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  1. Stopping Daily Aspirin Risky for Some

    July 20, 2011 -- For patients with a history of heart disease, stopping aspirin can increase the risk of having a heart attack, according to a new study. Patients with a history of heart disease who stopped taking a low-dose daily aspirin had a 60% increased risk of having a heart attack over the th

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  2. FDA Approves Brilinta Blood Thinner

    July 20, 2011 -- The FDA has approved AstraZeneca's Brilinta blood thinner for patients with acute coronary syndrome -- conditions, such as heart attack and angina, that reduce blood flow to the heart. Brilinta wears off faster than Plavix and Effient, which are approved for treating the same condit

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  3. Simple Sugar May Speed Heart Attack Recovery

    July 19, 2011 -- Ribose, a simple form of sugar, may help the heart recover faster after heart attack or heart surgery, a study suggests. During heart surgery, blood flow to the heart is stopped temporarily, and after a heart attack, blood flow is slowed. In both these cases, the heart becomes stres

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  4. Stem Cell Treatment May Relieve Angina

    July 7, 2011 -- An experimental therapy involving stem cell injections from the patient's own blood is showing promise in the treatment of people with chest pain that is not responsive to drugs, angioplasty, or surgery. Results from a pivotal study of the treatment were reported today in the America

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  5. Heart Benefits From Cutting Back on Salt?

    July 6, 2011 -- Reducing salt intake in the diet produces a small decline in blood pressure, according to a new review of research. But the evidence is not conclusive on whether salt reduction has an effect on getting cardiovascular disease or dying from it, the researchers say. The findings are not

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  6. Many Non-Emergency Angioplasties May Be Unnecessary

    July 5, 2011 -- The vast majority of angioplasties performed in emergency situations in the U.S. are appropriate, but as many as half of those conducted in non-emergency situations may not benefit patients, a new study suggests. About one in nine elective angioplasty procedures performed in patients

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  7. Healthy Lifestyle Cuts Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

    July 5, 2011 -- Leading a healthy lifestyle that includes not smoking, keeping weight down, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet can dramatically reduce risk of sudden cardiac death, a study shows. The study is published in TheJournal of the American Medical Association. Sudden cardiac de

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  8. Blood Vessels Grown From Donated Cells Closer to Reality

    June 27, 2011 -- For the first time, blood vessels grown from donor cells have been successfully implanted in human patients, an early report of new research shows. The tissue-engineered vascular grafts, which were grown from donated skin cells, were implanted in the arms of three patients in Poland

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  9. Do You Really Need Bypass Surgery?

    It's the news you don't want to hear from your cardiologist: One or more of your coronary arteries -- the blood vessels that supply blood to your heart -- is blocked. You have coronary artery disease, the No. 1 killer of U.S. adults. So does this mean you're headed for bypass surgery? Maybe not, if

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  10. Exercise May Help Treat POTS Heart Condition

    June 20, 2011 -- An exercise training program worked better than medication for those with a debilitating heart problem that's dubbed the "Grinch syndrome," new research suggests. The condition is so named because those who suffer from it have a heart that's too small. The medical term for the condi

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