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Valproate reduces risk of heart attacks in epileptics

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The increased risk of heart attack brought on by epilepsy can be reduced with valproates but they raise the risk of death by other means, according to a study.

Danish scientists at the Gentofte University Hospital in Hellerup examined more than 150,000 patients and found that the risk of myocardial infarction was consistently lessened by valproates, but all-case deaths more than doubled.

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