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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Doctors test implant to block strokes (AP)

Grace Holland who received an experimental stroke-blocking device called the Watchman is shown in her home in Shelby Township Mich. Thursday Nov. 23 2006.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)AP - At least 120000 Americans a year suffer strokes because of a common irregular heartbeat — one that's on the rise hard to treat and can shoot deadly blood clots straight to the brain. Now doctors are experimenting with a new way to prevent those brain attacks: a tiny device that seals off a little section of the jiggling heart where the clots form.


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