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News on Heart Disease

Heart disease is a broad term used to describe a range of diseases that affect your heart, and in some cases, your blood vessels. The most common heart condition in the United States is coronary heart disease, which can lead to heart attack and other serious conditions.  Other heart conditions include cardiomyopathy, cardiovascular disease, ischemic heart disease, heart failure, hypertensive heart disease, inflammatory heart disease and valvular heart disease.



01/21/2010 - News

Spiriva Not Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke

In March 2008, the U.S. Food And Drug Administration (FDA) issued Early Communications describing a potential increase in the risk of stroke, heart attack, or death from cardiovascular cause related to the use of tiotropium, marketed as Spiriva HandiHaler. Now, the FDA has completed its review and issued a Follow-Up stating that it does not believe the available scientific data support an association between the use of Spiriva HandiHaler and stroke or other serious cardiovascular adverse events. Read more

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12/23/2009 - News

Use of Aspirin in Heart Attack Prevention Called into Question

Many studies have shown the benefits of aspirin in individuals with vascular disease who are at risk for heart attack and stroke. But, what about the benefits of aspirin in primary prevention? Read more

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12/23/2009 - News

Typical Heart Attack Symptoms Just as Common in Women

You may have heard that it is more difficult to diagnose heart attack in women because they have different symptoms than men. However, according to a new study presented that the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress and published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, women are just as likely as men to experience chest pain and other typical heart attack symptoms. Read more

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12/23/2009 - News

No Proven Cardiac Benefit for Aspirin in Diabetes

People with diabetes are at a high risk for cardiovascular disease.Most major medical society guidelines recommend aspirin for primary prevention of cardiovascular events in people with diabetes. Read more

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12/23/2009 - News

Avoid Aspirin After Peptic Ulcer Bleeding

Many middle-aged and older adults take aspirin to help prevent heart attacks and stroke. Aspirin is associated with a risk of peptic ulcer bleeding, bleeding in the stomach or upper digestive tract. Bleeding peptic ulcers are typically treated with endoscopic therapy to control active bleeding, medications to suppress stomach acid, and discontinuation of aspirin therapy until the ulcer heals. However, it is not known whether continuing aspirin therapy would increase the risk for recurrent ulcer bleeding. Read more

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12/23/2009 - News

Flu Vaccine May Protect Against Heart Attack

Cardiac complications of flu infection, such as inflammation of the heart muscle, are well-recognized, but the role of influenza as a trigger for heart attack is less clear. According to a systematic review published early online in The Lancet: Infectious Diseases, scientists report that influenza vaccines may protect against heart attack in people with pre-existing cardiovascular disease. Read more

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12/23/2009 - News

FDA Approves New Combination Blood Pressure Medication

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a single-pill combination of two medications, the direct renin inhibitor aliskiren and the angiotensin receptor blocker valsartan, for the treatment of high blood pressure. Read more

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12/23/2009 - News

Depression Increases Mortality in Atrial Fibrillation

 Depression has been associated with worse outcomes in many cardiac conditions, including congestive heart failure (CHF). Read more

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12/23/2009 - News

Lack of Insurance May Affect Stroke Outcome

Several factors predict a patient’s functional status after stroke. In a study published online June 25, 2009 in the journal Stroke, researchers report that functional independence after stroke declines each year for up to 5 years and the decline is most pronounced among those with Medicaid or no health insurance. Read more

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12/22/2009 - News

Symptoms of Depression Increase Stroke Risk

The presence of depressive symptoms is a strong risk factor for stroke in men, but not in women, according to research published in the September 2008 issue of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurger Read more

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