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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

  • Heart Failure Patients Wind Up in ER Too Often: Study

    MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many acute heart failure patients make repeated visits to emergency departments, which suggests they need better outpatient care, researchers report. Improved care would lead to lower health care costs, the researchers added. They looked at more than 113,000 adult patients in California and Florida who made at least one emergency [...]

  • Pigs’ Hearts Beat for a Year in Baboons’ Abdomens

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Pigs’ hearts transplanted into baboons survived for more than a year, which is twice as long as previously achieved, researchers report. The work is part of efforts to find ways to use animal organs to shorten transplant waiting lists. In this study, scientists transplanted hearts from genetically engineered piglets into [...]

  • Potassium Supplements May Help Some Heart Failure Patients

    WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Potassium supplements might boost the survival of heart failure patients who are already taking diuretic drugs, a new study suggests. Nearly 5.8 million Americans have heart failure. As doctors explain it, excess fluid can accumulate in the body when the heart isn’t working properly, as happens in people with [...]

  • Processed Meat Like Hot Dogs and Salami May Raise Heart Failure Risk

    Hey, guys, listen up: Steaks may be a safer bet heart-wise than hot dogs and salami, a new study suggests.

  • Many With Heart Failure Aren’t Told About End-of-Life Care: Study

    WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Health-care providers are often hesitant to discuss end-of-life care with their heart failure patients, new research reveals. For the study, researchers surveyed 50 doctors and 45 nurse practitioners or physician assistants at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and the Mayo Clinic Health System. The investigators found that [...]

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