A new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade. Doctors say that a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug cut the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent.
The drug, made by Switzerland-based Novartis, does not have a name yet and is just called LCZ696. If it wins federal approval, doctors say it could quickly change care for more than half of the 6 million Americans and 24 million people worldwide with heart failure.
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The study involved nearly 8,500 people and was stopped early once independent monitors saw the Novartis drug was better.
Results were discussed Saturday at a cardiology conference in Barcelona and published by the New England Journal of Medicine.