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Excess Weight Helps Women With Heart Failure, Hurts Men: Study

October 7, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Overweight and mildly obese women with heart failure may live significantly longer than similarly heavy men with the progressive disease, a new study suggests.
These heavier women may also outlive normal-weight females with heart failure by as much as 16 percent, said lead researcher Dr. […]

Move More to Prevent Heart Failure

October 5, 2015

MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to preventing heart failure, the more exercise, the better.
How much more? A new study suggests maybe as much as two to four times the U.S. minimum recommended levels of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week.
The researchers reviewed 12 studies from the United States […]

Study: Lowering Beta-Blocker Dose May Boost Survival After Heart Attack

September 21, 2015

MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People treated with low-dose beta blockers after a heart attack may fare better than those given the standard dose of this commonly prescribed medication, a new study suggests.
Heart attack patients given just one-fourth of the dosage used in clinical trials lived just as long as patients on […]

The Surprising Benefits of Tai Chi for People With Chronic Health Problems

September 18, 2015

The slow, fluid movements of tai chi — an ancient Chinese exercise — appear to help older adults with chronic conditions improve their physical function, a new review suggests.

Only 1 in 10 With Heart Failure Sent to Rehab Programs

August 19, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Cardiac rehabilitation programs offer many benefits to heart failure patients, but only one in 10 are referred to such programs, a new study reveals.
There is strong evidence that cardiac rehabilitation therapy improves heart failure patients’ quality of life and reduces their risk of hospitalization, the researchers noted. The […]

Blood Chemical Test May Predict Risk of Heart Disease Death

August 12, 2015

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Higher-than-normal levels of a certain blood chemical may place some patients at significantly greater risk of dying from heart disease, new research indicates.
Scientists found that nearly one out of three people with diabetes and stable angina — a condition causing chest pain — who also […]

Moderate Exercise May Reduce Men’s Heart Failure Risk

August 12, 2015

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Men who get regular, moderate exercise, such as walking or cycling 20 minutes daily, seem to have a lower risk of heart failure than inactive men or those who have higher levels of activity, according to new research.
The researchers found that those who exercised by […]

New Stem Cell Tactic Shows Promise for Heart Failure

July 30, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new method for delivering stem cells to damaged heart muscle has shown early promise in treating severe heart failure, researchers report.
In a preliminary study, they found the tactic was safe and feasible for the 48 heart failure patients they treated. And after a year, […]

Big Swings in Blood Pressure Could Spell Trouble

July 27, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Wide blood pressure fluctuations may signal an increased risk of heart disease and early death, researchers say.
The large study of people taking blood pressure medication found that variations of more than 14 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure readings between doctor visits was linked to […]

New Drug May Help Diabetic Kidney Disease Patients

July 14, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new drug decreases dangerously high levels of potassium in people with diabetes-related kidney disease, a new study finds.
Potassium is necessary for the heart, kidneys and other organs to work normally, but damage to the kidneys can cause potassium levels to increase to dangerous levels. […]


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