3 Heart Disease Focused Stocks To Buy Ahead Of World Heart Day

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Novartis AG (NVS - Free Report) : Although Swiss drugmaker, Novartis, has been in the news lately for gaining approval for the first CAR-T cell treatment in the United States, the company is also a key player in the heart failure segment – the Zacks Rank #2 stock has an approved drug in the form of Entresto for the treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. Heart failure, a debilitating and life-threatening condition, is estimated to affect more than 60 million people across the world. About 50% of heart failure patients suffer from reduced ejection fraction. Novartis is working on generating more data on Entresto and heart failure through more than 40 active or planned studies. Novartis also has a good earnings track record with earnings surpassing expectations in each of the last four quarters.

Shares of this Zacks Rank #2 stock are up 18.4% year to date compared to the industry’s rally of 16.7%.

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In addition to the above three stocks, there are several other companies involved in this therapeutic area including companies like Merck (MRK - Free Report) , Novo Nordisk (NVO - Free Report) and Eli Lilly (LLY - Free Report) among others. These companies are key players in the diabetes market - according to information provided by the American Heart Association, adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease than adults without diabetes. While Merck and Lilly are both Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stocks, Novo Nordisk is a Zacks Rank #2 stock.  

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