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

Posted 10 days ago by

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 14 days ago by

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

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

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 ...

Procedure Beats Drugs for A-Fib With Heart Failure

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by

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 ...

Medicure Announces FDA Approval Received for Prexxartan (valsartan) Oral Solution

Posted 21 Dec 2017 by

WINNIPEG, Dec. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - Medicure Inc. ("Medicure" or the "Company") (TSXV:MPH, OTC:MCUJF), a pharmaceutical company, today announced that Carmel Biosciences, Inc. ("Carmel") has received final approval of its New Drug Application from the US Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") for Prexxartan® (valsartan) oral solution. The FDA approval of Prexxartan® makes it the first and only a ...

Is Meth Use Destroying Vets' Hearts?

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – Methamphetamine appears to be damaging the hearts of U.S. military veterans at an increasing rate, researchers report. Heart failure cases linked to meth use among vets nearly quadrupled during the past decade at the San Diego VA Medical Center, rising from 1.7 percent in 2005 to 8 percent in 2015, investigators found. Veterans using meth also tended to develop heart ...

Try This Diet to Lower Your Risk of Heart Failure

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – Your heart will thank you if you stick to a mostly plant-based diet, a new preliminary study suggests. Researchers evaluated five dietary patterns. They found that people who ate a plant-based diet most of the time had a 42 percent lower risk of developing heart failure over four years than those who ate fewer plant-based foods. "Eating a diet mostly of dark green leafy ...

Take Heart, Coffee Lovers, Morning Joe May Help Your Ticker

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – Coffee fiends, rejoice: Every cup of joe you guzzle could drive down your risk for heart problems, a new preliminary study suggests. "Drinking that cup of coffee that you love may be associated with decreased risk of stroke, heart failure and coronary heart disease," said lead researcher Laura Stevens. She's a data scientist for the American Heart Association's Institute ...

An Aging Heart May Weaken Memory

Posted 8 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 – A decline in the pumping ability of an older person's heart can lower blood flow to their brain's memory center, new research has found. The study involved 314 people, who averaged 73 years old and did not have heart failure, stroke or dementia. Nearly 40 percent of them had mild cognitive impairment, which increases the risk for dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. ...

Heart Disease, Stroke Cutting Black Lives Short

Posted 23 Oct 2017 by

MONDAY, Oct. 23, 2017 – Black Americans have a shorter life expectancy than whites, and higher rates of heart disease and stroke may be a major reason why, a new American Heart Association statement suggests. In recent years, life expectancy for blacks was over three years less than for whites – 75.5 years vs. almost 79 years, according to the statement, which was based on a review of more than ...

Black Women Face Double the Risk of Pregnancy-Related Heart Failure

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – Black American women are twice as likely as women in other racial/ethnic groups to develop a form of pregnancy-related heart failure, a new study finds. Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a potentially life-threatening condition that can occur in the last month of pregnancy or up to five months following delivery. With this disorder the heart chambers enlarge and heart ...

Can Babies Help Heart Patients?

Posted 28 Sep 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 – Instead of throwing away the umbilical cord after birth, new research suggests using this medical waste to potentially improve the lives of people with heart failure. With parental permission, doctors used umbilical cords to harvest stem cells that were then injected into people with heart failure. People who received those injections were monitored for a year, and ...

Early Onset of Pregnancy Complication May Raise Heart Risks

Posted 15 Sep 2017 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – Women who develop pre-eclampsia earlier in pregnancy may be at increased risk for heart problems soon after giving birth, a new study finds. "These women should be screened for major cardiovascular risk factors and prevention strategies should be implemented as soon as possible," said study author Dr. GianLuca Colussi. He's an assistant professor of medicine at the ...

High Salt Intake May Double Heart Failure Risk

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 – A high-salt diet significantly increases the risk for heart failure. That's the conclusion of Finnish researchers who found that people who consume more than 13,700 milligrams of salt a day – about 2.5 teaspoons – had double the risk for heart failure than low-salt consumers. "High salt [sodium chloride] intake is one of the major causes of high blood pressure and an ...

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