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    1. Crestor May Not Cut Heart Failure Death

      Nov. 28, 2007 -- Crestor, a statin drug that lowers LDL ("bad") cholesterol, may not reduce heart deaths in heart failure patients. Researchers report that news after studying some 5,000 heart failure patients in Europe, Russia, and South Africa. The findings appear in tomorrow's edition of The New

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    2. Exercise Away Heart Failure

      Nov. 8, 2007 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Exercise can spur the growth of new cells to mend weakened muscles and spur the growth of blood vessels in people with heart failure, according to two new studies. "People with heart failure can regain 70% of their exercise capacity if they stick to an exercise progra

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    3. Whole Grains Cut Heart Failure Risk

      Oct. 22, 2007 -- Starting the day with whole-grain cereal may lower the risk of heart failure in the long run. A new study shows men who eat whole-grain breakfast cereal regularly are less likely to develop heart failure than those who eat it rarely or never. Heart failure is a condition in which th

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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