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Friday, October 22, 2010

Look Out Coumadin, Something Better is Finally Here

 Late Tuesday, Boehringer Ingelheim announced that the US FDA has approved dabigatran (Pradaxa) for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with atrial fibrillation.
The drug will be available in two doses: 150 mg twice daily and, for a small subset with severe renal impairment, 75 mg twice daily. Debates about the approved dosing have already begun

"Unlike warfarin, which requires patients to undergo periodic monitoring with blood tests, such monitoring is not necessary for Pradaxa," the director of the FDA's Division of Cardiovascular and Renal Products said in an FDA news release.

The drug, a direct thrombin inhibitor, will come with a medication guide to warn patients of the potential for serious bleeding. Other side effects include gastrointestinal symptoms.

No more INR checks! No more alternating dosages. One pill, one dose, no monitoring. Management of atrial fibrillation in this country is about to change.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Amazing New Technology for End-Stage Heart Failure

Please look for the link to this amazing and informative article about the newest therapies for patients with end-stage heart failure. Unfortunately, this is not only a disease of the elderly. The Heartmate II left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is an amazing implantable heart pump that can allow patients to resume many of their normal activities. This latest heart failure therapy is now used by our group in rare patients at Morristown Memorial Hospital.

Click here to read more

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Healthy Recipes

An excellent source of heart healthy recipes and information on food in general is the Wegmans Food Stores website at I have tried many of these recipes and they are almost always excellent and easy to prepare.