Irregular Heartbeat More Deadly in Blacks: Study

June 22, 2016

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Black Americans with a common heart rhythm disorder are at higher risk than whites for serious heart complications and death, a new study finds.
The disorder, called atrial fibrillation, affects about 1 percent of American adults and more than 5 percent of those 65 and older. Atrial fibrillation can […]

Sleep Apnea Tied to Complications After Angioplasty

June 15, 2016

WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Sleep apnea may increase the risk of serious complications in people who have undergone angioplasty to clear blocked heart arteries, researchers say.
In angioplasty, also called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), blocked heart arteries are re-opened using a thin catheter inserted through the groin or wrist.
The new study included 241 […]

Alcohol Not Always Good for Your Heart, Study Finds

June 15, 2016

“It appears that alcohol is not necessarily all good or all bad for the heart—it’s more complex than that.”

Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease a Dangerous Combo

June 11, 2016

SATURDAY, June 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Prospects for people with type 2 diabetes and heart disease may be grimmer than previously believed, researchers report.
“Type 2 diabetes accompanied by an acute coronary syndrome needs much more attention, especially in order to prevent yet another major cardiac event,” said study leader Dr. William White. He is […]

Flu Shot Helps Heart Failure Patients Avoid Hospital

June 1, 2016

WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Getting a flu shot reduces heart failure patients’ risk of hospitalization, a new study shows.
“Uptake of the flu vaccination in heart failure patients is relatively low, ranging from less than 20 percent in low and middle-income countries to 50 to 70 percent in high income countries like the […]

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 […]


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