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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

  • VA Hospital Care Improving, Study Suggests

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Veterans Affairs hospitals seem to do just as well as other U.S. hospitals when it comes to treating older men with heart disease or pneumonia, a new study suggests. The findings, published online Feb. 9 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, were called “reassuring” [...]

  • Treatment for ‘Weak Heart’ in Dogs Shows Promise

    SUNDAY, Jan. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say they’ve developed an experimental treatment for a serious heart condition in dogs that might one day benefit people. Dogs and humans have similar cardiovascular systems and both can develop dilated cardiomyopathy, also known as “weak heart,” according to researchers from the University of Washington and the University [...]

  • Implanted Defibrillators Help Women as Much as Men: Study

    TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Among people with heart failure, implanted defibrillators benefit women as much as men, a new study finds. Previous research has shown that implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) help heart failure patients live longer. And current guidelines recommend that doctors consider adding the devices to standard treatment for all heart failure [...]

  • Diet and Exercise Benefit People With Heart Failure

    TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Lifestyle changes that include a healthy diet and regular exercise appear to improve heart function and exercise capacity in people with a particular form of heart failure, a new study reports. Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF) is a form of heart failure that’s on the rise. [...]

  • Reducing Salt Intake Might Harm Heart Failure Patients, Study Claims

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — For decades, doctors have urged heart failure patients to slash their salt intake as a way to preserve their health. But a new study suggests — but doesn’t prove — that that advice may be harmful, potentially increasing a heart failure patient’s risk of death or [...]

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