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AHA: Caring for Loved One With Heart Failure Even Tougher for Rural Americans

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THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Living in a rural area increases the difficulty of caring for someone with heart failure, according to new research. An estimated 6.5 million U.S. adults ages 20 and older have heart failure, a serious condition that develops when the heart can't pump enough blood and oxygen to support other organs in the body. People with heart failure ...

Heart Failure Patients Shouldn't Stop Meds Even if Condition Improves: Study

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TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 – There's bad news for heart failure patients with dilated cardiomyopathy who'd like to stop taking their meds. Any progress they've seen on medication is likely to fade once they stop taking their heart drugs, new clinical trial results show. About 40 percent of a small group of patients wound up back on their medications after their heart function faltered, said lead ...

Diabetes Drug, Farxiga, Might Also Ease Heart Failure Risks

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SATURDAY, Nov. 10, 2018 – The diabetes drug Farxiga might do double-duty for patients, helping to ward off another killer, heart failure, new research shows. Type 2 diabetics who took Farxiga (dapagliflozin) saw their odds of hospitalization for heart failure drop by 27 percent compared to those who took a placebo, according to a study funded by the drug's maker, Astra-Zeneca. "When it comes to ...

AHA: Flu Season Can Send More Heart Failure Patients to Hospital

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FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Getting the flu may not only make you feel crummy, it also might land you in the hospital for heart problems. A team of researchers analyzed monthly flu reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in four communities across the United States between October 2010 and September 2014. For every 5 percent increase in flu activity, ...

AHA: Meth Use Producing Younger, Harder-to-Treat Heart Failure Patients

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TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Widespread methamphetamine use is creating a unique form of severe heart failure, according to new research that shows these patients tend to be younger and have poor outcomes. "This is a strikingly different type of patient," said Dr. Isac Thomas, lead author of the study and an assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego ...

AHA: Low Literacy Levels Can Be a Silent Health Threat

Posted 14 Sep 2018 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (American Heart Association) – He kept it from family members, friends and employers. Some of Walter Washington's children still don't know their father struggles to read and write. But his doctors knew. The 64-year-old Dallas man told them because he didn't want to risk taking the wrong dose of his diabetes or blood pressure medications. "I had common sense and mother ...

Walking, Exercise Both Linked to Lower Heart Failure in Older Women

Posted 5 Sep 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 – The more a middle-aged or elderly woman walks, the less likely she is to have heart failure, a large new study reveals. Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization among people aged 65 and older. Researchers say the findings are a first and concern otherwise healthy, postmenopausal women 50 and 70 years of age. The study tracked the exercise habits and heart ...

AHA: Nutrient-Rich Diet May Help Heart Failure Patients Avoid Hospital, Death

Posted 4 Sep 2018 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 (American Heart Association) – A varied, quality diet could help prevent hospitalizations and even death among patients with heart failure, a new study suggests. Researchers investigating nutritional deficiencies found that people with heart failure who lack seven or more micronutrients had nearly double the risk of dying or being hospitalized than those who didn't have ...

AHA: Home-Delivered Meals Keep Heart Failure Patients Out of Hospital

Posted 14 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 (American Heart Association) – The delivery of personalized, low-sodium meals to the homes of heart failure patients just out of the hospital has the potential to help them avoid rehospitalization in the days ahead, a new study shows. Poor nutrition and excessive sodium consumption are common among patients with heart failure and are thought to contribute to their ...

AHA: Air Pollution Exposure Linked to Enlarged Hearts

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FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Healthy people exposed to even low levels of air pollution over a handful of years developed enlarged heart chambers, a common precursor to heart failure, a new study indicates. While previous research has established a firm link between air pollution and higher risks of heart disease and heart-related death, the U.K.-based study published Aug. ...

AHA: Heart Problem Forced Her Baby to Be Delivered Early. Then Came a Steeper Challenge.

Posted 2 Aug 2018 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (American Heart Association) – One night after work, on her way up three flights of stairs to her apartment, Kayde Wolf paused on every landing to catch her breath. In her 20s, fit and healthy, she didn't understand what was happening. The next day, Kayde felt lethargic and anxious. Her heart pounded so furiously that she could see it moving her chest. Tests revealed she ...

AHA: Using Electricity to Test Your Risk for Heart Failure

Posted 29 Jun 2018 by

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Imagine stepping onto a scale – not to measure your weight, but the chance of your heart failing. That's the potential scenario envisioned by researchers who may have discovered a new risk factor for heart failure: leg bioimpedance. More frequently used to calculate body fat, bioimpedance uses low electrical currents to measure resistance ...

AHA: CPAP Machines May Bring Better Sleep, Plus a Healthier Heart

Posted 22 Jun 2018 by

FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 (American Heart Association) – People with sleep apnea, especially those over 60, could decrease their risk of heart failure by using CPAP masks at night to help with breathing, according to new research. The study, published June 22 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, explored the connection between heart failure and sleep apnea, a condition that goes beyond ...

Too Much Meat, Dairy Tied to Heart Failure Risk

Posted 29 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 – Maybe you should skip the cheeseburger and shake, guys. Middle-aged men who often feast on meat, dairy and other high-protein foods could be on a path to heart failure, researchers report. Protein from fish and eggs, however, isn't linked to an increased risk for heart failure, the investigators found. "High-protein diets have been gaining popularity during the recent ...

A Lonely Heart Poses a Big Health Risk

Posted 23 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 – People with heart failure who are socially isolated are more likely to be hospitalized or die prematurely than those who feel connected to others, new research suggests. The study authors said screening heart failure patients to identify those who lack social support might help to improve outcomes. Previous studies have shown that social isolation may increase the risk ...

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