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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Heart Benefits From Cutting Back on Salt?

    July 6, 2011 -- Reducing salt intake in the diet produces a small decline in blood pressure, according to a new review of research. But the evidence is not conclusive on whether salt reduction has an effect on getting cardiovascular disease or dying from it, the researchers say. The findings are not

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  7. Healthy Lifestyle Cuts Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

    July 5, 2011 -- Leading a healthy lifestyle that includes not smoking, keeping weight down, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet can dramatically reduce risk of sudden cardiac death, a study shows. The study is published in TheJournal of the American Medical Association. Sudden cardiac de

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  8. Many Non-Emergency Angioplasties May Be Unnecessary

    July 5, 2011 -- The vast majority of angioplasties performed in emergency situations in the U.S. are appropriate, but as many as half of those conducted in non-emergency situations may not benefit patients, a new study suggests. About one in nine elective angioplasty procedures performed in patients

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  9. Blood Vessels Grown From Donated Cells Closer to Reality

    June 27, 2011 -- For the first time, blood vessels grown from donor cells have been successfully implanted in human patients, an early report of new research shows. The tissue-engineered vascular grafts, which were grown from donated skin cells, were implanted in the arms of three patients in Poland

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  10. Many PAD Patients Are Skipping Preventive Drugs

    June 20, 2011 -- Millions of people with peripheral artery disease (PAD) aren't taking preventive medication to reduce heart disease risk. A new study shows that many people with PAD may benefit from taking medications to optimize their blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Use of these and other p

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