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Heart Failure

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 changes—such as shedding pounds if you’re overweight or cutting back on salt—can slow down heart failure.

Heart Failure News

  • Diabetics Face Much Greater Risk of Heart Damage, Study Says

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Using a new ultra-sensitive test, Johns Hopkins researchers found that people with diabetes may have a sixfold higher risk of heart failure even if their cholesterol is low and they appear otherwise healthy. Results of the new study suggest that people with diabetes and pre-diabetes [...]

  • Daily Exercise May Halve Risk for Heart Failure, Study Says

    By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Daily exercise may significantly reduce the risk of heart failure, according to new research. Heart failure, a common, disabling condition in older adults, was nearly half as likely in those who got an hour of moderate exercise or a half hour of vigorous exercise every day, [...]

  • Drug Gives ‘New Hope’ Against Heart Failure, Expert Says

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Aug. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — In a head-to-head comparison, an experimental drug was more effective than standard treatment at preventing deaths and hospitalizations in heart failure patients. According to the study authors, the trial was stopped early because of the marked benefit of the new drug, dubbed LCZ696. In the trial, [...]

  • Heart Failure Patients Wind Up in ER Too Often: Study

    MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many acute heart failure patients make repeated visits to emergency departments, which suggests they need better outpatient care, researchers report. Improved care would lead to lower health care costs, the researchers added. They looked at more than 113,000 adult patients in California and Florida who made at least one emergency [...]

  • Pigs’ Hearts Beat for a Year in Baboons’ Abdomens

    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 [...]

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