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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Quicker Angioplasty Times for Heart Attack Patients

    Aug. 22, 2011 -- More than 90% of patients who have a heart attack and need an emergency treatment to open the artery now have it within the recommended 90 minutes after they get to the hospital, new research finds. Some patients get the treatment even more quickly, says researcher Harlan M. Krumhol

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  8. Is Calcium Test the Best Way to Check Heart Risk?

    Aug. 18, 2011 -- An imaging test that identifies calcium in the coronary arteries of the heart is a more accurate indicator of heart attack risk in seemingly healthy people than a widely used test that measures inflammation, a new study shows. Researchers say coronary artery calcium (CAC) testing ca

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  9. Fat Around Heart May Be Linked to Clogged Arteries

    Aug. 16, 2011 -- Fat packed around the heart may predict narrowed arteries, even in people who have don't have symptoms of heart disease, a new study shows. Studies suggest that where people tend to store their extra calories as fat may be at least as big a threat to health as how much total fat the

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  10. Study Finds Benefits in Selective Use of Drug-Coated Stents

    Aug. 15, 2011 -- Doctors can save the health care system hundreds of millions of dollars annually without increasing patients’ risk of heart attack or death by using drug-eluting stents selectively, according to a study published today in the journal Circulation. Drug-eluting stents, which are coate

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