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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. […]

FDA Approves New Drug for Heart Failure

July 9, 2015

THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first in a new class of drugs that show promise for combating heart failure.
The approval of Entresto (sacubitril/varsatan) was sped up after a clinical trial found it significantly reduced the rate of death and hospitalization due to heart failure […]

Keeping Fit May Halve Seniors’ Heart Failure Risk

July 6, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In more good news for those who don’t let aging keep them from practicing healthy habits, a new study finds the fittest seniors are half as likely as others to suffer from heart failure.
“Older adults can make simple changes to reduce their heart failure risk, […]

Many Americans Ill-Informed About Heart Failure: Survey

June 16, 2015

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Large gaps exist in Americans’ knowledge about heart failure, even though nearly 6 million people nationwide have it, a new survey finds.
Nearly half of the more than 1,600 survey participants did not know basic facts about heart failure. And two-thirds confused signs of heart failure with signs of […]

The Heart Test Every Endurance Athlete Should Know About

June 3, 2015

Endurance athletes should be tested for potentially deadly heart rhythm problems when they are exercising rather than resting, and the tests should include the right ventricle as well as the left ventricle, a new study says.


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