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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

  • Obesity Can Cause ‘Silent’ Damage to Heart

    FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Heart damage can occur in obese people without causing symptoms, and take place without other heart risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, a new study says. The researchers said their findings about this silent heart damage challenge the common belief that the risk of [...]

  • Gel Implant Might Help Fight Heart Failure

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Injecting beads of gel into the wall of a still-beating heart has the potential to improve the health of patients with severe heart failure, according to a new study. Heart patients who received the gel implant had improved blood oxygen levels and were able to walk [...]

  • Women With Heart Disease at Low Risk When Giving Birth: Study

    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women with congenital heart disease are at low risk for heart-related complications when they give birth, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 2.7 million women who gave birth in California, including more than 3,200 who had congenital heart disease and 248 with complex congenital heart [...]

  • ER Visits for Common Irregular Heartbeat Are Rising, Study Finds

    SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — There’s been a steep increase in the number of Americans seeking emergency care for the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, a new study finds. Atrial fibrillation is the most common kind of irregular heartbeat and can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related problems, experts say. In [...]

  • Scientists Spot How Bacterial Pneumonia Damages the Heart

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Doctors have known that bacterial pneumonia can raise your risk of heart problems, but new research pinpoints why. The bacteria actually invade and kill heart cells, increasing the chances of heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms and heart attacks in patients, scientists report. In mice, monkeys and [...]

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