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
WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Potassium supplements might boost the survival of heart failure patients who are already taking diuretic drugs, a new study suggests. Nearly 5.8 million Americans have heart failure. As doctors explain it, excess fluid can accumulate in the body when the heart isn’t working properly, as happens in people with [...]
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WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Health-care providers are often hesitant to discuss end-of-life care with their heart failure patients, new research reveals. For the study, researchers surveyed 50 doctors and 45 nurse practitioners or physician assistants at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and the Mayo Clinic Health System. The investigators found that [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People with moderate heart failure may live longer with an implanted defibrillator, researchers report. A normal heart’s pumping ability — called ejection fraction — is 50 percent to 70 percent. An ejection fraction below 50 percent signals the possible beginnings of heart failure, according to the [...]
TUESDAY, June 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More than one in 10 older breast cancer patients treated with certain chemotherapy drugs develop heart failure, but many don’t get proper treatment for their heart condition, a new study suggests. “The majority of older women who develop heart problems after their breast cancer therapy aren’t treated by a [...]