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  1. ICDs Cut Deaths by 20%

    Aug. 20, 2007 -- ICDs in patients with heart failure cut death rates by 20%. But most patients never actually get a therapeutic jolt from their heart-shock implants, a new report finds. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators -- ICDs -- are lifesavers for people at high risk of sudden cardiac death.

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  2. Fitness May Aid Heart Failure Patients

    June 11, 2007 -- Aerobic exercise such as walking or bicycling may help heart failure patients, according to a new research review. But before starting an exercise program, heart failure patients should seek their doctor's help, notes an editorial published with the review in the Journal of the Amer

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  3. Stem Cells May Treat Heart Failure

    March 26, 2007 (New Orleans) -- Scientists have successfully used stem cells to treat people with heart failure and heart attacks. In one study, direct injections of stem cells into injured heart muscle helped people with heart failure to breathe better, walk farther, and generally feel better, says

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  4. Meditation May Benefit Heart Patients

    March 7, 2007 -- Regular meditation is known to relieve stress, and now early research suggests that it can benefit patients with congestive heart failure. The small pilot study included 23 recently hospitalized black patients. Thirteen were taught the techniques of Transcendental Meditation (TM) an

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  5. Sudden Death Genes Strike Women Most

    Dec. 27, 2006 -- Women are more likely than men to carry -- and to pass on -- mutant genes that cause long-QT syndrome, a defect in the heart's electrical system linked to sudden death, according to new research. Long-QT syndrome is a cause of sudden deaths seen in young athletes. Women are more lik

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  6. FDA Panel: New Warnings For Stents

    Dec. 8, 2006 -- An FDA advisory panel recommended new warnings Friday for popular medical devices used in millions of patients with cardiovascular disease. Experts said the two brands of drug-coated stents available in the U.S. should carry new warnings that the devices may increase the risk of sudd

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  7. End-Stage Heart Failure Not the End?

    Nov. 3, 2006 - End-stage heart failure may not mean the end. Some patients' hearts recover after a bold new treatment with a mechanical heart device and powerful drugs. End-stage heart failure means a person's heart has "remodeled" -- that is, it has suffered so much damage that it has changed shape

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  8. Statins May Up Heart Failure Survival

    Oct. 31, 2006 - Taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs cuts a heart failure patient's risk of death by 24%, according to a large new study. The findings are based on an analysis of data on 24,598 people with heart failure by Alan S. Go, MD, of Kaiser Permanente of Northern California, and colleagu

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  9. Pepcid May Help Treat Heart Failure

    Sept. 25, 2006 -- Pepcid, a common heartburn medicine, may help treat heart failure, a new study shows. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, comes from Japan. Pepcid blocks histamine H2 receptors found in the stomach. Those receptors are also found in the heart,

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  10. Artificial Heart Approved

    Sept. 5, 2006 -- The FDA has approved the AbioCor fully implantable artificial heart for dying heart failure patients too old or too sick for a heart transplant. The "humanitarian" approval is not full approval. It applies only to what Bram Zuckerman, MD, director of the FDA's heart device division,

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