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No clear winner in comparison of two Marfan syndrome drugs
Put to the test, two types of drugs are generally equally matched for treating Marfan syndrome, giving doctors new information for treating the genetic disorder.


Blood test finds early heart damage
A new, highly sensitive blood test shows that people with diabetes may have increasing heart damage, according to a study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.


Anti-clotting med, aspirin reduce heart attacks
Extended use of aspirin plus a second anti-clotting medication reduced the likelihood of blood clots and heart attacks, although it raised the risk of bleeding.


HBP procedure doesn’t live up to early promise
Despite showing early promise, a medical procedure called renal denervation was no better than a sham procedure at reducing high blood pressure, according to a trial published this year.


Bariatric surgery helped, study said
Bariatric surgery improved blood sugar control, reduced the need for medications and improved the quality of life for obese patients with Type 2 diabetes, according to a three-year follow-up study.


Promising drug for heart failure reduces deaths
A new experimental drug could help many people with a certain kind of heart failure live longer, better lives, according to a large research trial.


Future treatment could lower cholesterol for life
A single injection could eliminate a lifetime of high cholesterol, if humans respond to it as dramatically as mice did.


Study finds aspirin doesn’t lower risk
Aspirin is known to help reduce heart attacks in people who have already had one, but a large-scale study in Japan points out the lack of benefits and the risks of daily aspirin for people without heart disease.


Systems speed treatment, benefit stroke patients
Two studies used forward-thinking emergency medical systems and hospitals to shave treatment times and benefit stroke patients. Fast treatment after a stroke can save lives and help survivors avoid long-term disabilities.


New methods lead to new treatments
Two innovative models to study and test how specific genes affect the heart and blood vessels are leading to successful experimental treatments, opening a new frontier in medicine.