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  1. 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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  2. New Treatment for Heart Failure

    Nov. 11, 2003 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Researchers are able to grow new healthy heart cells in physically incapacitated people with heart failure -- and the "seeds" they use are the patient's own bone marrow cells. This procedure, which some cardiologists call "reseeding the heart," is being tried on smal

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  3. Hope That Hormone Therapy Helps Heart

    Sept. 30, 2003 -- A new study suggests women with heart failure live longer if they are on hormone therapy. The finding does not come from a clinical trial of hormone therapy. Instead, JoAnn Lindenfeld, MD, and colleagues looked back at hormone-therapy data collected in a clinical trial of patients

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  4. Fitness Fends Off Heart Failure Fatigue

    Sept. 2, 2003 -- Regular exercise isn't just helpful to heart failure patients. It actually slows the disease process, a new study suggests. People with heart failure tend to feel tired all the time. That's because their bodies are producing harmful chemical signals. One result of these signals is t

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  5. A Better Beta Blocker for Heart Failure

    July 3, 2003 -- Coreg improves survival in heart failure patients better than another widely used drug. The first study comparing the two beta-blocking drugs assessed future outcome in heart-failure patients. The Carvedilol or Metroprolol European Trial (COMET) involved more than 3,000 patients in 1

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  6. Fish Oil Prevents Deadly Heart Rhythms

    May 27, 2003 -- There's nothing fishy about fish oil's ability to protect your heart, according to a new study. Researchers say the omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, and bluefish can prevent sudden cardiac death by blocking fatal heart rhythms.   Sudden cardiac death -- a

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  7. Manage Heart Failure With Lifestyle

    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

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  8. High-Fat Diet Ups Dangerous 'Hidden' Fat

    March 31, 2003 (Chicago) -- Though extra fat often gathers just under the skin, it's the deeper, underlying fat that is most likely to increase the risk for heart attack, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore. There are two different types of fat, says Kerry J

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  9. Heart Failure Treatments Offer New Hope

    Feb. 11, 2003 -- Nearly 5 million Americans suffer from heart failure, and their prognosis remains poor. The death rate of patients with this condition is high, but two treatments offer the promise of a better outcome for people with failing hearts. Patients treated with beta-blocking drugs and thos

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  10. Many Adults Have Mild Heart Failure

    Jan. 7, 2003 -- Nearly one-quarter of adults over age 45 have a type of heart failure that doctors have only recently begun to understand, says a new study. Heart failure develops over several years, as the heart gradually loses its ability to pump blood efficiently through the body. Usually, the lo

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