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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

  • Even Your Heart May Benefit From Extra Education

    WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — While there are many obvious benefits to achieving a higher level of education, one you may not have considered is a boost to your heart health. New research suggests that heart attack survivors with higher levels of education appear less likely to develop heart failure. Heart failure is a serious [...][...]

  • Heart Failure After Heart Attack Tied to Cancer Risk in Study

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — People who develop heart failure after a heart attack may also face a higher risk of cancer, a new study suggests. And, they may be prone to cancers affecting the lungs or the digestive system, according to the researchers. “Patients with cardiovascular disease experience a high [...][...]

  • Video May Aid End-of-Life Decision-Making

    THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Watching a video about end-of-life care options may help patients with advanced heart failure choose the approach best for them, a new study finds. The choices include comfort-focused care versus more invasive care that could extend their days. “Because the course of heart failure is uncertain, in part because of [...][...]

  • Antidepressant No Help to Heart Failure Patients: Study

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The antidepressant Lexapro may not help heart failure patients suffering from depression, German researchers report. “Depression in heart failure may not be the same depression patients without heart failure get and who respond well to antidepressants,” said lead researcher Dr. Christiane Angermann, aprofessor [...]

  • Irregular Heartbeat More Deadly in Blacks: Study

    WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Black Americans with a common heart rhythm disorder are at higher risk than whites for serious heart complications and death, a new study finds. The disorder, called atrial fibrillation, affects about 1 percent of American adults and more than 5 percent of those 65 and older. Atrial fibrillation can [...][...]