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  1. Heart Device May Not Hurt Life Quality

    Sept. 3, 2008 -- Getting an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) doesn't hamper quality of life for patients with stable heart failure, a new study shows. Heart failure doesn't mean the heart totally fails; it means it doesn't pump blood as well as it should. Patients with heart failure are

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  2. Heart Failure Patients Too Optimistic

    June 3, 2008 -- Many people with heart failure may be overly optimistic when it comes to estimating how long they have left to live. A new study shows nearly two-thirds of people with congestive heart failure overestimate their remaining life expectancy by an average of 40% compared with what's real

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  3. Digitek Tablets Recalled

    April 28, 2008 -- All lots of Digitek tablets distributed by Mylan Pharmaceuticals and sold under the labels "Bertek" or "UDL" are being recalled because they may contain a dangerous double dose of their active ingredient. Digitek pills are used to treat heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms. The

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  4. FDA Approves Compact Heart Pump

    April 22, 2008 -- A new heart pump is now available for smaller men and women with heart failure as they wait for a heart transplant. The HeartMate II is the first compact heart assist device designed to support the weakened heart of a small-sized man or woman with heart failure who is at risk of dy

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  5. Heart Transplant Survival Studies Clash

    April 11, 2008 (Boston) -- Two studies show conflicting data on survival rates for African-Americans who undergo successful heart transplant surgery. Both studies were presented yesterday at the 28th annual meeting and scientific sessions of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantati

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  6. Warm Sauna May Help Treat Heart Failure

    April 2, 2008 (Chicago) -- Warm sauna treatments may be good for ailing hearts, Japanese researchers report. In a study of 129 people with heart failure, the treatment, called Waon therapy, cut the risk of hospitalization or dying of heart disease by more than half. The treatment is a lot cooler tha

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  7. Patient's Thigh Muscle Cells Help Heart

    April 1, 2008 (Chicago) -- Injections of patients' own muscle cells into scarred areas of the heart helped people with heart failure breathe a little better, walk a bit farther, and generally feel better. But there was no evidence that their hearts were able to pump blood more effectively, and enlar

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  8. Curry Spice May Thwart Heart Failure

    Feb. 26, 2008 -- Curcumin, an ingredient in the curry spice turmeric, may help prevent heart failure. That's according to two new studies done on rats, not people. In both studies, researchers gave curcumin to rats. The rats then got surgery or drugs designed to put them at risk of heart failure. Th

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  9. More Elderly Living With Heart Failure

    Feb. 25, 2008 -- Although the number of older Americans newly diagnosed with heart failure has declined slightly in recent years, a new study shows more people are living with the disease. But researchers say that trend is both good news and bad news. Thanks to advances in treatment, researchers say

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  10. Leaky Muscles Sap Strength, Study Shows

    Feb. 11, 2008 -- Exercise is good for you, but overdoing it may temporarily sap muscles of calcium and strength, a new study shows. "The study does not mean exercise is bad for you," Columbia University's Andrew Marks, MD, says in a news release. The findings might do more than explain why muscles n

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