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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 […]

Easing Depression May Boost Heart Health, Study Finds

March 5, 2015

THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new study finds that treating depression with antidepressants may have an added bonus: reducing heart risks.
“Screening and treatment of depressive symptoms should be a high priority” in heart patients, lead author Heidi May, a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, […]

Healthy Living in Middle Age Keeps Heart Failure at Bay Decades Later

March 5, 2015

THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Are you in your mid-40s and slim, without high blood pressure or diabetes? If so, you may already be winning the war against heart failure in your senior years, new research suggests.
The study, led by cardiologist Dr. Faraz Ahmad of Northwestern University in Chicago, found that being free […]

Common Drug for Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Worse Outcomes

March 4, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Patients who take the heart rhythm drug digoxin may face a nearly 30 percent greater risk of death than patients not taking the drug, a review of prior research suggests.
The analysis also suggests that digoxin may increase the risk for death by 60 to 70 […]

Fried Foods Tied to Raised Heart Failure Risk

March 3, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The more fried food you eat, the greater your risk for heart failure, a new study says.
“This study suggests that it might be wise to reduce the frequency and quantity of fried foods consumed weekly in order to prevent heart failure and other chronic conditions,” […]

Heart Failure Patients Who Struggle With Daily Tasks at Greatest Risk

February 25, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Heart failure patients who struggle to perform daily tasks are at increased risk for hospitalization and death, a new study shows.
The study included more than 1,100 people with heart failure, average age 75, who were classified as having either minimal, moderate or severe difficulty with activities such as […]

Effectiveness of Implanted Defibrillators May Depend on Patient’s Age

February 10, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) prolong survival among heart patients who face a high risk for sudden cardiac death, a new review of research indicates.
But, ICDs may not benefit all patients to the same degree, as their effectiveness seems to diminish somewhat with the advancing age of […]


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