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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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