Heart Drug Clears Up 'Strawberry' Birthmarks

February 18, 2015 10:00 PM

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The heart drug propranolol (Inderal) appears to be effective in treating "strawberry" birthmarks known as infantile hemangiomas, a new study finds.

About 3 to 10 percent of infants develop an infantile hemangioma, the researchers say. These red, rubbery-looking growths are caused by the abnormal buildup of blood vessels. Although harmless, they can cause physical and psychological harm, depending on their location.

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