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  1. New Heart Failure Risks: Fractures and Memory Problems

    Feb. 2, 2012 -- Two new studies shine a light on some lesser known consequences of heart failure: fractures and memory problems. About 5 million people in the U.S. have heart failure, according to the American Heart Association. A chronic and progressive condition, heart failure occurs when the hear

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  2. Foods With Vitamin C May Help Heart Failure Patients

    Nov.14, 2011 (Orlando, Fla.) -- People with heart failure who don't eat enough vitamin C-rich foods are almost twice as likely to be hospitalized or die as those with heart failure who get enough vitamin C in their diet, new research suggests. They are also more than twice as likely to have high lev

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  3. Electronic Nose Sniffs Out Heart Failure

    Aug. 30, 2011 (Paris) -- German researchers say they’re a step closer to developing an electronic nose that can distinguish between people who have heart failure and those who don't. The device has gas sensors that detect various odorous molecules in sweat. Specially developed software divides patie

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  4. Underused Treatments Could Save Lives From Heart Failure

    June 8, 2011 -- Close to 70,000 heart failure deaths could be prevented in the U.S. each year if more patients were on recommended therapies, new research suggests. The study is among the first to quantify the impact, in terms of lives saved, of broader use of drug and cardiac device treatments for

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  5. Heart Failure May Be Linked to Osteoporosis

    May 10, 2011 -- New research suggests that up to 12% of people with heart failure may have osteoporosis as well as spine compression fractures that often are characteristic of the bone disease. What is more, the osteoporosis in most cases probably could be detected with a simple chest X-ray, leading

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  6. Low Health Literacy May Have Deadly Consequences

    April 26, 2011 -- Not knowing enough about basic health can be deadly for people with heart failure, a new study finds. The study shows that nearly one in five people with heart failure have low health literacy, making them more than twice as likely to die as a result of their condition. According t

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  7. Tai Chi Benefits Heart Patients

    April 25, 2011 -- Tai chi, often called “meditation in motion,” appears to improve the quality of life in people with heart failure, say researchers at Harvard Medical School. The ancient Chinese exercise of tai chi features physical movements that are slow and gentle and require concentration. “His

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  8. Actress Elizabeth Taylor Dies of Heart Failure

    March 23, 2011 -- Actress Elizabeth Taylor died of congestive heart failure today in Los Angeles, with her children at her side. She was 79 years old and had been in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for several weeks before her death. "My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, w

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  9. Failing Hearts Healed With Stem Cells

    March 17, 2011 -- Decade-old heart attack scars healed after being injected with stem cells from a patients' own bone marrow. So far, eight patients have received the experimental treatment in an ongoing clinical trial. All eight had suffered heart attacks an average of 5 1/2 years prior; one of the

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  10. Wireless Sensor Monitors Heart Failure Patients

    Feb. 9, 2011 -- An implanted wireless monitoring device about the size of a paper clip reduced hospitalizations among heart failure patients by 39%, a study shows. The experimental implant is designed to measure pressure in a pulmonary artery, which is a leading indicator of how well a patient’s hea

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