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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

  • Adults With Heart Defects May Face Higher Risk of Stroke: Study

    TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Adults who were born with heart defects are at increased risk for stroke, a new study finds. “We knew there was a connection between heart failure and stroke in patients with heart defects, but we were surprised to discover it was the strongest predictor,” said senior study author Dr. [...]

  • Exercise Can Reduce Heart Failure Risk, No Matter Your Age

    FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Starting to exercise later in life can still reduce your risk of heart failure, and even modest increases in activity could provide some protection, researchers say. “Our findings suggest that when it comes to exercise and heart failure, the better-later-than-never axiom rings particularly true, and that even small boosts [...]

  • Gel Injections May Help Heart Failure Patients

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Heart failure patients who had beads of gel injected into their beating hearts continue to show improvement in their health a year after undergoing the procedure, researchers report. About 85 percent of patients who received the gel implants displayed only slight or no limitations in [...]

  • Why Heart Failure Patients Often Get Too Little Exercise

    TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A number of obstacles prevent heart failure patients from getting enough exercise, a new study has found. Supervised aerobic workouts benefit people with heart failure. But a lack of social support and barriers — such as child care — means that many patients don’t get the recommended amount of [...]

  • New Medicare Rules Triple Heart Failure Patients’ Access to Cardiac Rehab

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Newly expanded Medicare and Medicaid coverage for cardiac rehabilitation has tripled the number of heart failure patients with access to these lifesaving programs, a new study has found. But coverage could stand to be even further expanded, the researchers concluded. “There are a lot of new patients [...]

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