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VA Hospital Care Improving, Study Suggests

February 9, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Veterans Affairs hospitals seem to do just as well as other U.S. hospitals when it comes to treating older men with heart disease or pneumonia, a new study suggests.
The findings, published online Feb. 9 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, were called “reassuring” […]


Treatment for ‘Weak Heart’ in Dogs Shows Promise

January 17, 2016

SUNDAY, Jan. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say they’ve developed an experimental treatment for a serious heart condition in dogs that might one day benefit people.
Dogs and humans have similar cardiovascular systems and both can develop dilated cardiomyopathy, also known as “weak heart,” according to researchers from the University of Washington and the University […]


Implanted Defibrillators Help Women as Much as Men: Study

January 12, 2016

TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Among people with heart failure, implanted defibrillators benefit women as much as men, a new study finds.
Previous research has shown that implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) help heart failure patients live longer. And current guidelines recommend that doctors consider adding the devices to standard treatment for all heart failure […]


Diet and Exercise Benefit People With Heart Failure

January 5, 2016

TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Lifestyle changes that include a healthy diet and regular exercise appear to improve heart function and exercise capacity in people with a particular form of heart failure, a new study reports.
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF) is a form of heart failure that’s on the rise. […]


Reducing Salt Intake Might Harm Heart Failure Patients, Study Claims

December 28, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — For decades, doctors have urged heart failure patients to slash their salt intake as a way to preserve their health.
But a new study suggests — but doesn’t prove — that that advice may be harmful, potentially increasing a heart failure patient’s risk of death or […]


All High-Risk Patients Should Get Blood Pressure Meds: Study

December 24, 2015

THURSDAY, Dec. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People known to be at high risk for a heart attack or stroke should be given blood pressure-lowering medications no matter their blood pressure level, new research suggests.
Current protocols recommend starting medication when readings reach specific levels. The threshold used to be 130/85 mm Hg. But it was […]


Healthy Habits Help Reduce Risk of Heart Failure, Study Finds

December 22, 2015

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Following seven healthy habits might reduce your risk of heart failure, a new study says.
“Even though there is awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, many people don’t act on those messages,” said senior study author Vanessa Xanthakis, an assistant professor of medicine and biostatistics at Boston […]


Common Heart Failure Drugs May Harm More Than Help

December 9, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Nitrates are commonly prescribed for heart failure patients, but a new study finds they don’t improve quality of life or everyday activity levels as intended.
The drugs are prescribed to relieve chest pain so patients whose hearts still contract normally might feel comfortable enough to increase […]


Drugs May Protect the Heart During Chemotherapy

December 9, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Two kinds of medications can prevent heart damage in breast cancer patients as they undergo chemotherapy, a new study suggests.
Chemotherapy improves survival among women with early-stage breast cancer, but can dramatically increase their risk of heart failure, the researchers explained.
This five-year study of 100 early-stage breast cancer patients […]


New Drug May Help Fight Heart Failure

December 2, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Millions of aging Americans suffer from heart failure, and there are still too few options to treat them. Now, research suggests that a new medication called Entresto might help these patients live longer.
The study did not involve a clinical trial. Instead, researchers analyzed data from nearly 8,400 heart […]



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