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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 Tied to Worse Outcomes for Black Patients With Heart Failure

    WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Depression seems to increase the risk of hospitalization and death in black heart failure patients, a new study finds. Researchers assessed depression symptoms — such as difficulty with concentration, a lack of energy and feelings of hopelessness or helplessness — in nearly 750 black patients with heart failure. About [...]

  • A Grateful Heart May Be a Healthy Heart

    MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Being thankful for the good things in life may benefit heart failure patients, a new study suggests. The research included almost 200 heart failure patients who didn’t yet have any symptoms, such as shortness of breath or fatigue. Halting the disease progression at this point — known as stage [...]

  • Procedure May Beat Drug in Patients With Heart Failure, Irregular Heartbeat

    MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Patients with heart failure can sometimes also develop the dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, which can raise their odds for stroke. Now, a study to be presented Monday in San Diego at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) examines the best way to [...]

  • Easing Depression May Boost Heart Health, Study Finds

    THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new study finds that treating depression with antidepressants may have an added bonus: reducing heart risks. “Screening and treatment of depressive symptoms should be a high priority” in heart patients, lead author Heidi May, a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, [...]

  • Healthy Living in Middle Age Keeps Heart Failure at Bay Decades Later

    THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Are you in your mid-40s and slim, without high blood pressure or diabetes? If so, you may already be winning the war against heart failure in your senior years, new research suggests. The study, led by cardiologist Dr. Faraz Ahmad of Northwestern University in Chicago, found that being free [...]

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