Heart Failure

This one thing is putting your heart at risk

You may not think that gaining a couple of pounds is that big of a deal, but according to research findings, even the slightest weight gain is enough to increase your risk of heart failure. Any amount of weight gain changed the heart’s structure, which can lead to potentially damaging outcomes. Heart failure occurs when ...click here to read more

Connection found between heart attacks and future heart failure: Study

One-quarter of all Americans who have a heart attack go on to experience heart failure, and researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have uncovered a new clue as to why. After a heart attack, your immune system may elicit a long-term damage response that results in the heart muscle becoming stiff, fibrous, and scar-like. Researchers ...click here to read more

Study provides new methods to gain insight into different forms of heart failure

A new study from the University of Texas Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation has found an easier and less invasive method for measuring oxygen consumption in the legs of heart failure patients, providing insight into the different forms of heart failure. While traditional methods of measuring the blood flow and oxygen extraction and ...click here to read more

Biomarker may identify better recovery rate for advanced heart failure: Study

A newly published study in Circulation has shown that there are biological differences that may help predict the likelihood of recovery from advanced heart failure. While advanced heart failure was referred to as “end-stage” when there were not many treatment options, researchers have found that 15 to 20 percent of patients who undergo the implantation ...click here to read more

Heart failure in older adults may increase with high protein diet and processed red meat intake

Heart failure risk in older adults may increase with high protein diet and processed red meat intake. For their study, the researchers reviewed self-reported diets of 103,878 women over the age of 50. Of the participants, 1,711 went on to develop heart failure. The researchers found that high intake of dietary protein was associated with ...click here to read more

Hospitalizations due to heart failure on the rise: Study

Hospitalizations in the U.S. due to heart failure are on the rise, according to new research findings. On the other hand, the hospital visits are becoming shorter and survival rates are increasing. The study included data from over 15 million congestive heart failure hospitalizations in the U.S. between 1996 and 2009. Heart failure hospitalization numbers ...click here to read more

Weekly health news roundup: Coronary heart disease, dementia, high blood pressure, and atrial fibrillation

This weekly health news roundup presents latest news pieces on coronary heart disease, heart failure, dementia, high blood pressure, and atrial fibrillation. This week we discussed reduction of the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke with regular breakfast, a holistic approach to care for dementia patients, a common blood test used to detect high ...click here to read more

In heart failure patients with spinal fractures, osteoporosis is often untreated

In heart failure patients with spinal fractures, osteoporosis is often untreated. Roughly one in 10 heart failure patients have compression fractures of the spine which could be detected by X-ray, but many of these patients don’t receive treatment in order to prevent these fractures. In the study involving 623 heart failure patients, researchers found that ...click here to read more

Heart failure in elderly: Prevention, exercise, and home remedies

Heart failure is a common occurrence among the elderly, but preventive measures can work towards improving the heart health and reducing the risk of cardiovascular events. The main prevention approach for heart failure is through exercise and physical activity. The benefits of exercise are well-documented and quite extensive. Exercise, particularly aerobic activity such as dancing, ...click here to read more

Restrictive cardiomyopathy in older adults may lead to heart failure or arrhythmia

Restrictive cardiomyopathy in older adults may lead to heart failure or arrhythmia. A condition characterized by abnormal heart muscle, cardiomyopathy comes in different types: restrictive, dilated, and hypertrophic. Restrictive cardiomyopathy is most common in seniors, but it is, in fact, quite rare. In this condition, the heart’s ventricles become rigid because the normal heart muscle ...click here to read more