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Edwards Lifesciences 1Q profit jumps 34 percent

Shares of heart valve maker Edwards Lifesciences Corp. surged early Thursday after the company said its first-quarter profit grew 34 percent on improving sales, but they sagged as the session continued. Full story

Devices take lead in future heart disease battle

Sophisticated devices and nonsurgical techniques look to be the wave of the future in the battle against heart disease as drugmakers produce fewer new medicines to fight the world's leading cause of death. Full story

Abbott heart device durable after 2 years

Medical device and drug developer Abbott Laboratories said Monday that its MitraClip system used to repair heart valve problems was still durable in patients two years after treatment, according to study data. Full story

Edwards heart valve trial results impress

A heart valve replacement technique developed by Edwards LifeSciences Corp that spares patients open-heart surgery had a slightly lower death rate at one year, outweighing a higher risk of major stroke. Full story

All eyes on new heart valve at medical meeting

A potential breakthrough heart valve from Edwards Lifesciences Corp that can spare patients from chest-cracking, open heart surgery will take center stage at one of the year's most important heart meetings this weekend. Full story

Charles Schwab has heart valve replacement surgery

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Charles Schwab, the chairman and founder of Charles Schwab Corp <SCHW.N>, has undergone successful heart valve replacement surgery, the largest U.S. discount brokerage said on Monday. Full story

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  Walters to undergo heart surgery

Barbara Walters says she will have surgery later this week to replace a faulty heart valve. Msnbc's Contessa Brewer reports.

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