Heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure, is a condition in which the heart muscle struggles to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. Heart failure symptoms can include shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue, and fluid accumulation in the limbs and lungs (or no symptoms at all). Most of the time, heart failure is a long-term condition in which the heart becomes weaker and larger over time. The good news is that many medications and lifestyle changessuch as shedding pounds if you’re overweight or cutting back on saltcan slow down heart failure.
Heart Failure News
MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Being thankful for the good things in life may benefit heart failure patients, a new study suggests. The research included almost 200 heart failure patients who didn’t yet have any symptoms, such as shortness of breath or fatigue. Halting the disease progression at this point — known as stage [...]
MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Patients with heart failure can sometimes also develop the dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, which can raise their odds for stroke. Now, a study to be presented Monday in San Diego at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) examines the best way to [...]
THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new study finds that treating depression with antidepressants may have an added bonus: reducing heart risks. “Screening and treatment of depressive symptoms should be a high priority” in heart patients, lead author Heidi May, a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, [...]
THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Are you in your mid-40s and slim, without high blood pressure or diabetes? If so, you may already be winning the war against heart failure in your senior years, new research suggests. The study, led by cardiologist Dr. Faraz Ahmad of Northwestern University in Chicago, found that being free [...]
By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Patients who take the heart rhythm drug digoxin may face a nearly 30 percent greater risk of death than patients not taking the drug, a review of prior research suggests. The analysis also suggests that digoxin may increase the risk for death by 60 to 70 [...]