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Adults With Heart Defects May Face Higher Risk of Stroke: Study

November 24, 2015

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Adults who were born with heart defects are at increased risk for stroke, a new study finds.
“We knew there was a connection between heart failure and stroke in patients with heart defects, but we were surprised to discover it was the strongest predictor,” said senior study author Dr. […]

Exercise Can Reduce Heart Failure Risk, No Matter Your Age

November 20, 2015

FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Starting to exercise later in life can still reduce your risk of heart failure, and even modest increases in activity could provide some protection, researchers say.
“Our findings suggest that when it comes to exercise and heart failure, the better-later-than-never axiom rings particularly true, and that even small boosts […]

Gel Injections May Help Heart Failure Patients

November 19, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Heart failure patients who had beads of gel injected into their beating hearts continue to show improvement in their health a year after undergoing the procedure, researchers report.
About 85 percent of patients who received the gel implants displayed only slight or no limitations in […]

Why Heart Failure Patients Often Get Too Little Exercise

November 17, 2015

TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A number of obstacles prevent heart failure patients from getting enough exercise, a new study has found.
Supervised aerobic workouts benefit people with heart failure. But a lack of social support and barriers — such as child care — means that many patients don’t get the recommended amount of […]

New Medicare Rules Triple Heart Failure Patients’ Access to Cardiac Rehab

November 11, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Newly expanded Medicare and Medicaid coverage for cardiac rehabilitation has tripled the number of heart failure patients with access to these lifesaving programs, a new study has found.
But coverage could stand to be even further expanded, the researchers concluded.
“There are a lot of new patients […]

Why Too Much Alcohol Can Hurt Your Heart

November 10, 2015

Heavy drinking may dramatically increase a person’s risk of heart failure, even if they’re young and healthy, a new study suggests.

Sweetened Drinks Might Raise Men’s Risk for Heart Failure

November 2, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who regularly consume sodas or sweetened fruit drinks may have a higher risk for heart failure, researchers report.
In the study, Swedish men who drank two or more servings of sweetened beverages a day had a 23 percent higher risk of suffering heart failure, said […]

New Advisory Says Some Athletes With Heart Conditions OK to Play

November 2, 2015

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Some people with a potentially deadly type of irregular heartbeat may be able to play competitive sports, new guidelines say.
The scientific statement from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology pointed out that recent research indicates the risk of sudden cardiac arrest is lower than […]

Sleep Apnea May Raise Women’s Heart Risk, But Not Men’s

October 14, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The nighttime breathing disturbance known as sleep apnea can boost a woman’s risk for heart problems and even death, but there was no such effect for men, a new study finds.
The finding “highlights the importance of sleep apnea screening and treatment for women, a group who often are […]

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. […]


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