The Heart Beat

Research scientists from around the world gathered in Anaheim, Calif., last week for the annual meeting of the American Heart Association. Some highlights:

STATINS WORK Already 25 million people worldwide take so-called statin drugs to lower their cholesterol. The largest statin study ever conducted shows that one of them--a drug called Zocor--lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke one-third in high-risk patients (for example, people with diabetes). The big surprise: the drugs worked even when cholesterol levels were normal. The same study looked at whether the antioxidant vitamins C, E and beta-carotene have a similarly beneficial effect. The answer is...

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