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  1. FDA Approves Temporary Artificial Heart

    Oct. 18, 2004 -- The FDA has approved a temporary partial artificial heart intended to keep hospitalized patients alive while waiting for a heart transplant. The device is called the CardioWest Total Artificial Heart. Made by SynCardia Systems of Tucson, Ariz., it's not intended to replace the human

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  2. Reshaping the Heart May Ease Heart Failure

    Oct. 5, 2004 -- A new surgical approach that reshapes damaged hearts may pay off in the long run for some people with advanced heart failure, according to a new study. Researchers found the technique, known as heart restoration, helped prolong life and improve the function of the heart in people wit

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  3. Heart-Failure Treatment by Device

    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

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  4. Turning to Drugs for Heart Failure

    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

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  5. Artificial Heart Buys Time Until Transplant

    Aug. 25, 2004 -- An artificial heart keeps heart failure patients alive long enough to receive a heart transplant -- welcome news for the 5 million Americans living with this condition. Researchers report that 79% of heart failure patients implanted with the CardioWest Total Artificial Heart survive

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  6. Heart Failure Rates Steady

    July 20, 2004 -- We've made significant headway in the battle against heart failure, but because of the aging population and other factors, the number of people diagnosed with the disease has remained steady over the past 20 years. The main cause of heart failure is clogged heart arteries that lead

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  7. Implants Protect People With Heart Failure

    May 19, 2004 -- For most people with severe heart failure and irregular heartbeats, a combination of a high-tech pacemaker and implantable defibrillator may provide the best protection against death, according to new research. Researchers say the results of the two major studies published in this we

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  8. Depression, Heart Failure Closely Linked

    May 4, 2004 -- Depression may be a major problem among people with heart failure, even if they aren't in the hospital. A new study suggests that nearly half of all people being treated for heart failure on an outpatient basis may suffer from depression. Researchers found 48% of heart failure outpati

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  9. ICDs Reduce Death From Heart Failure

    March 9, 2004 (New Orleans) -- A tiny implantable defibrillator may be the best treatment for a broad range of patients with disabling heart failure -- saving lives when drugs alone can't do the job, says Gust H. Bardy, MD, president of the Seattle Institute for Cardiac Research. And Bardy, who just

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  10. Viagra Safe for Some Men With Heart Failure

    March 9, 2004 -- Men with mild to moderate forms of heart failure may be able to safely use the drug Viagra to treat erectile dysfunction, a new study shows. Researchers found selected men with heart failure were able to use the drug without dangerous side effects if they were not taking nitrates (d

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