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  1. New Blood Thinner Prevents Strokes in Heart Patients

    Aug. 10, 2011 -- The newly approved drug Xarelto appears to prevent strokes at least as well as the standard treatment warfarin in people who have a heart condition that puts them at high risk for blood clots, a study shows. Xarelto was approved by the FDA in July to prevent dangerous blood clots in

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  2. Heart Testing Overused, Report Finds

    Aug. 2, 2011 -- Far too many healthy Americans are undergoing heart screening tests, which can lead to unnecessary and potentially dangerous treatments. That’s according to an investigation appearing in next month’s Consumer Reports. In a survey of more than 8,000 subscribers, nearly half (44%) of t

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  3. Little Exercise Beats None

    Aug. 1, 2011 -- Even a little physical activity performed on a regular basis may reduce the risk of heart disease. And the more exercise people do, the more benefit in reducing risk, a new study finds. Among key findings of the study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health: As little a

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  4. Family History's Role in Heart Attack and Stroke

    July 26, 2011 -- A family history of heart attack boosts the risk of having a heart attack much more than a family history of stroke increases the risk of having a stroke, new research suggests. "We teased out the relative effects of family history of stroke and family history of heart attack in the

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  5. Heart Disease Prevention Saves Lives and Money

    July 25, 2011 -- Preventing heart disease may be critical to the health of the nation's economy as well as its population, according to a new statement from the American Heart Association (AHA). Researchers say the annual direct and indirect costs of heart disease topped $450 billion last year and a

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  6. FDA Warning on Atrial Fibrillation Drug Multaq

    July 22, 2011 -- If you're taking the atrial fibrillation drug Multaq, the FDA wants you to call your doctor right away. Don't stop taking the drug -- that could be dangerous. But the FDA wants patients to be aware that a clinical trial of Multaq, called PALLAS, was halted when the drug doubled the

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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