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Could a Little Drinking Help Those With Heart Failure?

Posted 29 Dec 2018 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 28, 2018 – A new study suggests that an occasional drink won't harm, and might even help seniors with heart failure. Heart failure patients who drank in moderation – a drink a day for women, two for men – had an average survival that was a year longer than nondrinkers, the researchers found. "My patients who are newly diagnosed with heart failure often ask me if they should stop ...

Penalties for Higher Hospital Readmission Rates May Hurt Patients

Posted 22 Dec 2018 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 21, 2018 – Financial penalties meant to reduce U.S. hospital readmissions for patients with heart failure and pneumonia may actually increase their risk of death after leaving the hospital, a new study suggests. In 2012, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services started hitting hospitals with financial penalties for higher-than-expected 30-day readmission rates for patients ...

Heart Failure Takes Heavy Toll, Even for Those With Stronger Hearts

Posted 19 Dec 2018 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 – Having a stronger heart after being hospitalized for heart failure may not translate into a better outcome, new research suggests. Levels of physical and mental decline were similar among patients with weaker or stronger hearts, and surprisingly, those with stronger hearts had higher rates of depression and lower quality of life in the study. "The results speak to how ...

AHA: Thyroid Problems Linked to Worsening Heart Failure

Posted 14 Dec 2018 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 14, 2018 (American Heart Association) – The thyroid is a tiny powerhouse. The gland, which is located at the base of the neck, releases hormones that control how the entire body uses energy and affects an array of organs throughout the body – including the heart. Now, a new study from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania shows two thyroid disorders – subclinical hyp ...

Have Heart Failure? Flu Shot May Save Your Life

Posted 10 Dec 2018 by

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 – If you have heart failure, a flu shot can truly be a lifesaver, researchers report. A study of patients in Denmark who were recently diagnosed with heart failure found that a flu shot cut their risk of premature death by 18 percent, compared with not getting a shot. Annual flu shots also reduced patients' risk of dying from any cause or from cardiovascular disease by 19 ...

Obesity Ups Survival in Heart Failure, but That's No Reason to Pile on Pounds

Posted 7 Dec 2018 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 – Obese people with heart failure may live longer than those who are thinner – especially if they are "metabolically healthy," a new study suggests. The study, of more than 3,500 heart failure patients, is the latest to look into the so-called "obesity paradox." The term refers to a puzzling pattern that researchers have noted for years: Obese patients with heart disease ...

Frail Heart Patients at High Risk for Bleeding

Posted 22 Nov 2018 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 22, 2018 – Older heart attack patients who are frail are at increased risk for bleeding when being treated, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 129,000 heart attack patients older than 65 who were treated at 775 U.S. hospitals between early 2015 and late 2016. Those who were frail had a 50 percent higher risk of major bleeding than non-frail patients. These ...

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

Posted 15 Nov 2018 by

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

Posted 13 Nov 2018 by

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 (dapagliflozin) Might Also Ease Heart Failure Risks

Posted 11 Nov 2018 by

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

Posted 9 Nov 2018 by

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

Posted 6 Nov 2018 by

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 ...

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