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nightsurfer on 2009-12-19"Study highlights:
* Ginkgo biloba doesn’t prevent cardiovascular death, heart attacks or strokes, and should not be recommended as a way to prevent them.
* Further research should explore its potential benefit to people with peripheral vascular disease.
DALLAS, Nov. 24, 2009 — Ginkgo biloba didn’t prevent cardiovascular death or major events such as heart attack and stroke in people age 75 and older, but the herb may affect peripheral vascular disease, according to research reported in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a journal of the American Heart Association.
“Surprisingly, Ginkgo was associated with a reduction in peripheral artery disease, but the number of patients was small. The difference was statistically significant,” said Lewis H. Kuller, M.D., Dr.P.H., first author of the study and distinguished university professor of public health and professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh.
Gingko biloba contains a class of nutrients — flavonoids — found in fruits, vegetables, dark chocolate and red wine, which are believed to offer some protection against cardiovascular events. "