteristic of the bone disease. What is more, the osteoporosis in most cases probably could be detected with a simple chest X-ray, leading

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