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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 Patients Who Struggle With Daily Tasks at Greatest Risk

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Heart failure patients who struggle to perform daily tasks are at increased risk for hospitalization and death, a new study shows. The study included more than 1,100 people with heart failure, average age 75, who were classified as having either minimal, moderate or severe difficulty with activities such as [...]

  • Effectiveness of Implanted Defibrillators May Depend on Patient’s Age

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) prolong survival among heart patients who face a high risk for sudden cardiac death, a new review of research indicates. But, ICDs may not benefit all patients to the same degree, as their effectiveness seems to diminish somewhat with the advancing age of [...]

  • Donor Hearts Going to Waste, Researchers Report

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Even as the need for heart transplants increases, more donor hearts are being discarded, with a new study showing that only one in three donated hearts finds a recipient. In addition, rejection of donor hearts varies across the United States, particularly for so-called “marginal” donor [...]

  • Why This Antibiotic, Heart Drug Combo Might Be Fatal for Seniors

    The combination of a widely used heart medication and a commonly prescribed antibiotic seems to more than double the risk of sudden death in seniors, a new study says.

  • Are Too Many Heart Failure Patients Getting IV Fluids?

    MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Potentially harmful intravenous (IV) fluids are being given to too many patients with severe heart failure, a new study suggests. As researchers from Yale University explained, heart failure patients in the hospital typically receive drugs called diuretics to prevent excess fluid buildup and to improve their symptoms. However, many will [...]

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