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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 [...]

Processed Meat Like Hot Dogs and Salami May Raise Heart Failure Risk

June 16, 2014

Hey, guys, listen up: Steaks may be a safer bet heart-wise than hot dogs and salami, a new study suggests.

Many With Heart Failure Aren’t Told About End-of-Life Care: Study

June 4, 2014

WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Health-care providers are often hesitant to discuss end-of-life care with their heart failure patients, new research reveals.
For the study, researchers surveyed 50 doctors and 45 nurse practitioners or physician assistants at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and the Mayo Clinic Health System. The investigators found that [...]

Implanted Defibrillators May Help Patients With Moderate Heart Failure

June 3, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People with moderate heart failure may live longer with an implanted defibrillator, researchers report.
A normal heart’s pumping ability — called ejection fraction — is 50 percent to 70 percent. An ejection fraction below 50 percent signals the possible beginnings of heart failure, according to the [...]


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