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Newer Blood Thinner Beats Plavix for Bypass Patients
Date:3/16/2010

erved to raise potassium levels and cause low blood pressure.

"Morbidity and mortality remain high in patients following heart attack, with a substantial number of patients subsequently developing heart failure," Dr. Scott D. Solomon, director of noninvasive cardiology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston and lead researcher, said in a statement.

"We hoped that this study would generate the information needed to plan a major morbidity and mortality trial. However, our results show that the addition of aliskiren to standard therapy in high-risk post-MI patients does not affect left ventricular size or function. These findings suggest the need for caution when treating post-heart attack patients," he added.

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SOURCES: March 16, 2010, teleconference with: Claes Held, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of cardiology, Uppsala Clinical Research Center and Department of Cardiology, Uppsala University, Sweden; presentation, March 16, 2010, American College of Cardiology's annual meeting, Atlanta


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