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Patients should talk to doctors before changing dosage on anti-clotting drug

A recent report questions whether more could be done to prevent side-effects and improve effectiveness of the anti-clotting drug dabigitran, but medical experts urge people to continue taking the medication as prescribed unless their physician says otherwise. The drug, sold …

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Questions raised about managing dabigatran’s risks

Q. What did the British Medical Journal article say about dabigatran/Pradaxa and its manufacturer? The journal released a report questioning whether drugmaker Boehringer-Ingelheim fully disclosed all it knew about

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Study backs guidelines: People with hypertension should get top number below 140

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine confirms what treatment guidelines currently recommend -- people with high blood pressure should get their top number below 140. Getting that top

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Chief Science Officer ‘sets record straight’ about diet, science, AHA

At the American Heart Association, everything we do is based on science. Simply put, we examine the evidence that comes from scientific studies and use it to provide

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Lowering blood pressure requires more than one ‘miracle’ food

Faster than a speeding blender. Able to lower blood pressure with a single smoothie. Look! Up in the farmers market. It’s kale. It’s beetroot. It’s superfood! Not exactly. The news has

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Risk assessment calculator accurately predicts heart attacks, strokes

The 10-year heart attack and stroke risk assessment calculator  published by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology accurately predicts risk and does a good job

Antman discusses trials on bariatric surgery and diabetes; aspirin and non-cardiac surgery

American Heart Association President-elect Elliott Antman, M.D., professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, discusses two trials presented during the American College of Cardiology

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Strokes in atrial fibrillation patients on the rise, despite improved treatments

Improved treatment of a common abnormal heart rhythm has not led to fewer related strokes, according to a study being presented Sunday at the American College of Cardiology’s

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About 12.8 million more adults eligible for discussions with their physicians to determine if statins are appropriate treatment

About 12.8 million more adults would be eligible for statin drugs under new guidelines designed to help doctors prescribe the cholesterol-lowering therapies, which should lead to risk discussions

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Massachusetts to screen all newborns for congenital heart defects

Massachusetts has joined a growing list of states that have passed legislation requiring that all newborns be screened for congenital heart defects using pulse oximetry. Gov. Deval Patrick signed