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AHA: Using Electricity to Test Your Risk for Heart Failure

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

Black Heart Failure Patients Less Likely to See a Cardiologist

Posted 30 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 – Among heart failure patients, black people are much less likely than white people to have their care overseen by a cardiologist, a new study finds. Previous research has shown that receiving care primarily from a cardiologist improves in-hospital survival rates for heart failure patients. In the new study, researchers analyzed data from nearly 105,000 heart failure ...

Smoking Puts Blacks at Higher Risk for Heart Failure

Posted 16 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – Smoking may significantly increase black Americans' risk of heart failure, a new study warns. The study included 4,129 black participants who were followed for a median of eight years. Half were followed for a shorter time, half for a longer period. Their average age: 54. When the study began, none had heart failure or hardening of the arteries, which can lead to heart ...

AHA: Solving the Dilemma of Not Enough Hearts

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 (American Heart Association) – In the not-too-distant future, Dr. Jennifer Cowger envisions a cardiac transplant landscape where more donations are encouraged and utilized, genetically engineered organs can be created in a laboratory, and improved mechanical devices eliminate the need for an actual human heart. But in the meantime, there's a shortage on donor hearts. ...

AHA: This 'Heart of the Family' Awaits a New Heart

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Felix Aguirre has always been close to his family. The oldest of four siblings, he's known for putting the needs of his relatives above his own. A recent diagnosis of heart failure has reaffirmed those relationships. Aguirre's heart troubles started in December 2014 when, shortly before Christmas, he learned he had heart failure – the ...

Depression Could Be a Risk Factor for A-Fib: Study

Posted 22 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 – Depression can raise your risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm that's been linked to stroke and heart failure, a new study suggests. A person's risk of atrial fibrillation increased by about a third if they either reported symptoms of depression or had been prescribed antidepressants, the investigators found. Previous research has linked fright and anxiety to ...

Magnetic Heart Pump Cuts Risk of Blood Clots, Stroke in Study

Posted 11 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, March 11, 2018 – A new heart pump cuts the risk of blood clots and stroke in patients with heart failure, research funded by the device maker shows. The study included 366 patients who received either Abbott Inc.'s HeartMate 3 left ventricular assist device or the HeartMate II. Two years after getting the devices, 151 of the 190 patients (79.5 percent) who got the HeartMate 3 had not ...

Partner's Heart Pump Can Burden Their Caregiver

Posted 7 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 – A heart pump for someone with heart failure may come with a tradeoff: benefits for the patient, but more stress for the caregiver. Researchers looked at 50 heart failure patients and their caregivers after the patients received a heart pump, called a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). In the first month after receiving the device, the patients had significant ...

Daily Aspirin Can Bring Heart Benefits, But Risks Too

Posted 1 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 – For people who have both type 2 diabetes and heart failure, new research offers a mixed message on taking a daily low-dose aspirin. The study found the daily pill can reduce the risk for heart failure-related hospitalization and death in people who have both conditions. However, it also found that a daily aspirin raises their risk for nonfatal heart attack and stroke. ...

Flu Shot a Lifesaver for Heart Failure Patients

Posted 28 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 – If you're a heart failure patient, new research suggests you would be wise to get a flu shot every year. After reviewing six studies that included more than 78,000 heart failure patients in the United States, Asia and Europe, researchers found that an annual flu vaccine reduced patients' risk of death by 50 percent during the flu season and by 20 percent during the ...

Defibrillators May Not Help Kidney Patients With Bad Hearts

Posted 7 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 – People with chronic kidney disease often develop heart failure, leading to their having a heart defibrillator implanted to control an irregular heartbeat. But that's not without risk, a new study has found. The chances of being hospitalized for heart failure were 49 percent greater for kidney disease patients with an implanted defibrillator than for those who did not ...

Procedure Beats Drugs for A-Fib With Heart Failure

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 – For people with both atrial fibrillation and heart failure, a procedure called ablation can be life-saving, a new clinical trial shows. Researchers found that when patients received the heart procedure, their risk of dying in the next few years was roughly half that of patients who took standard medications alone. Experts said the findings, published Feb. 1 in the New ...

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