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  1. FDA Delays Decision on Blood Thinner Eliquis

    June 25, 2012 -- The FDA has once again delayed a decision on a new blood thinning drug that some are calling a game changer for the prevention of stroke in heart patients. Drug makers Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer are seeking approval to market the drug Eliquis for use in patients with atrial fib

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  2. FDA Rejects New Use for Blood Thinner Xarelto

    June 22, 2012 -- The FDA has decided -- for now -- against allowing the new blood thinner Xarelto to be used to treat patients with blocked coronary arteries. Federal officials issued a complete response letter late Thursday, which means they want more information from the drug manufacturer before m

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  3. PTSD Unrecognized Risk Among Heart Attack Patients

    June 20, 2012 -- A heart attack is a traumatic event, physically and emotionally, but cardiologists don't pay enough attention to post-traumatic stress disorder among their patients, according to the author of a new study. Not only does the disorder occur in 1 out of 8 such patients, the study shows

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  4. Daily Aspirin: Worth the Risk?

    June 7, 2012 -- Millions of people take aspirin every day to lower their heart attack and stroke risk, but new research may change some of that thinking. Daily aspirin use was associated with a higher-than-expected increase in the risk for major bleeding in an Italian study published this week in th

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  5. Will Dark Chocolate a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

    May 31, 2012 -- Should people at high risk of heart attack and stroke eat dark chocolate every day? Maybe, according to a new study from Australia. "Dark chocolate may be a pleasant and effective way of delivering important dietary components that can provide health benefits to the ever increasing n

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  6. Z-Pak Heart Attack?

    May 16, 2012 -- Sudden heart death may be a new risk from the commonly prescribed antibiotic azithromycin -- better known as Zithromax or the Z-Pak. The finding comes from a study of Medicaid patients who received some 348,000 Z-Pak prescriptions from 1992 to 2006. Compared to patients who took no a

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  7. Bypass Beats Angioplasty for People With Diabetes

    May 11, 2012 -- People with diabetes who undergo bypass surgery to open clogged heart arteries may live longer than their counterparts who chose angioplasty, a new study shows. During angioplasty, a balloon-tipped catheter is inserted into a blocked heart artery to widen it and boost blood flow. Oft

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  8. FDA Approves Generic Versions of Plavix

    May 18, 2012 -- The FDA has approved several generic versions of the popular blood thinner Plavix (clopidogrel). Officials say the approval will make more affordable options available for people who take Plavix to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke. "For people who must manage chronic heal

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  9. Do Happy People Have Healthier Hearts?

    April 18, 2012 -- Having a "glass half-full" outlook just might help protect people at risk for heart attack and stroke. In a newly published review from the Harvard School of Public Health, characteristics such as optimism and happiness were linked to a lower risk for heart and vascular disease. Am

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  10. Male Hormone May Help Heart Failure Patients

    April 17, 2012 -- Treatment with testosterone may help heart failure patients feel better and exercise more, preliminary research shows. The finding comes from four small studies of people with heart failure. The researchers analyzed the results from all of those studies and found that those who too

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