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The Claudication: Exercise
Revascularization (CLEVER) trial is comparing
the effectiveness, safety, cost, and overall economic impact of
four strategies for treating leg pain that occurs with walking
(claudication): home exercise plus drug therapy, supervised
exercise therapy plus drug therapy, placement of an
artery-opening stent, and stent placement plus exercise. The
trial is being conducted at 30 hospitals across the country.
You can learn more about the trial from
ClinicalTrials.gov or the CLEVER Study Web site. If you are
interested in participating in CLEVER, talk with your doctor or
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Carefully following the discharge instructions after a heart
attack, including participating in a cardiac rehabilitation
program, provides a much better chance of a full recovery and
preventing another attack.
Two new medications have been approved by the Food and Drug
Administration, one for people with atrial fibrillation and one
that works to fight the formation of clots.
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a certain size. A newer, less invasive procedure can correct the
problem with less risk than open surgery.
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of eventual survival by reducing the extent of damage caused by
lack of oxygen to the brain when the heart stops.
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peripheral artery disease.
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