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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Shorter Plavix Treatment May Be Equally Effective

    Aug. 30, 2011 (Paris) -- Taking the blood thinner Plavix for six months after receiving a stent may be safer and just as effective as two years of treatment, a new study suggests. The standard recommendation is typically at least 12 months of Plavix. But the study found that six months of treatment

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  6. Electronic Nose Sniffs Out Heart Failure

    Aug. 30, 2011 (Paris) -- German researchers say they’re a step closer to developing an electronic nose that can distinguish between people who have heart failure and those who don't. The device has gas sensors that detect various odorous molecules in sweat. Specially developed software divides patie

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  7. Home Monitoring of Heart Device May Be Safe

    Aug. 30, 2011 (Paris) -- Home monitoring of a device that protects the heart is safe, suggest two French studies presented here at the European Society of Cardiology meeting. Remote monitoring of patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) also reduced inappropriate shocks and exten

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  8. Chocolate Good for the Heart

    Aug. 29, 2011 (Paris) -- Chocoholics have reason to celebrate today: A large new study confirms that chocolate may be good for the heart and brain. Regularly eating chocolate could cut the risk of heart disease and stroke by about one-third, says researcher Oscar H. Franco, MD, PhD, of the Universit

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  9. Study: New Anticlotting Drug Beats Warfarin

    Aug. 29, 2011 (Paris) -- The experimental anticlotting pill Eliquis beat out the standard drug, warfarin, at preventing strokes in people with a heart condition that puts them at high risk of blood clots and stroke, researchers report. The new drug, also known as apixaban, cut the risk of stroke by

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  10. FDA: Celexa May Damage Heart at High Doses

    Aug. 24, 2011 -- The antidepressant Celexa can cause possibly fatal changes to the heart's electrical activity, the FDA today warned. Celexa should no longer be used at doses higher than 40 milligrams per day. The drug's new label will remove a statement suggesting that some patients may need 60 mil

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