If you or a loved one has heart failure, you probably know how important good daily habits are to treatment. A healthy weight, active lifestyle, and proper medication are all key ways to take charge of the disease. But even you’ve been carefully following doctor’s orders, it’s crucial to keep an eye
Heart failure, as the almost 6 million Americans with it know, doesn’t mean “failure.” It doesn’t mean “stopped.” If you have the condition, it may mean a new lifestyle and a new way of thinking. It means living with a serious, chronic disease. The important word there: living. “First of all, heart
Heart failure can sound scary. It doesn’t mean that your heart has stopped working -- it’s just not working as well as it should to pump blood. Recent treatment advances can help your ticker work better, keep you out of the hospital, and improve your quality of life. High-tech implants can help your
You collapse without warning. Your heart stops beating, and blood stops flowing to your brain and other organs. Within seconds, you stop breathing and have no pulse. This is sudden cardiac arrest.
The immediate cause of most sudden cardiac arrests is an abnormal heart rhythm. The heart’s electrical
Heart failure remains a serious and incurable disease, but heart-failure treatment with medications has been a tremendous success story. "I think that the drugs we've used have made an enormous impact on people with heart failure," says Marvin A. Konstam, MD, chief of cardiology and director of card
Implantable devices have been used for decades to treat heart disease. The first pacemaker was implanted over 40 years ago, and implantable defibrillators were first used in the early 1980s. But the last few years have witnessed a surge in both the types of devices being tested for heart-failure tre
The name "heart failure" couldn't sound bleaker, and anyone who lives with it knows it is a frightening and serious medical condition. The physical symptoms of heart failure, combined with the depression and anxiety that it can sometimes provoke, may make you feel weak and vulnerable, as if you've l