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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

  • Heart Failure Drug Might Help Reduce Hospitalizations

    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 [...]

  • The Surprising Link Between Depression and Heart Failure

    Depression may increase the risk of heart failure, a new study suggests.

  • Stem Cells May Rejuvenate Failing Hearts, Study Suggests

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Stem cells injected directly into heart muscle can help patients suffering from severe heart failure by improving an ailing heart’s ability to pump blood, a new Danish trial indicates. Doctors drew stem cells from patients’ own bone marrow, and then injected those cells into portions of [...]

  • Space Travel Alters Shape of Human Heart, Study Reports

    SATURDAY, March 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The hearts of astronauts become more spherical when they spend long stretches of time in space, and this change might lead to heart problems, a new study indicates. The findings advance understanding of how long-term space missions — such as traveling to Mars — could affect astronauts’ hearts and [...]

  • For Heart Failure Patients, Shortness of Breath When Bending May Signal Problem

    THURSDAY, March 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Shortness of breath while bending over is a newly identified symptom of advanced heart failure, researchers say. This obvious symptom can help alert doctors that heart failure patients have excessive fluid retention, according to cardiologists from the UT Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas. “Some patients thought they were short of [...]

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