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
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27, 2013 (HealthDay News) — An implanted heart pump for people with weakened hearts, called the HeartMate II, appears to be plagued by dangerous clotting problems, a new study finds. These issues often require arduous device replacements or even heart transplants. Almost 50 percent of patients who got a clot and did [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that it is lifting the tough safety restrictions it imposed on the diabetes drug Avandia two years ago because of reported links to heart problems. The agency’s decision was expected, and follows up on a June vote by [...]
People with the skin disorder psoriasis might be at higher risk for heart failure and should be screened for heart disease, experts say. Researchers looked at medical data on all adults in Denmark. They found that people with psoriasis are more prone to develop heart failure and that the risk of heart failure rises as psoriasis gets more severe.
FRIDAY, Sept. 27 (HealthDay News) — Healthy eating habits can significantly reduce high blood pressure and improve heart function in heart failure patients, a new study says. The study included patients, most in their 60s and 70s, who ate only meals that were prepared for them in the kitchen of the University of Michigan Clinical Research [...]
FRIDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) — Heart failure patients’ mental health history and their thinking abilities may influence whether they’re readmitted to the hospital within a month of discharge, a new study says. Depression, a history of substance abuse and a history of coronary artery disease were linked with patients’ hospital admissions during the previous year, [...]