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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 […]


Diabetics Face Much Greater Risk of Heart Damage, Study Says

September 11, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Using a new ultra-sensitive test, Johns Hopkins researchers found that people with diabetes may have a sixfold higher risk of heart failure even if their cholesterol is low and they appear otherwise healthy.
Results of the new study suggest that people with diabetes and pre-diabetes […]


Daily Exercise May Halve Risk for Heart Failure, Study Says

September 2, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Daily exercise may significantly reduce the risk of heart failure, according to new research.
Heart failure, a common, disabling condition in older adults, was nearly half as likely in those who got an hour of moderate exercise or a half hour of vigorous exercise every day, […]


Drug Gives ‘New Hope’ Against Heart Failure, Expert Says

August 30, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
SATURDAY, Aug. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — In a head-to-head comparison, an experimental drug was more effective than standard treatment at preventing deaths and hospitalizations in heart failure patients.
According to the study authors, the trial was stopped early because of the marked benefit of the new drug, dubbed LCZ696.
In the trial, […]


Heart Failure Patients Wind Up in ER Too Often: Study

August 25, 2014

MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many acute heart failure patients make repeated visits to emergency departments, which suggests they need better outpatient care, researchers report.
Improved care would lead to lower health care costs, the researchers added.
They looked at more than 113,000 adult patients in California and Florida who made at least one emergency […]


Pigs’ Hearts Beat for a Year in Baboons’ Abdomens

August 20, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Pigs’ hearts transplanted into baboons survived for more than a year, which is twice as long as previously achieved, researchers report.
The work is part of efforts to find ways to use animal organs to shorten transplant waiting lists.
In this study, scientists transplanted hearts from genetically engineered piglets into […]


Potassium Supplements May Help Some Heart Failure Patients

July 16, 2014

WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Potassium supplements might boost the survival of heart failure patients who are already taking diuretic drugs, a new study suggests.
Nearly 5.8 million Americans have heart failure. As doctors explain it, excess fluid can accumulate in the body when the heart isn’t working properly, as happens in people with […]



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