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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

  • Excess Weight Helps Women With Heart Failure, Hurts Men: Study

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Overweight and mildly obese women with heart failure may live significantly longer than similarly heavy men with the progressive disease, a new study suggests. These heavier women may also outlive normal-weight females with heart failure by as much as 16 percent, said lead researcher Dr. [...]

  • Move More to Prevent Heart Failure

    MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to preventing heart failure, the more exercise, the better. How much more? A new study suggests maybe as much as two to four times the U.S. minimum recommended levels of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week. The researchers reviewed 12 studies from the United States [...]

  • Study: Lowering Beta-Blocker Dose May Boost Survival After Heart Attack

    MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People treated with low-dose beta blockers after a heart attack may fare better than those given the standard dose of this commonly prescribed medication, a new study suggests. Heart attack patients given just one-fourth of the dosage used in clinical trials lived just as long as patients on [...]

  • The Surprising Benefits of Tai Chi for People With Chronic Health Problems

    The slow, fluid movements of tai chi — an ancient Chinese exercise — appear to help older adults with chronic conditions improve their physical function, a new review suggests.

  • Only 1 in 10 With Heart Failure Sent to Rehab Programs

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Cardiac rehabilitation programs offer many benefits to heart failure patients, but only one in 10 are referred to such programs, a new study reveals. There is strong evidence that cardiac rehabilitation therapy improves heart failure patients’ quality of life and reduces their risk of hospitalization, the researchers noted. The [...]

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