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 […]

Gene Therapy Shows Early Promise Against Heart Failure

March 30, 2016

WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) — There might be good news for millions of Americans who suffer from heart failure: A trial using gene therapy appears to have boosted patients’ cardiac function.
“This type of an intervention would be the ultimate method to reconstruct damaged heart tissue so that it can be mechanically functional again,” […]

Study Asks, What Is a ‘Good Death’?

March 30, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) — At the end of their lives, most people want peace, as little pain as possible, and some control over how they die, a new research review finds.
Researchers said the study gives some sense of how people typically define a “good death.”
For those facing a terminal […]

U.S. Heart Disease Deaths Shifting South

March 21, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, March 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Fewer Americans are dying from heart disease compared with 40 years ago, but not all parts of the country are showing the same downward trend, a new federal government study finds.
Researchers say the nation’s heart-disease hotbeds have largely migrated south. In the 1970s, U.S. counties […]

VA Hospital Care Improving, Study Suggests

February 9, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Veterans Affairs hospitals seem to do just as well as other U.S. hospitals when it comes to treating older men with heart disease or pneumonia, a new study suggests.
The findings, published online Feb. 9 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, were called “reassuring” […]

Treatment for ‘Weak Heart’ in Dogs Shows Promise

January 17, 2016

SUNDAY, Jan. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say they’ve developed an experimental treatment for a serious heart condition in dogs that might one day benefit people.
Dogs and humans have similar cardiovascular systems and both can develop dilated cardiomyopathy, also known as “weak heart,” according to researchers from the University of Washington and the University […]


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