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Big study casts doubt on need for many heart procedures

New York, Nov 18 – People with severe but stable heart disease from clogged arteries may have less chest pain if they get a procedure to improve blood flow rather than just giving medicines a chance to help, but it won’t cut their risk of having a heart attack or dying over the following few years, a big federally funded ... Read More »

Daily ‘polypill’ reduces heart disease, stroke

A cheap, once-a-day pill combining aspirin with drugs that lower blood pressure and cholesterol cuts the risk of major heart failure and stroke by a third, researchers yesterday. In clinical trials, the so-called “polypill” was especially effective among people with no history of cardiovascular disease, reducing the number of severe events by 40 percent, they reported in The Lancet, a ... Read More »

Which heart patients need stents?

Nearly every day for the past month Roxana Mehran, an interventional cardiologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, and her colleagues have been getting calls from patients wondering if their stents were really necessary. Yes, the doctor assures them, they were prime candidates to receive a stent, a small device used to prop open clogged arteries in patients ... Read More »