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New heart drug a "game changer"

A new drug for patients with chronic heart failure is supposed to help patients live longer and reduce the death rate.

 

It could reduce the death rate by 15% by reducing strain on the heart and promoting the ability for the heart muscle to recover.

 

"I think what we tell people is that we've participated in the research here. We know what the drug is, we understand it. We know that it was very well-tolerated, perhaps even better than what most patients are already taking now and we'll work hard to get it to patients as soon as possible,” says Dr. Randall Starling of the Cleveland Clinic.

 

There is no time-table for when the medication will become available or how much it will cost, however it is providing hope for patients with heart failure.

 

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