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  1. Stem Cells Repair Heart in First-Ever Study

    Nov. 14, 2011 -- The first use of heart stem cells in humans looks like a major breakthrough for people suffering heart failure after heart attacks. It's early -- results are in for only the first 16 patients -- but the results already are drawing praise from experts not easily impressed by first re

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