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  1. 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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  2. Sugary Drinks Linked to Heart Risks in Women

    Nov. 14, 2011 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Once again, sugar-sweetened beverages are on the firing line. New research shows that two or more sugary drinks a day may increase a woman's waistline and risk of heart disease -- even if she doesn't gain weight. In a study of more than 4,000 people aged 45 to 84, wo

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  3. Stem Cells Repair Heart in First-Ever Study

    Nov. 14, 2011 -- The first use of heart stem cells in humans looks like a major breakthrough for people suffering heart failure after heart attacks. It's early -- results are in for only the first 16 patients -- but the results already are drawing praise from experts not easily impressed by first re

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  4. New Research Calls Salt Guidelines Into Question

    Nov. 9, 2011 -- Everyone knows that too much salt is bad for you, right? Well, according to new research, not everyone is convinced. Reducing dietary sodium (salt) helps lower blood pressure a little, but it also may increase levels of some hormones and unhealthy blood fats, a new review of studies

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  5. New Guidelines on Frequent Cause of Sudden Death in Athletes

    Nov. 8, 2011 -- When an athlete dies suddenly on the court or playing field, often an undiagnosed heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the cause. Now new guidelines aim to shine a light on the diagnosis and treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a disorder that affects an e

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  6. Xarelto Approved for Atrial Fibrillation Patients

    Nov. 4, 2011 -- The FDA has approved Janssen's Xarelto to prevent stroke in patients with an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation -- with a strong "black box" warning. A black box warning is the FDA's strongest warning. Xarelto had previously been approved to prevent blood clots in patie

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  7. Coronary Heart Disease Rates Are Dropping in the U.S.

    Oct. 13, 2011 -- The CDC says that the overall rate of coronary heart disease in the U.S. is on the decline, dropping from 6.7% in 2006 to 6% in 2010. But the rates of coronary heart disease vary widely by state of residence, sex, race, and educational levels, the CDC says in the Morbidity and Morta

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  8. Healthy Diet May Cut Heart Risk From 'Bad' Genes

    Oct. 11, 2011 -- We know that eating a very healthy diet appears to make heart disease less likely, but now that even goes for people whose genes put them at a higher than normal risk of heart trouble. "A diet high in fruits and vegetables appears to mitigate the genetic risk of a heart attack," say

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  9. FDA Advisory Panel Backs Xarelto to Prevent Strokes

    Sept. 8, 2011 -- An FDA advisory panel has voted to recommend approval of a new blood thinner to prevent strokes and dangerous blood clots in patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation. In a vote of nine to two, with one member abstaining, the panel said Xarelto (rivaroxaban) was at

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  10. Anti-clotting Drug Warfarin May Be Safe for Elderly

    Aug. 31, 2011 (Paris) -- The anti-clotting drug warfarin is safe and beneficial for people aged 80 and over, according to a new report. But the drug is being prescribed to fewer than half of older people with a heart condition that puts them at high risk of stroke who would benefit from warfarin, a

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