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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

  • Could a Drink a Day Lower Your Risk for Heart Failure?

    MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Having a drink each day might help lower a middle-aged person’s odds for heart failure, a new study reveals. The investigation suggests that men in their 40s, 50s and 60s who drink as much as seven comparably sized glasses of wine, beer and/or spirits per week will see their [...]

  • Scientists Spot Mutation Behind Genetic Form of Heart Failure

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Researchers have uncovered a major genetic risk for heart failure — a mutation affecting a key muscle protein that makes the heart less elastic. The mutation increases a person’s risk of dilated cardiomyopathy. This is a form of heart failure in which the walls of the [...]

  • High Blood Sugar in Heart Failure Patients May Point to Risk of Early Death

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Checking the blood sugar levels of emergency department patients with heart failure can identify those at risk of diabetes, hospitalization and early death, a new study suggests. This increased risk was true even if patients had blood sugar (glucose) levels within what is considered normal limits, the researchers said. “Our [...]

  • When Heart Docs Are Away, Their High-Risk Patients May Fare Better

    TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — If you are a high-risk heart patient, you might be better off if you are not treated by a cardiologist, new research suggests. Survival rates among these patients actually improved when cardiologists left town for annual professional meetings, Harvard researchers report. Sixty percent of patients with cardiac arrest who were [...]

  • Excess Weight May Help Heart Failure Patients, Study Contends

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obese heart-failure patients appear to live longer than people of normal weight who develop the disabling condition, a new study suggests. Researchers tracked nearly 1,500 heart failure patients, most of whom were overweight or obese before their diagnosis. They found that 38 percent of obese and [...]

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