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    1. This Helps Heart Failure Patients Avoid Hospital

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a flu shot reduces heart failure patients' risk of hospitalization, a new study shows. "Uptake of the flu vaccination in heart failure patients is relatively low, ranging from less than 20 percent in low and midd

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    2. How to Live Your Best Life With Heart Failure

      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

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    3. Advances in Heart Failure Treatment

      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

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    4. Heart Failure: Signs Your Treatment Isn’t Working

      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

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    5. Updated Heart Failure Treatment Guidelines Issued

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An updated guideline adds two new types of drugs to the list of treatment options for heart failure. In people with the condition, the heart can't pump enough blood throughout the body. The two new treatments in the updated

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    6. Many Heart Bypass Patients Don't Take Needed Meds

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many heart bypass patients are skipping medications meant to maintain smooth blood flow in their repaired veins, a new study finds. "It is important for patients to understand that bypass surgery is a second chance, not a

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    7. Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Why It Happens

      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

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    8. Reducing Salt Might Harm Heart Failure Patients

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For decades, doctors have urged heart failure patients to slash their salt intake as a way to preserve their health. But a new study suggests -- but doesn't prove -- that that advice may be harmful, potentially increasin

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    9. Common Heart Failure Drugs May Harm More Than Help

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nitrates are commonly prescribed for heart failure patients, but a new study finds they don't improve quality of life or everyday activity levels as intended. The drugs are prescribed to relieve chest pain so patients

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    10. Exercise Can Reduce Heart Failure Risk At Any Age

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Starting to exercise later in life can still reduce your risk of heart failure, and even modest increases in activity could provide some protection, researchers say. "Our findings suggest that when it comes to exercise and

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