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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

  • Depression Linked to Death of Many Heart Failure Patients

    SATURDAY, May 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Depression significantly increases the risk of death in heart failure patients, a new study finds. Heart failure patients with moderate to severe depression had a five times higher risk of death than those with no or mild depression, researchers found. “We know that depression is common in heart failure and [...]

  • Early Menopause Tied to Lower Risk of Irregular Heartbeat

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who go through menopause at a relatively young age may have a slightly lower risk of developing a common heart rhythm disturbance, new research suggests. The study, of nearly 18,000 middle-aged and older U.S. women, found that those who’d gone through menopause before age 44 [...]

  • Heart Drug Digoxin May Not Be Best for Some Heart Patients

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Taking the heart drug digoxin may increase the risk of premature death in patients with an irregular heartbeat and in those suffering from heart failure, German researchers report. In the review of published studies on the subject, patients treated with digoxin had a 21 percent [...]

  • Diabetes Study Suggests a Little Extra Weight Tied to Longer Survival

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A controversial new study suggests that some extra weight may be linked to a longer life for people with type 2 diabetes. Compared to underweight or normal-weight people with type 2 diabetes, those who were overweight but not obese were less likely to die over the [...]

  • Heart Failure Implant Tied to Weakening of Thinking, Memory

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A mechanical device that restores a failing heart’s ability to pump blood might contribute to a decline in memory and thinking in some patients, a new study reports. Left ventricular assist devices are surgically implanted in patients with advanced heart failure who are awaiting a heart [...]

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