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Two Clot-Prevention Medications Are Easily Confused

Do you know the difference between anticoagulants and antiplatelet agents? It’s easy to get them confused. “Both increase the risk of bleeding, but in different ways,” says Cleveland Clinic vascular medicine specialist Deborah Hornacek, MD. If you take one of these drugs, you should know which class it is and why it was prescribed for […]
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Marijuana Not Showing Benefit for Treating Heart Disease

Marijuana, a drug derived from the cannabis plant, has come out of hiding. Recreational marijuana is legal in a growing number of states. Medical marijuana, which lacks the compound that creates euphoria, is sold over-the-counter in many more. You can find formulations to be swallowed, eaten, absorbed under the tongue or rectally, vaporized or smoked. […]
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Landmark Study Finds No Benefit in High-Dose Fish Oil

A diet high in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—two omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, herring and other fatty fishes—is associated with a lower risk of fatal and nonfatal heart attack. But a recent study found that prescription supplements containing high doses of EPA and DHA had absolutely no effect on any cardiovascular […]
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Heart Beat: January 2021

New Drug Shows Significant Benefit in Heart Failure Most patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) take multiple medications to help their heart pump more forcefully and slow the inevitable decline in their condition. In clinical trials, a novel drug called vericiguat has been shown to provide additional benefit to HFrEF patients already […]
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Bounce Back After Your Heart Attack

Pandemics, politics, paychecks…what a year this has been! No wonder so many of us are looking forward to the December holidays, when we can find comfort in meaningful religious and family traditions and be uplifted by flickering candles and twinkling lights. But the end of the year also holds a dark secret: Every year the […]
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Old Drug May Have New Role in Prevention

Colchicine is a generic drug used to treat gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis affecting the joints, as well as pericarditis, an inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart. The results of two recent clinical trials suggest colchicine also might protect against a second heart attack, stroke, revascularization or death. If these findings are confirmed, […]
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How to Save on Your Prescriptions

The approvals of tafamidis (Vyndamax) and tafamidis meglumine (Vyndaqel) in 2019 were a victory for patients with transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis cardiomyopathy (ATTR-CM). These new agents slow the development of heart failure and reduce the 30-month mortality rate from 43% to 30%. But at $225,000 a year, the drugs may be unaffordable for many. Medicare Part D […]
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Proven Heart-Attack Prevention Regimen for Patients with Angina

If given a choice between taking three medications or undergoing an invasive procedure to prevent a heart attack, most people will choose the medications. It’s a sound decision, since research has shown that medical therapy for coronary disease can be very effective. But here’s the rub: A recent study found that only one-third of patients experiencing […]
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Are You Taking a Drug “Off-Label?”

Pharmaceutical companies spend countless millions conducting clinical trials to prove that a new drug is effective in treating a specific medical condition. When the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approves the drug, it can be marketed only for use in patients with that condition. That’s its “on-label” use. Pharmaceutical companies have exclusive rights to […]
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Rx for a Longer Life

Every day, millions of people with heart disease or its risk factors are prescribed medications designed to make them feel better, improve their heart function and help them live a longer, healthier life. These medications work only if they are taken, and they work best when taken as prescribed. So it’s surprising to learn that […]
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Diuretics: Little Pills With a Big Job

Heart failure often causes the body to retain fluid. When this happens, you may gain several pounds in a day. Your feet and ankles may swell. Your belt may feel tighter. Maybe you become short of breath with daily activities or feel like you’re going to suffocate when you lie down. Some people lose their […]
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New Diabetes Drugs a Boon for Patients with Heart Failure

SGLT2 inhibitors go above and beyond lowering blood sugar to prevent heart failure-related deaths and hospitalizations. By Holly Strawbridge Patients with diabetes have numerous options for drugs to lower their blood sugar (glucose) levels. But a newer class of diabetes medications known as sodium glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors has benefits that far surpass those […]
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