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    1. Artificial Heart Approved

      Sept. 5, 2006 -- The FDA has approved the AbioCor fully implantable artificial heart for dying heart failure patients too old or too sick for a heart transplant. The "humanitarian" approval is not full approval. It applies only to what Bram Zuckerman, MD, director of the FDA's heart device division,

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    2. Fish Oils May Be Lifesavers

      Sept. 1, 2006 - Fish oils in fatty fish like salmon might be even better than heart devices called defibrillators at preventing sudden death from heart problems. "Choosing fish two or three times a week is a good idea," researcher Thomas Kottke, MD, MSPH, tells WebMD. "Grilled, baked, or broiled --

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    3. Heart Failure Runs in Families

      July 12, 2006 -- You can inherit heart failure , new data from the Framingham Heart Study shows. The famous study is now two generations old, with some 20 years of follow-up data on the children of the original study subjects. The risk factors today used to evaluate a person's risk of heart attack a

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    4. Painkillers Worsen Heart Failure

      May 22, 2006 -- Common painkillers raise the risk of heart failure -related hospitalization in people over 60, a new study shows. The risk is even greater for those who already have heart failure. And even very short-term painkiller use can be dangerous, the study finds -- especially for people taki

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    5. Filter May Help Treat Heart Failure

      March 13, 2006 (Atlanta) -- A device that flushes out excess salt and water from the blood beat out standard diuretic treatment in people hospitalized with heart failure, according to the first study of its kind. "Up to now, diuretics have been the mainstay of therapy [for such patients], but amazin

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    6. Good Attitude May Help Heart Failure

      Dec. 7, 2005 -- People who stick to their heart failure treatment plan, even if it's just a placebo, are less likely to die of the disease than those who don't, according to a new study. Researchers say the results show that a healthy attitude can go a long way toward improving the odds of surviving

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    7. Dog Visits Help Heart Failure Patients

      Nov. 15, 2005 (Dallas) -- Spending a few minutes with man's best friend can relieve the anxiety of people with heart failure, a new study suggests. The time shared between man and dog "has a calming effect and could be beneficial to their overall health," says researcher Kathie Cole, RN, a registere

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    8. Experimental Drug Helps Failing Hearts

      Nov. 14, 2005 (Dallas) -- An experimental drug may be able to help people with heart failure get through the critical hours after they are rushed to the emergency room gasping for breath. Researchers studied 600 hospitalized people getting therapy for rapidly deteriorating heart failure. Those who w

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    9. What's the Best Heart Attack Treatment?

      Sept. 7, 2005 -- Giving clot-busters to heart attack victims who are scheduled for balloon angioplasty could cost them their lives, new research shows. In a study of more than 1,600 people, those who were given a clot-busting drug before angioplasty were nearly 40% more likely to die in the next mon

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    10. Public Often Misunderstands Heart Failure

      Aug. 30, 2005 -- The public doesn't know much about heart failure, a new report shows. Heart experts polled nearly 8,000 Europeans about heart failure. The results were "pretty depressing" and could be dangerous, says researcher Willem Remme, MD, in a news release. Remme is a professor of medicine a

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