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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.


Depression Linked to Death of Many Heart Failure Patients

May 23, 2015

SATURDAY, May 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Depression significantly increases the risk of death in heart failure patients, a new study finds.
Heart failure patients with moderate to severe depression had a five times higher risk of death than those with no or mild depression, researchers found.
“We know that depression is common in heart failure and […]


Early Menopause Tied to Lower Risk of Irregular Heartbeat

May 15, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who go through menopause at a relatively young age may have a slightly lower risk of developing a common heart rhythm disturbance, new research suggests.
The study, of nearly 18,000 middle-aged and older U.S. women, found that those who’d gone through menopause before age 44 […]


Heart Drug Digoxin May Not Be Best for Some Heart Patients

May 5, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Taking the heart drug digoxin may increase the risk of premature death in patients with an irregular heartbeat and in those suffering from heart failure, German researchers report.
In the review of published studies on the subject, patients treated with digoxin had a 21 percent […]



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