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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. Fish Oils May Be Lifesavers

      Sept. 1, 2006 - Fish oils in fatty fish like salmon might be even better than heart devices called defibrillators at preventing sudden death from heart problems. "Choosing fish two or three times a week is a good idea," researcher Thomas Kottke, MD, MSPH, tells WebMD. "Grilled, baked, or broiled --

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    8. Heart Failure Runs in Families

      July 12, 2006 -- You can inherit heart failure , new data from the Framingham Heart Study shows. The famous study is now two generations old, with some 20 years of follow-up data on the children of the original study subjects. The risk factors today used to evaluate a person's risk of heart attack a

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    9. Painkillers Worsen Heart Failure

      May 22, 2006 -- Common painkillers raise the risk of heart failure -related hospitalization in people over 60, a new study shows. The risk is even greater for those who already have heart failure. And even very short-term painkiller use can be dangerous, the study finds -- especially for people taki

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    10. Filter May Help Treat Heart Failure

      March 13, 2006 (Atlanta) -- A device that flushes out excess salt and water from the blood beat out standard diuretic treatment in people hospitalized with heart failure, according to the first study of its kind. "Up to now, diuretics have been the mainstay of therapy [for such patients], but amazin

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