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Could a Drink a Day Lower Your Risk for Heart Failure?

January 19, 2015

MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Having a drink each day might help lower a middle-aged person’s odds for heart failure, a new study reveals.
The investigation suggests that men in their 40s, 50s and 60s who drink as much as seven comparably sized glasses of wine, beer and/or spirits per week will see their […]

Scientists Spot Mutation Behind Genetic Form of Heart Failure

January 14, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Researchers have uncovered a major genetic risk for heart failure — a mutation affecting a key muscle protein that makes the heart less elastic.
The mutation increases a person’s risk of dilated cardiomyopathy. This is a form of heart failure in which the walls of the […]

High Blood Sugar in Heart Failure Patients May Point to Risk of Early Death

January 7, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Checking the blood sugar levels of emergency department patients with heart failure can identify those at risk of diabetes, hospitalization and early death, a new study suggests.
This increased risk was true even if patients had blood sugar (glucose) levels within what is considered normal limits, the researchers said.
“Our […]

When Heart Docs Are Away, Their High-Risk Patients May Fare Better

December 23, 2014

TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — If you are a high-risk heart patient, you might be better off if you are not treated by a cardiologist, new research suggests.
Survival rates among these patients actually improved when cardiologists left town for annual professional meetings, Harvard researchers report.
Sixty percent of patients with cardiac arrest who were […]

Excess Weight May Help Heart Failure Patients, Study Contends

December 22, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obese heart-failure patients appear to live longer than people of normal weight who develop the disabling condition, a new study suggests.
Researchers tracked nearly 1,500 heart failure patients, most of whom were overweight or obese before their diagnosis. They found that 38 percent of obese and […]

Obesity Can Cause ‘Silent’ Damage to Heart

December 5, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Heart damage can occur in obese people without causing symptoms, and take place without other heart risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, a new study says.
The researchers said their findings about this silent heart damage challenge the common belief that the risk of […]

Gel Implant Might Help Fight Heart Failure

November 20, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Injecting beads of gel into the wall of a still-beating heart has the potential to improve the health of patients with severe heart failure, according to a new study.
Heart patients who received the gel implant had improved blood oxygen levels and were able to walk […]

Women With Heart Disease at Low Risk When Giving Birth: Study

November 19, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women with congenital heart disease are at low risk for heart-related complications when they give birth, a new study finds.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 2.7 million women who gave birth in California, including more than 3,200 who had congenital heart disease and 248 with complex congenital heart […]

ER Visits for Common Irregular Heartbeat Are Rising, Study Finds

November 16, 2014

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — There’s been a steep increase in the number of Americans seeking emergency care for the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, a new study finds.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common kind of irregular heartbeat and can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related problems, experts say.
In […]

Scientists Spot How Bacterial Pneumonia Damages the Heart

September 19, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Doctors have known that bacterial pneumonia can raise your risk of heart problems, but new research pinpoints why.
The bacteria actually invade and kill heart cells, increasing the chances of heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms and heart attacks in patients, scientists report.
In mice, monkeys and […]



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