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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 [...]


Some Breast Cancer Patients May Get Drug-Linked Heart Failure: Study

June 3, 2014

TUESDAY, June 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More than one in 10 older breast cancer patients treated with certain chemotherapy drugs develop heart failure, but many don’t get proper treatment for their heart condition, a new study suggests.
“The majority of older women who develop heart problems after their breast cancer therapy aren’t treated by a [...]


COPD Patients Face Greater Risk of Heart Failure, Study Says

May 21, 2014

WEDNESDAY, May 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People with the lung condition known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a significantly increased risk of developing heart failure, and the risk is highest among black patients, according to a new study.
Researchers analyzed more than 386 million hospital patient discharge records in the United States from [...]


Sleeping Pill Use Tied to Poorer Survival for Heart Failure Patients

May 17, 2014

SATURDAY, May 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study suggests that the use of sleeping pills greatly increases the risk of serious heart problems and death in people with heart failure.
“Sleeping problems are a frequent side effect of heart failure and it is common for patients to be prescribed sleeping pills when they are [...]


Early Menopause Linked to Heart Failure Risk in Swedish Study

May 14, 2014

WEDNESDAY, May 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Early menopause may increase a woman’s risk for heart failure later in life, especially if she is a smoker, a new study suggests.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 22,000 older women in Sweden. Those who experienced early menopause (ages 40 to 45) were 40 percent more likely to [...]


Heart Failure Drug Might Help Reduce Hospitalizations

April 9, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A drug often used to treat heart failure patients does little to lower cardiac arrest or death risk among people with a common form of the disease. But it does help reduce hospitalizations, a new study finds.
The study looked at heart failure patients whose hearts were still contracting [...]



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