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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

  • 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 [...]

  • Blood Chemical Test May Predict Risk of Heart Disease Death

    By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Higher-than-normal levels of a certain blood chemical may place some patients at significantly greater risk of dying from heart disease, new research indicates. Scientists found that nearly one out of three people with diabetes and stable angina — a condition causing chest pain — who also [...]

  • Moderate Exercise May Reduce Men’s Heart Failure Risk

    By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Men who get regular, moderate exercise, such as walking or cycling 20 minutes daily, seem to have a lower risk of heart failure than inactive men or those who have higher levels of activity, according to new research. The researchers found that those who exercised by [...]

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