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Many Americans Ill-Informed About Heart Failure: Survey

June 16, 2015

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Large gaps exist in Americans’ knowledge about heart failure, even though nearly 6 million people nationwide have it, a new survey finds.
Nearly half of the more than 1,600 survey participants did not know basic facts about heart failure. And two-thirds confused signs of heart failure with signs of […]

The Heart Test Every Endurance Athlete Should Know About

June 3, 2015

Endurance athletes should be tested for potentially deadly heart rhythm problems when they are exercising rather than resting, and the tests should include the right ventricle as well as the left ventricle, a new study says.

Depression Linked to Death of Many Heart Failure Patients

May 23, 2015

SATURDAY, May 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Depression significantly increases the risk of death in heart failure patients, a new study finds.
Heart failure patients with moderate to severe depression had a five times higher risk of death than those with no or mild depression, researchers found.
“We know that depression is common in heart failure and […]

Early Menopause Tied to Lower Risk of Irregular Heartbeat

May 15, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who go through menopause at a relatively young age may have a slightly lower risk of developing a common heart rhythm disturbance, new research suggests.
The study, of nearly 18,000 middle-aged and older U.S. women, found that those who’d gone through menopause before age 44 […]

Heart Drug Digoxin May Not Be Best for Some Heart Patients

May 5, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Taking the heart drug digoxin may increase the risk of premature death in patients with an irregular heartbeat and in those suffering from heart failure, German researchers report.
In the review of published studies on the subject, patients treated with digoxin had a 21 percent […]

Diabetes Study Suggests a Little Extra Weight Tied to Longer Survival

May 4, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A controversial new study suggests that some extra weight may be linked to a longer life for people with type 2 diabetes.
Compared to underweight or normal-weight people with type 2 diabetes, those who were overweight but not obese were less likely to die over the […]

Heart Failure Implant Tied to Weakening of Thinking, Memory

April 30, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A mechanical device that restores a failing heart’s ability to pump blood might contribute to a decline in memory and thinking in some patients, a new study reports.
Left ventricular assist devices are surgically implanted in patients with advanced heart failure who are awaiting a heart […]

Depression Tied to Worse Outcomes for Black Patients With Heart Failure

April 22, 2015

WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Depression seems to increase the risk of hospitalization and death in black heart failure patients, a new study finds.
Researchers assessed depression symptoms — such as difficulty with concentration, a lack of energy and feelings of hopelessness or helplessness — in nearly 750 black patients with heart failure. About […]

A Grateful Heart May Be a Healthy Heart

April 13, 2015

MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Being thankful for the good things in life may benefit heart failure patients, a new study suggests.
The research included almost 200 heart failure patients who didn’t yet have any symptoms, such as shortness of breath or fatigue. Halting the disease progression at this point — known as stage […]

Procedure May Beat Drug in Patients With Heart Failure, Irregular Heartbeat

March 16, 2015

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Patients with heart failure can sometimes also develop the dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, which can raise their odds for stroke.
Now, a study to be presented Monday in San Diego at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) examines the best way to […]


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