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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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 s

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