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  1. Enlarged Hearts More Common in Blacks

    June 6, 2005 -- Enlarged hearts are two to three times more common in black Americans than in white Americans, a new study shows. Studies of health disparities often show that black Americans suffer more heart disease than white Americans. But these studies often don't use sophisticated tests, and o

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  2. Device May Reduce Deaths From Heart Failure

    April 13, 2005 -- Cardiac resynchronization may help some (but not all) heart failure patients live longer. The news is reported by John Cleland, MD, and colleagues in The New England Journal of Medicine. They saw fewer deaths and bigger improvements in symptoms and quality of life in certain heart

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  3. Defibrillators Lower Heart Failure Death Rate

    Jan. 19, 2005 -- Patients with mild to moderate heart failure survive longer with an implantable defibrillator implantable defibrillator than by taking a common drug for irregular heartbeats. The research that confirms the effectiveness of implantable defibrillators over the drug amiodarone for prev

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  4. Kidney Problems, Heart Failure Deaths Linked

    Oct. 19, 2004 -- About a quarter of deaths among women with heart failure can be attributed to kidney problems, new research shows. And taking a widely available medication may improve outcomes, write lead researcher Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, with San Francisco General Hospital and the Unive

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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