Message for Heart Failure Patients: Exercise

May 26, 2016

THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Physical activity may help extend survival for patients with heart failure, a new review suggests.
“Patients with heart failure should not be scared of exercise damaging them or killing them,” said principal investigator Rod Taylor, director of the Exeter Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Exeter Medical School, […]

After Heart Attack, New Threat: Heart Failure

May 24, 2016

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Risk of heart failure appears high within a few years of a first heart attack, a new study finds.
“Heart failure is a major medical problem with a high chance of hospitalization and death,” said study author Dr. Johannes Gho, a cardiology resident at the University Medical Center Utrecht […]

Updated Heart Failure Treatment Guidelines Issued

May 20, 2016

FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — An updated guideline adds two new types of drugs to the list of treatment options for heart failure.
In people with the condition, the heart can’t pump enough blood throughout the body.
The two new treatments in the updated guidelines are an angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitor (valsartan/sacubitril), sold as Entresto, and […]

More Support for Aggressive Blood Pressure Treatment for Elderly

May 14, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
SATURDAY, May 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) — People who get their high blood pressure down to normal levels may substantially cut their risk of heart disease — even if they’re elderly or have already had heart problems, new research suggests.
The study results, from a major clinical trial called SPRINT (Systolic Blood Pressure […]

Heart Failure Risk Seems to Rise in Winter

May 6, 2016

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) — When there’s a real chill in the air, your risk of being hospitalized for heart failure rises, a new study suggests.
Cold weather also seems to boost the risk of hospitalization for both heart failure and atrial fibrillation, a condition characterized by an irregular heart rhythm.
“In […]

Race May Influence Risk for Irregular Heart Beat

May 5, 2016

THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — There’s a strong link between the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation and race, a new study says.
Whites with heart failure are much more likely to have atrial fibrillation (AF) than blacks or Hispanics with heart failure, the study authors said.
Heart failure is a common risk factor for […]

FDA: 2 Diabetes Drugs May Be Linked to Heart Failure Risk

April 5, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Diabetes drugs containing saxagliptin and alogliptin may raise the risk of heart failure, particularly in patients with heart or kidney disease, U.S. health officials warned Tuesday.
Drugs containing these ingredients are Onglyza (saxagliptin), Kombiglyze XR (saxagliptin and metformin extended release), Nesina (alogliptin), Kazano (alogliptin and […]

Hispanics More Likely to Have Heart Pumping Problems, Study Says

April 5, 2016

TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Hispanics have higher rates of heart pumping problems than other Americans, yet many don’t know they have a disorder that can lead to heart failure, a new study finds.
The research included more than 1,800 Hispanic people. They were between 45 and 74 years old. They lived in New […]

Vitamin D Boosts Heart Function in Study

April 4, 2016

MONDAY, April 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Regular doses of vitamin D3 may improve heart function in heart failure patients, a new British study suggests.
“These findings could make a significant difference to the care of heart failure patients,” said study leader Dr. Klaus Witte, from the University of Leeds School of Medicine. “It is the […]

Stem Cell Therapy Shows Promise Against Heart Failure

April 4, 2016

MONDAY, April 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Stem cell therapy shows promise for people battling heart failure, a new study finds.
The clinical trial found that end-stage heart failure patients treated with stem cells harvested from their own bone marrow had 37 percent fewer cardiac events than those who received a “dummy” placebo.
“For the last 15 […]


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